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Divergent, Goong, and plans for the future! How was your day?

I don’t feel like talking about the past today, but that’s okay. ^^ I actually feel really optimistic about the future! So I’m just going to talk (well, write) a little bit. I hope that’s okay. ^^

Today, I went to see Divergent. It was a lot, lot better than I was expecting! I read the book (and its sequel. I’m reading the third book now, but sort of put it aside because it’s harder to get into) last summer, and remember liking everything but the sort of climactic battle near the end. It was the same thing with the movie, although I did tear up at a few points. The visuals were stunning, and Shailene did an amazing job as Tris. I was already a huge fan of hers from Secret Life of the American Teenager, but this is the first time that I’ve seen her as an action hero. She was great! And oh man, did she ever pull on my heartstrings a few times! I love Lost Girl, but I think that Tris is more my type of heroine.

Yeah, I need to see this movie again!

I also saw the first volume of the Goong manwha at the library the other day, and promptly read through volume 8 (all they had). It was soooo, sooooo good! I love her art style, it reminds me a little bit of Yazawa Ai, except that her chibi/SD-style is really ugly. I wonder if that’s a common thing in Korean comics, because I haven’t really seen it in Japanese comics, especially shoujo/josei titles. Ahhh, finally I found a title that is at least sort of comparable to Nana. Of course, a big problem with manwha is that I can’t read Korean, so I can’t just pick up the Japanese volumes and skip ahead of the English release! Oh no…. Maybe I need to learn Korean next……………………. I’m not sure that I want to dive into another language when I’m not even completely fluent in Japanese. Erk.. my mind can only do so much!


Speaking of which, I have been thinking that when I do get to Hawaii, I will enroll in a Japanese language school, and finally, finally commit to taking classes. Does anyone have a recommendation of a good language school in Honolulu? I’ve looked around the internet a bit, but on the off-chance that there’s anyone who has taken advanced classes in Honolulu and thinks that their teachers/schools rocked, I’d be really grateful! ^^

Although I don’t know when I will get to Honolulu. I hope that I sell enough copies of my Tenipuri book to make it happen right away! While I’m marketing and selling that, I’m throwing my all into Denkiki issue one, because it needs to be finished and out before I leave for HI. Depending on how the Tenipuri book goes, I might make it available as an ebook for free, or a webcomic, and then sell the print volumes when there are enough chapters. If I still need money, though, I’ll probably sell the ebook for a fee. I’m just thinking out loud, because you guys are my friends/audience. The money from Tenipuri book and Denkiki will not only help me start on my new life, but also help me move forward on the manga magazine that I want to eventually put together!

Let’s just call these ventures “step one.” Will they succeed? I don’t know, but I hope so! It not only depends on how hard I work, but how many people want to read the stories. We will see! Who knows… I am eager to see how everything turns out!

Before I go tonight, I want to share some old pictures of Sansa that I’ve been meaning to upload forever, it seems like! In February, it snowed a little, and I let Sansa get a taste of what it was like… she didn’t really like it, aha. Maybe she’s a tropical cat, like I’m a desert child! 😀

Snow! It snowed in Washington about the same amount that I’m used to from Tokyo. Although last year in Tokyo it snowed a bit more than usual!

She’s like, “I don’t know about this….. but I really want to go out!”


Off I go!

Mmmm, this smells good…….


Nah, I think I’ll go back in.. hey, why are you following me, mommy?


And one last shot of her… isn’t she adorable?! She’s really growing up! Speaking of which.. her 2nd birthday is in a little over a week! I think she deserves a party, don’t you? =(^.^)=

Well… that’s all for now! It’s almost midnight!! I’ll be seeing you again tomorrow at midnight! 😉

Love, Jamie <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.


  • Jessika

    I posted a comment on this post a few days ago but I guess it didn’t go through. In any case I agree that Korean manhwa has a stunning visual aesthetic, I love it to death. By the way, Goong, if it’s the story I’m thinking of (Korean imperial family?) is also a Korean drama. I was actually watching it a few weeks ago, before I got distracted by such things as Attack on Titan, etc. One series that I read might be of interest to you, it happens to be about making manhwa actually, so maybe it’s something you can relate to. It’s called Comic (unfortunately this name makes it difficult to find) by Ha Si Hyun. Here’s a link to more information about the manwha including the volume covers.


    Also, since I’m on the topic of manga about making manga I would highly recommend you read Bakuman (by the same creators as DeathNote, not sure if you like such manga/anime, but I LOVED DeathNote, Bakuman however has a totally different feel, very realistic and slice-of-life). It’s about two junior high school students who decide to risk everything to realize their dreams to become mangaka in spite of the unpredictable nature of the job. It’s a great manga! (I’m reading it now) and very informative in terms of how the manga industry works (of course I’m sure you already know from working on TeniPuri). I’m not sure if such a manga would interest you, but I figured it was worth a shot, I just feel like I need to share this with someone.

    link if you’d like:

    One final thing (sorry this comment is so long! x.x) I notice your backgrounds are incredible, both the ones you’ve done for TeniPuri and the one you did of AZ. What is your process for drawing backgrounds? You mentioned something about a scanner and tracing or something with TeniPuri? I’m just looking for some sort of process or starting point on background drawing, all this information about manga has me thinking I should really improve my drawing ability!

