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October 26, 2023

Bliobenes brings dreams to life through webcomic Train of Whispers

Coppell High School senior Scarlett Bliobenes works on webcomic Train of Whispers during the morning before school in E105. Bliobenes has been working on her webcomic since Junior year. (Noor Fatima)

Coppell High School senior Scarlett Bliobenes appears from the outside to be a reserved figure as she finds every minute she can to draw on the Procreate app between assignments and during mornings before her art class.  

Take a closer look though and you find that through her pen, she’s piecing together a comic with its origins in her realm of dreams by basing the plot on a dream she had before she started on the project.

Train of Whispers on Webtoon is Bliobenes’s webcomic about the protagonist, Maeve, as she tries to find her way back home after waking up in a strange realm, accompanied by a strange man.

Bliobenes’s love for stories has been apparent from her youth. Checking out as many books from the library as she could starting in elementary school.

“I remember our teachers used to always get on to her about reading during lessons,” Yaalinee Prabhu said. “She was the first one to start reading chapter books, and almost finished reading the entire library at our elementary school.”   

When she was in sixth grade at Coppell Middle School North, Bliobenes began to develop her skills in the visual arts when she found an interest in character design. She taught herself to draw until eighth grade where she took her first art class.

“The art teachers and I joke that we don’t really need to do anything with Scarlett because she is so personally motivated and driven and has come to us with that drive” Coppell High School AP/IV Art teacher Michelle Hauske said. “She has come into the these higher level courses with a skillset and knowledge that she has learned from her own personal practice.  She’s so personally driven that she goes and she learns on her own.”

Over time the characters she created took on a life of their own as her love for stories merged with her character design skills.  She found herself with the necessary skills to make her comic and began working on Train of Whispers in her junior year, publishing the first episode in July 2023, and continues her commitment to the project on a steady basis, finding every moment she can to continue drawing it.

“That feeling where you’re finally able to recreate what you’ve been thinking of, and you’re looking at the finished product and it’s so cool to look at because it’s a tangible result of your imagination,” Bliobenes said. “I love the rush that I get from that. Especially a project as big as this, is something that I’ve been thinking about for a long time.” 

Bliobenes plans to study advertising and graphic design at the University of Texas at Austin.  She said Train of Whispers and future projects will remain a passion project until she finds stability in comic books.


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Noor Fatima
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As an excited, wide-eyed Noor walked into D115 for the first time on the first day of her sophomore year, she tilted her head in confusion and thought to herself, “I thought this was an art class, why are there newspaper awards lining the walls?” Despite stumbling into the program by accident, Coppell High School senior and Sidekick graphic designer Noor Fatima found her place in the newspaper.  

Expanding beyond her expectation of designing graphics, Noor has tried a variety of mediums in the program. She enjoys writing stories and drawing graphics.  She grew up in Canada and moved to Texas five years ago, where she joined The Sidekick in her sophomore year of high school.

 She is the secretary of The Coppell Young Writers Association, and has a deep passion for writing. She appreciates the convergence of writing and multimedia that The Sidekick has, and believes that they go together. “People often separate writing, photos, and graphic design, but I think they are amplified and speak for each other when put together,” Noor says. 

Her favorite genre of music is J-pop, and enjoys listening to artists such as  Yoasobi and Kanaria. Noor is fond of rainy weather, and she loves to spend rainy days reading a good book with a warm cup of coffee. She enjoys reading a mix of manga and the occasional novel, and doodling characters from series she likes in her sketchbook. She wishes to pursue writing, and publish a graphic novel in the future. You can contact her at [email protected].

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