I’ve seen a lot of unique proposal ideas in my time but, when Russel Geyushev of Your Comic Story popped up in my inbox asking if I’d ever seen a comic book marriage proposal, I was stunned! What a strange and wonderful idea. After looking at his creations, I knew these beautiful stories wouldn’t just appeal to comic book geeks so I spent some time with Russell to figure out just how these gorgeous books come to be.
I’m doing this post in a question and answer format and, alongside the answers, check out the inside of the comic book marriage proposal, “The Origins of Captain Kribble.”
Russell says, “The client told us how his partner is a huge comic fan. He’s especially fond of Captain America. The story is based around the fact that his partner got a great bicycle for his birthday and was thrilled about it.
But in less than 48 hours somebody stole the tires. In the comic book, the great team consisting of the client, his boyfriend, their two cats and a giant teddy bear toy goes on an adventure to find the stolen tires but the story takes unexpected turn…”
1. Where are you from and where do you live now?
Originally I am from Russia, but have been living in the U.S. in New York, ever since I was 19.
2. What is the process if someone wants to propose with a comic book?
Once the client gives the go-ahead, we send him (or her) a questionnaire. Based on the completed questionnaire, our writer creates a script for the comic book. Once it’s approved, the illustrator creates a black and white sketch of the future story. After that’s approved we create a full color version and if client likes everything, we print and ship the comic book marriage proposal.
3. Where do you get your inspiration from?
Our clients help us with that. We always ask them about commonly used phrases, inside jokes, personality and interests of the person who will receive the comic book gift. Based on these little but important details we build a story that is truly one-of-a-kind.
4. How did you get involved with comics and drawing?
Hmmm… thanks to my mom :)
I was looking for a great idea to start my own business, to build something creative and cool. She knew that and kept coming up with suggestions and ideas from time to time. Once she told me about students who create custom fairy tales for kids in their free time. I liked the idea, but I wanted to make it even more unique and original.
And then – boom, like you can see in the comic books – huge boom actually, because I decided that a comic book would be perfect for telling a story. I am really amazed by how talented people who work in the comic book industry are. They create real masterpieces on a weekly basis. If Shakespeare and Michelangelo lived at the same time and knew each other – I am sure they’d collaborate on some kick-ass comic books.
5. How many people are involved in making these comic books?
On each comic book there is a dedicated scriptwriter, artist, project coordinator, and our good friends at printing company handle printing and shipping.
6. Have you been told about the reactions of the ladies after they’ve read their comic book proposal?
Ladies (and men!) are always surprised and amazed. And you can understand why – you can find online, many ideas of how to propose but a lot of them have either become cliched or run the risk of being ruined because of the complicated setup. A comic book is always unexpected, unusual (she or he will be the only one from their friends who had this kind of a proposal), and very beautiful. It’s an art after all. And those little details and elements of bio that we use in our stories make it really special. It shows that you remember them, that you care.
7. What do you think is the most important part of a proposal?
To make the person fall in love with you all over again. To show them that you are together, not just because of a habit or a comfort. You are together because there is something so special between you, there is just no other option – you being together for the rest of you life is just a way to keep the universe in balance :)
8. Are you married/engaged and, if so, how did you propose?
Actually I’ve never proposed myself. But I can say that since I started this business my faith in humanity has been restored, I have again started believing that being romantic is okay and that true love exists. When I read how people describe their partners, little funny moments in life, favourite songs and favourite movies, favourite jokes and silly habits and do it with such love and caring – I believe that we all have a chance to find a soulmate and have it all too.
Thank you Russell for being such a sweetie pie and for showing me this incredible engagement proposal idea! If you’d like to find out more about Russel’s comic books, drop in to visit him here.