By Samantha Pak
Northwest Asian Weekly
“Drawing from Memory”
By Allen Say
Scholastic Press, 2011
From the time he was a young boy growing up in Japan, Allen Say knew he wanted to be a cartoonist.
Inspired by comic books, he drew what he saw, what he imagined, and what he copied from his beloved comic books. Say’s parents were not happy with this, wanting him to be a respectable citizen who can earn a living. But Say was not deterred.
“Drawing” is the true story of how Say, who grew up to become an award-winning artist and illustrator, moved away from home at the age of 12 to go to school. He became a pupil to Noro Shinpei, a well-known Japanese cartoonist — and Say’s favorite. Read the full story