“Tonoharu: Part One” 5-Star Review at Comics Bulletin


Daniel Elkin reviews the Tonoharu: Part One paperback, giving it five out of five stars!

From the review:

At its heart, Tonoharu is a book about communication, about connecting, about learning through our shared experiences and defining ourselves through the eyes of others. The story of Dan becomes the story of us. This is the thematic sandbox in which artists build castles and Martinson is building Neuschwanstein.

You can read the full review here (about halfway down the page):

My thanks to Elkin for the coverage and the kind words!

Come see me in Tokyo this November!


Mark your calendars! I’ll have a table at the International Manga Festival in Tokyo this November! This’ll probably be the only show I’ll be doing until Summer 2015, so if you’re in the area, stop on by!

What: International Manga Festival
When: Sunday, November 23rd, 2014
Where: Tokyo Big Sight, 3-11-1 Ariake, Koutou-ku, Tokyo

I’ll be posting more details in the coming weeks, but wanted to get a quick mention up on the blog now. Hope to see you there!

“Tonoharu: Part One” Paperback–Now Available on Amazon!


Cool news! The Tonoharu: Part One paperback is available right now on Amazon.com! Here’s the link if you want to pick it up or write a glowing review or whatever:

Another cool piece of news: I got a royalty check for the Tonoharu: Part One paperback, and apparently almost ten percent of the print run has already sold! Not too shabby, considering I didn’t even know the book was “officially” available yet. We’re off to a good start!

Blast from the Past: “Creating Tonoharu” Series

Man, I completely forgot about this week’s blog entry. I had to work on Saturday, that threw off my whole weekend routine, so the blog entry totally slipped my mind.

Anyway, no time to write an entry now, since it’s already past overdue… so instead, here’s a series of entries I wrote in 2007-2008 about the creation of Tonoharu. They were posted so far back I assume many people haven’t seen them, so there you go!

Creating Tonoharu–#1: Laying The Groundwork
Creating Tonoharu–#2: The Idea
Creating Tonoharu #3–Writing the Script
Creating Tonoharu #4–The Design (1/3)
Creating Tonoharu #5–The Design (2/3)
Creating Tonoharu #6–The Design (3/3)
Creating Tonoharu #7–The Drawing
Creating Tonoharu #8–Inking
Creating Tonoharu #9–Computer Stuff
Creating Tonoharu #10–Final Edits

“Tonoharu: Part Three” Progress Report (Summer 2014)


The last Tonoharu: Part Three progress report was written in 2012. Wow. I mean, I’ve never been super diligent about updating, but that’s ridiculous even for me.

As one would hope, I’ve made a lot of headway since then. In fact, just last weekend I passed a pretty significant milestone. The artwork for Tonoharu: Part Three proper is now done.

This is really awesome of course, but unfortunately I still have a ways to go. The third and final volume of Tonoharu will be made up not only of Part Three proper, but also a set of appendices and an epilogue. These sections will be comprised of about 54 pages of comics, and I still have those left to draw.

If I’m able to finish a page a week (a big “if”, but I’ll do my best), the remaining pages will take a little over a year to draw. Then once all the artwork is “done”, I need to do all the post-production edits. Those edits shouldn’t be nearly as extensive as with the last two volumes of Tonoharu, but they’ll still take time. Those, along with the cover design, should take… six months maybe? Then I’ll work with the book printer and wait for them to produce and ship the books and blah blah blah. That’ll probably be another six months or so I would guess.

So at present, I’m projecting that Tonoharu: Part Three will be available for purchase in about two years, so Summer 2016. Amazingly, this is the same projection I made twenty months ago. Usually my projected release dates keep getting pushed back ad infinitum, so it’s encouraging I’ve actually managed to have one hold this long.

I’ll do another Tonoharu: Part Three progress update entry next year sometime I hope. Or if you prefer, I tweet every time I finish a page, so you can follow me on Twitter if you prefer updates that are more frequent and less meaningful.

But next week, I’m going to have the first major artwork sneak peek from the new book. Exciting! Stay tuned!