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HELLO SMA14 AWARD WINNER: soju_and_ink

Christopher Tordoff Christopher Tordoff 19/01/2021 5 min read

PROFILE Name: Arne S. Reismueller Pen-name: soju_and_ink Manga: CREATURE Round: SMA14: “Creature, Spirits and Monsters” Award: Honourable Mention Age: 40 Country: Germany Favorite manga: That’s a difficult one… I’d probably have to go with Dr. Slump Favorite movie: The Big Lebowski Favorite band/musician: Bob Dylan (yes, I’m that old!)   QUESTIONS   About the SMA
  1. How does it feel to win a SILENT MANGA AUDITION® award?
Feel great to be recognized, though I was hoping for a little more prize money…

  1. What was the inspiration behind your winning work?
South Germany has THE dumbest and least threatening mythical creature in the world. So I just ran with the first idea that popped into my head.  
  1. What challenges did you face making your manga? How did you overcome them?
My usual challenge is to exaggerate gestures and impressions, rather than my default to draw realistically.

About Manga      4. How and when did you start making manga? Any advice for beginners? I grew up in a small town in Germany where manga was almost unheard of. My art was mostly influenced by European and American comics, but at age 18 I started to read manga. From there I began to emulate specific storytelling elements.  
  1. What was the first manga you picked up?
I don’t remember. Ghost in the Shell was the first manga that really got my full attention though.  
  1. Which manga changed your life?
“Life changing” seems a little overly dramatic. Many mangas made me reflect on my life and the world around me, but life changing… I don’t know….  
  1. Which manga character do you most identify with? Why?
Probably Ranma’s father…  
  1. What kind of manga do you want to make next?
Tackling an epic serialization written by a famous writer would be a good start!  

  About You
  1. What do you do when you’re not making manga? How do you relax?
Spending time with my wife and children, working out, more drawing…  
  1. What industry do you work in (If manga making isn’t your primary job)
I’m a freelance storyboard artist and commercial illustrator.  

  1. Where do you see your manga career in 5 years time?
I’m already old! Nothing is likely to change in the next 5 years, but let’s see…  
  1. What advice would you give to people entering the SILENT MANGA AUDITION®?
I’m not in a position to give advice. When it comes to drawing, my only advice would be to stay loose and have fun!  

Christopher Tordoff

Christopher Tordoff