Online Comics

Here are much of the manga/comics stories I’ve written and drawn since 1998. This list also works as a time-line of my work, and I’ve included the times when I was working on my professionally published books. Many of these works have been drawn over the years so I can improve my craft, and much of them came from before I started working professionally. These stories varied in content and quality, and they’re all up here to be viewed. Watching my style grow and change over the years is gratifying – I never drew as a child, but it seems that as an adult, I’ve made a lot of improvements over the years.

Since March 2014, I’ve also participated in an online venture with an artist’s collective called Bento Comics, which is an Ebook publisher and Print-On-Demand publisher. I run our Ebook shopfront at Smashwords.

 

2017

Fabled Kingdom vol3Fabled Kingdom vol.3

Genre: Fairy-tale Fantasy, Adventure, Romance, Humour, 240 pages of comics-prose

Buy: This volume is not available to read online, so please visit the Store page to buy it.

Story: What if Little Red Riding Hood had to save a dear friend from certain death?
What if that meant having to kill one of her grandmothers?

Notes: This story is finally finished at over 600 pages, done over 3 years while I was working on other projects too. Unlike 2015, when I has saddled with a lot of colds, 2016 turned out to be a healthy year, but one which I was busy working on some concurrent non-comics projects. Now that’s been sorted, I was finally able to focus on and finish “Fabled Kingdom” v3, and I’m fairly happy with the final result. What I didn’t expect was the mood crash that occurred after I finished the 3-book series, which is still part of an on-going series – it seems that it’s taken more out of me than I thought. As a result, I decided to change directions and focus on more short term projects for the time being.

Fabled KingdomFinished “Fabled Kingdom: vol.3” for Bento Comics

 

2016
Fabled KingdomStarted “Fabled Kingdom: vol.3” for Bento Comics

 

2015

Fabled Kingdom vol2Fabled Kingdom vol.2

Genre: Fairy-tale Fantasy, Adventure, Romance, Humour, 226 pages of comics-prose

Buy: Please visit the Store page to buy.

Story: What if Little Red Riding Hood wakes up a legendary kingdom that has been asleep for sixty years? What if she then has prove her worth by passing three difficult magical trials?

Notes: This part of the story is always the hardest to write. The “middle” volume of any arc is always the awkward middle child, but this one manages to do a lot of fleshing out of the world. The chapters ended up being a little longer than I expected, but at 232 pages, it’s only about 20 pages longer than the first book. Hopefully book 3 won’t be as long – and hopefully book 3 will be delivered on time. Book 2 took longer to do because I kept getting sick in 2015 – instead of having NO colds a year, I had 4 just this year. It was pretty awful.

Fabled KingdomFinished “Fabled Kingdom: vol.2” for Bento Comics
Fabled KingdomStarted “Fabled Kingdom: vol.2” for Bento Comics

Fabled Kingdom vol1Fabled Kingdom vol.1

Genre: Fairy-tale Fantasy, Adventure, Romance, Humour, 212 pages of comics-prose

Buy: Please visit the Store page to buy.

Story: What if Little Red Riding Hood’s grandmother isn’t her real grandmother? What if her two true born grandmothers are both Queens – and one is good, while the other one is evil? This volume is available online.

Notes: This is the first long-form story I got to write for a long time. When I consider the majority of my published career, I’ve spent most of it either doing stories that people have asked me to write (“The Dreaming” was the result of being asked to write a “haunted school” story), or working as an illustrator. I think I’ve finally had enough of working for other people, since I originally got into the industry to write and draw my own stories. Doing “Fabled Kingdom” is a big change from what I’ve done before, and not just because it’s in comics-prose, but it’s also made me feel a sense of freedom and fun that I’ve not felt for a long time. I really enjoy doing this series, and I don’t want to work on anything else right now.

Fabled KingdomFinished “Fabled Kingdom: vol.1” for Bento Comics

 

2014
Fabled KingdomStarted “Fabled Kingdom: vol.1” for Bento Comics
Short Ghost StoriesFinished “Short Ghost Stories: The Man with the Axe in his Back” for Bento Comics
Short Ghost Stories: The Man with the Axe in his BackShort Ghost Stories: The Man with the Axe in his Back

Genre: Ghost Stories, Horror 74 pages of comics-prose, 4 prose-only stories

Buy: Please visit the Store page to buy.

