My name is Shilin, and I am the sole creator of Carciphona and more recently Amongst Us. I am self taught in art with a B. Mus degree in performance (piano), and I work full time as an artist making a living mostly from books and other works related to Carciphona, punctuated occasionally by work for very few companies.

Aside from story-writing and the production of the pages I post here every week, I also spend a lot of time drawing single pieces, from sketches to fully painted spanning tens of hours. Telling just one story from conception to completion takes an inordinate amount of time, so much that I know I probably won't be able to commit to anything else for decades to come, so I find reprise in painting individual moments and bringing them to life before diving head first back into this huge project again. It's hard when I do think about how much I still want to express and must hold silent due to lack of time, but that's what life is: it is not about trying to miss out on as little as possible, but to make the most of what one chooses to pursue.

This story is very dear to me so I put in all I've got to make it as close to my vision as possible. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I enjoy creating it :D

Frequently Asked Questions


Q Wasn't the title of this manga "Blackbird" before?

Yes! it was originally titled Blackbird and has been called that for 6 years. But I've decided to change its name during the printing of the first book to avoid any possible legal problems, since sometime between the creation of my manga and the printing of the manga, another manga of the same title was published and licensed by Viz here in North America.


Q Is Shilin your real name / How old are you / where do you study / etc?

Yes, my real name is Shilin, please refer to my website, shilin.net, for more details.


Q How long have you been drawing?

I've been doodling since before grade 1 for fun. I started drawing anime fanart with pencils and stuff on paper grade 4 or 5, and started drawing digitally after I got a tablet at christmas of 2001 or 2002!


Q How long does it take to complete each book/how long until the next book is finished?

I aim for 1-2 years at most per book, depending on how much I struggle with the writing, and how long the book ends up being in terms of story, which affects how long it takes for me to draw all the pages. Sometimes writing comes to me easily, and other times I may write for half a year and still can't arrive at the story I am content with. I wish this wouldn't be a problem and that I could update faster ):


Q What do you use to draw your manga pages?

I currently use letter-size(8.5"x11") 65lb cardstock paper found in many bit office supply stores, 0.2mm, 0.3mm, 0.5mm HB mechanical pencil, Photoshop CC, and Wacom Cintiq 21UX. The screentones I use are downloaded online or shared by friends or obtained through Deleter Comicworks, a very old program made by a company that produces professional traditional screentone sheets. Screentones offers an excellent screentone source for webcomics, and Clip Studio Paint/MangaStudio (same program) comes with a screentone bank for your disposal.


Q Have you studied art?

No, I am self-taught.


Q How do you draw your manga pages?

I have made a walkthrough for my manga page creation process here.