Posted by Dash Shaw on March 14

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  1. Ali Almezal says:

    I read somewhere that Hayao Miyazaki shook off Tezuka’s influence over his artwork through animation. Has animation done this for you? Or has it just taught you to make sure the pictures flow in your comics?

  2. Dash Shaw says:

    Wait, Miyazaki said that just doing animation helped free him from Tezuka’s influence? Is that what you read? Where did you read that? There’s a section in the “Starting Point” book where Miyazaki said he “finally said ‘goodbye’ to Tezuka” but it was over, if I remember correctly, a moral issue in his work. He thought Tezuka was feeding children easy, incorrect answers to complex questions. I think it was over an ending for a Tezuka story that I hadn’t read. I don’t remember the exact quote. Sorry. But that makes more sense to me. I mean, I can’t think of another storyteller as morally complicated as Miyazaki working in ostensibly “children’s” stories. I think working in color helped me more than anything else re: anxiety of influence. But I’ve been around some of the most original artists alive and if they’re depressed they’ll tell you they’re a hack, and when they’re high on themselves they’ll say everyone’s ripping them off. Ha ha ha. As a general rule, it’s probably never a good idea to trust what an artist says about influences.
    A funny related story: I was in Antwerp for a literary festival and Denis Johnson had just finished a talk and he said to me “I thought someone was going to ask me my influences, so I’d memorized all of them.”

  3. Ali Almezal says:

    I don’t really remember where I remember Miyazaki saying that. I think he said something along the lines of he was purposely trying to get away from Tezuka’s style and he didn’t until he did animation.

    I’ll have to search for it somewhere. The ‘Starting Point’ book seems pretty interesting and I have been meaning to read it for a while, but haven’t had the time.

    Thanks for the response.

  4. Ali Almezal says:

    I don’t think he said it. I think it was said about him.

This is a shared production blog for the forthcoming animated feature, "The Ruined Cast," written and directed by Dash Shaw. Produced by John Cameron Mitchell, Howard Gertler, and Biljana Labovic. Contributing artists are Jane Samborski, Frank Santoro, Lily Benson and Ray Sohn. Music by James Lucido.