Today, I have read an interview between two mangakas: Ken Akamatsu and Kentaro Takekuma.
It is divided into 5 parts and it is a conversation about the future of the manga industry, well comics in general with the coming of the technological age. This is much like conversations I have had with my rival, Contreras, creator of BLADE OF THE FREAK.
My father always asks me what i want to do with my future and I always reply, make manga and then he asks, "how?"
My plan was to keep practicing and coming up with a good story that I enjoy and one day start serializing it on paper while being a teacher (unless I start making more money making manga, lol). But with the internet becoming more of a resource, especially for comics, with people reading manga online instead of buying it, which I also guilty of, lol.
As of now, my plan in a couple of years is to start serializing SPOON online and have people pay a dollar a month and then publish chapters into volumes and perhaps collaborate with other mangakas on the site. Me and Contreras both are on board with this idea and will start having a podcast, lol. So this is my idea for the future and I hope all of you will support me, especially since I feel the power! haha.
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Hola, Haven't posted in awhile and I just want to say that I have been having huge leaps of progress in my thouht process, meaning I think I got through my writers block! Of course some may argue such a thing may not exist, but my definition of it is even though you are coming up with ideas, they just are not good enough, nothing that makes you all excited to draw and I have been struggling for a long time trying to come up with a main backstory for SPOON. Like what are his goals and how people can connect to him. I juggled with a lot of ideas and talked with a lot of friends to figure it all out but I think I finally know what to do. I finally feel the creativity and feel like the story is all coming together! I feel that I have been going through periods of high amoutns of creativity and this is something every artist struggles with. I always read interviews by Terry Moore and he explains that he loves drawing with ideas that make him so excited and he wants to see it happen. I finally understand what he means. So what is the new idea? I'll explain: "Because of a curse, Charles has become a spoon and is on quest to find a spell to revert him back to his human form. " That is the main concept and I will not go into detail, lol. It may sound cliche, but I know with my ideas, I can make it a fun ride! To be honest, I read a manga called "Oumadogaki", which I highly recommend and it helped me...well believe in myself a little more. Oh and on top of that, I plan to enter this contest where I have to come up with a drawing showing all the characters of BAKUMAN. Here is the link for those of you interested: http://shonenjump.viz.com/bakumanfanartcontest I've reread all the chapters yesterday and have a decent idea, lol. The deadline is at the end of April and I do plan on submitting and we'll go from there. =)