かげほしのバッグスワグ [ 漫画家·エディション ]

April 17, 2013
Literally---Kagehoshi's Bag Swag [Cartoonist Edition].

Yes, Kagehoshi (Japanese for Star Shadow) is/was the pseudonym I gave myself when I first started drawing comics. Laugh away, I bear no shame for the affectations of 13 year old me. Nande? Back then manga was all the rage in Malaysia, and it was cool to have a Japanese nickname. When I think of my manga obsession, the stupid amounts of money I spent on tankobon (the original Japanese versions mind you) and then Japanese language classes so I could read the tankobon I bought...and as for the bits I couldn't read on my own, I'd bring up the fan-translated English transcripts on the internet...I faint. I still pride myself on my complete collection of 3x3 Eyes manga, all 32 (or 33?) volumes of it. In mint condition. Japanese edition. I have a warped idea of what achievement is. 

Demo! I have much to thank manga for, it has influenced my drawing style and shaped my drawing skills. Teaching myself to draw comics by copying my favourite artist's styles and eventually evolving into my own, from the age of 13-20...that's some form of dedication, right?

I dropped the name Kagehoshi, and expanded my comic intake to include Western graphic novels and manhwa (both Korean & Chinese). My illustration style reflects this eclectic mix of influences, as does the contents of my work handbag and choice of accessories. 

かげほしのバッグスワグ [ 漫画家·エディション ] // Kagehoshi no Bag Swag (Mangaka Edition) 


Handbag: Anya Hindmarch Earl Bottom Pinch tote
Pencil case: New Look Pop Art clutch
Notebook: Topshop
iPad 1 (old-school) wallpaper: CLOVER (Clamp)
Papers: IKEA sketchpad, Daler Rowney Fine Grain cartridge paper, Goldline tracing paper
Stationery: COPIC drawing pens, bamboo brush, Faber Castell ink, mechanical pencil
Graphic novel inspiration du jour: The Vesuvius Club (written AND graphic novel edition)

I can be infamously lazy---ie. not bothering to use any of my many skincare products---but when it comes to dressing the part, I am certain to make my accessories match my job. Wait...am I an illustrator or cartoonist? All will be clear, soon.






I love The Vesuvius Club, the sardonic wit, delicious decadence, and unabashed muchness is all I ever hope to convey in my writing and drawing. And that Lucifer Box is a dashing, bisexual, Edwardian-era portraitist slash England's sexiest secret agent...it's not so much wanting to be with him, but wanting to actually be him


おまけ (EXTRA) ! 

I found my Sailormoon cards!


Now if only I can find my Yu-Gi-Oh! and Pokémon trading cards, then all will be right in my world. 

おたくいつまでも (Geek for life) ! 

xx



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