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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Author: Sean Michael Wilson

Sean Michael Wilson is a Harvey and Eisner award nominated comic book writer from Scotland, who lives in Japan. He has had more than a dozen books published with a variety of US, UK and Japanese publishers, including: a comic book version of A Christmas Carol ('Best of 2008’, Sunday Times), AX:alternative manga ( 'Best ten books of 2010’, Publishers Weekly), Parecomic (with an introduction by Noam Chomsky, his first contribution to a book in graphic form). In 2016 his book 'The Faceless Ghost' was nominated for the prestigious Eisner Book Awards, and won a medal in the 2016 'Independent Publisher Book Awards'. In 2017, his book Secrets of the Ninja won an International Manga Award from the Japanese government - he is the first British person to receive this award. He is currently writing books for big Japanese publisher Kodansha, being the only British writer to do so. In fact, he is the only pro manga writer from Britain who lives in Japan. He has written a unique line of Japanese history/martial arts/Samurai books, including The Book of Five Rings, Hagakure, The 47 Ronin, and a biography of Musashi, with more on the way. For NBM he has written The Story of Lee and Breaking the 10. His main influences remain British and American creators - such as Alan Moore, Grant Morrison, Eddie Campbell and Harvey Pekar. He often gives lectures and talks about comics in schools and colleges. http://seanmichaelwilson.weebly.com

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