Roger Dahl’s Zero Gravity cartoon strip has been a popular feature of Japan’s leading English-language daily newspaper, The Japan Times, since 1991. Now, for the first time, Roger Dahl’s Comic Japan brings together the best of Zero Gravity in book form. Offering a Western artist’s take on Japan, the strip stars Larry and Lily, a young American couple working as English teachers in Tokyo. Larry and Lily never manage to fully integrate into Japanese society, and Zero Gravity takes a whimsical approach to the meeting of cultures as well as the quirky dynamics of changing relationships between generations and subgroups within Japan. Besides Larry and Lily, Zero Gravity features their close friends, the Koyama family, whose three very different generations encounter plenty of misunderstandings of their own!
This anthology contains eight chapters featuring the best selection of strips from Larry and Lily’s life in Japan. Each chapter opens with a brief passage about its theme, and a 3-page illustrated introduction provides information about Dahl, his career, and his inspiration for Zero Gravity.
Roger Dahl has a degree in art from the University of Puget Sound. He lived for many years in Tokyo, where he was an English teacher at an elite private academy for boys. During his last four years of teaching, he began cartooning for The Japan Times, which has published around 4,000 of his cartoons since 1991. He also illustrated the children’s book Wisha Wozzariter.
21.6 x 1.3 x 20.3 cm
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10 Apr 2015