Comic Book From Japan!

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.

My Japanese Husband Thinks I'm Crazy

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
This is!

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.

My Japanese Husband Thinks I'm Crazy

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:

  1. PDF copy of the comic book
  2. Signed copy of the physical book with a personalized inscription
  3. Custom postcard

Obviously the campaign was a success, hence this package arriving by mail.

My Japanese Husband Thinks I'm Crazy
My Japanese Husband Thinks I'm Crazy

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..

My Japanese Husband Thinks I'm Crazy
Foreword by the “Expert”

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..

My Japanese Husband Thinks I'm Crazy
This one actually appeared in her blog, so I doubt it is that big a 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!


  1. Your comic book reminds me of Shin Chan… My son used to buy this series during his younger days and I started reading them a couple of years ago… Really a “terror” boy, this SC… hahahaa…

  2. I had a laugh when I saw the title of the comic book 😀 After reading your post, I checked Grace’s blog. Very interesting and entertaining! Will definitely visit again and read more. And I see that she left you a comment, she is very sweet 🙂

  3. Thank you so much! Ah! I’m glad you liked it 🙂
    I missed Guardians of the Galaxy when it came out in Tokyo (grrrr), so I’m waiting for it to come out on DVD. I’ve watched tons of Youtube clips and read all sorts of glowing reviews.
    I’m really glad you liked the book, though 🙂
    This is an awesome review!

    • The music is what turned that movie from good to awesome! Or at least that’s what I think..
      I’m already looking forward to your next book so that I can get you to write Awesome Comic Vol 2 to my book 😉

  4. Yes, that Awesome Mix Vol. 1 was…indeed awesome! Loved it 😉
    Comic books are funny and ideal for light reading (my kind of books)…I like ‘When I was a kid’ series by Boey 😀

  5. wow!!!! Nice…some more have autograph leh.

    From the title it sound interesting. If you like reading, maybe can try out Lydia Teh’s Nyonya In Texas. That one sooooo funny…the way she defrosted frozen durian and what happen to the neighbours

    • It is my belief that “the flesh is weak” is utter nonsense. If you feel the flesh is weak, then it means the spirit is weak..

  6. I super like all your ‘paid’ blog posts 😀

    You are so kind to contribute to her kickstart project. Because of you, this book is possible. I’m so proud to be your blogger friend 🙂

    • That’s what I’m counting on. Now what is left is to wait for you to write a book. Or maybe decide to launch an online store for The Real Asian Style. Maybe I will invest $100 for 0.1% shares 😉

  7. Nice of you to support worthy projects on kickstarter. I think that is a good way to raise funds and make dreams come true. Maybe you could raise funding through kickstarter for your book. I will support it for sure.

    • I’ll think about it when the time comes. I have been slacking off big time for the past month or two. As of now, I don’t think I will publish hardcopy. I launch it on Kickstarter and I will probably get 5 or 10 backings LOL!

  8. wow, nice book, and especially with a personalized autograph.. the postcard looks good too!! as long as it’s good stuff, who cares you paid or you were paid to write this?? agree?? 🙂

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