GULF: I was born in rural area called Paknam. It's a town near a gulf, hence my nickname 'Gulf'.
POT: I was born in Bangkok, Thailand, the place I have been staying all my life until now.
How about your schooling? Had you gone under any art training?
GULF: I was not so good with school study in normal subjects but I always had a thing for various kinds of art and I did them well. Since I was a kid, it's always been my dream to work in this field and so I chose Visual Art as my major in the university.
POT: I graduated from Pohchang, an institute where they teach about classic Thai arts. When I finished my studying, I had a chance to work in a team with one famous Thai artist who taught me a lot of things about many countries' arts. For example, classic Chinese's, Greek's and India's Gupta.
How long have you been working professionally in comics?
GULF: I have been a professional inker for 7 years. Now I'm working on Thai manga called 'Apaimanee Saga' which has come out 2 seasons, 38 volumes.
POT: I've been a professional comic artist for 11 years, after my last work on Thai arts was done.
What things -- both in art and otherwise -- have you worked on, besides comics? Are comics a full-time gig for you or part-time?
GULF: Do illustrations for novels (covers and in-book images), illustrations for children books, shop logos and comics.
POT: I'm doing comics as full time job; 18-21 b&w pages per week.
How did you settle on the style(s) you're currently using? If you have multiple styles how did you develop them?
GULF: My style is mostly influenced by Disney's. Their works are so great and touching that they often brought tears to my eyes. POT: Classic Arts combine with mechanical designs of modern toys.
How did your parents take to the idea of working in comics?
GULF: My parents also love Disney's cartoon and so I had a chance to see every title of Disney's since I was still a kid. My father also loves to play console games. Back when the Super Famicom was out, I was among the first who had a chance to experience it before most people in my country.
POT: They didn't say anything about my job and I never asked. Anyway, I have an uncle who also draws comics, assembles jet fighter models as a hobby and makes dioramas.
What projects do you hope to work on in the future?
GULF: I wish to be so good as to be called a 'legendary inker'. Haha. If that's possible. It's my goal anyway.
POT: I've always dreamed that one day I would get a chance to do character design for cool games like Gear of War or Darksider. Sadly there is no local game market in my country. Right now I have copyrights to 2 titles of my own works and I wish that one day at least one of them would get animated or be made into toys so I could collecting them. Haha.
What is the interest in comics where you live? Do friends and neighbors know you draw comics for a living? How do they react?
GULF: I like drawing characters with various kinds of emotion. It's a very interesting and challenging job to try to convey those emotions right, and as you want it to be.
POT: I try to keep my children side with me as I grow up. I play games in every platform, watch all kinds of movies and collect many toys for they often amaze me of their creativity. To be friends with many types of people helps me create many types of interesting characters. Most of my neighbors don't know that I do comics and got really surprised when they saw me on TV. Personally I don't think they truly understand my career but they surely have good attitude towards any honest job.
The single thing you'd most like to be remembered for in your life is...?
GULF: I'm a person who lives with present. I know this is the job I love and I want to stay with it as long as I can. Sometimes I got tired with my job but there never had been the time that I wanted to quit.
POT: The easiest happiness to find is one found from being a giver.
Here's the jackpot.. are you two together, like in dating?
GULF: Pot and I have been working together for many years. Our goal is the same in which we want to produce the best of work.
POT: We both have been working together for 6 years before we got married. It's kind of strange that we have the same life together both in personal life and work 24/7. Even though 9 years have passed, my feelings towards her has never been swayed. Come to think of it, maybe that's because most girls didn't find me attractive enough....
Chompunuch Keatsamutchai (Inker) - Gulf Supot Anawatkohchakorn (Penciler) - Pot
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