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Powell Street Festival appearance

I will be speaking at the Powell Street Festival, an annual celebration of Japanese-Canadian culture in Vancouver. 12:30 PM at the Firehall Studio on July 29, Saturday. Unlike the ads say, I will not be doing a reading. I’m sure a live reading of a comic book would be kinda interesting, but I’m not prepared for that kind of performance art yet. Instead I’m going to talk about how I started my career and some of the quirks that come with being a Japanese-Canadian who draws manga that isn’t manga because it’s in English!


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Some sharp-eyed anime viewer — I’m going to guess someone from /a/ in 4chan — was watching episode 3 of a new anime called “Mayo Chiki!” and somehow recognized a poster in the background as my Matt Groening-style “Death Note” fanart!

Pretty bizarre but cool discovery. I never would’ve noticed. I am honoured! Thanks to everyone who alerted me to this.

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It looks sweet!

I was chosen to do the art a week before the store opening. I came up with the concept, they picked the characters, and I drew it on the weekend.

I’ve never seen such a huge print of my work before. I went with a sketchy style because I knew that if I tried to make everything look neat, the slightest imperfection would drive me nuts since it’s so easy to see.

If you’re a Vancouverite or just visiting, come see! It’s only about a block or two away from Waterfront Skytrain station and easy to spot. They sell tons of retro games and new games, too.

I’m also going to do a “villains” version for their New Westminster location, so stay tuned.

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Gamedeals grand opening

Fellow Vancouverites! If you’re free this Friday, come to Gamdeals‘ new location in Gastown (across the famous steam clock). They’re a store that specializes in retro video games.

Gamedeals Gastown grand opening party – May 20 (Friday), noon to 7pm

Their storefront is going to feature a big mural by me (not traditionally painted as there was no time for that, but printed)! Here’s a sneak peek:

I’ll be there in hiding. For those of you who can’t make it, I’ll post photos after the fact.

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I got into the Mega Man tribute!

Been busy with various projects, but here’s some new art.

My art has been selected to be in the upcoming UDON Mega Man Tribute book! It will premiere at San Diego Comic-Con this July.

I won’t post my winning piece yet, but here are three other entries I entered that didn’t make it (because only one piece per artist was chosen).

More game fanart:

First is a celebratory pic I did after beating Gyakuten Kenji 2, aka Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth 2! CAPCOM announced recently that they won’t localize it, so there’s an online petition for fans to sign.

Second are some female versions of Left 4 Dead special infecteds. More info in the description!

Third is an ode to my favourite game series, Monkey Island.

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Due to overwhelming support and having raised $1300 for relief efforts, I’ve re-opened commissions.


100% of proceeds go to Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders), a non-profit humanitarian aid organization known for providing medical care to developing countries. Currently they are helping the earthquake and tsunami survivors, especially those suffering from hypothermia, respiratory tract infections, and the elderly who have lost their medicine. They’re also rounding up basic needs such as blankets, food and fresh water. They’re a great group and 85% of their funding comes from donations, so donating to them no matter what the reason is a good idea.

I’ve finished 36 out of 52 commissioned portraits so far, and they’re being mailed out today. Those of you who haven’t sent me info on what they’d like drawn yet, please do.

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$1,300 raised for Japan

Thanks to all the people who commissioned me, I’ve raised $1,300 for Japan Society’s Earthquake Relief Fund! I’ve donated the money and I’m getting an official confirmation in two weeks.

I will re-open commissions soon, this time for MSF/Doctors Without Borders.

Because I received far more commissions than I had estimated, I’m selling this original Yokaiden piece used in volume 1 to make up for mailing costs and the percentage Paypal takes away.

Local Vancouver online magazine Guttersnipe interviewed me about my project.

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