I was on a livestream earlier today and the topic of Tim Burton came up when discussing my favourite movies. I went on to describe how influential his movies were for me, even going so far as to inspire quite the phase particularly when it came to creating comics. My third comic (and the first one I took seriously at the time) was heavily influenced by The Nightmare Before Christmas and Corpse Bride. From the designs to the tone, I was enamoured by the creeping charm of these movies and sought to emulate that.
However, Tim Burton was not the only creator to inspire me to practice drawing and comics seriously. When I first watched Sailor Moon my tiny child brain was blown! It was one of the most beautiful cartoons I had seen. I grew up with brothers, so it was hard to find interesting things to watch beyond Disney movies. To then see this anime sparkle onto my screen inspired me to pick up a pencil and try to capture that beauty myself.
I would read science fiction/fantasy novels in my lunch breaks at high school. It was my favourite time of the day; I would skive off to bury my nose in a book that really shouldn’t have been on the library’s shelves, particularly at a Catholic school. And yet, I am forever grateful that they were for, once again, I was exposed to stories I didn’t think were possible. Birdmen flying through the air, deity’s in the guise of cats, and a malevolent pyramid that stretched into infinity; all these stories exposed me to war, romance, adventure and the touching melancholy of a bittersweet ending.
Throughout my journey as a budding comic creator, I have taken inspiration from many sources. They shaped the stories I write and characters that I draw. Without them, I would not have gotten where I am today and for that, I owe them the world.
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