Mesut Kaya is a comic artist who creates hilarious comics with quite some twists in them. His love for comics and cartoons started since he was a kid. Now, since July 26, 2020, he started to post his comics weekly. Earthwonders reached out to Mesut to ask him more about his work and source of inspiration as he’s creating.
“I would watch every cartoon show I could get my eyes on and read all the comics they had at the public library. When I figured out that most shows and games I loved came from japan, my focus shifted more towards anime and manga. I’m not a big fan of giant robots and action. Like every kid my age, I loved Dragon Ball, but more for the gags than the fights. I was fascinated that Akira Toriyama was not only the artist and the author but also that he managed to place gags in between the action. That’s when I wanted to become a mangaka who writes and draws gag mangas. I didn’t pursuit that dream. Fast forward to today: I’m a digital designer, who draws little sketches here and there,” explained the artist for Earthwonders.
The artist said that he was not a big fan of lengthy web comics, and was about to abandon Instagram. But then he kept seeing more comics popping up and that inspired him to start creating. As he describes, these comics were like a distillation of the gag mangas that he loved, that’s why he restricted himself to four panels.
The artist also shared with us his working process and the challenges that come along the way: ” I think about these little comics all the time. I bounce around ideas in my head and avoid going to obvious places. Some are inspired by real life events, but most are a result of me connecting dots, while I sit on the shoulders of giants. Since I post every Sunday, I try to have a sketch ready by Wednesday. From there it’s lots of drawing, adjusting and rewriting. Some ideas just click, so drawing them is fun and quick, but there are also some that I love at first but never get to the point where they click. That’s where my fiancee steps in (who’s also a character in my comics) and reminds me, why I wanted to draw that story in the first place and that I should stick to my first idea. After I post, I start thinking about the next one.”