Story: Trapped in an elevator with a murdered man. A woman’s foot savaged by something as she reads ghost stories late at night. A boy flees from a battlefield, only to be swallowed by a tree. A starving family struggles to stay civilised… and more. Here are 4 spine-chilling, ‘Twilight Zone’-esque stories illustrated in COMICS-PROSE, with another 4 in PROSE-ONLY format.

Notes: This was an interesting experiment. This is a collection of comics-prose horror/ghost stories that was first written in prose, before being converted into comics-prose. This is not how I normally do things – I usually start with comics-prose, and then that’s it. In this case, I did the reverse, and the results were… interesting. I feel that it’s best to start with comics-prose and then convert it to prose, rather than start in prose first and then try and turn it into comics-prose. The only thing I got out of this is two separate versions of the same stories – COMICS-PROSE and PROSE-ONLY, which I then sold separately. (I also only got the time to convert 4 of the 8 stories into comics-prose, since I was studying real estate in the first half of the year. I felt kinda burnt out on this, to be honest).

 

2013
Short Ghost StoriesStarted “Short Ghost Stories: The Man with the Axe in his Back” for Bento Comics
Legend of Zelda: The Edge and The LightLegend of Zelda: The Edge and The Light

Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Fanfiction 312 pages – Mix of Comics and Prose

Buy: You can read this online for free in its entirety. Please visit the Store page to buy.

Story: After years of absence, Link finally returns to Hyrule from his travels abroard. Initially expecting to greet Princess Zelda, he instead finds the kingdom in decline, plagued by all kinds of trouble. Just what is causing these problems, and does it have anything to do with why Link left in the first place?

Notes: This is a fanfiction I started writing in 2006, based on the “Legend of Zelda” series by Nintendo. At the time, I was unable to finish it because of other professional commitments, but I decided to come back and finish this from May 2012 to February 2013. I changed its format to “illustrated prose”, since it’s impossible to do a full story using a comics format – and I also wanted to test how long it’ll take for me to write and draw a 300 page book. Turns out, no longer than a 160 page manga. I worked to tight deadlines, and things turned out pretty well! I made a few information pages about the series here.

 

2012
Small ShenFinished “Small Shen” for Harper Collins/Kylie Chan
We Are The PickwicksWe Are The Pickwicks

Genre: Drama, Mystery, 10 pages – comics-prose

Story: Have you ever wondered about the neighbour of Wendy Darling and her brothers? While Wendy got to go to Neverland with Peter Pan, what did her neighbour do?

Notes: This was written for a “Peter Pan” anthology BentoComics.com put out in April, much like the “Sherlock Holmes” anthology. This story, however, is different, since it’s a combination of prose + comics rather than straight-out comics. I call it “comics-prose”, and it was interesting to write and do, and there’s very good reasons why I went this route, which I’ll probably take from now on. I explained my reasons here on this page.

 

2011
smallshenSmall Shen

Genre: Chinese Fantasy, 180 pages

Buy: You can sample the first four chapters online. If you want to read on, please purchase it on the “Store” page.

Story: Stone spirit Gold is a mischievous librarian in service to the Chinese gods, but he soon finds himself in hot water with his tendencies to do as he pleases. One of the people he angers is the Dragon Princess Jade, but soon, these two will find themselves fighting on the same side…

Notes: This story is the first example of “comics-prose” to come into existence (ie. a mix of prose and comics). I can’t say that doing something like this has occurred to me all along, but trying to convert this (kinda long) book into comics certainly spear-headed the situation. I must say I’ve been wanting to push boudaries since my “Odd Thomas” days, and now this has finally come to fruition. The sales of this book also proved there was an audience for comics-prose. Believe it or not, I’d been expecting hate mail, but instead I got nice fanmail from people. It was encouraging!

Small ShenStarted “Small Shen” for Harper Collins/Kylie Chan
House of OddFinished “House of Odd” for Del Rey/Dean Koontz
Sister Holmes: The Nun in the BarSister Holmes: The Nun in the Bar

Genre: Mystery, 16 pages

Buy: This is part of “Queenie Chan: Short Stories 2000-2010”. Please visit the Store page to buy.

Story: A nun walks into a bar, and encounters a man who has been robbed and based unconscious. Who is the perpetrator?

Notes: This is a short story for the “Sherlock Holmes” anthology BentoComics.com put out for April, consisting of a bunch of short stories involving Sherlock Holmes by the contributor. When I was first asked to do a Sherlock Holmes story, I couldn’t be less interested. Mystery was one of my least-favourite genres – until I re-read The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and realised that I just never appreciated Arthur Conan Doyle’s writing as a child. Endeavoring to write my own Mystery story, I settled on… a Detective Nun.

