Twenty months ago, my life changed.
Twenty months ago, we lived in Tokyo. Ryouske was working a job he didn’t really like and I had a part-time job that made me feel dead inside (all the while looking for a full-time job somewhere else). In my spare time, I drew comics, blogged, and started making videos for the YouTube channel I started the month before (back then I had less than 100 subscribers, now I have 110,000+ subscribers).
I had the idea to use Kickstarter to fund a self-published comic book.
The first time I used Kickstarter, my “project” was my passion project, a comic book “My Japanese Husband Thinks I’m Crazy.”
Long story short, it worked. My project was funded over 200% and I spent the next couple of months finishing the book and sending four hundred books (and PDFs) around the world.
Fast forward twenty months and Ryouske and I do this whole “writing about our life on the internet” thing mostly full-time. We have a YouTube channel, I run this blog, Ryosuke has his own blog, I publish webcomics on two other sites (Tapastic and LINE Webtoons Challenge League), and we freelance writing/translation/interpretation.
And now I wrote another comic book, “My Life in Japan.“
I can’t put into words how proud I am of this new comic book.
It’s ~150 pages, full color comic book (and Ryosuke made a Japanese PDF version).
I am using Kickstarter for this book. Thus far, I’ve published one book with Kickstarter and two without it – and the experience has been vastly different. I feel like with Kickstarter, I’m able to engage with y’all directly (no middleman) and can actually figure out what y’all want (before I officially launch the book).
And for the next 14 days, it is running on Kickstarter.
If you want to see the book, click here.
If you like what you see, I’d love it if you could back the project. Or share on social media.
And if you want to wait until the Kickstarter is over to get the book, that’s okay too. I’m going to print a couple hundred extra books, so once I’ve signed and sent out all the rewards for Kickstarter backers, I will sell leftover books on my Etsy shop (until they run out).
Once I sell out of books, that’s it. The printer I’m using this time around has a minimum order of 1000 so I won’t be able to print anymore. It’s not feasible to have ~200 books sitting in boxes in our living room for more than a couple weeks.
That’s my news!
If you have any questions, please leave it in the comment section below and I will get back to you.