A few months ago, we asked fans to send us their questions for Julietta Suzuki–the manga artist for Kamisama Kiss. We compiled your questions and she was kind enough to take time out of her busy schedule to answer them. Check out part 2 of our interview below. Click here to see part 1.
5) Who is your favorite character, and who is your favorite to draw?
I can’t choose a favorite, but the ones I find easier to draw are the characters who are candidly self-assertive. Characters like Mizuki and Akura-oh and Yatori clearly communicate with those around them about the actions they want to take, so it feels refreshing to draw them.
6) What advice would you give to an aspiring manga artist? When was it that you decided to focus on purely being a mangaka? Did your family and friends support you, and are they fans of manga?
My family didn’t view my drawing manga in a particularly favorable light, so I used to draw in secret, trying to keep it hidden as much as possible. The worlds and ideas that burgeoned within me during that period when I was a girl and my habit of mentally filing away the beautiful things that I come across would later on serve to fuel my stories. A sensitive soul is a rare and valuable thing. Please nurture it with love and care.