Story of Lee, next steps

Recently I started writing the second volume of THE STORY OF LEE which I had already planned out in rough form. In fact, in true Star Wars fashion a bit of part 2 came out BEFORE part 1! The collection ‘Best New Manga vol 2′ a few years ago had a 25 page section from our SOL story that takes place in Edinburgh, the setting for part 2 of THE STORY OF LEE.  So, I began to work up the details of that story recently, spurred on by some of the reviews that volume 1 has had.
Those reviews often made the point that the conflict in personality and culture between Matt and Lee was not explored enough in volume 1. Agreed! – as this is a three part story and the full range of such things was never intended to be explored in just the first volume. Wait for the whole spread, in which we will do our best to go into those things more.

A second point in those reviews is that some of the crisis in volume 1 were too easily resolved. Not agreed! – I was tired of all those stories, especially films, were the romantic difficulties were strung out artificially over weeks, months, year even! How cliched that all is. So, I deliberately wrote a story in which the issues were resolved with direct frank discussion, due to some precipitating event – just like they sometimes are in lived experience.

Of course its possible that in doing this I forget some basic storytelling rules or structures. Yes, that may be the case. Or, then again, maybe the story just goes against most reader’s habitual presumptions of what will happen. In which case, I’m glad – we made something a little unusual.

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About the Author

Sean Michael Wilson/ Chie Kutsuwada
Sean Michael Wilson/ Chie Kutsuwada
SEAN MICHAEL WILSON is a comic book writer from Scotland, who now lives and works in Japan. He has had more than a dozen books published so far, from a variety of US, UK and Japanese publishers. Although also writing 'western' style graphic novels, such as adaptations of classical novels, he often works with Japanese and Chinese artists on manga style books. He is the editor of the influential collection 'Ax: alternative manga' (Top Shelf). Currently he is writing books for Kodansha International, being the only British comic book writer working with them. He has attempted to do comic books that are different from the normal superhero/fantasy brands, working with a variety of 'non-comic book' organisations in the process. His book with War on Want, 'Iraq:Operation Corporate Takeover' was reported on by a variety of mainstream agencies - such as Reuters, CCTV in China and several Middle Eastern magazines. His main influences remain British and American creators - such as Alan Moore, Grant Morrison, Eddie Campbell and Harvey Pekar. 'The Story of Lee' is his second published book working with artist Chie Kutsuwada, the first being 'Hagakure' (Kodansha International).

CHIE KUTSUWADA was born and brought up in Japan. After graduating from the Royal College of Art, she now lives and works in London as a manga artist. She also attends some manga-related events and runs manga workshops at schools, libraries, and museums around the UK, such as at British Libraries and the Victoria and Albert Museum. She usually creates story and illustration on her own like King of a Miniature Garden (2007), her first manga, but also works with story writers, such as on the adaptation of 'As You Like It' (2008 SelfMadeHero, London) by Shakespeare and the Japanese classic tale 'Hagakure' by T. Yamamoto (adapted by Sean Michael Wilson, 2010 Kodansha International, Tokyo).

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