I just finished a oneshot. I now have 3(ish) unreleased oneshots. I’m going to submit them to various magazines, but honestly, I hate them. They’re very spineless. Through an attempt to be mainstream, I feel like I’ve stripped these works of everything I’m good at.
I know I can’t just splatter anything at a canvas and expect to be serialized. There has to be some sort of curation, but I don’t know how to go about such a thing.
I don’t know how to articulate it, but whatever I just did – didn’t work.
My next contest is Kyomaf (I said I was done fiddling around on Artstreet/Medibang, but it’s the next soonest manga contest).
I’m going to make a oneshot that’s the most “me” thing imaginable. I already know this means whatever I make is doomed to fail, but I feel I need to do it.
I’ve failed in one direction for too long, now I’ll fail in the opposite direction. Every failure gets closer to success. I hope.
This is an incomplete list. More will be added when I read more noteworthy non-manga comics.
Continue reading “Non-Manga Comics that I Enjoy”
I wanted to make my mangaka debut with OEL manga. I’ve recently changed my mind. Now I’m going to aim for Japanese manga magazines.
I reasoned if I can compete on the “world stage” and prove myself against international applicants, it’s like leveling up before the battle begins.
Continue reading “Manga Debut Strategies”
I make manga because I love manga.
Manga is a subjective term. I don’t know how to define it.
I read very little Western comics, webcomics, webtoons. I feel confused by left-to-right pages. I don’t like comics in color. Generally speaking, the color feels superfluous.
As a minimalist, I love the simplicity in the monochrome pages of manga.
There is no sound or motion in manga. A pure expression of storytelling. I see manga as the closest direct link to a person’s mind.
Movies are like a collage with everyone’s fingerprints adding to the picture. There is a value in that. However, I want to know the exact mind of another person. I think this is because I feel like my own self is misunderstood. I feel alienated from others. Many of my oneshots are an attempt to express something I can’t tell people, or I lack the words to articulate (Others are attempts at being mainstream, or an extended art exercise – but even these have a reflection of the self).
I also have the hope that my work will inspire people. Leave the world better than you found it. Maybe someone else will feel a personal connection when reading my work. Grander social and political action feels like something too complex for myself to understand, let alone artfully convey in fiction. That does not mean I want apolitical work.
It would be easier to try to make a stake in webcomics. However, this world is unfamiliar to me. I don’t know what the culture is like. I’m sure I could learn, but I don’t feel the same sense of inspiration that manga gives me. If I’m going to reach for a career in the arts, it has to be what I love.