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Life & Work with James Talley

Today we’d like to introduce you to James Talley.

Hi James, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
Back in 2014, I was medically discharged from the army. At the time I wanted to be a music teacher but honestly, I wasn’t feeling the drive to play music like I had when I was in school. But there was one thing I always found myself doing and that was drawing. So years passed until in 2019 I met my Partner Megan Hamilton.

She saw that I really liked drawing and encouraged me to push myself and someday start selling at conventions and online. So after getting let go from my job in December of 2021 because of the fact I have to use a cane and not being able to find anyone who was willing to hire me I started my own business.

Now I have a great community and connections in the art field. I don’t make a lot but I have a feeling that will change once we get all the investing situated I’m very excited to start this new chapter in my life as a business owner.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Not really. I’m constantly having to push myself to make better artwork and the hours are pretty crazy. If it wasn’t for my partner investing in me I would of never been able to start my business. But I will say there is money to be made here.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I became a full time artist this year. I specialize in my own style of Japanese Manga Art. I’m known for making fan art of popular series and original works. At the moment I have a manga I’m still writing and will be posting it around the end of this year. I believe what sets me apart is the way I tackle my work and having set goals and deadlines for myself.

In terms of your work and the industry, what are some of the changes you are expecting to see over the next five to ten years?
With the downfall of western comics, Manga has become a big rising start here in the U.S. I believe I’m jumping into something new here in the west. What I see in the near future for the anime and manga scene in America is more western artist adopting Japanese writing and art styles. Soon terms as “Western Mangaka” and “Mangaka” will come and place in the artist/comic world.


  • Art Prints $10.00
  • Buttons $5.00
  • Stickers $5.00
  • Manga $10.00
  • Plushies $10.00

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James Talley
Megan Hamilton

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