In May 2012 I was lucky enough to get to exhibit at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF). During the month following the event, Open Book Toronto ran a Whazamo! series asking artists to submit an image answering one of the following three questions: Why should everyone read comics? Who is your audience? What inspired you to start making comics? I chose to create a watercolour comic answering the question of inspiration – though I ended up answering the first question too.
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 (depicted as a lame interpretation of the Pegasus Cloth, mainly because I ran out of room)
- Candy Candy – written by Mizuki Kyoko and illustrated by Igarashi Yumiko
- The Chef – written by Tsurugina Mai and illustrated by Katou Tadashi
So, a hotblooded shounen fighting fantasy, a frilly romantic early 20th century/WWI America historical shoujo manga, and a seinen slice-of-life 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…