Friday, 2 November 2018

Glass no Kamen Exhibition at the Sendai Literature Museum - The emotional rollercoaster

So, the Sendai Literature Museum exhibition will always held a special place in my heart, even if I didn't have a chance to be there myself.

Here's a quick update of what happened recently.

October 25th 2018

Sendai Literature Museum announces on Twitter that 10 fan art have been shortlisted and the 3 top one will receive a gift from Suzue Miuchi sensei! The 3 top one have a flower and a ribbon. My fan art is one of them! Just imagine my feelings when I saw this photo!

Sendai Literature Museum - Glass no Kamen Exhibtion - Selected fan art by Suzue Miuchi

Photo from the official Twitter account of Sendai Literature Museum.

November 2nd 2018

It's finally arrived! An autographed post card from Miuchi sensei! I'm so happy!

Suzue Miuchi autographed postcard

However, there is a bitter sweet feeling to this exciting event in my life. First of all, the more or less subtle precence of haters among the Italian but also (at least in the past) Japanese fandom. I try not to think about it, after all haters gonna hate. I also know very nice people in both groups, and that I'd better focus on them. Nobody is liked by everyone, right? I can only hope karma will take care of everything. Live and let live!

But I'm also frustrated by the fact that several hints all seem to lead to the same conclusion, that is that I was rewarded for all my hard work as a fan rather than for the fanart itself. Mind you, there were some great digital artworks at the exhibition and I am aware that my drawing didn't stand out next to them, but at the same time my fanart never gets acknowledged, liked or retweeted when I post it on Twitter, and Miuchi sensei herself congratulated to everybody else apart from me, so it's hard not to wonder why I am so invisible online now when once upon a time I was the only one with an encyclopedic English fansite... Yeah the imposter syndrome is out in full force and ruining my happiness.

Anyway, I'm overall content, and I mean to keep drawing, and focus also on other stuff than this manga. I can't afford visiting Japan or buying all the merchandise I dream of buying, so this postcard is still a special item of my collection. Yeah!

Also, I'll be endlessly grateful to Sendai Literature Museum and if one day I have a chance to be in the area, I will definitely pay a visit. The nature surrounding it seems pretty beautiful too, so what's not to like?


eriru said...

I could not agree more about the haters, it really bugs me when I read some awful comments towards Miuchi sensei (as well as Ai Yazawa and Yoshihiro Togashi)... Also your fanart is lovely!

Francesca Mancuso said...

Oh! Ma che bel sito che hai, Eriru! Non mi ero accorta che shoujo love fosse cambiato! Cercavo proprio cose da leggere! :)
Grazie per il commento, sei tu che mi hai aiutata sul forum di Lady Oscar?
Un grosso abbraccio e buone vacanze!
PS. In realta' la cattiveria era nei miei confronti, sia da parte di fan italiane che giapponesi. Mah, pazienza.