    Thanks for enduring my novel of a post~

    • Jamie Lynn Lano

      Hi, Jessika!

      Sorry about the comment thing. There is a glitch in the comment software somewhere, but I can’t figure out how to fix it. I hate losing comments, too!! Once I have enough money, I will hire a web designer to design my website all nice and professionally, and when there is a problem, I can go to her. :3

      I tried watching the Goong drama, but I couldn’t make it more than five minutes. I always have a hard time when the live version doesn’t match the manga version… like in the movie version for Nana, Hachi’s hair was totally the wrong color and style. She should have been almost blonde. Or omg, Death Note’s Misa!! She was my favorite character, and the movie version of her was so wrong it almost ruined it completely for me. Or, oh, the Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni movie. If you haven’t seen it– don’t. It’s such a waste of a good story and characters by making them all look the same. Thin, flat chests, boring black hair.Ugh. I am so picky, probably because I’m an artist myself. I guess. 🙁 Sometimes I can get over it, but it takes a lot of time. I am getting frustrated with the Goong manwha even, because now I’ve read through volume 16 and they still haven’t slept together. Raaaawr. XD;; I’m afraid that it won’t happen until the very end and I’ll have lost interest by then. XD;

      I will definitely look into Comic, though! Thanks for the link– I never would have found it otherwise, lol.

      Oh yes, Bakuman. 🙂 I’m a big fan, and kept up with it every week until the end. I even have a little Aoki and Miho on my desk. They should have just ditched the guys and ran away together, yum! <3 One of the characters that I really liked sort of got thrown by the wayside, though. It was the new girl assistant for Ashirogi Muto. I forget her name, though. But she had such potential, and maybe I related to her just a little bit. 😉

      As for tracing. Yeah, the gist is that the photo is copied or printed onto a paper, and then you flip the paper over, and put it on top of a light table. You can then see through it, and you draw on the backside. When the light is off, you just have the drawing. It's an easy way to get the exact proportions that you need. 🙂 I am planning to write more about it in the "How to become a mangaka" posts when I get around to writing them. They take so much preparations, though, that I'm not sure when it will be. I'll try to do it soon!

  • Rodney

    Hi, I just happened upon your blog a couple weeks ago and found it a super interesting read, as I wanted to know what it would be like living in Japan. I currently live in Honolulu and I think you should check out what KCC has to offer, but you may want to live in the state for a year so that you could pay the resident rates. As it can get quite costly. Awesome pics by the way! I really like your composition of a lot of your pics.

    • Jamie Lynn Lano

      Ooh, thank you so much Rodney for the compliments, and I am glad that you found it interesting! You’re like the opposite of me– Hawaii to Japan, and I’m Japan to Hawaii! 🙂

      Thank you for the recommendations for community college! I am looking at their webpage right now thanks to you. 🙂 I hadn’t even thought about the out-of-state tuition thing.. I am glad that you mentioned it! It’s been so long since I’ve been in school.. Maybe I will wait a year like you said, and in the meantime take language classes at a Japanese school. I want to bump up my skills to fluency-level. 🙂

  • Krrizis

    I don’t know if this is an appropriate comment to make but I feel that almost all korean manhwas except for the shounen books employs the same drawing style. :/ It’s just … too identical. ARGH!

    • Jamie Lynn Lano

      Really? I’ve only read one other Korean manwha that I remember (Demon Diary), and the style was very different. I welcome your opinion, though! Maybe after I read a few more, I will come to the same conclusion, lol.

  • Aurora

    Your cat is so cute *-* She’s adorable

    I’m so gonna buy your book when it’s out so I’m waiting for it.
    Goong and Nana are my favorites manga and manwha, too bad Nana isn’t finished yet

    • Jamie Lynn Lano

      She is the highlight of my life, truly! I don’t know if I will ever find a person as special to me as my cat is… which sounds sort of scary, doesn’t it? XD

      Yeah, I really hope that Yazawa-sensei is able to start drawing again on a regular basis! Nana was so near the end, it would be such a shame if it just left off there forever. ToT Do you have any other recommendations for me that are similar to Nana/Goong?

      • Aurora

        Anything from Yazawa like Paradise Kiss and Gokinjo Monogatari. Also I like Kimi wa Pet, I’m not a fan of the artwork but the story is good.

        • Jamie Lynn Lano

          I’ve read everything from Yazawa (except for her really early works. I tried a few, but could never get through them. Maybe I’ll go and try again). Kimi wa Petto, too, I read a bit of. Maybe I’ll try to read through it all, because I liked the drama a lot. Like you, though, I was never a fan of the art. It’s hard for me to swallow. 🙁

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