I’ve been asked to post 10 things about myself, and since about half of my lovely handful of followers don’t know me, I thought I’d go for it. C:
1. I letter manga professionally. If you’ve read manga from Viz, you’ve probably seen my stuff. I have over 130 books out now, after 6 and a half years of working. I love my job!
2. Spending time working on the titles of some of manga’s contemporary greats—or at least really popular mangaka—has taught me a great deal and influenced my own comic writing and layouts.
3. The first comic I read (newspaper funnies don’t count, except maybe Calvin & Hobbes) was Elfquest. My art still has an EQ influence, I admit! It was EQ that led me to try anime, and anime led me to manga, and here we are now.
4. I wish I had more time to work on my original stuff. As a freelancer, it’s feast or famine. The trick with famine is to use the time to create my own original artwork, but usually the depression that I’M NOT WORKING OMG I NEED MONEY pulls me down. Every time it happens, it affects me less, though.
5. I can’t stop writing stories in my head. Original, fanfic, it doesn’t matter. I am constantly spinning stories. The only downside is when I’m trying to go to sleep, an idea hits, the adrenalin kicks in, and two hours and a great deal of scribbling later, I can finally sort of it would be really nice to go to sleep.
6. I don’t want to create a webcomic epic of over a thousand pages. I have too many stories I want to tell, (see #5) and that will require shorter, more concise works.
7. I have another guest comic in the works, a 4-pager for a favorite webcoimc of mine. It’s on hold while I deal with the current work crunch, though. The guest comic is unsolicited, but I know the artist has welcomed guest comics before. I wish I’d finished and sent it to her already, because she could have used a break in the past couple of months!
8. I prefer character development over fight scenes and slapstick in all forms of fiction. I don’t care how pretty or creative a story is, if I don’t like the characters—or love to hate them—then I won’t read it again.
9. Favorite prose books are Sunshine by Robin McKinley, Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones, and Inda by Sherwood Smith. Favorite comics and manga are Natsume’s Book of Friends by Midorikawa Yuki, Elfquest by Wendy and Richard Pini, Hikaru no Go by Hotta and Obata, and Skip Beat! by Nakamura Yoshiki.
10. If I ever become independently wealthy, I will still work and create art. Hopefully less of the former and a lot more of the latter, but that’s the plan! I’d also like to give grants to aspiring comickers and animators, so that they can focus on creating, too. Ahhhh, one day…!