SIU’s Tower of God has been gaining steady attention all over the world. It is also one of the first webtoons to be adapted into an anime series.
In an interview with Crunchyroll, SIU vocalized the struggles of being an artist-author, his inspirations, and his surprising childhood.
When asked about which comics SIU read while growing up, he confessed that his parents were against him reading comics inside the house. He would borrow manhwa from his friends or from school.
The few Japanese mangas he had read while growing up were Dragon Ball, Slam Dunk, Akira, and Parasyte. He was able to buy a volume of Dragon Ball after pleading with his parents and he cherished this volume above all.
Being a male of Korean nationality, SIU joined the military when he was in university. It was there that he formulated most of Tower of God’s ideas. Being able to keep up with one’s dreams despite the physical exhaustion in the army is an incredible achievement.
While he was in the military, he came up with the story of a boy standing against impossibly huge odds.
SIU also revealed that being a professional mangaka or webtoon artist is a tough job with little to no breaks. However, the attention that Tower of God is receiving makes the hard work worth it.
Amongst the characters of Tower of God, SIU favors Khun, Rak, and Bam, although, as a creator, he loves all his created characters. The characters have been inspired by people from all walks of life.
From athletes to celebrities to personal acquaintances, SIU has collected bits of inspiration from them all.
SIU thanks the readers and all the supporters of Tower of God, it is because of them that the webtoon has become so popular worldwide. He wishes readers, as well as the anime viewers to focus on Bam’s growth throughout the series.
The last episode of Tower of God season one will air on 24th June, and it leaves us wondering about the production of the anime’s second season.
About Tower of God
Tower of God is a South Korean Webtoon written and drawn by Lee Jong-hui, also known by the pen-name SIU.
The story revolves around a boy named Bam. Bam only has one person that he loves and cares about, and that is his friend Rachel. When Rachel goes into the tower, Bam follows her. Rachel vanishes, and thus Bam starts his journey to get her back.
Source: CrunchyrollOriginally Written By Epic Dope