Upcoming Appearances in Central Japan

I have two appearances coming up this month in Japan, if anyone’s interested:

On Sunday, December 11, 2011, I’ll be in Nagoya taking part in a panel discussion/release party for Aftershock: Artists Respond to Disaster in Japan, an anthology to benefit Japan disaster relief. The Facebook event page with all the details can be found here:

Then on Saturday, December 17, 2011, I’ll be at the Tokushima Museum of Literature & Calligraphy ( 徳島県立文学書道館 ). This is in conjunction with a calligraphy show that runs from 12/16 ~ 12/18. Don’t miss your big chance to see a piece of my sub-par calligraphy! I’m not sure what times I’ll be there to and from, but I’ll update with that later.
There doesn’t seem to be an online event page for the show, but  the website for the museum can be found here (Japanese only):

Hope to see you there!

Minnesota Original Segment

The Minnesota Original segment about my work that aired last night is now available online!

You can watch it at:

They also have another shorter clip up that includes other footage:

These videos have a few images from the forthcoming Tonoharu: Part Three,  so check ’em out!

My thanks to Angie Prindle, Steven Flynn, Joel Zimmerman, and all the other folks at Twin Cities Public Television / Minnesota Original for putting together such a wonderful piece.

Also, thanks to everyone who joined me for the viewing party last night! I appreciate it!

“Tonoharu” in French, Other International Stuff

This is pretty cool: a French translation of Tonoharu: Part One and Two will be published by Le Lezard Noir for release this May! Above is the cover design for the French edition. Some of the translated panels can be found on Le Lezard Noir’s blog:


As previously blogged about, the Tokyo-based magazine Metropolis ran a cover story about Tonoharu last month. Editor James Hatfield was kind enough to send me a copy of the print version, which looks pretty snazzy:

The article can be found online here.


And finally Hashi, a Finnish magazine devoted to Japanese culture, ran a translation of some blog entries I wrote about East Asian calligraphy. It’s an absolutely gorgeous magazine, with a lot of really interesting looking articles; I sure wish I could read Finnish! Thanks to editor Mirja Paatero for translating/including my inane rants!

The original blog entries can be found (in English!) starting here.


*Reminder* Until the end of the month (March 2011), I’m donating the profits from Paypal sales of Tonoharu: Part One and Two to the Red Cross, to help with the earthquake and tsunami relief in Japan. (Details here)

So far I’ve sold four books, with a total of $62 donated to the Red Cross (my thanks to those who ordered!). I think it’d be cool to get that total up to at least $100, so if you’ve always wanted a copy of Tonoharu, please consider making that purchase now! Otherwise, please consider donating directly to the charity of your choice. Thanks!

Upcoming Presentations!

Just a reminder that I have two presentations that are just around the corner:

This Friday, January 28th, 2011, I’ll be speaking at the University of Minnesota about Japanese Calligraphy and how it has benefited me as a cartoonist. All the details can be found here.

Then just a few days later on Tuesday, February 1st, 2011, I’ll be talking at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design about my comics, and my experiences with self-publishing. Details for that one can be found here.

So if you’re in the Twin Cities area, come out if you can!

(Note: I’m running myself ragged trying to finish up these presentations, so there will be no new blog entry this Friday.)

Japanese Calligraphy/Comics Presentation

I’ll be giving a presentation about Japanese calligraphy and its relationship to comics at the University of Minnesota on Friday, January 28, 2011. The lecture is a part of a workshop being put on by N-dimensional Japan. The event is free and open to the public, so come out if you can!

Presentation Details
What:  N-dimensional Japan Workshop Series III
When:  Friday, January 28, 2011 · 6:00pm – 9:30pm
: University of Minnesota, 100 Rapson Hall, 89 Church St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455  [Google Maps]


[Facebook Event Page]

I’ll update this entry with more details when I know them, so check back!

Tokyo Calligraphy Show

In addition to the Tokushima show I wrote about last week, I also participated in a show in Tokyo this week. That’s right, two shows in as many weeks, check me out! (Though literally hundreds of people were accepted for the Tokyo one, so don’t be too impressed.)

Rather than upload my photos of the event here, I’ll just direct interested parties to the Facebook album I made for it: