All three artists mentioned above were among the aforementioned avid manga readers who have taken the path less trodden, and persisted despite numerous challenges to attain personal growth and realisation. In a way, their journey as comic artists parallels the rites of passage depicted in many of their favourite manga, and can be found in their own works. Though not all are explicitly set in Singapore, the stories remain relatable and familiar to local teen readers. All three works feature young protagonists with realistic personal struggles such as academic stress, complicated familial relationships, bullying and low self-esteem. On the other hand, realms of fantasy are symbolic domains to allow protagonists to find their worth and regain confidence. Many stories take place in school settings, which acts both as a source of hardships but also avenues for support when the protagonists encounter challenges in the alternate realm. As adolescents navigate the liminal spaces between childhood and adulthood, consuming such narratives are both cathartic and inspiring.
The next chapter shall examine works which exhibit hybrid sensibilities between manga and bande dessinée, realism and fantasy, history and fiction, as well as the personal and the communal. These works are the most recent, having been published in the era of social media and internet connectivity where various identities and ideas collide to form continuous narratives that parallels the on-going process of identity construction in the contemporary globalised world.