AUTHOR’S COMMENT 1997.8.4~1994.4.5(p. 97)
When I was a child, I was drawing for fun and received praise for a picture. I became overblown with confidence and declared that I was going to become a manga artist. At that time, I wanted to become the best at drawing pictures. I believed that the person who draws the best is the best manga artist.
When I was in middle school, I drew a photo-realistic picture for a drawing competition that I was extremely satisfied with. I thought I would surely win the grand prize, but ended up receiving a secondary prize. The drawing that won the grand prize was an energetic piece that seemed like something a middle school kid would draw.
When I was 17, I created my “own style” in order to become a manga artist. This also satisfied me very much. But the only reaction I received from others was that “it’s a different kind of picture.” I learned that there is no such thing as an appropriate level of drawing skills, and from this realization, I lost sight of what I needed to do to become a manga artist.
When I was 19, I received my first fan letter. Somebody I didn’t even know complimented the work I made. I was very happy. Then, I remembered the essence of this art form. The ability to create something that people would e joy. I draw manga for all the people who will read it. But even now, I sometimes draw things for only my own satisfaction and that might not necessarily translate to other readers.
But that is that. And as for my silliness, pardonez-moi
Thank you so much for purchasing this book.
AUTHOR’S COMMENT 2001.4.16~2003.8.4(p. 191)
Does art tell you something?
Does manga advocate something?
As a matter of fact, I don’t put any messages in the manga I draw.
If I draw a story, the themes emerge all on their own.
I do my utmost to find an answer in what I come up with, but each reader is entirely free to decide what he or she takes away from the story. So I don’t send messages.
It’s not as if I don’t have anything to say.
If I were to add were to add some words of my own to the chapter I draw every week in the manga, they would be, “Live another week with good cheer and vitality.”
Thanks for your support.
AUTHOR’S COMMENT 2001.4.16~2003.8.4 (p. 285)
I once got a media request that said, “Please tell us about a tough period in your life or an instance of failure.”
I turned them down.
“I’m sorry. I’ve never suffered failure, so I gave nothing to tell you.”
Wow. I want to punch that guy. Is that what you thought too?
The truth is, I might have had such an experience in my past. (I did.)
When I was just starting out, I would draw and draw, but the manga I was most proud of never got praised, and I felt my pride being battered.
There might have even been a time that I couldn’t move for a week. (There was.) I don’t want to tell people about the painful times in my life, but I’ll tell you what my editor at the time said, because it really helped me out, and it might come in handy for those people who are struggling to find success now.
He told me, “I’ve never seen someone work as hard as you and not get rewarded for it eventually.”
Now I’ve got my third art book out.
Thanks for all the encouragement.