Aug 9

************* Lars Martinson (Fukuoka-ken 2003-2006), author of the graphic novels Tonoharu: Part Two andTonoharu:  Part 1, has  just published the Kameoka Diaries Volume 2. This is a follow-up to Kameoka Diaries Volume 1, Lars’ insightful and entertaining (especially to any JETs) e-comic about his return to teaching English, this time in Kameoka, Kyoto. Notably, you can purchase a copy for $0.99 for iPhone/iPad/iPodTouch or […]


May 5

************* Lars Martinson (Fukuoka-ken 2003-2006), author of the graphic novels Tonoharu: Part Two andTonoharu:  Part 1, has  just announced the “Kameoka Diaries“, Lars’ e-comic about his return to teaching English, this time in Kameoka, Kyoto, is now available on iTunes. More info here and below:  http://larsmartinson.com/my-first-two-e-comics-now-available/ The Kameoka Diaries: Volume One [ Direct iBookstore Link ] The Kameoka Diaries: Volume One is a humorous (?) account […]


Mar 12

Lars Martinson (Fukuoka-ken 2003-2006), author of the graphic novels Tonoharu: Part Two andTonoharu:  Part 1, has just just published the latest edition of his new cartoon series called“Kameoka Diaries“ about his return to teaching English, this time in Kameoka, Kyoto. Click here to read the Kameoka Diaries #7. http://larsmartinson.com/kameoka-diaries-7/


Feb 24

Lars Martinson (Fukuoka-ken 2003-2006), author of the graphic novels Tonoharu: Part Two andTonoharu:  Part 1, has just just published the latest edition of his new cartoon series called“Kameoka Diaries“ about his return to teaching English, this time in Kameoka, Kyoto. Click here to read the Kameoka Diaries #6. http://larsmartinson.com/kameoka-diaries-6/  


Feb 9

Lars Martinson (Fukuoka-ken 2003-2006), author of the graphic novels Tonoharu: Part Two andTonoharu:  Part 1, has just just published the latest edition of his new cartoon series called“Kameoka Diaries“ about his return to teaching English, this time in Kameoka, Kyoto. Click here to read the Kameoka Diaries #5. http://larsmartinson.com/kameoka-diaries-5/


Jan 1

Lars Martinson (Fukuoka-ken 2003-2006), author of the graphic novels Tonoharu: Part Two andTonoharu:  Part 1, has just launched a new cartoon series called “Kameoka Diaries“ about his return to teaching English, this time in Kameoka, Kyoto. Click hereto read the post and the first cartoon.


Jul 10

**************** Lars Martinson (Fukuoka-ken 2003-2006), author of the graphic novels Tonoharu: Part Two and Tonoharu:  Part 1, has put together a rather unique video that “explains” the Tonoharu series in a marvelously tongue-in-cheek way.  (BTW, does anyone know if there’s a Japanese term for “tongue-in-cheek”?) Anyway, have a look at the video.  I think it’s […]


Feb 7

******** JET alum/cartoonist Lars Martinson (Fukuoka-ken 2003-2006), author of the graphic novels Tonoharu: Part Two and Tonoharu:  Part 1, is the focus (along with Adam Pasion, author of the Sundogs anthologies) of a thoughtful Japan Times article by Gianni Simone on comics about Japan “that tell it like it is.” Here’s the link to the […]


Jan 6

Check out this great radio interview with JET alum/cartoonist Lars Martinson (Fukuoka-ken 2003-2006), creator of the four-part graphic novel Tonoharu. Lars talked with radio station KFAI out Minnesota in December. Hear him talk about the creation of his book, which tells the tale of an ALT wrestling with the challenges of living in rural Japan […]


Dec 2

JET alum and ‘Tonoharu’ creator Lars Martinson. (Illustration by Lars Martinson) By JQ magazine’s Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Examiner.com. Visit his NY Japanese Culture page here to subscribe for free alerts on newly published stories.  Minnesota-based cartoonist Lars Martinson went to Japan in 2003 to teach English on the JET Program, an exchange initiative sponsored by the Japanese […]


Nov 23

There’s a nice interview with JET alum Lars Martinson in Hero Magazine.  Lars recently published Tonoharu:  Part 2, a graphic novel about teaching English in Japan that follows up on the success of Tonoharu:  Part 1. Here’s the link to the article:  http://heromagazine.org/?p=189


Nov 11

JET alum Lars Martinson recently released his follow-up graphic novel Tonoharu:  Part 2.  Here’s the review by Mark Frauenfelde of BoingBoing: “Tonoharu Part Two: Excellent graphic novel about an English teacher in Japan”:  http://www.boingboing.net/2010/11/10/tonoharu-part-two-ex.html (Editor’s note:  I have a copy of Tonoharu:  Part 1, and every time I show it to a fellow JET alum […]


Aug 4

JET alum Lars Martinson, author of the graphic novel Tonoharu:  Part 1, is not only currently studying East Asian calligraphy in Ehime-ken, he wants to write a comic book about his experience.  And he’s in the process of seeking funding to help make this happen. If you’ve seen Tonoharu:  Part 1, you know that “comic […]


Nov 30

It turns out JET alum Lars Martinson, author of the graphic novel Tonoharu:  Part 1, has a four-part series on his experience applying for a Monbusho Scholarship that’s worth reading. JetWit also recently had a post about Lars completing a 10-part series on his site (larsmartinson.com) all about self-publishing.  And I just realized he has […]


Nov 23

JET alum Lars Martinson, author of the graphic novel Tonoharu:  Part 1, just completed a 10-part series on his site (larsmartinson.com) all about self-publishing.  While he writes from an “alternative cartoonist” perspective, he offers valuable insight and experience for any JET alums in the writing or publishing business. Perspectives include: Cartooning is a poor career […]


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