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Tyler Tinoco-Marin, 10

Sophomore Tyler Tinoco-Marin describes his passion and amour for writing and for comic books.

Photo by Axel Perales

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I would say I am more of a fictional writer. When I write, I like adventure since I go for the mystery and the action elements in a book, and I even try to add some romance in my stories. I write my stories with a lot of dialogue, so I go through some first-person and third-person perspectives very often. I just do my writing at home and sometimes at school during lunchtime or break, spending on average two to five hours, maybe per day or per week, so I’m very devoted to my writing. I try to draw comics, but I can’t, so I sometimes have to ask a certain friend; however, she never does it, so I’m gonna get her one day.

I use a website called Wattpad to read online stories that people have made – it’s a wonderful site! I read some books made by normal people, and I loved them. It inspired me to actually make a book myself which I haven’t finished yet. It is a thriller-action-romance one about a boy and his monster-friend. One day, the boy is captured and sent to a lab to figure some things out in his mind because nobody can see his monster-friend. It’s like he’s not there at all, just like an imaginary friend. From this site, I know a lot of online people who’ve read my stories; they’ve told me I’m a great writer. Some tips they give me is to try to make the dialogue more developed, be a little more descriptive here and there — the usual stuff. It has inspired me to write.

[In Comic Book Club] we usually just hang out, talk about comics, and watch some videos about comics. We sometimes talk about LumaCon because that’s coming up. LumaCon is like a smaller Comic Con, but right here in Petaluma where writers go and make up their own booths. I know a friend of mine named Hani who’s going there, and he has comics there so make sure you go and check him out. I don’t really know that much, but I know there’s going to be a contest there about writing, so I might join it.

I was influenced to join Comic Book Club mostly because my friends pushed me on to get in there, and because I am their expert on reading mangas. Manga is a Japanese-styled book, and is a very different style from the average comic book. For one, you read it backwards, and their drawing styles are a bit different. The eyes are way bigger, they have smoother lines instead of the traditional, normal looks of an American comic book. Reading mangas is a hobby of mine.

There are many [comics that I love]; I like “Spiderman,” “Iron Man,” and “The Avengers” stories. One of my heroes is J.K. Rowling. I loved her Harry Potter books; I actually love those. I’ve read the whole series in one week. Jeff Kinney [the author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid] is another one of those.

My favoritecharacter from the comics I’ve read is Deadpool. [Meanwhile, from the stories that I’ve written], so far it has to be Oscar. [He] was part of a fan fiction that I wrote of a crossover between Pokemon and RWBY. RWBY is a good anime; people should watch it.

When I grow up, I want to be a teacher or an author — I’m still deciding. If I was a teacher, I would be an elementary school teacher and teach sixth grade. I wanted to teach a sixth grade class once; never did, but I really want to do that one day. If I were to be an author in the future, it would be depending on what I would be feeling. If I felt like I want to do a mystery/horror, I would do that. If I instead felt like [writing] a happy story for little kids, I would do that. It just depends on what I’m feeling.

Interview by Axel Perales

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