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The Jet Coaster

Ten years ago today, after working two years as a CIR in Ajigasawa, Aomori, I came home to Canada. My time on the JET Programme was great, but my time as a JET alumnus has been just as fun, and I’m grateful for the incredible time I’ve had hanging out in-person and online with JETs and JET alumni from around the world over the past decade – thanks everyone!

So, what have I been up to recently, other than reminiscing? Well, I illustrated the banner image for the Jet Coaster, a fabulous new site by my friend and 5th-year ALT, Allen Bo Agunday that features stories, podcasts, tips and tricks to make the most of your life on JET. Check it out!

the jet coaster


Updating Old Comics

Some of you may have noticed already, but I’ve started to replace the older comics on the site with the version that appears in the graphic novel.

Original vs Graphi Novel Version

Why am I doing this?

The comics from the first two years are significantly rougher than the later comics. They look as though they were drawn by a different person. And you could say that they were – I was a very different artist at the beginning of Life After the B.O.E.

When I made the graphic novel, Life After the B.O.E. the Book,  I redrew many of the older comics to polish them up and to reflect my improvement as an artist.

I left the web comics as is for the past three years, but I think it’s time that they, too, get updated.

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be updating the remainder of the older comics.

That Moment

That Moment

Even though Life After the B.O.E. ended almost three years ago, sometimes I come across a friend’s status update or I’m told a story that needs to be made in to a comic!

Life After the B.O.E trivia: Did you know Adam’s apartment in Hachinohe, Aomori-ken was the model for the March 11, 2011 comic?


A direct sequel to the comic “Toilet” from 2007.

Nijikai | Life After the B.O.E. - Washlet

After my most recent trip to Japan, I reaffirmed my appreciation for the ubiquity of washlets in Japan.

No Kancho

No Kancho - Nijikai | Life After the B.O.E.

Even though Life After the B.O.E. ended almost two years ago, sometimes I get an email from a JET that needs to be made in to a comic!

Thanks Marcus!


Site Fixed, Need SleepThe site is pretty much fixed.


Now I need to get some sleep…

Site is Broken

Yup. The site is broken.

Probably be a few days before I can get things fixed up <fingers crossed>

Update: Sept. 2, 2013. 4:37 pm

The site is mostly back up and running.
The urls for pretty much everything has changed (T_T)
And you’ll probably see double of every comic…

Now on Sale!

Life After the B.O.E. the Book

Get your copy of Life After the B.O.E. the Book at:
Amazon | Amazon UK
The Beguiling
Nikkei Books
Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre Gift Shop

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