Mann Chalermwat is one of the creators featured in our latest anthology, Welcome to Mina’s. Mann grew up in Thailand and moved to Canada in his teens. He studied Graphic Design and illustration at Capilano University and through many sleepless nights and coffee-fuelled days, he found solace in drawing characters and coming up with stories for them in his free time. I sat down with him [virtually] to get some insight into comics, diners, and the creative process.
Kathleen: What was the inspiration behind your story for this anthology?
Mann: Funny enough my family also owns a restaurant on Vancouver Island so this story really hits home for me. The inspiration for the story comes from when there are big events or new restaurants opening in town, we always fear that it would draw the business away from our restaurant.
K: What is your favourite part of the creative process?
M: Coming up with the characters; the looks, their backstories, and personality, the whole deal. Gloria’s character was inspired by my mother who in real life is determined and hard-working. While Denise’s character was inspired by either me or my sister, always wanting to be somewhere else besides the restaurant.
K: What’s your go-to diner order?
M: My go-to diner order is usually just the classic eggs and bacon and a cup of coffee. Sometimes a milkshake if I’m feeling fancy.
K: This anthology is set in Vancouver. What’s your connection to the city? How would you describe Vancouver?
M: I moved to Vancouver for school and I fell in love with the energy and the culture. There are always some events and shows going on that I don’t know which one to go to and the food is amazing like no other places I’ve been, especially Asian food.
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