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This notebook holds all my secrets.

I’m sitting here this morning over breakfast, and wondering exactly what I was going to write about today.

Ah, that’s right! Announcement!! Well, there are a few, and they are all comic-related!

(17 hours later)

…. Oh dear, I’ve had this post open all day, and I was thinking about what picture to use. I drew some, but they weren’t right. I looked at some more, and they weren’t right, either. This photo is the one that you get! And there’s a reason to it..

You see, this notebook holds all of my secrets. Well, all of my manga secrets. Most of them, anyways. There are some others, scrawled out on other pieces of paper here and there, and all over. There are also some notes in my phone, and in my old phone from Japan, too, as I still use that one for… well, everything, really.

I’m getting tired, but I want to make my announcements first! I’ve decided what way that I want to go about things.

#1) WEBCOMIC! It will be (definitely) called “Living Tall in Japan,” and it’s sort-of based off of my real-life journey to Japan. The characters will be fictional amalgams of myself and real people that I know, with plenty of ad-libbing thrown in. The events, though, are mostly based around real things that happened to me there, and real feelings that I felt there. To be accompanied by notes or blog posts about those topics when appropriate. It’s a 4-koma, typical Sunday-morning paper style, in b&w unless I decide to add color here and there. I hope that you’ll like it! I am building the website and hope to launch later this week, with updates once-a-week until things get going. I’ve been toying around with the idea of Patreon to support more frequent comics, but we will see. Of course, as a webcomic, it will be freeeeeeee!

#2) Real comic #1! “Denkiki,” a pet project of mine, has gone through a lot, lot, LOT of morphations in my mind. I’ve changed settings, themes, storylines, but throughout it all, the main character (Maigo) has remained the same. I’m aiming for this to be a REAL comic. I’ve done a number of pages, but I always have a lot of apprehension about what I draw, and trash it all and start over again. I really, really need to get over that. I guess that I have this idea in my head that nobody will like it (or me, anymore) if it’s not perfectly drawn and perfectly written. I worked in the manga industry, but I was an assistant. I wasn’t writing my own stuff (at least not professionally). I can do great art, and I like my stories, but…. are they pro level? Hmm.. Well, in any case, the release date for Denkiki is the middle of February, at the latest. I want to get in the habit of doing a chapter per month, but we will have to see.  Oh, and Denkiki? It has yaoi and yuri in it, though nothing explicit. You could say that it’s a study of children, sort of. There will be a lot of dodgy things in it, that might make you uncomfortable to think about. Maybe. If I’m doing my job right!

#3) Ssoooooooooooooooooooooooooooo. I really, really want to draw a yaoi comic. (And a yuri one) It’s just an idea in my mind, but I want to draw one before Yaoicon happens. I don’t know whether I will get a table or not, but I just want to put that out there. After reading In These Words (digitally, up through chapter 9… they said that they’re releasing a new print compilation this year and I WILL BE RIGHT THERE WAITING FOR IT!), I realized that it’s time that I progressed beyond reading and role-playing yaoi, and into the drawing stage. I’m not sure if I can measure up, but we will see. I have two sketchy stories that I might use, and I’m not sure which I will choose yet, both of which are based after really old concepts:

A: Ytheru and Alix: Alix, a French-Canadian boy who, thanks to a traumatic incident in his childhood, sees it as his duty to rid the city of those who do bad things. He is fed information through his tip line, and ends up at the house of a rich playboy, who is tired of the usual fare, beginning a dance with kismet.

B: Kyou and Taku: Kyou is a Japanese-American acrobat for Cirque du Soleil, but nobody knows that he is in fact a half-vampire who feeds off of human energy. One night at a dance club, where he usually find his victims, he actually meets his match in a character from the underworld. One burning hot and the other ice cold, the demon and dhampir begin a very delicate dance that leads them to dangerous places.

Like I said, they are very old characters that I created with friends, and want to completely rewrite and illustrate in a manga format. I don’t know why it’s so easy to write yaoi, and so hard to write decent yuri. I should fix this. Anyways, which concept do you like best? Yaoi Con isn’t until September, so it’s a ways off still.

#4) I’m doing the cover for a friends’ book! The first book was called Bloody Annoyances:Chi no Ai, and the girl who wrote it is a really dear friend of mine whom I got to know in Japan. I didn’t do the cover for the first book, but I’m going to match the style for the second, so it might not be exactly what you’re used to seeing from me, but I think that it will be awesome! I am reading the second book now, in preparations for doing that. Actually, I’m going to get into it right after this. 🙂

Well, those are the big announcements! Right now, I need to get ready for bed, then sink in and read, and then tomorrow I am actually seeing some other dear friends from Japan who decided to visit Hawaii! I’m so excited to see them!!!!! I do hope that I can finish some more work on the webcomic site before that, though. Wish me luck! Sometimes I just let my excitement get the best of me. :3

Oh, PS: I kind of liked the trailer for the new Fifty Shades of Grey movie, so I tried valiantly to read  the book. I am embarrassed to admit that it couldn’t hold my attention. It was really, really bad. I didn’t even get to the bondage. I bet it makes a lot more sense as the fanfic that it started out as. At least I tried.

Good night, everyone!

(952 geeks have read this)

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.


  • Shuji Wakahisa

    So you’re making a comic of your novel series Living Tall in Japan? OMG I will definitely buy it from you when you do put it up! By the way Jamie-san just a small question, I’ve been trying to sell my art recently but I am having…problems(?) to get anyone to buy. Did you ever do any commissions back your day? Like before you ever drew any manga? I’d like some tips if you could that’d be great! (If you didn’t do any commissions in the day or don’t know i understand ^_^”’ if you do contact me on deviantart ZeldaMasterFan)
    Anyway Good luck Jamie! You’re the best person I know and I hope to be as good as you one day!


    • Jamie Lynn Lano

      Hi Shuji,

      Yeah! I have been thinking that I will do it as a webcomic, though. I want to do something that everybody can read, and then sometime down the line, if there is enough support, I will publish it in collected books. 🙂

      I never did commissions before I started working for Sensei. I did a lot of free art and art trades, though. Back then, I was in college and had a lot of spare time. 😛

  • hirami

    Looking forward to the yaoi stuff 😀 and a webcomic would be cool!

    And Jamie I think you already have some fans who will buy your work, even if the first Manga isn’t perfect 🙂
    Just do your best, if something doesn’t work out leave it as it is and work on the next part. Get back on this part later, maybe it will be easier then.

    Ganbatte <3

    • Jamie Lynn Lano

      I hope that you’re right on all counts!

      I guess that it’s better to be productive than put out something perfect, right? Perfection is pretty much unattainable anyways….. at least, that’s what I’m telling myself!

  • Willeke

    Wow, those are some exciting announcements. I’m really looking forward to your 4-koma, as I’m sure there will be lots of relatable moments in it for me. I’d love to read your other comics too, of course! w<

  • Sinclair Gray

    Also hiw much do you charge to do a cover? I’m launching a manga magazine and would love to have your style for the 1st issue.

  • Sinclair Gray

    I can’t wait to see your Yonkoma! I’ve been working on mine for a little while now so I know you’d be able to color yours pretty quickly. Your art can sell, you just need a plan.

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