First blog post of the year 2017! So, I finally managed to update the comics page with my Manga Jiman entry from 2015, entitled “Shadow of a Doubt”. I did want to add it last year, but I kept forgetting ^^;. It was an idea that I came up with just two weeks before the deadline of the competition, so I really had to rush myself to complete it. I was really surprised that I managed to get 5th place in the competition that year (2015) but I was happy it was well received by the judges. Please give it a read, you can find it under the comics tab :).
The Manga Jiman competition is something I challenge myself to enter every year. Some years I didn’t enter because I struggled with ideas too much, but since 2013 I have somehow managed to make the shortlist of the top 10 entries. Being shortlisted in this recent competition (2016) now makes that four times in a row and five times in total! It is always very humbling for me to know that people enjoy reading my stories and hope I can try more ambitious projects in future. Anyway, my entry from last year is entitled “Views of Sakura” and if you’re around London, you can view it at the Japan Embassy’s current exhibition, between now and the 31st March 2017! More details can be found on the Japan Embassy website. I have no idea where I placed yet, but will update once I know (I hope I can keep this website more frequently updated this year, honestly ^^;).
Last month (in February) I decided to enter the Graphic Shakespeare Competition as a drawing exercise. The challenge was to interpret a selected Shakespeare scene into a 4-page comic and I decided to try illustrating a scene from “Twelfth Night”, in which Cesario (Viola) has a conversation with Orsino. I didn’t really have much time to think over the setting (I worked on my entry a week before the deadline) so I designed the characters in ‘Elizabethan’ costume. Though I had not featured the outdoors environment in my comic, I do picture the surroundings have a more exotic feeling as it is based on an island.
I really did enjoy working on this entry and so perhaps I might produce my own version of Twelfth Night in time. I would like a chance to develop my ideas further if I pick it up as a project in future. We’ll see, but in the mean time, you can read my entry here.
I finally have some comics in the comics section of my website! I’m still adding to it and I’m not 100% happy with the layout yet, but I’ll keep working on it.
Among the titles in the comics section is my entry for last year’s Manga Jiman competition 2014 entitled “Andante”. I can’t believe I haven’t mentioned this on my blog yet, but I’ve managed to placed 8th this time (in 2013, I placed 9th, 2014 I placed 8th… at this rate, I’ll make it to first place in seven years)! Anyway, the Japan Embassy in London is currently displaying an exhibition of all the winners works which will last until…what?! Tomorrow?! Better hurry over there and check it out before it’s too late D: (visit the embassy website for more details).
If for some unfortunate reason you can’t make the trip to the exhibition, (maybe because I’ve informed you too late) do not worry! My entry “Andante” is now available to read on my website along with previous short comics I’ve created (just click “comics” from the main menu to see the current list). I’m still adding things to the comics page so I’ll post another update when I do.
Last year (2013) I entered the annual Manga Jiman competition (held by the Japan Embassy in London) and found out early on this year that I was shortlisted as a winner!
I wasn’t really expecting to win anything at all, mainly because I rushed my entry and pushed myself to finish it as the deadline drew to a close (I was really determined to enter this year no matter what)! I haven’t entered the competition since 2009 (in 2008 I placed 5th with my entry, “Dilemma”) so overall, I just felt good about submitting something after so long ;u;.
A couple of weeks ago, I attended the opening ceremony of the Manga Jiman 2013 Exhibition at the Japan embassy and there I found out where I placed… 9TH!
My comic “Portfolio of Lies” placed 9th (yay)! That’s not bad for someone who wasn’t expecting to place. During the party at the embassy (that sounds posh doesn’t it?) I was very happy to hear that my entry was well received and that people genuinely enjoyed reading it (thank you everyone who gave me positive feedback, it gave me such a warm fuzzy feeling inside ;u;). I’ll try my best to enter again this year, hopefully next time round I will do even better ^_^. Congratulations to all the winners!
The Manga Jiman 2013 exhibition is currently open at the Japan Embassy in London until late April. More details, including a full list of winners, can be found on the Japan Embassy website (visit while you still can :D)!