Horror manga master achieves what our parents never could
Dental assistant turned horror legend Junji Ito has been spinning us tales of terror for the last several decades—but right now, his fans on Twitter are making sure to look after themselves thanks to a recent interview.
Ito was a featured guest at last weekend's Toronto Comic Art Festival, a free event celebrating comic and graphic novel creators. During an interview, Ito talked about his work prior to becoming an artist, how becoming a father has(n't) changed his style, and what he himself considers most frightening. But it was one quote in particular, transcribed by attendee @MinovskyArticle, that garnered attention:
Junji Ito: “Sleep is very important. Everyone get enough sleep. Many manga artists die young and it’s because they don’t sleep. Your best ideas will come to you when you’re sleeping. Please everyone get some sleep.”— Minovsky (@MinovskyArticle) May 10, 2019
It's a relatable issue, considering how taken up our lives are with everything from real-world work to gaming and watching to just plain anxiety. But Ito's words seem to have had an effect, as evidenced by follow-ups on Twitter:
Me as I go to bed early tonight: pic.twitter.com/ACpWw0FzdW— Beth 'Crusher of Enemies' Barnett (@TheBethBarnett) May 12, 2019
Me: alright let me finish one more drawing before bed despite it being past midnight— Miko (@MikomiKisomi) May 13, 2019
Junji Ito: pic.twitter.com/Mh9VcTUEIs
im gonna pass out. this is for junji ito— mar (@milkubee) May 13, 2019
He may give us nightmares about walking sharks and cursed spirals, but we will also be sending ourselves to bed at a decent hour. It's for Junji Ito, after all.
If you couldn't make it to TCAF and would like a chance to meet him, don't forget he'll be at Crunchyroll Expo this summer!
Kara Dennison is a writer, editor, and interviewer with bylines at VRV, We Are Cult, Fanbyte, and many more. She is also the co-founder of Altrix Books and co-creator of the OEL light novel series Owl's Flower. Kara blogs at karadennison.com and tweets @RubyCosmos.