January 16, 2017
Mondo Mascots is a new site for those obsessed with Japanese yuru chara, the giant mascots that trot around at street festivals and store openings. Worth checking out if you’re looking to name an unidentified yuruchara seen in your neighbourhood, or find out what yuruchara-themed events are like.
January 16, 2017
In the latest Little in Japan Dave visits Roppongi. Roppongi used to be party central for ex-pats and tourists (and those who want to meet them) in the 80s and 90s, but now it’s a bit of a decaying dump.
July 16, 2016
The Little in Japan book is now on sale!
The book collects all the Little In Japan comic strips so far, with a few new pages thrown in. It’s available as a 100-page paperback, or as a Kindle book.
“Big in Japan” – Despite the cliche, not every westerner who arrives in Japan is greeted with immediate and massive success. For every overnight star who hits the big time in Tokyo, there are countless ordinary slobs floundering in the suburbs, teaching English. This comic is about one such person. Dave Barker is a bumbling ex-pat who loves Japan, and in order to stay must reluctantly teach people how to communicate in English, despite having inept conversational skills himself. Follow Dave as he tries to get by but fails at every turn, inadvertently offends Japanese sensibilities, and just generally makes a fool of himself.
Little in Japan is available on all the Amazon sites internationally.
January 11, 2016
The first Little in Japan of the new year is about the perils of falling asleep on Japanese trains (which I have done a number of times). It’s a bit of a weird one. Here’s an excerpt:
You can read the full strip here.
January 18, 2015
In the latest Little in Japan comic strip, Dave tries his luck at various non-teaching jobs in Japan, without much luck. It was a nice chance to commiserate with (and poke fun at) my fellow Tokyo creatives, who say they are in bands or writing novels, but are all secretly teachers.
Read the whole story here:
April 22, 2013
The latest Little in Japan strip has arrived.
In the new story Dave takes up blogging and disgraces himself at a summer festival.
Read more here:
December 13, 2012
Here’s a fake horror movie trailer I made with some friends for shits and giggles.
It’s highly amateurish but was good fun to make!