Sean Michael Wilson – Axiom Interview

Here’s another interview with me being ‘oshaberi’ as normal (means ‘talking a lot’ in Japanese). This time for the excellent Japanese English language magazine AXIOM:

http://www.axiommagazine.jp/2011/09/10/comic-book-writer-sean-michael-wilson/

(a scene from THE STORY OF LEE in which Lee’s relationship with Matt is discovered, in unpleasant circumstances. Her father’s narrow minded blasts up.)

THE STORY OF LEE is mentioned quite a bit, and they show the cover too. From me in the Axiom interview:

“I have written a comic, which is based in Hong Kong, called the “The Story of Lee.” That one came out Christmas 2010. It’s about a British guy and a Hong Kong lady and it’s partly based on my experiences of Japan too. Not that Hong Kong people and Japanese people are the same, they seem in some ways very different to me, but the contrast between them taught me things too. Some of my experiences in Japan have gone into the fiber of the characters and in their cultural contacts.”

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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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