Illustrators: What Does Creativity Mean To You?

mayamada February 13, 2016 No Comments

Last year saw the launch of our #BeCreative campaign and with the help of 24 great artists, manage to create a one of a kind collection of artwork that answered the question: what does creativity mean to you?

We’re keeping our campaign going in 2016, starting with another installment of our creative blog feature. This time around we’re speaking to some of the same illustrators who contributed to our launch and finding out about their creative process.

Take a look at their interviews to find out what creativity means to these illustrators and just what goes into producing their amazing work.

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Cosplayers: What Does Creativity Mean To You?

mayamada October 21, 2015 No Comments

London Comic Con is fast approaching and that means a ton of great cosplayers will be gathering in east London for the biggest comic convention in the UK.

This month mayamada is making a return to Comic Con and to mark the occasion we’re bringing you another round of interviews with a fantastic group of cosplayers. Our first cosplayer interview feature included all UK artists, this time we’re adding an international flavour with six cosplayers from different parts of the globe!

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mayamada @ StreetFest 2015

mayamada May 31, 2015 No Comments

Earlier this month we made our third appearance at StreetFest at their new Tobacco Dock home. After our first appearance in a while last year, we couldn’t wait to collaborate with the StreetFest team and have some fun (and more food).

 

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We set up in the market area with our range of anime inspired clothing and comics. We also introduced our Selfie Competition where you had to be the first to take a selfie with six of our characters to win a t-shirt or snapback…which is just what our winner Tegan did. Congratulations!

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Selfie Competition Winner

Along with us were a bunch of great brands including High Spirit Bags, 4649 Clothing, Flye Clothing, See:Saw Clothing and our neighbours for the day Kam Creates and Kelleys Deli.

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We also got a chance to discover new brands on the day including Ricalyce, a brand making quality snapback caps.

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The best thing about StreetFest is al the creativity that goes on through out the day. From musicians to skateboarders to the graffiti artists working on brilliant pieces over the day.

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And food..did we mentioned the food?

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We’re already excited to return to Tobacco Dock for next year’s event. Stay tuned…

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GamePad! Gaming + Music Event

mayamada March 14, 2015 No Comments

It’s been a while since we had our last mayamada event. We still have great memories of our Frozen Yogurt Party at Tutti Frutti and the fantastic turnout on the day.

So we’re happy to announce that this year we’re bring back mayamada events! Our first one is called GamePad! and it’s coming on Saturday 11th of April.

GamePad! Gaming + Music Event

Join us from 3pm at the Petit Miracle Hub for a day of gaming, music and our popup shop featuring the full range of mayamada anime clothing and comics. All this under one roof for a FREE one day event!

You can get free tickets now and keep up to date with the latest event news on the GamePad! Facebook event page.

Game on!

Illustrators: What Does Creativity Mean To You?

mayamada September 28, 2014 1 Comment

We believe in promoting and inspiring creativity through our fashion and original characters, but we also want to know what you think about creativity.

That’s why we’re talking to other creators about the subject and putting up the responses right here on our blog.

We contacted a great group of cartoonists and illustrators to ask what creativity means to them and get an insight into their creative process. Take a look at their responses…

 

KC Green

GunshowWho are you and what do you do?

My name is KC Green and I currently make and write comics by myself and with a friend. I do the comic Gunshow, write for the comic BACK, and am currently working on an adaptation of the original Pinocchio story.

What does creativity mean to you?

It means trying something you think is different and always being bored so you think of something new.

Describe your creative process

I make myself write in a text document and keep writing and then go back later and find anything funny in there or something that might spark a bigger idea and write on that. I also sometimes have a fully formed joke in my head so I just quickly write that down in the text document.

When are you at your most creative?

When I’m mad but not brooding. Like when you’re just laughing at how insanely awful something or someone is. It’s like on the brink of wanting to give up, of madness, so things just open up and you laugh and I like writing or tweeting when I’m in that mood. It can be kind of destructive too, but I can’t deny that it’s fun when it can be.

Who is the most creative person to you and why?

I don’t have one person who is most creative because all my friends and people I admire are creative and weird in certain ways that others or myself aren’t. I always see bits of things I think are amazing and hilarious in everyone I follow or read, even if they always don’t. Everyone is the most creative person in the world.

Twitter: @kcgreenn

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Bill Barnes

Not Invented Here

Who are you and what do you do?

Artist and co-writer of Unshelved, writer of Not Invented Here.

What does creativity mean to you?

I simply am compelled to make things: software, jokes, comics strips, songs, Lego spaceships…I can never go long without creating. For me, at least, it’s a fundamental drive.

Describe your creative process.

I most often begin writing a comic strip by starting a conversation between characters. I very seldom know how it’s going to end. the funny bit just comes to me.

When are you at your most creative?

When I’m far ahead of all me scheduled obligations. I can make stuff when under deadline, but it’s hard for me to think big and expansively when I’m in survival mode.

Who is the most creative person to you and why?

