☆ being a mangaka,  ☆ life

Life Update :)

I’m glad to see my last entry stirring up a lot of feelings. Good! I love to hear what you love/hate about Japan. I love it for some reasons and hate it for others. I also have plenty of reasons to love/hate the country that I was born in (The U.S.), but I don’t think that anybody cares what they are, haha. I think the bottom line for me is that I had a ton of fun living in Japan, but I’d rather visit to see all of the anime events/movies and get all of the merchandise that I want than actually continue living there.

I just don’t think that you should force yourself to do something just because it seems cool. Isn’t happiness what life is about? Living in Japan sounds cool. I wasn’t happy there anymore, though, so I should go somewhere where I am happier. Why not Hawaii? Also, I can return to Japan to live sometime if I ever want to. There’s nothing stopping me.

If you’re interested with why I left, well.. The bottom line is that it’s TOO DARN COLD (and too smoky). Those two things were the biggest factors and in the end, not something that I was willing to live with. I could have overcome a lot of my other annoyances given enough money and time, but the climate won’t change just because I want it to (otherwise I’d live in San Francisco!). 😀 Now, I just want to visit all of the time instead, and dedicate my life to making manga/books(also videos, etc maybe) that inspire people. 🙂 I hope that  I get the chance to go to anime conventions and spread hope to people. I hope that my book helps people, too. If we work together to support each other, then I know that a lot of good creativity will come out of the world!

These days, I’m spending my time on blogging and editing the Tenipuri book. I want to have it all edited by the end of this week, so that I can send it to my friend/business partner to edit some more. While she’s working on that, I’m going to do the illustrations. I don’t feel comfortable publishing faces of the people involved (minus Sensei who gave permission for the photos in the first place), so I thought that maybe I’d do a few illustrations instead! Also perhaps a few 4-koma comics? By the end of next week, I’d like to have a proof copy of the book in my hands. I can also know how much it’s going to cost since I’ll have the page count and quote.

It’s all quite a lot of fun! I love learning new things. I do hope that I can sell enough copies to enable me to move and settle into an apartment of my own in Hawaii. (Why Hawaii? I suppose that I can talk about that tomorrow? Do you care?) After the Tenipuri book is over it will be all marketing as well as manga. I’d like the first issue of Denkiki to come out this month, at the end of the month. I kept pushing it aside, but no more! I also want to enter the Zenon Silent Manga Audition competition, but aaaahhhhhhhh. There are so many things to do! I’d have to be superwoman to finish them all! And I’d like to take a day(or two) trip to Seattle, hmm… yep, just pile it all on there, Jamie!

Well, I suppose that it’s back to editing for now! I’m not sure if there was any point to this entry other than to be a life-update, but that’s alright, right? It’s my blog! Leave a comment cheering me on, and I’d love to hear what you’re up to! <3

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Hi! This is Jamie Lynn Lano! I am a Washington State (USA) native who: ☆ Holds a Bachelors of the Arts in Media Arts & Animation from AiPx. ☆ Worked as an assistant mangaka in Japan for Konomi Takeshi on The Prince of Tennis. ☆ Was an essay columnist for Asahi Weekly from 2008-2013. ☆ Was the star of Asahi Pop'n Press on Asahi TV (Japan) from 2009-2013 ☆ Was a write for Metropolis magazine in 2010. ☆ Has kept a blog foreeeeeeeeever! First and Current blogs.


  • Sifirela

    ^ ^ I’m glad you keep on keeping on and don’t let anything stop you from achieving your goal. I honestly can’t wait until your book is done and I’ll be willing to buy it. I admire you, Jamie for doing what you love to do. I’ve been reading the posts about the Prince of Tennis Assistant series of post and I can’t help but picture it as a movie. I wish you all the luck and juju vibes your way so you can have a successful move to Hawaii. Many blessings and love,

    • Jamie Lynn Lano

      Thank you!!! 😀

      Oh man, I sometimes wonder about how it would make a good movie or a drama series, too! I wonder if my old coworkers would be flattered or horrified, and who would play them. XD;;

      • Sifirela

        Your story had all the elements of a good drama. Hope, fear, confusion, sadness, and heart ache and then a revelation as well at the end. I felt all of them!

        I can’t speak for your coworkers personally, but I would think they would be flattered. ^ ^
        I wouldn’t know too many actors from Japan to say who would play them perfectly. The only Japanese dramas I’ve ever seen (I usually for some reason stick with Korean dramas) was Hana Yori Dango and the Sailor Moon live action. (That I can think of right now.) And either Tamusho’s or Konomi-sensei’s doppelganger (or semi-looks like him) would be Masumoto Jun.

        Anyhoo, I’m just very excited you’re going to be moving to Hawaii and still working on your manga. I’ll have two mangas to look forward to! ^^

        • Jamie Lynn Lano

          Thank you so much for the glowing praise! I hope that the story goes over as well when I put it into a book. I am so curious as to what reactions will be!
          I do think that as long as I keep certain details private, and don’t use their real names, my coworkers won’t mind. I am hoping so, at least, since I am sure that I will eventually cave in and tell them. Since it won’t be published in Japanese, that will probably help. 😉

          OMG the idea of Matsujun as Tamusho really makes me chuckle! He would be SO flattered to hear that. Sensei, too. Though he’s a bit older, so maybe someone like KimuTaku… who am I kidding. I’m sure that Sensei would want to play himself! XD;

          Thanks for sticking with me! I hope that my manga is good enough to keep people coming back! I’m stuck editing all day these days, when what I really want is to sit down and draw manga. XD;;

  • zoomingjapan

    Most of the things you write on your blog I already knew.
    Makes me kind of happy cuz it makes me feel like I know a lot about you and your plans! ^___^

    I didn’t know exactly what you were working on and what happened to your Hawaii plans, so it was nice to read this update.
    Good luck with everything! 😀

    • Jamie Lynn Lano

      Hehee! This is because we keep in touch in more places than my blog. 😀 I feel like I know what’s up with you these days, too! It’s weird how we both decided to leave.. it seemed like we were both stuck for a long time!

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