Last year, I was asked by CLAIR to write an article about my experiences on the JET Programme and the influence the JET Programme had on my post-JET life for the JET Plaza section their publication, CLAIR Forum.
I talk about my 10 year journey as an animation school dropout who went on JET in 2002 to an illustrator/comic book artist returning to Japan in 2012 to exhibit at the International Manga Festival.
Hi folks, just a reminder that the Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) is tomorrow (May 11) and Sunday (May 12) at the Toronto Reference Library.
Admission is free!
Hope to see you all at TCAF!
I’ll be exhibiting at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival this coming Saturday and Sunday (May 11, 12) selling copies of Life After the B.O.E. the Book, as well as my new comic, The Long Kingdom #1.
I’ll post my table/booth number as soon as I find out.
Even though Life After the B.O.E. ended almost two years ago, sometimes I come across a friend’s status update that needs to be made in to a comic!
Thanks for posting this hilarious status update, Thomas!
My friends who are currently on JET are posting about their students’ graduations on Facebook.
This made me realize that the students who were in 4th grade during my final term on JET are graduating high school this month.
I hope that they are all doing well.
Gonna go listen to some graduation/sakura themed songs now…
Didn’t have too much time to check out Comitia (the Festa was running concurrent to Comitia), but what I saw blew my mind. So much talent, and so much awesome manga! Seeing all that awesomeness makes me want to work even harder and make more comics.
Can’t wait until next year!
I’m heading to Japan in November to participate in a number of comic-arts related events as part of the Toronto Comic Arts Festival Japan 2012 Exhibition!
Tokyo Big Sight, November 18
I’ll be part of the Toronto Comic Arts Festival booth at the Kaigai Manga Festa, which is being held at the Tokyo Big Sight in Odaiba, selling copies of “Life After the B.O.E the Book” and handing out copies of Torja Magazine where I have a monthly comic.
Drop by the booth to say hi and purchase a copy of “Life After the B.O.E the Book“!
Shibuya, Design Festa Gallery West (Rm 1-D), November 13 ~ 15
Come see me draw on the 13th!
Shibuya, Shibuya Parco Part One B1F, November 15 ~ December 2
See you all in Tokyo!
I can’t believe 10 years have passed since I stepped off the plane at Narita and began my life-changing, two-year adventure in Aomori-ken as a JET.
I’m grateful for all the lasting friendships, memories, and the laughter.
And as my former elementary school students start entering their twenties, I sometimes wonder what they are doing. Wherever they are, and whatever they are doing, I wish them all the best.
To fans of “Life After the B.O.E.” in the UK who’ve yet to order the book, it’s now available at Amazon UK!
This weekend is the pre-departure orientation for new JETs leaving from Toronto.
I remember vividly my own pre-departure orientation back in 2002, and how much fun I had. It’s crazy that 10 years have passed since I was a newbie.
As is the tradition, a pub night was held today after the first day of orientation so that new JETs, alumni, as well as Japanese people can mingle and chat.
Met a lot of cool new JETs tonight. Got to share some of my stories from my time as a JET with the new JETs, and I can’t wait to hear their stories once they come back in a few years.