This Year’s KitKat Haul from Japan!

Monday 30th November 2015 - 10:25:17 AM


As most of us know by now, KitKats of Japan come in an exciting variety of seasonal and regional flavors! On my recent visit to Japan, I picked up a bunch of exciting ones that were new to me. So, here’s the rundown:


Junior’s Plain Cheesecake Slices for 65¢ on Nov. 3rd!

Sunday 25th October 2015 - 1:42:32 PM


News flash from Junior’s! It will be their 65th anniversary soon, and to celebrate, on November 3rd they’ll be offering slices of their famous Original NY Plain Cheesecake slices at their Flatbush Ave. location for just 65 cents (normally priced at $6.95 per slice). *Take out only or dine-in with the purchase of an entrée. They also have a new Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake out this month, so check it out!

Junior’s Brooklyn, 386 Flatbush Avenue Extension, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Japan Appearances in November!

Thursday 22nd October 2015 - 7:57:51 PM


I’m excited to announce my November events in Japan!

11/15 11AM-4PM I’ll be exhibiting at Tokyo International Manga Festival  -TOKYO BIG SIGHT 3-11-1 Ariake, Koutou-ku, Tokyo

11/18 at 7PM I’ll be doing a talk and signing at Kinokuniya Shinjuku South Store. Please RSVP on the facebook invite!

Yuuko Koyama and I also are holding an after-party 8PM at Café Lavandería -Koyosha Building 1F, 2-12-29, Shinjuku, Shinjuku -ku, Tokyo 160-0022

Hope to see you there!

I’ll be at NYCC on Thursday 10/8 with Prism Comics!

Thursday 1st October 2015 - 3:15:22 PM


This just in! I’ll be signing books at New York Comic Con on Thursday 10/8 at the Prism Comics booth #1483. I‘m signing from 3PM-5PM. Come by and say hello! I’ll have Tough Love, Dolltopia, and Cool Japan Guide available for sale.

Things I forgot in my bag (but found and ate later)

Wednesday 30th September 2015 - 6:34:40 PM


Here’s a fun little comic I doodled in my sketchbook. Totally true!

Edinburgh Highlights!

Monday 28th September 2015 - 12:22:10 PM


I just had an extremely enjoyable August vacation to Edinburgh, Scotland and Dublin, Ireland! Of course, I managed to do plenty of dessert research while on the road as well. ^_^ I was very lucky to have Heather Parry (The Everyday Veggie blogger) as a hostess, so I had easy entry to all of the coolest places, not to mention her great vegan home cooking! Here are some of my Edinburgh highlights.


Washington Park LIVE! September 26th

Sunday 20th September 2015 - 6:49:32 PM


On Saturday, September 26th from 11AM I’ll have a booth at the 6th annual Washington Park LIVE! Arts & Music Festival! I’ll be doing some talks and demonstrations as well as selling Cool Japan Guide and Dolltopia. Come say hello!

(Rain date Saturday, October 3rd)

Brooklyn Book Festival Saturday 9/19

Friday 11th September 2015 - 9:30:14 PM


I’m excited to announce that I’ll be signing at the Brooklyn Book Festival Saturday 9/19 for Children’s Day! I’ll be at the China Institute (booth #21) signing Cool Japan Guide and Dolltopia from 2-3PM. See you there!

I’m in the Brooklyn Paper!

Friday 28th August 2015 - 9:51:48 AM


I got a write-up in The Brooklyn Paper for my upcoming talk at Waku Waku NYC this Saturday! My talk will be in the Wythe Hotel at 10am and then I’ll be signing Cool Japan Guide at Kinokuniya’s booth in the Brooklyn Expo Center at 1pm. See you there!

Photo by Jason Speakman

Rides and Gelato at Luna Park in Coney Island!

Monday 10th August 2015 - 9:23:23 PM


It had been ages since I went to Coney Island, so when the folks at Luna Park invited me to try out the rides and sample gelato at  Coney’s Cones, I was excited to return!


Martha’s Country Bakery in Forest Hills

Tuesday 28th July 2015 - 10:12:17 AM


Recently, I had a wonderful visit to Forest Hills, Queens when I performed a Cool Japan Guide reading at their local Barnes & Noble.  What a great shop! It’s also very close to the excellent bakery, Martha’s Country Bakery. Martha’s has an insane selection of cakes, pies, and all kinds of baked goods. They also have a wide variety of coffee drinks and a nice large seating area with table service. This is a picture of their blue velvet cake, which was incredibly fluffy!


Come see me on August 29th at Waku Waku NYC!