 

2010
odd3House of Odd (Odd Thomas Series)

Genre: Mystery, 180 pages

Buy: You cannot read this online. Please purchase it on the “Store” page.

Story: In this lastest outing for psychic fry cook Odd Thomas and his girlfriend Stormy, they find themselves facing a house that is possibly haunted. It seems like a cause for bungling TV “psychics” at first, but is there darker, deeper evil there?

Notes: This is the last Odd Thomas book I did, using a script written by someone else. It was a pretty fun experience overall, but after doing three books, I was itching to do something different. I remember there being plans for a fourth Odd Thomas book, but I’d turned that down to do “Small Shen” instead. Not sure what happened with that book, to be honest. Still, I’m proud of having worked with Dean Koontz on the Odd books.

House of OddStarted “House of Odd” for Del Rey/Dean Koontz
ElevatorElevator

Genre: Horror, 14 pages

Buy: This is part of “Queenie Chan: Short Stories 2000-2010”. Please visit the Store page to buy.

Story: A fireman talks about something he encountered one night, something involving an elevator…

Notes: This is a short story I started in 2010, but just couldn’t muster the energy or motivation to finish until 2010. Things like this can happen sometimes, and it’s real difficult to re-ignite that interest once you’ve lost it. I decided to put my foot down and finish it in 2010 because BentoComics is putting out a Halloween anthology for October 2010, and I wanted to “clear the air”, so to speak.

The Dreaming - OmnibusStarted / Finished work for “The Dreaming: Perfect Collection” for TOKYOPOP

 

2009
Odd Is On Our SideFinished “Odd Is On Our Side” for Del Rey/Dean Koontz
ShoesShoes

Genre: Horror, 6 pages

Buy: This is part of “Queenie Chan: Short Stories 2000-2010”. Please visit the Store page to buy.

Story: A young man, walking backstage at the Chinese Opera, encounters a single shoe in his path…

Notes: This was a short story I did for an anthology called “Journeys”, which was a collection of short stories from Western manga artists. It was for a trip to Japan’s Comitia, a giant convention where amateur manga artists/illustrators sold their work. I really like this story – short and spooky.

 

2008
Forget-Me-NotForget-Me-Not

Genre: Chinese Fantasy, 33 pages

Buy: This is part of “Queenie Chan: Short Stories 2000-2010”. Please visit the Store page to buy.

Story: A Scent Merchant arrives at the devastated country of Wei, and confronts the king for his lack of leadership. The king, however, has been long consumed by the search for a particular fragrance he encountered years ago…

Notes: This is a short story I wrote for Yen Plus magazine (published by Yen Press), and it was printed in the July 2009 issue. I had to wait a while before I felt okay with putting it online and letting everyone see it – since now that Yen Plus has gone fully digital, there’s very little chance of people ever getting to see this story in its original form.

Boys' Book of Positive QuotationsFinished “Boy’s Book of Positive Quotations” for Steve Deger at Fairview Press
Sleeping ChickSleeping Chick

Genre: Cute Animals, 14 pages

Buy: This is part of “Queenie Chan: Short Stories 2000-2010”, and is also available as a stand-alone mini-comic via the Store. Please visit the Store page to buy in each format.

Story: Zzzzzz…. *wakes up* *looks around*

Notes: Here’s something I came up with while allegedly attentive at a publishing convention. I had a notepad with me while I was listening to some of the greatest minds in fantasy fiction talk, and all I could think of was chickens. It’s cute, short and sweet.

Boys' Book of Positive QuotationsStarted “Boy’s Book of Positive Quotations” for Steve Deger at Fairview Press
odd2Odd Is On Our Side (Odd Thomas Series)

Genre: Mystery, 180 pages

Buy: You cannot read this online. Please purchase it on the “Store” page.

Story: Psychic fry cook Odd Thomas is back again, along with his ability to see dead people. He’s going to see plenty this Halloween, as he discovers the ghost of a little dead girl whose death is definitely no accident. Her killer clearly needs to be caught, but how?

Notes: This is the second of the “Odd Thomas Series”, and it was actually much easier than the first because I (a) was only doing this at the time, and (b) was based on a script written by Fred Van Lente. Let me say that doing a different kind of collaboration was quite fun, and that I learned a lot from the whole process. It was a good experience overall, and much more relaxing.

