The weekend is over and as is the launch of Other Tales and my first experience exhibiting at a Japanese comic market. COMITIA went well. Far better than I was anticipating to be honest, managed to sell out of our first print run about an hour before the end of the event. The feeling of sticking that sold out sign up on our banner was exactly as satisfying as it looked on all them animes I watched.
We will definitely be back for COMITIA6 next June with a reprint of this book plus a new, considerably longer issue. In the mean time progress on the story and behind the scenes sketches and illustrations will be going up on my Patreon page regularly.
Now that it’s a little further along, here is an update on the aforementioned comic.
It is an collection of short stories called “Other Tales” or at least it will be once I do the English translations for now it’s called 他物語 (hokamonogatari). The first issue is finished and will be debuting at a small comic market in Sapporo this Sunday.
The first issue has two stories; “Joust” a somewhat cutesy fantasy story about a boy and his dog and “Lamplight” a slightly darker folklorish tale about a will-o-wisp. I will be finding a place for these online at some point but for now they will be available in print or on my Patreon page
Since I’m now living in Japan and have access to a whole world of wonderful manga supplies basically everywhere I turn, I have begun working on a new comic. The first traditional media comic intended for print publication I’ve attempted in… 6 years I think.
However unlike “A Rindice Fairy-tale” which fizzled out in the first issue, I already have the first three chapters of this comic in various stages of completion (from fully written to finished inking).