[Big comics and zine review night! Let's keep 'em coming!]
It's always a great mail day when a new Sundogs arrives in my post office box. Adam's diary comic is one of my big discoveries of the past year.
In this issue (July-September 2009) Adam has to cover up his tattoos again at the public pool (otherwise people might think he's Yakuza!), he gets stopped by police for the millionth time while riding his bike, he gets drunk with his in-laws and friends, gets accepted by two Japanese magazines to draw illustrations, encounters yet more Japanese racism towards Koreans, plays a show with his band (Bears) and gets naked, doesn't sleep enough [I recently read that a large group of Japanese were asked the top three things they liked to do on days off, one of them was catch up on sleep], watches the world cosplay parade, observes Japanese traditions like Obon Day, when ancestral spirits come home, and Okuribi, when the living send the spirits back to death's realm.
For somebody like me who doesn't have, nor plan to have, children, I experience some kind of vicarious enjoyment following Adam's life with his young family (Ami is now pregnant with a baby girl). I think a big part of what it is, is that it's great to read a diary comic by somebody who has started a family but is still young at heart, gets drunk, plays videogames, is in a band, has excellent taste in TV shows, and seems to juggle all that and still be a good father and manage his own business teaching English to Japanese. (Okay, a big part of it also is that he lives in Japan, and I have thing for Japan, as you may know...) It really is compelling and wonderful!
If you're still reading, contact Adam at firstname.lastname@example.org or Adam Pasion, 1-42 Namiuchi-cho, Kita-ku, Nagoya, Aichi 462-0041, JAPAN. He loves trading comics too!