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The adventures of an American girl married to a Japanese boy, living in the countryside in Japan.
The adventures of an American girl married to a Japanese boy, living in the countryside in Japan.
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Hi there and welcome to the Kickstarter campaign for My Life in Japan the comic book! 

What is My Life in Japan?

Glad you asked! My Life in Japan: The Comic Book is the comical adventures of my life as an American girl married to a Japanese boy, living in the countryside in Japan. It's also the follow-up to the wildly successful Kickstarter for my first comic book two years ago, My Japanese Husband Thinks I'm Crazy

I've gotten a lot better at drawing and storytelling since then (and learned how to color my comics on the computer!)

So... really. What is this? 

It's a comic book!

My Life in Japan is a 150 page comic book in full color, filled with 29 hilarious, awkward, and true stories about me and my husband's (Ryosuke's) life in Japan. 

We're an international, married couple that lives smack in the middle of rice fields and mountains. Our town is old and doesn't have a lot of non-Japanese residents, which leads to some pretty funny incidents. 

If you've ever wondered what it would be like to live in rural Japan, this is the book for you! 

Each of the twenty nine episodes ranges from ten to fifty panels (so basically a couple of pages) and are drawn from the heart. 

Who are the main characters?

This book is about me (Grace) and my husband (Ryosuke). 

Why a Kickstarter?

Personally, I love Kickstarter because it's built to get projects off the ground that otherwise may never happen. With my first Kickstarter, I was overwhelmed by the sheer amount of support and messages I got from people who wanted to see my comic book come to life. 

Kickstarter also allows me to provide the product directly to you, without a middleman, and to figure out what y'all actually want. 

I've published one comic book with Kickstarter and two without it - and the experiences have been vastly different. 

There's no comparison; Kickstarter is the way to go as an author. 

I want to read more comics!

You do? That's great! 

Right now I publish my comics for free on Tapastic and the Challenge League LINE Webtoons. You can read them on either site for free :)

OR

A majority of the comics in this book have been published online, free for anyone to read. I also drew some exclusive ones just for this book - a little over 25%.  

So where does all the money go?

Good question. Right now: 

  • 45% of the money will go towards printing 1000 copies of the book
  • 30% will go to shipping, packaging, etc to get the books to you
  • 15% is "lost" to Kickstarter fees, Paypal fees, customs fees, and taxes I will need to pay on this book. 
  • 10% is my "wiggle room" in case something goes wrong (and it always does) and on the off chance that nothing goes wrong (fingers crossed!!) that's my profit from this book. 

The goal of this Kickstarter isn't to make money. The goal is to print this wonderful comic book that I'm really, really proud of and to get it into your hands. 

The profit is going to come later, from selling whatever books I have leftover on my Etsy shop. 

I don't have money right now! Can I get a book later??

Yes, totally! 

I'm planning on printing about 300 extra books to sell on my Etsy shop after the Kickstarter is finished and all the rewards have been sent out. Once I've finished sending out all the books for Kickstarter, I will post an update here letting people know they can buy the leftover books on my site.  

That being said, once I sell out of leftover books online, that's it. 

The end. I can't print any more. 

The printer that I'm using has a minimum order of 1,000 books and as much as I want to get my comic book into as many hands as I can, it's not possible to keep more than about 200 books boxed in our living room at any one time.

 What can I get? Books? PDFs?

I have a couple different "reward levels" depending on how much you want to spend. They are: 

Risks and challenges

I'm basically all done with this book; right now it is in the "editing" phase. As soon as this Kickstarter finishes, I will send the book off to the printers for a proof copy (and if that's okay, order all the books).
If, for whatever reason, the proof copy looks awful, we have a back-up list of two other possible printers to use.

Ryosuke and I run an online shop selling my comic books, so we know the costs involved with shipping the books to you.

