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Solanin Author Inio Asano Sketches Splatoon Art


The manga community continues to show which members want to be kids or squids.

Earlier this week, manga author Inio Asano joined the list of artists that want to stay fresh, as he posted a drawing of one of Splatoon‘s now-iconic inkling characters to Twitter.
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Asano is best known for his work on Solanin, which was nominated for both an Eisner award and a Harvey award in 2009. The title was praised by critics, including Deb Aoki, who noted that “the angst and uncertainty of a young adult’s life with humor and heart.” The Yomiuri Shimbun praised Asano, calling him “one of the voices of his generation.”

We’ve provided Asano’s original tweet below, for those who’d like to check it out:

Rough Translation: Well, it’s a squid.. I painted and caught one. (Splatoon)

Several artists have begun sketching Nintendo’s squidly crusaders as of late, including Puyo (The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan) and Kōhei Horikoshi (My Hero Academia).

Anbe, in particular, went wild for the adorable Inklings, posting a series of artwork featuring the characters to his Twitter account. Earlier this month, a series of cross-over images by Anbe appeared in Weekly Shonen Champion and Famitsu. On top of this, Japanese fans will get free Squid Girl themed DLC that will enable them to dress their characters as the squiddin’ emissary of the sea, herself! Ink-redible!

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