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The hilarious misadventures of a Texan girl married to a Japanese businessman, living in Tokyo.

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"My Japanese Husband Thinks I'm Crazy: The Comic Book" is the autobiographical misadventures of a native Texan freelancer (Grace) and her Japanese "salaryman" husband (Ryosuke): in comic book form. 

From earthquakes and crowded trains, to hilarious cultural faux pas, this comic explores the joys of living and working abroad, intercultural marriages, and trying to make a decent pot roast on Thanksgiving. 

In Japan, most families do laundry every day. In America, most families do NOT do laundry every day. See a possible cultural clash?
In Japan, most families do laundry every day. In America, most families do NOT do laundry every day. See a possible cultural clash?

What is this?

"My Japanese Husband Thinks I'm Crazy: The Comic Book" is a collection of stories and comics written by Grace Buchele Mineta, a freelancer living in Tokyo. About half of the content has already been published on her popular blog, "Texan in Tokyo;" half of the stuff is new and only for this book. 

Simply put, this is a comic book. 

It's an autobiographical comic book, though. So aside from the imaginary talking rabbit (Marvin), everything in these pages is true. It's all about "us."

"My Japanese Husband Thinks I'm Crazy: The Comic Book" is a comic book... but it is more than just a comic book.

  • It is an entertaining look into the life of an interracial and intercultural marriage (between a Japanese person and a Texan). 
  • It is a social commentary on millennials, who would rather travel and have personal freedom than the 'American Dream of a white picket fence and 2.5 children.'
  • It is a window into the daily life of a 外人 (foreigner) in Japan.
  • It is the authentic representation of the hardships and joys of being a freelancer. 
"We need to talk" means something completely different depending on whether you are a native English speaker or not...
"We need to talk" means something completely different depending on whether you are a native English speaker or not...

So why a book? (and blog)?

Like most "good things" my blog came from an abundance of free time and the desire to create something interesting and purposeful... three years ago while I was studying abroad in Tokyo. 

I ended up never leaving Tokyo. My husband and I tied the knot after a couple of years together - now we live happily in Tokyo. 

I started drawing comics as a buffer (so I didn't have to write "real" blog posts every day. While cleaning up the Texas house, my husband found one of my sketchbooks from middle school and told me I should start putting comics on my blog. 

I assumed he was saying it because he was obligated to say nice things (because, married). 

My comics have become the backbone of my blog.

All of the comics are drawn "freestyle" on pen and paper. 

"Hanami" or "fireworks viewing" is hugely popular in Japan. And, of course, it's always INCREDIBLY crowded...
"Hanami" or "fireworks viewing" is hugely popular in Japan. And, of course, it's always INCREDIBLY crowded...

Let's talk about Rewards!

$5 - PDF 

$10 - PDF + "My Japanese Husband Thinks I'm Crazy" digital wallpaper

$25 - Physical (signed) copy of the book + wallpaper + PDF

$35 - Signed book + postcard from Japan + wallpaper +PDF 

$50 - I draw you on the first page of the book (send me your photo) + signed book + postcard from Japan + wallpaper +PDF

$100 - I draw a FULL PAGE original comic of your life/of your choosing (send me reference photos for up to three people, sample dialogue, or a funny story and I will draw you in a comic!) + I draw you on the first page of the book + signed book + postcard from Japan + wallpaper +PDF

$150 - I draw a FULL PAGE original comic of your life/of your choosing IN COLOR (send me reference photos for up to five people, sample dialogue, or a funny story and I will draw you in a comic!) + I draw whatever/whoever you want on the first page of the book + signed book + postcard from Japan + wallpaper +PDF

$250 - I draw FIVE PAGES of original comics of your life/of your choosing (send me reference photos for up to ten people, sample dialogue, or a funny story and I will draw you in a comic!) + I draw whatever/whoever you want on the first page of the book + signed book + postcard from Japan + wallpaper +PDF

$500 - You become a part-time character for five upcoming "Texan in Tokyo" comics on my blog (and in future books). Send me a photo of yourself, a description of your personality, and a couple funny things that have happened to you (that you think are comic-worthy) and you will become a part-time character in the "Texan in Tokyo" webcomic (by pledging this reward, you consent to letting me use your likeness for a future comic that will be uploaded on the internet and sold in future books). 

Cost breakdown for the $6485 Kickstarter Campaign 

I calculated the minimum cost it would take to pull this off. Sadly, because I live in Japan, shipping is quite a bit more expensive. 

The cost breakdown for the $6485 that I'm asking looks like this:

  • $1763: Cost of printing 500 books and shipping them to Japan
  • $2385: Estimated cost of shipping the books/rewards to each person (shipping internationally from Tokyo worldwide. I assume 60% of the orders will come from the US, 25% from Japan, and 15% from other countries)
  • $250: Kickstarter promotional video and book cover design (I already paid this one out of pocket) 
  • $75: Manufacturing rewards
  • +10% Kickstarter and Amazon.com payment fees
  • +30% US income tax (even though I mostly live in Japan, I still have to pay American taxes)
  • +5% card errors, insufficient funds, unexpected costs 

Total Cost: $6485

I realize this is a lot of money. However, this is a project I truly believe in. 

