From a 2013 article from cakes.mu, a tour through Inio Asano’s workplace. I swear this is the last Asano thing I’ll do for a long time.
–So this is where you’re always drawing your manga.
Asano: Right. It’s my workspace, as well as my personal room. This is where I spend most of the day.
–When you draw manga, what do you start with?
Asano: Making the story. I come up with the framework in the first thirty minutes or so.
–That’s really fast!
Asano: I don’t bother agonizing much over the story. What I think hard about is how to word the dialogue, and the nuance behind the dialogue. I write the dialogue out in a text editor. From here down to here is the rough outline and dialogue for one chapter.
–I see that it’s written in bullet form rather than full sentences.
Asano: I take about an hour to write out a rough outline of the story for a volume. If I’m doing it for Goodnight Punpun, then that’s eleven chapters per volume, so I divide it up into eleven parts in such a way that it balances out well. Then I write out all the dialogue to flesh out the chapter.
–What’s the next step after you’ve finished coming up with the story? Continue reading