is a graphic novel trilogy about a young American who moves to rural Japan to work as an English teacher. With hundreds of beautiful, detailed illustrations that evoke 19th century line engravings, Tonoharu provides a nuanced portrayal of the joys and frustrations of living abroad.

Sample Artwork

(For more high resolution artwork, see this Facebook album)

Praise for Tonoharu
“A fully realized, engaging tale of international alienation.”
—Francisca Goldsmith, Booklist, Starred Review

“Stunningly good.”
—Mark Frauenfelder, Boing Boing

“For fans of Lost in Translation.”
—Sean Howe, Entertainment Weekly

“ Tonoharu is brilliant.”
—Linda L. Richards, January Magazine

“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.”
—Daniel Elkin, Comics Bulletin

YouTube video about Tonoharu‘s 13-year development, and lessons I learned along the way:

[ Direct YouTube link ]


tono3cover_smallNow Available: Tonoharu: Part Three !
Title: Tonoharu: Part Three
Author: Lars Martinson
Category: Graphic Novel / Japan
Audience: 17 to Adult
Edition: First
Pages: 208
Specifications: Hardcover w/ jacket, Two-color text pages, 5.5″ x 8.25″
List Price: $24.95
Release Period: November 2016
ISBN-13: 978-0- 9801023-1- 4
Publisher: Pliant Press
Distribution: Top Shelf Productions / IDW / Diamond Book Distribution

Information about Tonoharu: Part One: http://larsmartinson.com/tonoharu1
Information about Tonoharu: Part Two: http://larsmartinson.com/tonoharu2/
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