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    Virtual hug through the computer :)

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    PDF of "My Life in Japan: The Comic Book"

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    PDF PACKAGE. PDFs of all 4 of my comic books! You get "My Life in Japan" and the three comic books I wrote earlier "My Japanese Husband Thinks I'm Crazy (vol 1)" "My Japanese Husband (still) Thinks I'm Crazy (vol 2)" and "Confessions of a Texan in Tokyo (vol 3)"

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    Japanese + English PDFs! Two PDFs for "My Life in Japan," one in English and the other in Japanese (translated by Ryosuke). Useful for people studying Japanese or native Japanese speakers.

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    PDF SUPER PACKAGE! PDFs of all 4 of my comic books + PDF of "My Life in Japan" in Japanese (グレイスの日本での生活)! You get "My Life in Japan," "グレイスの日本での生活" and the three comic books I wrote earlier "My Japanese Husband Thinks I'm Crazy (vol 1)" "My Japanese Husband (still) Thinks I'm Crazy (vol 2)" and "Confessions of a Texan in Tokyo (vol 3)"

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    Signed/Printed book! ("My Life in Japan: The Comic Book" - early bird 20% discount!!) + PDF ---- FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE.

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    Poop Hat Special. Hand-made poop hat from Ryosuke + PDF of "My Life in Japan" ---- FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE.

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    Multi-lingual PDFs + Signed/Printed book. Signed paperback of "My Life in Japan" + PDF + PDF (in Japanese, translated by Ryosuke) ---- FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE.

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    Poop hat + PDF SUPER PACKAGE! PDFs of all 4 of my comic books + PDF of "My Life in Japan" in Japanese (グレイスの日本での生活)! You get "My Life in Japan," "グレイスの日本での生活" and the three comic books I wrote earlier "My Japanese Husband Thinks I'm Crazy (vol 1)" "My Japanese Husband (still) Thinks I'm Crazy (vol 2)" and "Confessions of a Texan in Tokyo (vol 3)." And a poop hat hand-made from Ryosuke. --- FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE.

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    Signed/Printed "My Life in Japan" book + PDFs of all 4 my comic books. You get "My Life in Japan," + PDF of "My Life in Japan" in Japanese, and the three comic books I wrote earlier "My Japanese Husband Thinks I'm Crazy (vol 1)" "My Japanese Husband (still) Thinks I'm Crazy (vol 2)" and "Confessions of a Texan in Tokyo (vol 3) "Kickstarter special discount!!" ---- FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE.

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    Signed/Printed "My Life in Japan" book and your pick of any ONE of my three other comic books, signed. And PDFs for both books. Early bird 20% discount!! ---- FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE.

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    Signed/Printed Book + Poop Hat. Signed paperback of "My Life in Japan" and a hand-made poop hat created with love by Ryosuke. And Japanese + English PDFs.

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    Signed copies of all 4 of my books! You get "My Life in Japan" and the three comic books I wrote earlier "My Japanese Husband Thinks I'm Crazy (vol 1)" "My Japanese Husband (still) Thinks I'm Crazy (vol 2)" and "Confessions of a Texan in Tokyo (vol 3)" in a nice little bundle, each with their own postcard. And PDFS of all 4 books + Japanese PDF for "My Life in Japan" --- FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE.

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    Signed/Printed Book for My Life in Japan + PDF + PDF in Japanese + Drawing of you/your loved ones! Send me photos and I will draw whomever you want on the inside page of the book. Free shipping worldwide.

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    Poop hat + Signed copies of all 4 of my books! You get "My Life in Japan" and the three comic books I wrote earlier "My Japanese Husband Thinks I'm Crazy (vol 1)" "My Japanese Husband (still) Thinks I'm Crazy (vol 2)" and "Confessions of a Texan in Tokyo (vol 3)" in a nice little bundle, each with their own postcard. And a Ryosuke original, hand-made poop hat. And PDFs of all 4 books + Japanese PDF (グレイスの日本での生活) for "My Life in Japan" --- FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE.

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    Skype with Grace or Ryosuke or Grace & Ryosuke! Every time we visit a new place, we hold a meetup... but we haven't been able to go to very many countries. This is for everyone who hasn't been able to attend an event but still wants to meet us. You also get signed/printed book and PDFs in both English and Japanese. Free shipping worldwide.

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