Answer to Open Book Toronto’s Whazamo! question: What inspired you to start making comics?
The three manga featured in the first panel of the second row, essentially the three manga I remember most prominently from my childhood, are:
- Saint Seiya – the original by Kurumada Masami (hotblooded shounen fighting fantasy)
- Candy Candy – written by Mizuki Kyoko and illustrated by Igarashi Yumiko (frilly romantic early 20th century/WWI America historical shoujo manga)
- The Chef – written by Tsurugina Mai and illustrated by Katou Tadashi (slice-of-life seinen cooking manga)
It’s easy to see how I made the connection of comics being a medium and not a narrow genre even from an early age…