Specific details for the book

"My Japanese Husband Thinks I'm Crazy" will be a 120-page perfect-bound softcover book with color covers and black + white interior. 

80 of the pages are comics. Roughly one third of the comics been previously published on the blog "Texan in Tokyo;" the other two-thirds are completely new and strictly for this book.

35 of the pages are short articles (like a blog post) that teach the reader a bit about living in Japan, interracial marriages, and freelancing (examples of the short "blog posts" are "How to enjoy Japanese hanabi [花火] without dying," "8 Tips for Job Hunting in Japan," "Explaining Japanese chikan" and "7 signs you are not cut out to be a Freelancer.")

5 of the pages are "assorted other." They contain the introduction, table of contents, shout-outs to notable donors, and my author bio. 

Stretch Goals

$10,000 - I will add 50 new pages to the book! So instead, it will be 100 pages of comics and 55 pages of short articles! 

$20,000 - I will draw anyone who pledged $25+ on the front page of the book. Since this is already a "reward" for people who pledged $50+, I will draw up to three people (you, your loved one, perhaps your cat?) for the higher level tiers. 

I make a point of always giving up my seat on the train for old ladies
I make a point of always giving up my seat on the train for old ladies
I do the "walk of shame" back to my own apartment every morning, after walking my husband to the train station...
I do the "walk of shame" back to my own apartment every morning, after walking my husband to the train station...

Risks and challenges

I guess the biggest risk is the boat carrying the 500 books (printed in America, shipped to Japan) gets lost as sea or delayed.
But I doubt that will happen.
I've completed about 85% of the book - and, depending on whether we reach any of the stretch goals, will be able to send the PDF to print in early September (after the kickstarter closes at the end of August).

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FAQ

  • Nothing! It is free.
    Since I live in Japan, pretty much all of the orders are going to be "International" (US, UK, Australia, Hong Kong, etc) - so I included international shipping in the initial listed pledge.

    (Feel free to pledge extra, though, if you want!)

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  • Short answer: Nothing!
    I've gotten a couple messages from people who won't get paid for a couple more days (or in one case, two weeks). Don't worry.
    This campaign will run until August 30th at 2:02pm (Japan time). The campaign will end on August 30th - and until then, you can keep pledging, sharing, and stacking up rewards!

    Also - I'm going to add "stretch goals," like if I get over $10,000 in funding, I'm going to add several more chapters!

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    1 backer

    Limited PDF (the "short copy" of the book - total of 75 pages)

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    180 backers

    PDF of the comic book "My Japanese Husband Thinks I'm Crazy"

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    13 backers

    PDF + "My Japanese Husband Thinks I'm Crazy digital wallpaper"

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    168 backers

    Physical (signed) copy of the book + wallpaper + PDF

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    39 backers

    Signed book + postcard from Japan + wallpaper + PDF

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    7 backers

    "Buy it in Bulk/Wholesale Package"

    You get 2 signed copies of this book to use however you want (gifts, sell at a bookstore/convention, hang on your wall, etc), at $5 discount from the regular price!

    2 Postcards from Japan + "Thank you!" shoutout on my blog + PDF + Wallpaper

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    25 backers

    *ADD* I draw you on the first page of the book (email me your photo)

    Also included:
    Signed Book + Postcard from Japan + "Thank you!" shoutout on my blog + wallpaper + PDF

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
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    13 backers

    *ADD* I draw a FULL PAGE original comic of your life/of your choosing (send me reference photos for up to three people, sample dialogue, or a funny story and I will draw you in a comic and ship it to you!)

    Also included:
    I draw you on the first page of the book + signed book + Postcard from Japan + "Thank you!" shoutout on my blog + Wallpaper + PDF

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
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    Pledge $150 or more

    4 backers

    *ADD* I draw a FULL PAGE original comic of your life/of your choosing IN COLOR (send me reference photos for up to five people, sample dialogue, or a funny story and I will draw you in a comic and ship it to you!)

    Also included:
    Signed Book + Personal character sketch (email me your picture - I will draw you and include the sketch in your package) + Postcard from Japan + "Thank you!" shoutout on my blog + PDF + Wallpaper

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
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    Pledge $200 or more

    0 backers

    "Super Wholesale Package" ---- You get 10 signed copies of this book to use however you want (gifts, sell at a bookstore/convention, hang on your wall, etc), each book is a $5 discount from the regular price!

    10 Postcards from Japan + "Thank you!" shoutout on my blog + PDF + Wallpaper

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    Pledge $500 or more

    6 backers Limited (1 left of 7)

    *ADD* You become a part-time character for five upcoming "Texan in Tokyo" comics on my blog (and in future books). Send me a photo of yourself, a description of your personality, and a couple funny things that have happened to you (that you think are comic-worthy) and you will become a part-time character in the "Texan in Tokyo" webcomic (by pledging this reward, you consent to letting me use your likeness for a future comic that will be uploaded on the internet and sold in future books). Once published online, I will send you all five original, physical comics via international post.

    Also included:
    Signed Book + Personal character sketch (email me your picture - I will draw you and include the sketch in your package) + Postcard from Japan + "Thank you!" shoutout on my blog + PDF + Wallpaper

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world

Funding period

- (33 days)