Q&A editorial - Andy Choo from Ink Fusion
When it comes to attempting to break into; and survive; the manga industry, talent alone isn't enough. Often, one would need hard work, heaps of passion, and sometimes just the guts to dare to be different!
One man did just that, and we speak to him today - he is none other than Mr. Andy Choo from Ink Fusion!
Heroes of Robots Fan Comic
1) Tell us a bit about yourself and Ink Fusion!
Hi everyone. My name is Andy Choo and I am a comic artist. Despite having a degree in Economics from NUS, I decided to follow my heart and made the plunge into the comic industry. I gave up a comfortable office job with stable income to pursue my dreams. Although I am working 7 days a week, I don't feel like I am working at all. Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.
Ink Fusion is a comic training and production company that provides comic art workshops and comic illustrations. Our comic instructors are local comic artists that wrote and draw comics for various institutions like MCYS (Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports), Temasek Polytechnic and Spring Singapore.
Journey to the West
2) What were some of your earliest inspirations?
I started reading and drawing Doraemon at the age of 3. I guess you can say that I started drawing Manga even before I could construct full sentences. I remember filling up my jotter books with Dragonball characters during my Primary School Days. Back then I was heavily inspired and influenced by the Japanese Manga Style. It was only in Secondary School when I started experimenting with Hong Kong and American comic style.
3) Do you prefer teaching art or creating art?
From an economic viewpoint, imparting my artistic knowledge would be more productive. Teaching art would allow me to create more artists which would create more artworks in the future.
However, if you want me to compare the level of satisfaction I get from the two it would be difficult to answer. It is like comparing who is more awesome: "Roronoa Zoro from One Piece or Yagami Raito from Death Note". It will take years of meditation under a waterfall to find the correct answer.
4) What are your thoughts on the local manga & comic artist community?
The local manga & artist community is so small that we know almost every artist that is active in the industry personally. Although the community is small, there isn't a shortage of talents. Every one of us is extremely passionate in our work and we are working hard to create interesting comics for the readers.
I would hope to see more collaboration and interactions between the local artists. Right now I am working with other Singaporean comic artists and writers on a few titles. I believed that if we combined our strengths, we would be able to reach greater heights.
5) What projects are you working on currently?
Currently I am working on a few comic projects. The most exciting one would have to be a shonen manga series based on a popular arcade game. The name and title of the game shall remain a secret for the time being. I can only reveal more information of this manga when we get closer to the date of release. My team of artists is putting in their best effort for this project and the fans sure won't be disappointed.
MooMoo CowCow and MooMoo Milky
6) What do you hope to achieve with Ink Fusion?
Our goal is to groom more young Singaporean artists and introduce more fresh blood to the local comic scene. We want to give every aspiring young artist the professional training they need in order to enter the comic industry.
We would like to attract more local talents and produce original iconic local comics that capture the hearts of Singaporeans. We want to produce comic titles that Singaporean fans would be proud of and let the world see what Singapore comic artists has to offer to the comic scene.
Truly words of wisdom and dedicated to helping local artists! Check out more of his works at Ink Fusion's website at: http://inkfusion.com.sg
Tune in next time as we continue to speak to more locally-grown manga artists! We interview Rixou, artist of works like Pandora's Scar!