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March 20, 2012
Suggester Said: "It's a really clean, simple comic with a really beautiful message. It's really lovely, and I was touched when i read it. It's so true- and I think it's something a lot of people need to remember."
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Philosophy of Miyazaki Comic Page 1

Edit: Since this question has come up so much- no, these are not direct quotes from Miyazaki- I read, listened to, and and watched many, many interviews of Miyazaki, and the words in my comic are paraphrases/translations/simplified summaries of all of the notes that I took on the things that he said during the interviews. Due to the constraints of the assignment, I was challenged to find a way to word and present his whole philosophy in five short pages. I took careful, and much-considered artistic liberties when creating the narrative of this comic, and all decisions were made based upon the importance of maintaining cohesiveness between statements, so that Miyazaki's message and philosophy would be well-translated, and clearly understood through my comic.


For my visual narratives class we had to make a five page comic that told the story/a story of a famous person's life. I chose to do Hayao Miyazaki, and instead of doing a direct sroty about him, I chose to do a telling oh his philosophy about life- beliefs that he has gathered through his life and now incorporates into his movies.

The whole comic was done using ink- no pens, just nibs and brush, and all shaded was done with ink washes.

I had never used ink (besides micron pens) until now, so it was a bit daunting, but it turned out to be pretty fun!

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FunnyArt89's avatar
I love how the comic explains his works to a T.  That's exactly what makes his movies so great not just because there are amazing characters and worlds but the fact that his works show us see the deeper meaning of Good and Evil by showing how or why a villain became a villain or how a monster isn't always a monster.  Keep up the good work :D   
Meroko26's avatar
This is really cool
ShaneNewville's avatar
Thank you for making these.
Nyerguds's avatar
Magnificent, the whole thing :)
littlemissvalkyrie's avatar
This is truly wonderful. Thank you! :-D
Ysvyri's avatar
Found this on Tumblr and I thought it was amazing, good job!
This entire thing is brilliant. I'm surprised I'd never seen it until just now, but I'm so glad I came across this on tumblr. You did a great job summarizing and expressing the overall messages and philosophies that Miyazaki expresses in many of his films, and you did in a very creative way!
XenonXylophone's avatar
This entire comic is one of the best things I've ever had the fortune to experience on this site. Outstanding work! :+fav:
BaronessofBrackenoo's avatar
I love this entire comic. The things that miyazaki says about good and evil and gender roles are the rules I use for storytelling. There is no such thing as "good and evil". They both exist in us. Girls are fully capable of being a hero and being self-sufficiant. It is these types of things that make a story real.
taytay1000's avatar
do you know why his movies are so controversial in japan? i love miyazaki movies! i think they have better messages than classic disney movies
ShesMoniLiciouS's avatar
this is amazing *-*
Diznits's avatar
Shhh... Let me just... hold this...
chiiblossom's avatar
this is just perfect.
VedtheFlameDevil's avatar
Miyazaki's concept of good and evil is very accurate to what I believe. Beings have the ability to do good and bad, but they can't be classified as simple as black and white. The presentation of these comics are truly amazing and I hope you continue working ^^
KuroKitsuKami015's avatar
Flawless! And I love how your art added to the quote.
lilbluediamond's avatar
♡ Miyazaki ,He’s doing it right.♡

Very Nice Work :)
sweetlacie's avatar
WOW just WOW...
i love the comics. It should be informative but it is also thought- provoking..
love love love! ^_____________^
ShadowMan-DDT's avatar
You did a better job with the ink wash than I did my first time. Of course I suck at painting so that was a factor.
mbembet's avatar
the world needs more people like Hayao Miyazaki
ReygarFaust's avatar
Beautiful work! I love you!
WaIZuRii's avatar
so much love

this is beautiful~
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