Thursday 23rd July 2015 - 7:35:24 PM


On Saturday August 29th I’ll be presenting “Discovering Cool Japan”, a talk on traveling in Japan, at Waku Waku NYC, which is a new Japanese pop culture festival. The festival will be held on August 29th and August 30th and will bring together the worlds of anime, manga, music, food, film, and fashion inside Brooklyn’s Greenpoint and Williamsburg neighborhoods. My talk will take place at 10AM at the Wythe Hotel – 80 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY. Afterward, I will be signing at the Kinokuniya booth at 1pm at the Brooklyn Expo Center - 72 Noble St. Brooklyn, NY. Hope to see you there! Hope to see you there!

Remember to watch Cake Wars!

Wednesday 15th July 2015 - 10:07:38 AM


This is your reminder to watch Cake Wars! These are Simpsons-inspired doughnuts from a Cake Wars preview party I got to attend. The Simpsons-themed episode was a lot of fun, and looks like they’ll be doing several other pop culture-themed cake competitions, including Nintendo and Hello Kitty!

Cake Wars runs on Food Network Mondays 8pm (7 central).

Talk & Signing at Barnes & Noble Forest Hills, Queens July 19th

Monday 13th July 2015 - 9:44:46 PM


Big news! I’ll be doing a talk and signing at Barnes & Noble in Forest Hills, Queens this Sunday, July 19th at 3pm! It’s part of their Get Pop-Cultured: Manga Mania event. I’ll do a talk on comics and manga drawing, and afterward I’ll be signing Cool Japan Guide, Dolltopia, and Powerpuff Girls Classics collections! I’ll have some ramen cat posters to give away (with purchase of Cool Japan Guide) and the store will be running promotions including a “buy 2 get one free” manga sale all day.

Barnes & Noble -70-00 Austin St, Forest Hills, NY 11375 – 718-793-1395

Review: O’Live A Little’s Oils & Vinegars!

Sunday 12th July 2015 - 10:01:57 AM


This week, the folks at O’Live A Little sent me a selection of their oils and vinegars to sample. O’Live A Little is a CT-based company that specializes in unique varieties and flavors of gourmet olive oil and balsamic vinegars. It’s good timing too, since I’ve been cooking at home more this month. I tried out the Ginger Root olive oil for a stir-fry and it worked out perfectly with the soy sauce and yuzu juice combination that I normally stir-fry with. The Basil olive oil would be great for stir-frying too! I’m looking forward to making some interesting vinaigrettes with these as well. For sweets fans, the balsamic vinegars would be most interesting. I don’t use balsamic a lot, but I was pleasantly surprised by how sweet and syrupy these were. My favorites were the Summertime Blend (which has an intense berry flavor) and the Black Fig. I tried them both out over strawberry ice cream and they accented the ice cream really well. They also have interesting white varieties of balsamic vinegar. These sweet vinegars would also work great over Greek Yogurt.

O’Live A Little
The Promenade Shops at Evergreen Walk
85 Evergreen Way
South Windsor, CT 06074

Cool Japan Guide Upcoming Events!

Friday 10th July 2015 - 9:10:11 PM


Cool Japan Guide was officially released on March 10th and I have some fun events coming up! Here’s the line-up so far:

March 14th – 2pm  Cool Japan Guide release party at Kinokuniya (1073 Avenue of the Americas, NYC). Facebook invite is here! (I’ll be doing a reading and a giveaway here too!)
March 18th – 6pm signing at JHU Comics (32 East 32nd St. NYC) with Tim Fish!
April 18 – 12-12:50 pm Los Angeles Times Festival of Books  – signing at Kinokuniya booth #084 with MariNaomi
April 18th – 7pm – Reading at GR 2 Gallery (2062 Sawtelle Blvd, LA, CA) with MariNaomi
April 25 & 26 – Sakura Matsuri at Brooklyn Botanic Garden
May 9 & 10TCAF (Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street)
June 13th (rain date June 14th) – Japan Summer Festival at Blue Back Square, 65 Memorial Rd. West Hartford, CT 06107
July 19th- 3:00 PM – Get Pop-Cultured: Manga Mania talk and signing Barnes & Noble -70-00 Austin St, Forest Hills, NY 11375
August 29th – 10:00 Am -Waku Waku NYC – talk and signing at Wythe Hotel – 80 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY & 1pm signing at Kinokuniya booth at the Brooklyn Expo Center - 72 Noble St. Brooklyn, NY.
September 19th -The Brooklyn Book Festival‘s Children’s Day at the China Institute Booth
November 15th – Tokyo – Kaigai Festa