Its been a time of breaking glass ceilings in the Nigerian creative industry for Vortex this last quarter but an essential path of growth is innovation and Diversity, we had a chance to meet up with Tobey – Truestory AKA Stanley Anderson the creator of the manga web-comic IMPISHA and now writer of and producer of the J12 Manga series. Its no surprise to us the depth of Stanley’s writing but with the new Manga taking off on a story of its own Stanley is doing some amazing work representing June XII as a complete spiritual entity, Listen to his word here:
“What inspired June XII manga #2″
I have somewhat of an end game with June XII, all spiritual/African inspired stuff. The main villain is Laluu, and his goal is just chaos, of course. However, he has humans working for him. They all believe he’s trying to form a race of people with power. An ideal world where the weak get eaten by the strong. So, they are manipulating Lagos and nearby regions alongside other cult organizations are working to sit Laluu on a throne, all the while convincing the populous that strength is the way to go. Of course, June XII and Hope are all about compassion.
How did you come about your art style?
I like to try different things. I like what I’ve got going on, though I’d like to have more time with it. I’m not about crazy detail, because, while details are neat, it’s a lot of work, and I’d rather get the story told.
Whats the new direction, how do you want to balance the international and local audience with the story?
Since it’s manga style, it can go anywhere that niche is accepted. While it may take place in Lagos, I’m an American, writing and drawing it, so I believe international audiences will be able to relate to it cause of the clash of cultures not orchestrated but entwined in the production