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updated once or twice a week!! sorry for the slowdown -- school and
fandom are bogging me down. forgive me!
it's about japan,
still read it L-->R, mmkay?
who said what about gai-gin!?
your comic has seriously made me so paranoid ;-;" - Katy (SCORE!)
very well done, and I am actually buzzing with impatience to read
the rest of it. Her website also has links & resources of all
kinds, including a section called "So
You're Thinking of Overstaying
Your Visa..." Whoever is interested in Japan and what it really
feels like to live there... check this out!!" -Lorenzo, Past Coordinator of the Japan Studies Program at TIU (JSP)
"What I like about your strip are both the engaging
characters and your warm and sympathetic treatment of cultural
differences. Keep up the fine work!" -Bill
Holbrook, of Kevin and Kell
"About a week ago I received an application for JSP that
contained the following statement: "I heard about the Japanese
Studies Program through the webcomic Gai-Gin." So I wondered what the
hell gai-gin was, and google once again saved the day. I enjoyed your
comic very much, and from one gaijin to another I think you do a great
job of honestly translating the experience that is Japan. Thanks." -Matt,
Current Coordinator of the Japan
Studies Program at TIU (JSP)
to take most of this month off, but now vacation is over and its back
to buisness! :D
WHOOHOOO SPORATIC UPDATING!!! i'll try to keep up once a day updating
for july, since august will be CRAAAAZY as pyon an i head to america
for a month. say hi to us at otakon!
JUNE: after a
short break we're back in gear. wheeee! can school be over now? :<
MAY: oops, i
didn't post an news update for may since there is none. well! i'll be
some big additions to fan-art and such. some new characters are also
coming in soon. enjoy!
april! school starts again soon for me, meaning, weirdly enough, i can
update LESS sporadically, and closer to once every day routinely again.
this fanart! Check out all our fanart! Happy
Easter, BTW. Uploaded old art from myself, too!
for two days without comics! I was on a plane back to JAPAN. Man, it
feels good to be back. I'll do my best to stay on track with updating.
We're heading into rocky territory now! Also, I am always updating the ART PAGE, and otherwise not much else is new. I
am looking for MORE AND MORE FAN ART, I love this stuff to death, so
keep it coming and thanks so much to everyone reading!
February! On this day itself there is no new comic - BUT! There is
plenty of other updated stuff, like a ton of new Fan
Art and Still Art, updated Character Page,
Updated FAQ, Updated NIPPON Section
- finally, I wrote "NARA Is better than
everybody's Mother!". Go check it out! Also, I will be going back
to America for most of February, but fear not, the comic will continue
to be updated around 5 times a week. I am also going to Katsucon -
refer to the cosplaying Gin to your left to see how you can get some
crappy Gin art if you go as well! Hope to see you there!
JANUARY: I AM IN THE
MIDDLE OF FINALS D: only one week to go, but updates have been
sporadic... i apologize! i also drew all of these strips way ahead of
time knowing i'd have no time to draw during the tests, so i am sorry
for some shoddy artwork. ill digitally edit them to be as pretty as
ADDED the "LJ people" project i did a year or
to the art page!
be closer to the 4 times a week as opposed to the 7 times a week i've
been upholding, as i have finals all this month. once finals are over
though i should be plowing full speed ahead with 7 a week again.
welcome to everyone who arrived from deviantart! thanks for the emails
and IMs, i really appreciated them. hope you enjoy the comic!
DECEMBER: well, i am
writing this and it is still november, but not for long. i am going to
kansai for a wedding, and so i will try to update the site the week i
am gone, but if i can't, i'll still post to my LJ with comics. two
comics today since i was late yesterday. new
NOVEMBER: well, here
we are in november. i did a major overhaul on the visa overstay article! and i will be
adding fanart to the art page, so keep an eye
out, yaaaaay! please send in fanart if you wish, we are quite lacking.
EDIT: NEVERMIND no longer lacking. i love you people.
OCTOBER: got a ton of
new comics up. some are going to be serious this month. whoo-hoo! i'm
currently updating every day despite school because i WANT TO CATCH UP
TO MYSELF! but i am now officially two years behind.... CAN THIS BE
I've been updating once a day but starting April it'll be once or twice
a week thanks to school D: Anyway I have a new section for ART!!!
on the site, enjoyz plz. :3 It includes the ANIMATED
Going back and adding some stories I left out from when I first got to
Japan. You can view them above. I wasn't ready to tell some of these
personal stories when I started the comic so I left them out. Now here
Long vacation. Sorry :D. This is still kind of a private, friends-only
project right now, so bear with me :D
Yay! Comic is public with an archive of 13 full color strips to present
itself nicely with. Hope everyone enjoys. Took me about 53 cans of Diet
Pepsi to get this up and running for public viewing (I wish I was
Please contact me with any feedback or suggestions!
if I can keep this up.
Hello and welcome. I just opened up this website, it is brand new, and
so the archive is tiny. Pity it. I'm working on writing lots of
stories and articles for everyone to enjoy. Please enjoy!!
point of this comic is to draw and write in comic form the stories of
(my) life from the past year. So the entire comic is one year old. This
is why I rushed to get introductory comics stored in the archive so I
begin stories from this past October. Why one year ago? The lessons I
when I first got to Japan are priceless and, I think, important for
of Japan to learn about. I've also been kicked out of Japan for exactly
one year, so by the time you get to read about that story in these
I will be back home in my apartment in Asaka-shi, Saitama.
news to come later. We shall see if anything interesting develops.