Mayshing is the artist of our latest Premium title, E-Depth Angel! Check it out in the Premium Section!
So what was it that inspired you to start making comics?
Doraemon. (the manga series) The kind of adventure and things I learned through reading the manga brought me a lot of joy and helped me to dream. I wanted to do the same type of jobs and had started doing comics since 2nd grade in elementary school.
Speaking of inspirations, what are some of the most inspiring comics and artists to you?
Doraemon, YuYu Hakusho (幽☆遊☆白書) Death note, Letter Bee, Wolf Rain, Scrolls of the water god (水神祈繪卷) and animated movies from Miyazaki.
Doraemon, Miyazaki and YuYu series decided my story telling genre, and my manga types. (I like making manga with education purpose in mind, offering a bit more than pure entertainment, with plenty of adventure and action.)
Death note inspired me on drawing. Letter Bee on use of shadow shapes. Wolf Rain, and Scrolls of the Water god inspires me on paneling and layout.
Mind telling us how you get involved with MangaMagazine.net?
Mangamagazine is well known around the indy manga circle, I saw other creators talking about the site on their blog.
Originally we were already posting our content in other places, and wasn’t really sure if we wanted to add another obligation to the list.
But the investment Mangamagazine has made to the creators has proven to be worth while for myself and my team to get more involved.
It’s probably the only site that pays the creators for posting their manga content without requiring the creators to be the official employee of the company, which is very unusual. (and no ads) I’m glad to see Mangamagazine has worked out a system that works for the digital mangas on all parties, publishing, creator, and the different group of readers.
Can you tell us a little bit about your series, E-Depth Angel?
E-Depth angel in a nut shell is about a girl named Angel who’s trying to save her friends, Lien and Kolei from being turned into super human weapons to take over the world by their tyrant father Seon. It involves a load of cyborg family drama and romance element like an sci-fi soap opera, with mechas and action along side it.
How did you come up with the idea for this series?
A few reasons combined:
1. I was inspired by a nurse in China caring for the nasty people with Leprosy, those people weren’t friendly, they would fight and bite if they could… but she helped them to form a community with good relationships.
2. I wanted to do a manga with robots, just to challenge myself, knowing most female artists aren’t even interested in drawing such a genre. I ended up liking to draw robots after creating None.
I made a basic story of what I wanted to do, and then start to plan it in sketches, I always write my story in sketches form.
Then I go into researching, learning about what’s going on in the science world, (since robot is always related to science) read popular science magazine, watch Science channel as I develop the story on a consistent level. But I do feel I am always behind on the news.
After a year of developing on on the story idea, I started the manga, but continue to develop it as it goes… watching the audience reaction and then make changes at times to my plot, sticking with my original intended flow. And this series grew from a small try out to a mega 800 pages full color manga….. OTL
One of things that stands out to me about your series, is the mecha designs; How do you go about creating the giant robots?
Actually, because I was so bad at robot designs, I took my character Lien and simply turned him into a mecha after reading “How To Draw Manga Volume 12: Giant Robots” and then my first official mecha character, None is born.
It worked so well I did it for other characters as well. So essentially, all the mecha designs came from an already existing human character. I also reference different genre of mecha shows like Zoids, Big O, Gundam and try to include references to them all for my own practice. So e-depth became a merge of all the genre of robot designs I studied. It’s a study manga for me and it still is.
The animated trailer you did for E-Depth Angel is very impressive! What kind of experience do you have in animation?
4 years of animation major in School of Visual arts, graduated with Excellence in animation for 2010. Then freelanced animation until now, that’s it! Not very impressive resume wise. I got some good basic knowledge from school, the other half is self study, and SVA gave me an intense 4 years to do so. I think anyone with enough determination can probably pull it off learning on their own on youtube.
I will also be posting tutorials on how to make the anime from scratch on my youtube later.
I see that you have two other series, Mystic Shenshu and 2Masters, would you like to tell us a bit about those comics?
A: Mystic Shenshu is about A pair of Taiwanese middle school student who were stuck in their routine daily school life got captured and transported into the World of Ghost in Ancent China, where written words, and the art of Calligraphy holds power. .
It’s a series I made to remember the fading ancient art of calligraphy. (It’s still pretty much alive but it gets the cold shoulder from most practicing artists) It’s an art form my grandpa practiced, and because of how closely it is related to my own family, my pen name Mayshing is actually taken from the main heroine in the story.
2Masters is a fantasy warfare series, in a world ruled by two supreme Masters, Masters of Heaven, who represents the spirit of freedom and love,and Master of Earth who is the master of wealth and power.The Two Masters fight one another and provides completely different philosophies for the living,and humans who follow them are granted powers.
Thus creating a never ending world war…
It’s taking our world that’s full of conflicts, simplifying it to two sides and placing in all the gray zones in between, and having the humans choose. Everyone in this world can switch side when they decide to.
This is something I thought about constantly, whether I want to focus my desire in life on the wealth of tangible possessions or the intangible, it’s like a person serving two different masters, the two belief systems that fight one another.
People go to war not just on problems with resources, but also on belief systems, and this is a series where I want to explore the subject. Technically, the war between different belief systems has not stopped, thus its a war that has not seen its end.
Any advice for up and coming artists?
I counseled some young and up coming artists struggling to put their comics together, hoping to gain love from the audience, but didn’t gain traction for their art.
And I can really relate to not getting the desired reward back compare to the amount of time you put into a piece of work.
I haven’t gotten that fully figured out yet…. especially with the age of internet, a beginner will start out on the same site as a seasonal professional. The sense of immediate competition is far worse than the days without internet.
I do want to advice new artists not to get caught up on this competition. Instead, go the natural route of development, even on the internet.
The natural route of development for an young artist is to draw their comics, share with a few close friends and family, then sharing around with their classmates and so on. From an average audience they will gain feedback and stay encouraged to go on.
On the internet, it doesn’t happen that way, the young artist usually try to show the work to someone they admire. (EX: a popular artist) and usually gets no reply when they ask for feedback like “Please check my art out,” and did not connect with people around their age, (because of anonymity on the net) or immediate family around them.
When the artist is getting almost no feedback, it’s easier for the young artist to feel VERY discouraged. In a way, this is almost worse than hearing a friend saying “Your work still suck compare to so and so” because a negative feedback sometimes can be inspiring even if its unhealthy. (though that kind of feedback will likely turn the artist into a competitive, insecure person.)
I advice the young artists who are still trying to get noticed for their work to first make friends with other people around their skill level. (aka start conversations with people who’s work also get no attention) and help each other, give kind pointers and feedback to each other. All an artist need is just 1 friend like that to keep going and develop a much healthier outlook on their work.
Thanks for your time and a good luck in the future!
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