idN Neo York
Hooray! Here is some Q& A and artist bio I wrote up for the book.
Helen Choi is a mutated-furry creature with eight legs and nonfunctional wings. She lives in a ruined building in Manhattan where grasses and furry flowers grow. She enjoys looking out at the vista where mutants roam freely. She goes hunting and farming everyday for a living. Her hobbies are skyscraper climbing and rope-swing jumping into river. In her past years, she kept her human form and dedicated her daily life to sitting in front of a computer, geeking out for a living. She generates 3D graphics for commercials and illustrates on her own time.
Octokitten, Octobunny and Sealeanmaid are one of the many mutant creatures living amongst the ruins of New York City. As they stumble upon random human objects left behind, they learn about what life was like here and they thirst for more .Oftentimes they go off on their mini adventures through the thick jungles of the city skyscrapers to find out more and more about the humans.However, danger looms as the hungry giant Ratapede lurks in the jungle. Devouring anything that scurries around him. Beware little mutants, be back home before the sun sets.
I) Please name one animation that influence you most, and how did it influence you? (within 50 words)
Hayao Miyazaki's animations have influenced me the most. His well known pieces are amazing, but I was most inspired by Porco Rosso. The pacing of the story isn't forced and flows so naturally. The little things the character does makes them so real. The subtleties of character and great storytelling amazes me most about it.
II) Imagine that if animé was introduced by the US instead of Japan about 90 years ago, how today's design scene would be different? (within 50 words)
If you mean if the US had accepted it's animation industry and infused it within it's own culture much like Japan has then it wouldn't be as "inside the box" as it is today. A lot of animation pieces in the United States are made to be widely accepted so that it can guarantee profit. If our priorities weren't profit, then there would be less animation with singing animals and more animated films for all audiences not just children.
III) Please name one of your most recent favorite animation / comic / director / animator?
My recent favorite animation is Tekkonkinkreet. It is such a beautiful piece of work not to mention such dynamic characters. The story is a bit too metaphorical and abstract in my opinion. However, that part of the story makes it visually interesting and the stylization compliments the piece as a whole. I recently purchased the Art of Tekkonkinkreet book and I can't stop looking through the pages and pages of beautiful artwork there.