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Culture shock romance & modern family humor w/ 5 years of the "east marries west" comic strip Odori Park in a handsome omnibus edition.
Culture shock romance & modern family humor w/ 5 years of the "east marries west" comic strip Odori Park in a handsome omnibus edition.
Culture shock romance & modern family humor w/ 5 years of the "east marries west" comic strip Odori Park in a handsome omnibus edition.
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In 2009, I posted the first Odori Park comic strip online. Since then, for the past five years, I've shared the romantic culture shock tales of Japanese Arisa Nishimori and American Colin Easton, their bilingual bouncing boy Sprout, their ever-suffering used bookshop, and their eclectic cast of friends and family. Now, in 2014, I'd like to celebrate five years of Odori Park with an attractive and comprehensive print collection: The Odori Park Omnibus.

:: Odori Park ::

My wife and two young sons are, naturally, constant inspiration for the strip. In fact, doing a comic about the trials and translations of our daily life together was originally my wife's idea. I like telling stories with my characters, the Eastons, that feel true, even when they're not (and aren't false half as often as they're true... or something), and I like telling jokes with them that zing, but with a core of something sweet or honest (like a wasabi pea... or a Sour Patch Kid...). I think too many "romantic" comedy serials (pick your sit-com) deliver laughs at the expense of the affection. As a reflection of my own true experience, I write Odori Park to show Colin and Arisa as genuinely in love, in spite of the chaos around them (or created by them).

:: The Omnibus ::

Maybe it's the metric semi-divisibility of it, but there's something about five years that feels like a milestone (if only to me). The art of Odori Park, the characters, the writing, have all evolved over the past five years, and after many gags and many story arcs, I'm at a point of natural reflection. It feels like the perfect time to pull all that evolution together into a single volume, that's as much for me as an artist as it is for the folks (that's you) who I hope will enjoy it.

This is a good time to note there will be over 600 comics in the Omnibus! That's nearly 250 pages! I can't wait for you to hold a volume like that in your hands. (Or my hands, for that matter.)

With as harried as Arisa and Colin are in the strip, I often feel even more stretched thin, between a family, a day job, and a regular comic to update. I have other comic projects I'd like to realize, chief of which at the moment is a children's graphic novel (written for my kids, but meant for all kids and kid-minded grown-ups), which I'd like to finish before my boys aren't boys anymore. So, on top of everything else, The Odori Park Omnibus is intended to be a cap on a body of work, and--perhaps, depending on response to this Kickstarter--a chapter marker preceding a new era for the Odori Park comic.

:: The Goods ::

The whole idea behind this Kickstarter campaign is, of course, to print a fancy (and/or schmancy) comprehensive collection of the Odori Park comic strip. Naturally, for backing the effort, I'm going to send copies of this book out to as many of you as I can.

On top of that, though, I've dreamed up (or gently ripped off) several other ideas to thank you for funding the Omnibus: wallpapers, bookmarks, artist edition books, prints, original artwork, and copies of my first book, Odori Park: East Marries West (collecting the first year of the strip with scads of behind-the-scenes sketches, artwork, and a 24 page "24-hour comic" to make it worth your while).

Please have a look through the reward tiers to the right and pick something nice for yourself, or someone you love! (Or like. Or just don't hate madly. I'm not fussy.)

Most of all, thank you all for checking out Odori Park, to my readers for five kind years, and to you backers out there for making The Odori Park Omnibus happen! (Knock on wood!)

Risks and challenges

The good thing about a comic strip collection is that the vast majority of the work--all the comic strip goodness--is already done and ready to print. I have a printer lined up with whom I've worked quite happily before. Aside from finishing the cover artwork and compiling everything together (which will be done in short order), The Odori Park Omnibus is basically ready and waiting for the funds to go to print.

I plan to debut The Odori Park Omnibus at the Maine Comics Arts Festival in May (and have prepared an interim funding source to foot the bill until Kickstarter funds are released) so as soon as the Kickstarter ends, I intend to ship the production-ready files off to the printer, which should deliver me books in hand within a tidy turnaround. Naturally, I'll keep backers posted on developments!

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    MANY THANKS: A special edition wallpaper for your computer or digital device, and your name listed in the book with my gratitude!

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    E-BOOK: A PDF download of the Omnibus, plus a special wallpaper and your name listed in the book!

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    BOOKMARK: An Omnibus-edition full-color bookmark mailed to you, plus a PDF e-book copy of the Omnibus, a special wallpaper, and your name listed in the book!

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    THE OMNIBUS: A print copy of the Odori Park Omnibus! Plus a PDF copy of the book, an Omnibus-edition bookmark, a special wallpaper, and your name listed in the book!

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    ARTIST EDITION: A print copy of the Odori Park Omnibus with an ink sketch hand-drawn inside the front cover! (See samples at lower left.) Plus a PDF copy of the Omnibus, a special-edition bookmark and wallpaper, and your name listed in the book!

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    VOLUME ONE: An Artist Edition copy of the Odori Park Omnibus and a bonus copy of the first Odori Park book, Odori Park: East Marries West! Plus a PDF copy of the Omnibus, a special-edition bookmark and wallpaper, and your name listed in the Omnibus!

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    SIGNED PRINT: An 8x10 signed print of a favorite Odori Park strip of your choice! Plus an Artist Edition copy of the Odori Park Omnibus, a bonus copy of the first Odori Park book, a PDF copy of the Omnibus, a special-edition bookmark and wallpaper, and your name listed in the Omnibus!

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    DOUBLE OMNIBUS: An Artist Edition copy of the Omnibus and a bonus copy (at $5 off retail price) to gift (or keep)! Plus an 8x10 signed print of a favorite Odori Park strip, a bonus copy of the first Odori Park book, a PDF copy of the Omnibus, a special-edition bookmark and wallpaper, and your name listed in the Omnibus!

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    COMMISSIONED ART: An 8x10 drawing of one or two characters or portraits--whatever your desire (within PG bounds)--colored digitally and sent as both a print and a digital file. (See samples at lower left.) Plus an Artist Edition copy of the Omnibus, a bonus copy to gift, an 8x10 signed print of a favorite Odori Park strip, a bonus copy of the first Odori Park book, a PDF copy of the Omnibus, a special-edition bookmark and wallpaper, and your name listed in the Omnibus!

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    FACE-TO-FACE: All of the rewards of the above tiers--three books including an Artist Edition, a commissioned drawing, a signed print, the PDF, the bookmark, the wallpaper, and your name in the book--plus an hour's chat on Skype! We can talk about whatever you like--the origins of the strip, my digital art process, a review of your portfolio, a Japanese lesson--you decide! (Plus, if you live (or can make it to) the MetroWest Massachusetts area, I'm open to meeting in person over a cup of joe--and I'm buyin'!)

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