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Philosophy of Miyazaki Comic Page 1 by sapphiresky1410 Philosophy of Miyazaki Comic Page 1 by sapphiresky1410
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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Given 2012-03-20
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." ( Suggested by Animus-Panthera and Featured by dust-bite )
Nyerguds Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014
Magnificent, the whole thing :)
littlemissvalkyrie Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013
This is truly wonderful. Thank you! :-D
Ysvyri Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Found this on Tumblr and I thought it was amazing, good job!
as44-h Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013
makegnomemistake Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013
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 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
This entire comic is one of the best things I've ever had the fortune to experience on this site. Outstanding work! :+fav:
BaronessofBrackenoo Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
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 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
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 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
this is amazing *-*
Diznits Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Shhh... Let me just... hold this...
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