"A fully realized, engaging tale of international alienation." -- Francisca Goldsmith, Booklist (Starred Review)
"Stunningly good." -- Mark Frauenfelder, Boing Boing
Top Shelf is proud to distribute the Xeric award-winning graphic novel from Lars Martinson. With amazing production values and a layered and cross-cultural storyline, this book is sure to make a mark on the comics community.
Daniel Wells begins a new life as an assistant junior high school teacher in the rural Japanese village of Tonoharu. Isolated from those around him by cultural and language barriers, he leads a monastic existence, peppered only by his inept pursuit of the company of a fellow American who lives a couple towns over. But contrary to appearances, Dan isn't the only foreigner to call Tonoharu home. Across town, a group of wealthy European eccentrics are boarding in a one-time Buddhist temple, for reasons that remain obscure to their gossiping neighbors. -- A 128-page, hardcover graphic novel with a full-color dust jacket and two-color interiors, 5 1/2" x 8 1/4"