Interview:
Yeo Hui San Murasaki

Murasaki Avatar

1. Tell us a little about yourself, what you do and like doing?

I am Murasaki, Vice President of Comics Society (Singapore), Leader of Comix Pandora, and also Chief Editor of Puracomixmag (an original local and overseas monthly online magazine). Most of the time, I am busy with my work. I read novels or do festival greetings illustrations during my free time using traditional or digital methods.

Mid-Autumn 2022 - Artwork by Murasaki
Mid-Autumn 2022 - Artwork by Murasaki

2. What makes you want to draw and submit your comics for the anthology?

I find it quite fun and interesting to portray myself through comics, and therefore I created a two-page comic and submitted it to the Comics Anthology.

Comics Anthology My World - Mura - SG Cartoon Resource Hub - Singapore
Comics Anthology My World - Mura - SG Cartoon Resource Hub - Singapore

Artwork done for our comics anthology “My World by Murasaki

3. Share with us your art style, what has influenced you that makes you want to draw in the style you are advocating?

I am inclined toward drawing manga in the Japanese style. This style influenced me tremendously when I was in secondary one.

Mirror-scape 2020 - Artwork by Murasaki
Mirror-scape 2020 - Artwork by Murasaki

4. What do you think about when it comes to comics-making or publishing in Singapore?

Everyone says that Singapore has a small market for comic-making and publishing. This is true and not true! It is indeed challenging to survive by producing comics alone. But my company has made it here!

However, what does producing a comic mean to you? Is the artist hoping to be a professional comic artist or just doing it as a hobby? This depends on the artist’s perspective and what comics mean to him or her.

To me, I may not be a full-time comics artist publishing my own comics, but I am a full-time artist producing comics for the company I work for and mentoring comic talents to produce original comics in Singapore.

Covid Comic - Artwork by Murasaki
Covid Comic - Artwork by Murasaki

5. If money is not an issue, what would you like to pursue in comics?

In the past, I have always hoped to have my work exhibited together with famous Japanese manga artists. At that time, I thought that it was just wishful thinking. But eventually, it came true! My comic has been published and exhibited at the International Comic Artists Conference (ICC) held in Japan! And I have become a member of ICC.

 The most important thing comes down to whether or not one enjoys creating comics. I still hope to create original comics or doujinshis in the future when I truly have “free time”. After all, I am “busier than a bee”! lol

Related Posts

Leave a comment