Odd Is On Our SideStarted “Odd Is On Our Side” for Del Rey/Dean Koontz
Portrait of a SociopathPortrait of a Sociopath

Genre: Horror, 2 pages

Buy: This is part of “Queenie Chan: Short Stories 2000-2010”. Please visit the Store page to buy.

Story: A sociopath – in his own words

Notes: This was done at the same time as 2 one-page stories, but the subject matter is a lot more serious. I didn’t release this story for a long time because of its subject matter – it’s based on a horrific true event and features the culprit. In the end, I wrote 2 more pages of text after the 2 pages to explain the problems I had in releasing this story.

One Page StoriesOne-Page Stories

Genre: Done for Fun, 1-page stories

Story: Science-Fiction for Telepaths, and World’s Shortest Horror Story.

Notes: These two are short 1-page stories I “drew” as a fun aside. They’re “pixel art”, meaning that the art style used is purely pixel arrangements, not pencil-on-paper style of drawing. I did it to experiment and it was fun for a while – it’ll be interesting to see if I can draw a longer story using this “art style”. Anyway, the “Science-Fiction for Telepaths” story is explained here in this blog entry, while the “World’s Shortest Horror Story” is an adaptation of the first 2 lines of Fredric Brown’s story “Knock”, published in 1948 in “Thrilling Wonder Stories”. Basically “The last man on Earth sat alone in a room. There was a knock on the door…”

In Odd We TrustFinished “In Odd We Trust” for Del Rey/Dean Koontz

 

2007
Legend of Zelda: Princess ZeldaLegend of Zelda: Princess Zelda

Genre: Fantasy, 8 pages

Story: Princess Zelda, titular character of the Legend of Zelda Nintendo gaming series, reflects on the skies over Hyrule.

Notes: A short story I did for LifeMeter Comics 2, an anthology of short stories about video-game related characters. It was good fun to write a story about Princess Zelda – as a huge Zelda fan, it’s nice to see it from Zelda’s perspective. The art is also quite beautiful, especially the cover page. Also, while the story says “8 pages”, it’s actually 8 half-pages. So it’s 4 pages.

The Dreaming vol.3Finished “The Dreaming” #3 for TOKYOPOP
odd1In Odd We Trust (Odd Thomas Series)

Genre: Mystery, 180 pages

Buy: You cannot read this online. Please purchase it on the “Store” page.

Story: Psychic fry cook Odd Thomas lives in the small town of Pico Mundo, unable to leave it because of his ability to see (but not hear) dead people. When he and his girlfriend Stormy comes across a little dead boy who had been murdered, they soon find out that the boy’s nanny has a stalker that has been threatening her for a long time…

Notes: The first volume of the “Odd Thomas Series” as a trial, not only because I was in the midst of finishing volume 3 of “The Dreaming”, but also because I’ve never collaborated with anyone before. Let me just say that I learned a lot during this experience, and that Dean Koontz was great to work with. Still, it was an honour to work with someone who I read in high school!

In Odd We TrustStarted “In Odd We Trust” for Del Rey/Dean Koontz
dreaming3The Dreaming – Vol. 3

Genre: Horror, 180 pages

Buy: You cannot read this volume online. Please purchase it on the “Store” page.

Story: As time runs out, the girls and their teacher Miss Anu has finally come close to uncovering the mystery behind the disapperances at the school. However, not all is going to be as simple as it seems…

Notes: This last volume was the hardest to do, because I’d actually taken on a 2nd job at the same time. I’d been asked to do “In Odd We Trust” right after I finished volume 2 of “The Dreaming”, and I agreed to it after I finished volume 3. Unfortunately, the scheduling meant that I had to start earlier, which meant that the schedules for the 2 books overlapped. It was so exhausting, I actually have no memories of doing EITHER book!

The Dreaming vol.3Started “The Dreaming” #3 for TOKYOPOP

 

2006
The Dreaming vol.2Finished “The Dreaming” #2 for TOKYOPOP
Message to YouMessage To You

Genre: Romance, 4 pages

Buy: This is part of “Queenie Chan: Short Stories 2000-2010”. Please visit the Store page to buy.

Story: A balloon carries a message – Will you be my valentine?

Notes: This story is super-cute and I like it heaps. It’s got a great concept, and despite being only 4 pages, managed to tell the story really well.

