Ever since my visual short story went viral on the internet, I’ve been contacted by dozens and dozens of people with questions, a lot of which are pretty much the same. I don’t have a problem responding to curious fans, but with the questions becoming more frequent and my life taking a turn for the busier, I thought it would be a lot easier to create a page where a lot of these questions can be answered. Still, if you don’t see your question here, feel free to contact me and let me know, so I can add it to the list.
Before I start, I will say that there is a book for sale, which not only answers these questions, but also contains bonus material such as a very cool pin-up poster and the otherwise unreleased visual short story “Lisa’s Diary,” which gives a lot of insight into many of the questions that people have about Lisa herself. I will encourage anyone who supports my work to please show your support by purchasing a copy. If you would like a signed copy with a bonus pin, you can go through my Etsy Shop instead.
At last, without further ado, let’s begin the Q’s and A’s.
Q: Who or what is Lisa? Is she a ghost, a demon, or perhaps an alter ego?
A: This question could be best answered by reading “Lisa’s Diary,” which is included in the full color art book as mentioned above. The best I can say without spoiling anything is that Lisa is the ghost, or spirit of a 15-year-old girl who had a very dark life.
Q: Is the story based off of actual events that occurred in your real life?
A: I used to tell people to believe whatever made them more comfortable, but since then, I’ve written more of these visual stories, so it’s become pretty obvious that it’s all a work of fiction, although I did have a second grade teacher named Mrs. Digman.
Q: Why does the journal look so realistic, as though an actual child drew it?
A: Since I’m predominately right-handed, anything done with my left hand tends to come out looking rather childish, so I decided to just write and draw the entire thing with my off-hand.
Q: What inspired you to create such a thing?
A: In short- lack of sleep, a trip to Walmart, and a conveniently placed primary journal next to a box of crayons.
Q: Is it supposed to be implied that Lisa killed Ms. Monroe and the little girl’s father?
A: Yep. And once again (so not advertising my book or anything), “Lisa’s Diary” actually gives a bit of insight into why she feels that certain people should be… shall we say, “taken care of.”
Q: Does the little girl have a name?
A: Nope. I decided to leave that detail out because I wanted readers to be able to put themselves or someone close into her shoes. And it worked! I’ve read through so many comments where plenty of terrified moms would tag their friends and say “What if [my child] did something like this!?”
Q: Why is it called “The Pink Backpack?”
A: The first time I released it on the internet, I posted anonymously in a paranormal forum, claiming that I had found it in a random pink backpack I picked up somewhere. Some time later, unbeknownst to me, the silly thing actually went viral and I found out that people were calling it “The Pink Backpack,” or “Little Pink Backpack.” I figured it had more of a ring to it than “The Story of Lisa,” so I went ahead and adopted the name.
I hope this was helpful. Remember, you are more than welcome to contact me if you have a question that wasn’t answered on this list. I also really appreciate the fans who have used their time and talent to make fan art for me, so if you or someone you know has made one, please do link me so that I can feature it in my blog.