Graphic Novel Release Party Announcement

Pictured: Local Weirdos
Lars Martinson and Tim Sievert

Attention Twin Cities Comics Fans–Breaking News!

I’m once again postponing a new installment to the Creating Tonoharu series to make an announcement–at the end of this month, I will be jointly throwing a book release party with my friend Tim Sievert, who is also debuting his first graphic novel in April!

More info about my book can be found by clicking around this website; for more info about Tim’s book, entitled That Salty Air, visit Tim’s blog, or to see a six page preview of his book, click here.

Graphic Novel Release Party Details
Graphic Novel Release Party for Tonoharu: Part One and That Salty Air
Who: Cartoonists Lars Martinson and Tim Sievert, respectively
When: Saturday, March 29 2008, 4pm-7pm
Where: Big Brain Comics, 1027 Washington Ave S, Minneapolis, MN [Google Maps]
(I also heard a rumor there will be an “after-party” of some kind too; details about that to follow.)

The timing of this is great, because it will also serve as the closest thing I’ll be having to a going-away party; I’ll be leaving for Japan just three days later, on the morning of April 1st!

Needless to say, there’ll copies aplenty of both Tonoharu: Part One and That Salty Air available for sale, and Tim and I would be delighted to exchange them for your cold hard cash, and sign them for you to boot.

But book purchase is by no means a requisite for attendance; I’d really like to see as many people as possible before I leave for Japan, and this will be my last chance to do so. So mark your calendars and stop on by!

*UPDATE* I just finished designing a flier for the event. It’s a 1.4mb PDF file, and can be found here. Click on it to take a look at it, or right click and select “save target as…” to save it. Feel free to, y’know, print these out and distribute them around town. You have nothing better to do… er… right?

And a new entry to the ever-postponed Creating Tonoharu series will be up next Friday. (Does anyone even care anymore? Probably not, but oh well.)

  • Grit

    I am Lars number 1 fan!!!! Great work, destined to become a classic!

  • Darrell Clausen

    I’m wondering if you actually lived in the village called Tonoharu near Hakata, because I did. For two years 1970-71 while in the Army I rented a house from a farmer, made friends, and started to study Japanese. I ended up moving to Tokyo to go to ICU, graduated and lived in Japan for ten yrs. I haven’t been to Tonoharu for over 30 yrs, mainly because I almost married someone there and I fear the changes which have occured. Do you think I should go back? I’m going to Kyoto in Jan and could swing down there on the Nozomi. I’m interested in your opinion.

  • Lars Martinson

    I lived in Mitoma, which is two train stops away from Tonoharu. I named my graphic novel after Tonoharu because I thought it had a nice ring to it.

    Not that you should take much stock in my opinion since you and I are complete strangers, but I’d go back and visit if I were you. I think it would be a moving, if not bittersweet, experience.


  • Gisela

    Hello. From the moment I picked up your book until I laid it down, I was convulsed with laughter. Some day I intend reading it.
    I am from Belize and now teach English, tell me right I wrote the following sentence: “Providing ideas and tips for home decor.”

    :-D Thanks in advance. Gisela.