The Two Dollar DealThe Two-Dollar Deal

Genre: Romance, 8 pages

Buy: This is part of “Queenie Chan: Short Stories 2000-2010”. Please visit the Store page to buy.

Story: Boy Meets Girl at a tacky two-dollar store. Is there any hope for romance?

Notes: This was done way back when I decided to try using brush pens. That was a massive failure, but the story itself was pretty good. It was inspired by a friend who used to work at a 2-dollar store (and would bring these ugly yellow rubber chickens to work), and the 8-page story was structured so it would fit the Hagio Moto declaration “If you can do a complete story in 8-pages, you can write a story in any length”. Proved! it was also done for a “Generations” anthology collection, if I remember right.

Only FloraOnly Flora

Genre: Cute Animals, 5 pages

Story: Every morning, a young woman walks past an old beggar woman and her dog, and hears their story…

Notes: Don’t quite remember why I did this – I think it was to experiment with a particular style of cross-hatching? Either way, it’s not very good – I have a re-working of it I need to draw.

 

2005
dreaming2The Dreaming – Vol. 2

Genre: Horror, 180 pages

Buy: Only the first 2 volumes are available online. To read volume 3, please Purchase it on the “Store” page.

Story: With the death of a student, the school has shut down indefinitely, leaving the twins alone and vulnerable. As Amber begins to sink even deeper into her dreams, Jeanie is desperately trying to unravel the mystery of “The Dreaming” before it’s too late…

Notes: The second volume was the middle volume, and like all middle volumes it had its difficulties. Usually with drawing the middle volume, it’s easy to lag in the pace you work at, because it feels you’re in no man’s land and the feeling doesn’t go away even after the end of volume 2. I did find that my art improved during this time though, which meant I was able to work faster.

The Dreaming vol.2Started “The Dreaming” #2 for TOKYOPOP
The Dreaming vol.1Finished “The Dreaming” #1 for TOKYOPOP
Ten Years Ago TodayTen Years Ago Today

Genre: Horror, 10 pages

Buy: This is part of “Queenie Chan: Short Stories 2000-2010”. Please visit the Store page to buy.

Story: It was a dark, stormy night when the phone rang…

Notes: This was done for a Wirepop anthology, back when I as serialising a horror story called “Block 6” there. We had a choice of doing something based either on our serialised stories, or something totally original. I opted for original.

 

2004
dreaming1The Dreaming – Vol. 1

Genre: Horror, 180 pages

Buy: Only the first 2 volumes are available online. To read volume 3, please Purchase it on the “Store” page.

Story: Amber and Jeanie are twin sisters attending a mysterious private school deep in the Australian bush. Soon after, they find themselves plagued by strange dreams, and discovers that the school has a long history of disappearances…

Notes: This was my first published work with publisher TOKYOPOP, one of the few “OEL Manga” that they managed to publish in full before the company severely contracted its activities. It was years ago, so I can no longer remember the excitement of drawing and writing my first published story, but it was a big deal to me at the time. The book came out with paper dolls, which was very popular! (You can still download these on “The Dreaming” page.

The Dreaming vol.1Started “The Dreaming” #1 for TOKYOPOP
YuenYuen

Genre: Chinese Fantasy, 30 pages

Story: A boy goes to the Nezha temple at night to pray for his mother’s recovery from an illness. Any luck?

Notes: Drawn for a Japanese competition (Manga Academy, I believe), so this reads from right-to-left. It was really just an excuse to draw a Chinese fantasy story using one of my favourite characters from Chinese mythology. I was also testing some kind of colour+b/w art style… which in my opinion didn’t work out at all. But, I will TOTALLY draw more Chinese fantasy someday. And I’ll get it right next time.

TwinSideTwinSide

Genre: High School Romance, 14 pages and Dead

Story: A pair of twin sisters attend a high school, where one of them has a crush on someone…

Notes: This was done for a TOKYOPOP pitch that got rejected, and it was a good thing too. This pair of twin sisters would eventually go on to become the unhappy twins in the 3-volume horror story “The Dreaming”… and it’s peculiar to see them in their earlier incarnations as high school dramedy bit-extras. And this isn’t even the first incarnation of these two!! These are the ONLY two characters I’ve created who has jumped “story”. It’s not something to be encouraged.

