Experiencing Something Wonderful

Experiencing Something Wonderful

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…