Name/Pen Name: Samuel Anugrah Andre
Favorite Manga: Dragon Ball, Vagabond, A Girl On The Shore
Favorite Movie: Taxi Driver (1976), Princess Mononoke, Mirror (1975)
Favorite Quote: “Until they get to know the real you, people’s stereotypes don’t mean much.” -Kazuma Kiryu (Yakuza Kiwami 2)
“Be friends with blank pages! Know yourself better!”
- How does it feel to receive a SILENT MANGA AUDITION® award?
Surreal! I participated in SMA in its first competitions years ago. I didn’t know a lot back then so my entries sucked, but now to win one of the awards feels surreal. I’ll be making better works from now on!
- What was the inspiration behind your awarded work?
Dark fantasy RPG games in general (for example: The Witcher 3) and Dark Souls’ gloomy vibe. But the manga Berserk probably would have inspired me even though I haven’t read a lot of it yet.
- What challenges did you face while making your manga? How did you overcome them?
Being overwhelmed by a blank page. When I am completely stuck on creating the pages, I just do hobbies like gaming or watching YouTube to ease my mind, or just take a shower.
About your Manga
- How and when did you start making manga? Any advice for beginners?
Professionally only 2-3 years ago for my freelance work but I did amateur Naruto dōjinshi work when I was in middle school for fun. I don’t know if this counts as advice, but making good works takes years of practice, for sure.
- Do you draw your manga digitally or by hand? What are your go-to digital or analogue tools?
Digitally; I use Clip Studio Paint and Adobe Photoshop.
- What was the first manga you picked up?
Dragon Ball by Akira Toriyama-sensei.
- Which manga changed your life?
A Girl on The Shore by Inio Asano-sensei. It evokes raw emotions throughout the pages, and is heartbreaking and honest. Plus, it doesn’t shy away from taboo topics. It’s the one manga that changed my perspective so much.
- Which manga character do you most identify with? Why?
Miyamoto Musashi from Vagabond. I always have the urge to strive for the best, to be better than I was before, and sometimes I forget the people around me and how nice it is to smell the roses along the way.
- What kind of manga do you want to make next?
Something simple and relatable to people in their 20s. Yet, I also want to make a vampire gothic manga, lol.
- What do you do when you’re not making manga? How do you relax?
Gaming. I enjoy games a lot. My favorites are the Yakuza series (Ryu Ga Gotoku), Deus Ex, and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice.
- What industry do you work in (if manga making isn’t your primary job)?
Right now I’m in animation, currently doing 2D character and VFX animations but I did (and still do now) western comic works.
- Where do you see your manga career in 5 years time?
Debut with my own manga, hopefully. Or just being satisfied with the quality of my work.
- What manga making advice would you give to your younger self if you could?
Be friends with blank pages! Know yourself better!
- What advice would you give to people entering the SILENT MANGA AUDITION®?
Just DO IT! Lol.
Thank you, Samuel Anugrah Andre! We can’t wait to see what inspiration you will find for your next entry!
In your words, “Just DO IT!” and join SMA19!