Meet Shin: A Manga artist from Kenya – BBC Africa

Manga comics are a multi-billion dollar industry in Japan but are also growing in popularity across the world.
BBC Africa went to meet Kenyan manga artist Shin and find out what it takes to make it as a manga creator.

Video produced and edited by Njoroge Muigai and Victoria Uwonkunda

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  • Title: Meet Shin: A Manga artist from Kenya – BBC Africa
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    1. I'm an African American artist and my Dream is to make an anime series out of my own 2 projects. I've always been a story writer, and I'm a big fan of My Hero Academia and the Dragon Ball Series

      I would draw 10 times a day. When it comes to drawling anime and manga everyone has their own creativity and talents. Before i became an artist I didn't know how to draw to begin with as a kid. but I had to learn from watching videos. I enjoy creating characters it would help me brainstorm a little. It's good to learn how to draw but remember keep your ideas to yourself and practice learning the basics.

    2. My friend got inspired by shin hes a beacon to her.

    3. Some day when im a bit older, id like to create my own manga. Im actually only 15 but hopefully i can do it. So far ive thought up of 3 different manga id like to create. And me being half kenyan living in south africa, to see this video means alot, y'know.

    4. Can he teach me his ways bcz I'm rusty,does he have a Facebook/IG account ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™

    5. Wish I had such an opportunity!

    6. i really appreciate any black person who tries to do manga, that takes heart, it really does, to use a method of drawing that you are told not to do and then coalesce that into a style that can be uniquely yourself and uniquely african is good, that takes awhile as im doing it myself and can finally make my drawings my way but hopes he wont be judged for doing it, im cheering for you man, make your african manga style perfect ๐Ÿ™‚ its already good.

    7. Wow! Am impressed when I see young people using their talents to make something out of their lives. There is nothing more rewarding as going into a path you are both talented at and passionate about. Kudos!

      Some love from +254 ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ช

    8. Wow๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ you're amazing… sugoi

    9. Bro you inspire me really ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿคœ๐Ÿค›๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ‘

    10. How lovely seeing a Kenyan mangaka! ใŒใ‚“ใฐใฃใฆ Shin ใ•ใ‚“!

    11. Oh my goodness, picture and animation is my son's profession. Very good at it. These people are geniuses. I wanted him to be a scientist, doctor or anything to do with science but he surprised me to choose to do art. His teacher told me when he was about 8 years old and I never thought anything of it until after he finished senior high school and I just reflected on that woman what she told me. Teachers they can be good at building a child or can destroy them

    12. How do you say someone looks like a manga artist, because this guy looks like one

    13. Black characters perhaps????

    14. I hope he gets more special invitations.

    15. As an AfricanAmerican artist myself, I mean no disrespect in saying this but. I will be interested when his characters look black, and heโ€™s making comics that reflect African & African (chattel-enslaved) diaspora cultures. Manga is awesome, the Japanese donโ€™t need help in further promoting their ethnic heritage/religion. Besides their being allot of colorism & ant-Black racism in Asian & Japanese societies, Korea & Japan take great inspiration from AfricanAmerican & AfroBrazilian culture. African enslaved-diaspora artists & African artists should one day make animation & comics solely made by them, that reflect them. Talented guy, but heโ€™s really culturally absorbed in another ethnic culture, when his ethnicity or nation doesnโ€™t nearly have as much global recognition or soft-power in the world as Japan. Itโ€™s also fair to point out that America helped rebuild Japan & South Korea, a reconstruction, so to speak. Neither AfricanAmericans, Haiti, or any African nation (post slavery & colonization) has received such a partnership from the US. The โ€œreconstructionโ€ & reparations in the US towards AfricanAmericans was canceled, & Haiti was forced to pay America & France for their own freedom from France & the US.

    16. One of the most underpaid and underappreciated professions!
      Congratulations on making it though

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