It’s an exciting day here at LSQ, dear readers, because Issue 046 is here, and it’s our biggest issue yet! Clocking in at 20, that’s right, 20 speculative stories, this issue is sure to have something for everyone, all wrapped up in fantastical cover art by the magical Janaina Medeiros. As always, we have both print and digital copies you can snag for keeps.
Before you dig in to the issue itself, take a look below at our interview with our cover artist! Janaina’s work is gorgeous and whimsical, and she gave us a peek behind her artistic inspirations:
LSQ: Please tell us about the cover image “Capricorn.” Is there a story behind this image? How did you decide on all the different elements in this art?
Janaina: I started this illustration without a specific theme in mind. I don’t know why, but at some point this tail appeared, and it reminded me of the Capricorn’s tail. Previously I had thought about making a series of drawings about the zodiac. Something nocturnal, mysterious, and vintage. So with that illustration, I decided to start this project.
I was sure about Capricorn after reading the following description: “the graphic representation of Capricorn is a mixture of horns with fish/snake, which leads us to a deep dive into the soul, followed by a sudden return to the material world, suggesting opposite worlds and full of inner tension.” So I thought the image of the crystal ball would be interesting here. It sees not only the future, but also hidden facts of the present. In their face there’s tension; perhaps Capricorn is analyzing their own soul in this crystal ball. Meanwhile the surrounding foliage is reminiscent of the material, physical world.
Janaina: I think what attracts me about drawing mermaids is the idea of living in a kingdom under the seas. This looks magical, and even scary. The ocean is still a very mysterious place.
About a favorite piece of mermaid lore, I always remember the prose “Dona Janaina” by Manuel Bandeira, one of the first texts I remember reading as a child at school. It’s actually a song dedicated to Iemanjá, the goddess of the sea. “Janaina” is one of her names. By the way, other meanings for my name are “mermaid of the rivers” and “queen of the sea”. I think this is all a fun coincidence since I like to draw these themes.
Janaina: I would love to draw Scheherazade someday, as well as the enchanted beings of Brazilian folklore, like Boitatá, our fire serpent/dragon. And finish the zodiac series, and draw more mermaids, just like stories about the sea, such as Agneta & the Sea King, etc. There are so many stories. I hope some day to be able to finish all this.
LSQ: Do you have a personal favorite of the projects you’ve worked on? Or one that was
memorable due to its challenges? If so, can you tell us a bit about it?