I deeply admire many creators. Currently I’m renewing my love affair with giant-brained author Neal Stephenson. My teenage son recently became old enough to appreciate his books, and so I’m reading them (again). I am always astonished at how good science fiction can inform me about the world I live in.

Twitter: @billba

 

Chie Kutsuwada

Chie KutsuwadaWho are you and what do you do?

My name is Chie Kutsuwada and I am a professional manga artist/illustrator.

What does creativity mean to you?

My creativity helps me to digest the reality and also it boosts my communication/social skill.

Describe your creative process?

I don’t think I have a particular process. I make sure I can get a lot of interesting inputs and always let my imagination go wild, but never forget to make notes. I need a lot of thinking time but when I get something, I speed up in creation tremendously.

When are you at your most creative?

On a public transport or while taking a shower.

Who is the most creative person to you and why?

My farther. He’s a professional writer/columnist and he’s been writing nice little pieces regularly and continuously more than 40 years. That’s something.

Twitter: @chitanchitan

 

Inko

Go! Go! Metro!Who are you and what do you do?

I’m Japanese manga artist now living & working in UK. I produce manga strips and illustrations.

What does creativity mean to you?

Throwing questions to the world.

Describe your creative process?

Research & study of whatever a subject beforehand, then let imagination go free. Then cut out any unnecessary parts, finally execute carefully.

When are you at your most creative?

On a train, in a plane, and in a bath.

Who is the most creative person to you and why?

Rumiko Takahashi (creator of Inu Yahsa, Ranma) She’s always at a new project and her influence on Japanese comedy, horror, suspense, love romance, SiFi manga is incredible.

Facebook: facebook.com/InkoDokotei

 

Pinali

Samurai ChefWho are you and what do you do?

I go by the artist name Pinali and, as you may have guessed, I’m an artist. A comic book artist, more specifically, though I also do illustration, character design, and some graphic design. Demand for comics is a lot higher at the moment, though.

What does creativity mean to you?

Creativity means the ability to think of something that doesn’t already exist and have an inescapable drive to make it exist.

Describe your creative process?

Since my job involves taking scripts written by other people and translating them into comic form, I’m not actually the one coming up with the base ideas – something I’m pretty thankful for, because I’m terrible at coming up with ideas for plots, characters, dialogue etc by myself. I’m just not that type of creative.

Usually I read the script a bit like it’s the script for a movie or TV show; shots and camera angles will pop up in my head as I read, and I pick the ones that will work best for comic panels. During the actual drawing process, it’s a 50/50 split between technical skill, and intuition.

There’s a lot of intuition in my process, which makes it really difficult to describe: “I don’t know, it just feels right.” I guess that’s how I would describe it. I just do what feels right. If it feels off, I erase and start again until it feels right.

When are you at your most creative?

When there’s no pressure. I tend to be at my most creative when I’m just messing around; drawing goofy things to make my partner or friends laugh, most of the time.

That’s when I really just start drawing in order to share imagery from my mind; it’s another form of communication for me.

I could spend 5 minutes trying to describe it and know that what’s in people’s heads is still probably a bit different from what was in my own… or I could draw it in 2 minutes and know that they are seeing exactly what I wanted to communicate.

Sometimes I come up with absolutely ridiculous, hilarious concepts when I’m with other creative people. I wish I had more spare time to draw them!

Who is the most creative person to you and why?

I think there’s so many creative people in the world that it’s impossible to quantify – like, creativity isn’t a thing you can measure quantities of to compare individuals.

I think everyone is capable of being really creative in some way, it’s just that the area in which someone can be creative is different for each person. So it’s hard to compare.

I’ll just go with some people whose creativity astounds me because I’m not the same “type” of creative: Neil Gaiman, George R R Martin, Philip Pullman. Anyone who can create a world that’s rich and complete despite that world being fictional; that’s incredible to me.

I’ve tried to come up with fantasy worlds and I just draw blanks, so I have the utmost respect for anyone who can do it, and do it convincingly, seamlessly. I guess I’m just more of an artist than a world builder; which is fine! They’re just two different types of creative.

Twitter: @Pinalinet

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How To Create Your Own Manga

mayamada August 26, 2014 No Comments

“How do I create my own manga?” is a question we’ve come across several times at the different conventions we’ve been to.  There are so many people looking to create their own manga and for good reason.  With all the tools, tutorials and platforms available today, it’s much more feasible to create your own manga story and get it out into the world.

Since the release of Samurai Chef Volume 1, we’ve created Samurai Chef Origins and are working on our next manga comics for 11th Hour and Hot Lunch which will be released in 2015.

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Next month we’ll be at Leicester’s Anime and Gaming Convention where we will host a panel on how to publish your own manga.    We’ll be giving tips and advice on putting together your own manga story, plus some insight into how we create our own.

And after the show, we’ll put all the information here on our blog for everyone to check out whenever they like.  Come and see us at the event next month or stay tuned to our blog for more details soon.