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Living Tall in Japan, part 40

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Oh, JUMP. Jumpy Jump Jump Jump.

The publisher of some of my favorite manga of all time– Hunter x Hunter, Prince of Tennis, Death Note…

How in the world did I get a chance to tour the JUMP offices, way back in 2005? It was all thanks to my student. 🙂

In NOVA, I had a student named Yuko. She was a higher-level student, with fairly good English, and she caught me drawing.

“Wow, you’re really good!” she told me, even though it really wasn’t. It was just a stupid little doodle, some guys from Tenimyu. Yuko next told me that she works for a manga artist, as an assistant, and I should try to be a mangaka, too. She was sure, she assured me, that the people of Japan would love to see a story written by a foreigner!

To be honest, I had never thought about it. 

Me? Draw manga? I’d thought about possibly doing comics, maybe, when I got back to the US after my year in Japan, but not manga. After all, I wasn’t Japanese, and I couldn’t speak Japanese. At least not enough to be able to write a story.

Basically, the idea that a foreigner could be a mangaka had never even occurred to me.

I wasn’t sure. Not at all. No way, not even. But she insisted that I should come meet her editor at Young JUMP (alas not THE Shonen JUMP, but another JUMP magazine, but in the same building), and that he could give us a tour of their offices. Well now, THAT was not something that I could say no to.

So, we set up the appointment for April 27th, and two days before the appointment, she told me that I needed to bring my drawings and comics to show them, so the editor could give his opinion.

Whoa. Wait…

I started to panic inside. I had doodled, but I’d not drawn a single serious thing since coming to Japan. What was I going to do?

It wasn’t enough time. It really wasn’t! Especially since on Tuesday, I had to meet with Yoko Ono, the boss of my new job, after  working at NOVA all day to sign my new contract. I had to get ready to move into my new apartment, too. There was seriously no time to draw.

What did I do? You’ll be finding out soon enough! 😉 What would YOU have done? ^.^

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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.


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