Evangeline Neo is a Singaporean comic artist who has chosen to highlight the Japanese culture among others through her comics. Evangeline finished her studies in Tokyo in 2014. The artist lived in Japan for 4 years, and she realized how much different this country functions compared to hers. In order to deal with the cultural shock she was experiencing, she decided to express that through comics.
Evangeline started making comics in 2012. She shares he works on her social media, where only on her Instagram account she counts 53.8k followers. “I was studying in Japan and missed home (Singapore) very much. I was also having some culture shock as living there and visiting as a tourist are totally different experiences. I also noticed I had many friends who loved Japanese culture like me so they were curious about how life was like there,” said Eva when reached out by Earthwonders.
Below we selected some of her work that depicts the difference between Japan and other countries. Scroll down to check them out, and use the comment section to let us know what you think.
“I first come out with the theme, for example the difference between riding in trains, then I sketch out the differences on what I want to say. Sometimes there may be 3 versions of the same theme and I have to pick the one that appears the most interesting. Sometimes it can be as fast as less than 30min, sometimes it can take several days to refine just the idea and sketches,” shared the artist on her working process.
Moreover she said: “I had to be very attentive to details and able to understand the cultures well enough to defend my idea. It was more challenging to deal with keyboard warriors and haters but I sort of know how to handle them after so many years.”