Who We Are
Imaginos Workshop is a creative engine featuring a diverse group of creators. Our media ranges from comics to podcasts to scripts. As our company motto simply states, "We Make Cool $h!t!"
Our latest featured creator is a long time member of Imaginos Workshop: Jeff Lilly
A member of the rock star creative team responsible for the ongoing webcomic, The Extras, Jeff is a treasured part of Imaginos. His experience with the educational environment isn’t limited to the fictional School of Saints Java and Hellbender though. Jeff lived in Japan for over a decade teaching in small town public schools. Those cherished memories from his time as an educator continue to influence the universe of The Extras along with his other works.
While his webcomic work is amazing on its own, Jeff also works together with the scriptwriting team at Imaginos to craft gripping screenplays and other writings. One of his written works, the Erin Tarn Chronicles, is available for free reading in the Writings section of our website.
Not only is Jeff a kickass creative engine on his own, but he partakes in a curious hobby: repairing antique radios. Initially, he only collected a few radios, but after a while, began to ask “Could I make these work?” He took a deep dive into learning more about the mechanics of antique radios and is now president of the Michigan Antique Radio Club.
To help learn more about this amazing creator, we asked him a few questions about his work over the years, where he hopes to go, and how he got into the cool hobby of repairing antique radios.
Q: You lived in Japan for over a decade teaching in public schools. What led you there and how has that time influenced your creative career?
A: I graduated with a degree in East Asian Studies. I followed a classmate to the same company and planned on staying in Japan for a year just to see a bit of the world. The private English school I worked for placed me in a local junior high and I fell in love with teaching in public schools. So I stayed on, and on.
Living abroad, especially in a culture very different from your own, is a real opportunity for personal and creative growth. It makes you aware of your actions and how you present yourself, because the cultural ground rules you never normally have to think about are suddenly different. Everyday life becomes surprising, because there are little things to discover, beautiful new details to notice. It encourages you to be mindful and curious and see things in a new way, which is brain fuel to every creative person.
Q: What was some of the inspiration behind "The Extras"?
A: On a story level, The Extras is inspired by classic boarding school tales, ranging from recent works by Gordon Korman, back to Victorian times by authors like Angela Brazil. I’m also influenced by various slice-of-life comics and shows. On a personal level, I’m inspired by the students I taught, their quirks and interests and the everyday adventures that make adolescence such a richly confusing time- alternately challenging, scary, joyful, and fascinating.
Q: Repairing antique radios is a pretty cool hobby! How did you get into doing that?
A: I collected a few Bakelite radios for the design, and then wondered if I could make them work. I sought out other collectors and was lucky enough to find the Michigan Antique Radio Club. I learned from my new friends there firsthand, as well as studying books, online materials, and original correspondence courses from the time period. Plus lots of trial and error. It’s very satisfying to make something that’s been sitting idle for over half a century work again.
Q: Alongside working on The Extras, you also work on screenplays and teleplays. What's one of your favorite ones that you've written?
A: My current favorite is a project called The Flea Market that Mark, Nik, and I developed. It’s a comedy, which is always fun to write, especially with those two. It’s also completely unique in many ways and I think it will make quite a splash.
Q: What are some of your Imaginos-related goals for the next few years?
A: First and foremost, sell the scripts we’ve been developing. Teach good writing and keep on editing so that creators in Imaginos Workshop can produce the very best stories possible, and they can teach others in turn. On a personal level, keep learning all I can. Continue to write The Extras and possibly get it to a larger publisher. Use the revenue to hire other artists at good wages to work on some other stuff I have waiting in the wings.
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