 

2003
A Girl Called MarianA Girl Called Marian

Genre: Western, 16 pages

Story: A young man is wanted Dead or Alive for Murder, and Marion is the reason why…

Notes: A story done for the same Japanese competition as “Yuen”, so that’s why it reads from right-to-left. This one won a high-recommended, and I can see why… it’s quite a good story, told well, and was originally meant to be a prelude to a longer story. The unfortunate thing about these kinds of “preludes” is that the longer stories often end up not getting drawn because of their length… but you never know.

GreenHouseGreenhouse

Genre: Romance, 10 pages

Story: A short silent story, about a girl who walks her dog past a greenhouse every day

Notes: Not a very good story – this was done for the “Generation” anthology in 2003 and I was rushed to come up with something good. Or just rushed, because I didn’t come up with anything good. As every creator knows, when you’re mediocre, you’re just mediocre.

Keeper of the SoulKeeper of the Soul

Genre: Fantasy, 13 pages

Buy: This is part of “Queenie Chan: Short Stories 2000-2010”. Please visit the Store page to buy.

Story: A little girl sits with her family inside their fortress, when a loud knock is heard through the door…

Notes: This story still has top-quality background art, despite being drawn back when I couldn’t hold a pen properly. It’s amusing – I look at my older art, and see that I was long established at drawing backgrounds years before I figured out how to draw people properly. Either way, this was a prelude to a longer story that will never get done due to its length, and it’s more of a “mood” piece. As a mood piece, it excels.

A Chinese Ghost Story (New)A Chinese Ghost Story (New)

Genre: Chinese Fantasy, 16 pages and Dead

Story: A travelling scholar meets a beautiful young woman, who turns out to be a ghost under the control of an evil monster.

Notes: This is an adaptation of an old Chinese ghost story from an anthology called Liu Tsai, and is a more updated version of the same story I did in 2000. This was specifically for a TOKYOPOP submission that got (thankfully) rejected, so it’s now dead in the water. In retrospect, I’m grateful.

 

2002
TwinsTwins

Genre: Comedy, 30 pages

Story: A pair of twin sisters attempt to diet to squeeze into a lovely dress…

Notes: What the heck possessed me to write a story about dieting?! Ah, the inexplicable things you do when you’re young. I think I drew this for some kind of Taiwanese manga competition in a girl’s magazine, which explains why the original art for this no longer exists. I committed the cardinal mistake of sending my originals in to a competition. Dumb. Either way, this stars the very first incarnation of the twin sisters from “The Dreaming”… as kinda goofy.

Air+SpaceAir+Space

Genre: Comedy, 50 pages

Story: Two pilots duel in the skies for the affections of a girl called Sierra.

Notes: This story finally explained to me why I should never, EVER do comedy. The original story was written in 1999 I believe, and the years haven’t been kind to it. It was just really awkward. I guess comedy just isn’t my thing.

 

2001
asgsA Short Ghost Story

Genre: Horror, 31 pages

Buy: This is part of “Queenie Chan: Short Stories 2000-2010”. Please visit the Store page to buy.

Story: A group of girls and an isolated toilet block. Who knows what might have happened in there before?

Notes: The first ghost story I’ve ever drew, and it seems to have aged quite well, despite questionable art. The style is very “stark” (I suppose I was going through an experimental phase), so it’s nice to see it turn out so well and still stand on its own despite me being able to draw much better now. I wonder if I should do something similar again. Something minimalistic like this, that is…

A Chinese Ghost Story (Old)A Chinese Ghost Story (Old)

Genre: Chinese Fantasy, 48 pages and Dead

Story: A travelling scholar meets a beautiful young woman, who turns out to be a ghost under the control of an evil monster.

Notes: The older version of the 2003 Chinese Ghost Story, albeit with crappier art. I think I stopped drawing this story when I realised my art just wasn’t up to par. I spent years in some kind of artistic limbo, churning out drawings of people that could really have used an anatomy class (though the backgrounds were pretty good). I wish I ad enrolled in some kind of art course. But then, I was still studying for my programming degree back then, and thinking I was going to be a programmer. So that’s why I didn’t take up an art course. Life can be unexpected at times.

 

1998
Shirley's StoryShirley’s Story

Genre: Psychological Drama, 64 pages

Story: A young girl’s best friend commits suicide by jumping infront of a train, and she begins to hear train noises every night…

Notes: The first manga I ever drew, and the first original story I ever wrote. Normally, this sort of thing is kept away from public eyes because it’s bound to be embaressing, and this is definitely embaressing. But I guess we all have to start somewhere. There’s really not much to say about this except that everyone thinks they’re really deep when they’re 18.