This is another paid review as in, I paid to get something and then wrote a review on it…
Something arrived by mail yesterday morning, all the way from Tokyo. It was very good timing in fact. The postman caught me as I was getting into my car. If he came 2 minutes later, I would have to make my way to Georgetown to collect the parcel in person.
I have been expecting this for quite some time already actually. No disrespect to Ecover, but when I discovered that the package last week was that instead of this, I was a tad disappointed, LOL!
So… what exactly is in this parcel?
My Japanese Husband Thinks I’m CRAZY! – A comic book by Grace Buchele Mineta. Her very first comic book in fact.
Grace is a
weird lovely Texan lady who is married to a Japanese man and currently lives in Tokyo. I “discovered” her when I was doing some “research” for my first ever business trip to Tokyo through the website TokyoCheapo, and have been following her on her blog Texan In Tokyo ever since.
I think Grace is awesome. When I started following her blog a few months ago, she was just a typical AMWF blogger who occasionally drew comics to post on her blog.
And then she started making Youtube videos.
And then she started appearing on Japanese TV shows, including NHK’s Tokyo Eye.
And then she announced that she will be attempting to publish her very first comic book.
When Grace announced that she was going to crowd-fund her first attempt at publishing this comic book via Kickstarter, I immediately made a backing without hesitation. I know most people would balk at throwing actual monetary support to relative unknowns, but for me, I always try to give support to what I deem worthy causes.
I think independent internet people working hard to provide valuable information and/or entertainment to the world are worthy causes.
Grace is an independent internet people, so I think backing Grace is a worthy cause.
Of course, I can only support up to what I can afford. For her venture, I backed $25 for it. The idea was, if her crowd-funding hits the required target, then the comic book is a go and will get published, and I stand to receive:
- PDF copy of the comic book
- Signed copy of the physical book with a personalized inscription
- Custom postcard
Obviously the campaign was a success, hence this package arriving by mail.
I probably should have requested a better personalized inscription, but I just came back from the cinema that day watching Guardians of the Galaxy, with that cassette tape Awesome Mix Vol. 1 playing on my mind like a broken record. And I was feeling spontaneous, so yeah…
I don’t want to reveal spoilers on the comic book itself. If it is spoilers you seek, seek it in her blog, or in Amazon. If you find the spoilers interesting, you might even consider buying the book yourself.
Okay, maybe a tiny bit of spoiler..
If you are wondering who this Ryosuke dude is… wait, did I mention that Grace is married to a Japanese man? Yeah, that’s Ryosuke. He features prominently in Grace’s comics, Youtube videos and blog. If you follow her blog, you will be able to feel how much they love each other, and I love it! I mean, I love the fact that they love each other deep deep.
Personally, I prefer to call him Enrique. Ever since he mentioned that his name is Enrique in one of the Youtube videos, that name kind of latched on to my brain and refused to go away.
Okay, maybe another tiny bit of spoiler..
I guess, if you want me to summarize what this comic book is all about, I would say:
My Japanese Husband Thinks I’m Crazy is a sneak preview on life as an AMWF (Asian Male White Female) couple living in Tokyo, in comic book form
Actually, I can’t think of anything else. This is as simple a summary as it gets, isn’t it?
If you are interested, you can buy the book. If you don’t want to spend money, you can also visit her blog (link above or in my Blogroll on the sidebar), I promise you it is a very interesting blog, more interesting than my blog by 100 times, maybe more.
No… at this point of time, I know what some of you might be thinking. No, no no.. No! I am not going to conduct another freebie giveaway! I am not giving this book away! Not even the postcards! If you want the book, buy the book! This book is too precious to me. It might be worth $25 now, but 10 years down the road, who knows someone might offer $25 000 for the Signed Paperback Copy of Grace Buchele Mineta’s First Ever Comic Book.
Don’t laugh, there is a very real possibility that this might happen. I’m good at predicting these stuff. I remember commenting on one of her blog post with something like this: A comic book artist in Tokyo? Nah, there’s hundreds of thousands of them. A Texan comic book artist in Tokyo that doesn’t draw porn or explosions? Yeah, that’s one of a kind!