MRun: You’re fluent in both English and Chinese Mandarin. How did that happen?
CC: I am a traveling Chinese. （客家）I lived in Asia – Taiwan for nine years – then moved to the USA, so it’s natural I kept the language. I wish I knew a third, like Spanish or Japanese.
MRun: I’m still jealous. You are obviously a very talented digital artist. When do find yourself turning to more traditional art mediums and which of these is your favorite?
CC: Right now digital medium mixing with traditional stock is my favorite route to go. I started out as fully traditional and moved digital. I like having hints of traditional art while working digitally for efficiency.
MRun: Sounds like you have a pretty streamlined aesthetic. Now, you are currently producing E-Depth Angel at Altabe Studio. How many people are working with you and what kind of goals have you been setting for yourselves?
YOU: Right now, we have thirty plus colorists listed, about six to twelve active, depending on their time and our work schedule. There are eight inkers, one sound director, and six voice actors. Animator-wise, I will recruit once we have a budget, so currently its just me and two or three friends who have agreed to help. Our production is somewhat stuck right now because of 3D intergration issues. At any rate, I’m hoping to resovle that and start a Kickstarter sometime around January 2013. If the Kickstarter campaign fails I will move to plan B, which is doing games instead. But everyone who has supported me thus far will get something for sure.
ME: Wherever life takes you I’m sure you’ll get along fine. I mean, you’re still young and look how much you’ve already accomplished! Speaking of youth, do you remember when you first began actively writing stories?
YOU: In the second grade, in elementry school I guess. Actually, I have always drawn my stories in sketches—I hardly write it.
ME: Hey, storytelling is storytelling. Lastly, would you please describe your sketchbook in one sentence for us?
YOU: My comic diary.
ME: I like it. Thank you, Christine, for your time.
MRun: From glancing at your website, www.mayshing.com, it’s obvious that you have a deep appreciation for manga. When did this passion begin?
CC: I have been drawing ever since I could pick up a pencil—bunnies and horses like most kids. About age nine I started to read manga in supermarkets and thats when I really started drawing. At first, I didn't use manga paper, I just used any copy paper I could find.
MRun: It’s quite an achievement to have followed your childhood dreams this far. What is your favorite manga title?
CC: Currently, it's Suicide Island by Mori Kouji. It’s seinen, like Survivor meets Hunger Games with Japanese suicide issues. It draws on the author’s experience of his own brush with death and life. The style is also unusual from the current trend. I now tend to like this type of manga. Very moving. My two other favorites are A Bride’s Story, published by Yen Press, and “匠三代” which is not yet even dubbed by English sites; it’s about a family of architects making customized houses for their customers.
MRUN: Has your family always been supportive of you career choice?
CC: Yes, they have been, otherwise it would be difficult for me to keep this up.
MRUN: What a blessing that is. How many webcomics are you working on right now?
CC: About three titles, provided I don't count my sketches: 2 Masters, which is fantasy adventure, E-Depth Angel, and Mystic Shenshu.
MRun: Sweet. Those are all available on your website I believe. Now then, you’ve recently made a move from the comic world into the animation business. Has this progression always been your goal?
CC: No, I didn't jump ship, I just added animation to my to-do list, that’s all. Now I plan some animation, but its still mangas that I work on most. Manga is a more suitable platform to tell stories faster. Animation, however, is a powerful (but expensive) way to advertiseme for the mangas. It’s also one of my skills that I offer as freelancer.
MRun: You’ve also said that you want to be a storyboard artist. Why do you feel drawn to that field?
CC: Because its the aspect of animation thats closest to manga making.
MRun: Word. Talk for a moment about your relationship with teaching.
CC: Teaching… I started helping people by answering questions on Gaia Online, then moved to deviantART with the Artist Hospital Club, making tutorials, then did a bit tutoring, and worked at a private studio teaching art to kids for a bit too. I haven't done much recently. Now the Artist Hospital has grown into one large club, thanks to other admins. If it wasn't for them the club would not keep going.