I have created works to compete in the SILENT MANGA AUDITION ever since I first entered in 2018. Since then, I have been aiming to keep my works up to a high standard of quality, worthy of competing on an international level. Bear witness to my ongoing journey as I work to become the best I can be!
Think Twice! was my second entry for the SMA. You can read it here!
Think Twice!: Behind the Scenes
Think Twice! was my second entry for the Silent Manga Audition. It’s a simple, 12-page story showing a boy trying to find a girl who runs away after he gets mad at her.
I began drafting ideas for the story just after the end of the first audition in 2021, whose deadline I missed despite drafting a detailed work. Initially, I wanted to focus on the theme of fear, so I came up with the story of a boy looking for his sister after she disappears into a haunted mansion.
This is where these characters come in: a tentative boy protagonist and his sister. I wanted the mood to be dark and cool, and so went with an aloof-looking boy.
Other ideas I had involved the villain looking like a large, sinister stuffed bunny residing deep in the mansion. However, repeated testing of this idea on paper proved fruitless, so I shifted the ideas around until I was satisfied.
One day, I drew our current protagonist out of context. He still carried the “cool” look of his predecessor, but seemed a little younger and less sure of himself. I liked that combination, so I began working around him.
In the end, I kept the idea of “boy goes searching for his sister,” but after showing it to my family, we decided “love” was a better description of the events than “fear.” I altered the ending events with their help and, voilà! Think Twice! was born! The title insinuates that the boy regrets his hasty reaction, and that by the end he would realize how precious his sister is to him. The hope was that readers would sympathize with one of the siblings.
Goofy Adventurer was my third entry for the Silent Manga Audition. Follow this link to read it!
Goofy Adventurer: Behind the Scenes
Much went into the creation of the lighthearted Goofy Adventurer, a 15-page manga starring non-human characters. I began exploring ideas sometime in October 2021, when it occurred to me how nice it would be to make a story filled with cute, nonsensical characters like those you might find in an old platformer. As always, retro gaming provided plenty of inspiration for the character designs, and I wanted the story to feel light and fun. Almost immediately, Caldo, the protagonist, was born, with very few changes made from concept to final production. His overall proportions became softer and chubbier over time, with oval shaped eyes and less visible musculature.
After deciding upon a non-human protagonist, I immediately became attached to the idea of him being a traveler, floating around the land on four wings and finding excitement everywhere.
Caldo seemed like the type of person (?) that would easily make friends with anyone or anything, and so the Dark Forest came into being next. Those living in the Dark Forest look similar to Caldo, but sport wings for arms, wispy appendages, and fire at the tips of their tails. These beings, in turn, were inspired by enemies you might see in an old, ’90s RPG, initially being covered with bandages. Later, at the request of my early readers, these bandages were swapped with painted markings instead.
Everything else fit tidily into place. Caldo’s whimsical, carefree attitude would make him stumble into trouble, while his open-minded personality and smiling face could help him out of it. It’s a simple story about smiling, which Caldo loves to do!
Goofy Adventurer and its characters were designed to make readers smile using the power of their behavior and expressions alone, with the simple idea that a smile can go a long way. After visiting the Dark Forest, what happens to Caldo and the others? Although it doesn’t appear in the manga, I had the idea that he and a few of the forest dwellers would continue their travels, bringing smiles all across the land…
In the unreleased Silent Manga titled “ANGEL,” a dark power threatens a family living in an isolated cottage. Magic and modernity become tangled in this story of familial love, where “Dad” is a gunslinger and “Grandpa” is a wizard.
War Dove Concept
In the unreleased silent manga titled “War Dove,” a medic struggles to assist the members of his troop amidst a firefight. When an unforeseen enemy knocks him away from the battlefield, he finds a way to make peace during war.
Hit the Sky Concept
In Hit the Sky, a young woman fails to audition as an idol after her partner abandons her just before they were scheduled to perform. While scouting for a new partner, she discovers a person who is skilled and passionate — but he’s also a middle-aged man.