We both received the exact same fortune? True story!

In the latest comic, FCS493, Mai and Karl pick the same O-mikuji fortune while at the shrine and are amazed.  This comic is completely based on truth!  My wife and I went to a shrine on New Year's Eve back during our first year of dating, just like in the comic.  We enjoyed it and I was excited to be out doing something so different than my usual way to spend New Year's Eve...watching TV at home. 

I had never heard of O-mikuji before and so I thought it would be fun to see what my fortune would be.  We payed and then they held out a wooden box, with a hole in it and after shaking it, a stick comes out with a number of our fortune to take from the large collection.  It's difficult to remember if it was considered a very good fortune or somewhat good but I do remember how my wife was shocked that our's were the same.  She kept looking at them and comparing to make sure. 

I didn't think this was such a big deal until she showed me that there are many different parts and a lot of information on one little fortune.  It's impossible to get exactly the same one as someone with you.  They have the general fortune that can be a great blessing, small blessing, and go all the way down to a future curse.  Ours must have been good because if it's bad, you usually fold it up and tie it to a tree in the shrine.  We kept ours!  There are predictions about finding love, job, health and success in great detail.  Even a poem!  EVERYTHING ON OURS WAS THE SAME!  She had never seen this happen before in her life.  When I finally understood how amazing this was, I was in shock too!

My wife and I have been together for over twelve years now and still as happy as can be.  That fortune was truly a sign.  I guess our future is really tied together!   

Who needs Christmas when you can have New Year's Eve?

At least, that's how it felt during the holidays in Japan.  Christmas is a fun date night and a cute day to give your kids a gift from Santa.  No religion necessary!  New Year's Eve and the three days after are the most important days for family celebration in Japan.  I have grown into appreciating New Year's as an important holiday but I still get upset that Japan can adopt the commercial side of Christmas just for fun when very few people are actual Christians and could care less about the birth of Jesus. 

During the next month or so, I'll finally be running Fried Chicken and Sushi comic strips based on Christmas and New Year's!  I've avoided it for four years and now is the time for the holidays to arrive in the world of Karl, J, Tanuki and Mai!  Enjoy and I would love to read your comments about experiencing the holidays in Japan in the comments section under the comic.  If you want to give me a nice gift, you can become a patron HERE ON MY PATREON PAGE!  Happy holidays and thanks for being a fan!

The future of Fried Chicken and Sushi

If you weren't able to be a part of my live TWITTER talk sponsored by GoComics, I wanted to let you know about some changes coming up for FC&S.  My plan is to end the regular Fried Chicken and Sushi comic by this coming April of 2015.  I started the comic in April 2010 so that will mark five years.  You will start to see some of the storylines wrapping up and coming to an end in these next few months.  I hope you enjoy them!  It's been great fun to tell stories inspired by the adventures of me and my friends in Japan but it's time to stop and focus on Little Fried Chicken and Sushi. 

As you know, Little FC&S is syndicated by Universal Uclick and updates Mon., Wed. and Friday on this site and also on GoComics.com.  After April, I will begin creating Little FC&S five times a week, Monday through Friday, in glorious color and still post updates on this site and of course on GoComics.  The comic is new but it's been doing well online and I want to have more time to explore the world and humor.  Little FC&S is more of a family comic strip and that gives me many places to go with the stories and I can have humor about living in Japan coming from a child and adult's perspective.  Drawing it five days a week will give me more opportunities to have storylines that flow smoothly. 

Thank you to those of you who are supporting me with a little tip every month on my PATREON!  I truly appreciate it.  It is surprising to see that I don't have a lot more fans supporting me there but it's helped me to see that most of my fans are casual readers.  Even with that in mind, I plan to put up FC&S themed merchandise for sale in the coming months.  I hope that some of you will be interested in wearing a shirt or having a product inspired by my comics.  Once the regular FC&S comics are done, I will collect them all (probably over 500 strips) into one big FC&S book collection and put in on sale.  If you are a fan, thank you for reading and enjoying my comics!  I hope that you will be willing and able to support my work in the future by buying merchandise or pledging to my Patreon page.  Let me know what you think in the comments and on Facebook and Twitter.  


I know I've never asked you for money to help me create FC&S comics before but after over four years it's time.  My PATREON page is up at www.patreon.com/birdsong and you can show your fan support each month.  If you're not familiar with PATREON, it's a crowd funding site similar to KICKSTARTER but instead of paying a lump sum at once, you pay a small amount ($1-$5) per month to help online creators make more work.  I would love your patronage and you can receive cool things like the very first FC&S eBook collection of the first two hundred comic strips!  It's only available on PATREON and you get ten extra pages of Making of FC&S sketches!  You can also get FC&S comics a day ahead and Little FC&S comics a day before anyone else online!  PLEASE CLICK HERE AND SHOW YOUR LOVE FOR FRIED CHICKEN AND SUSHI COMICS WITH PATREON.  Thank you!

Little Fried Chicken and Sushi is up on GoComics.com and here!

Now you can read the kid version of this strip, Little Fried Chicken and Sushi right here on this site and syndicated online HERE AT GoComics.com!  I've been waiting to launch the updated website and talk about the new comic for awhile now.  Karl will be in fourth grade at an International School in Osaka trying to fit in but his pet Tanuki makes things challenging.  This new comic will be fun because I can take Tanuki out of the house and he can use his magic to cause trouble for Karl and his friends.  Little FC&S will update with new comics every Monday, Wednesday and Friday in color and regular FC&S strips will still update Tuesday and Thursday.  Five days a week of FC&S comics!  I hope you read them both and please spread the word and let me know what you think!

Fried Chicken and Sushi 426 The silent answer and last comic blog post

Karl should be able to feel her anger through the phone!  The silence says it all!  Speaking of silence, this will be the last blog post for an individual comic strip on this site.  Next week I'll be posting Little Fried Chicken and Sushi strips Monday, Wednesday, Friday in color and regular Fried Chicken and Sushi strips Tuesday and Thursday.  Little Fried Chicken and Sushi will also post on GoComics.com!  That's five days a week of FC&S comics for your reading pleasure!  A lot more work for me too.  So, I'll mainly post in the blog section when I have announcements or special commentary for certain strips.  I hope you're looking forward to more comics!

Fried Chicken and Sushi 425 Caffeine Crashed!

Karl is in big trouble now!  Let's hope Mai will believe that he actually slept through the weekend. 

This Monday May 26th we will have one more comic on this site.  That's right!  Little Fried Chicken and Sushi strips will be running every Monday, Wed. and Fri. right here!  The best part is, Little FC&S is syndicated online and will also run on GoComics.com!  If you haven't been there before, you can read well known comics like Garfield, Pearls Before Swine and Calvin and Hobbes as well as comics from new creators.  This means, I'll be drawing comics five days a week!  Wish me luck and I hope that you read and enjoy as Little Karl adjusts to living in Japan with Little Tanuki! 

MOJO animated short by Everett Downing

A spirit trapped in a cement golem with no memory of who or what he is, Mojo searches for identity with the aid of a runaway street witch named Creepy and her familar, Rat.  That's the premise for my friend, Everett Downing's comic book, MOJO.  He worked together with friends to create an animated vignette introducing the main characters and I'm sure you'll agree it is AWESOME!  When Everett isn't drawing comics, he's storyboarding at Dreamworks animation and posting art on his blog SHFP.TUMBLR.COM.  

Fried Chicken and Sushi 421 Ryan needs a favor

I have a feeling Kenji has to deal with Ryan asking him this every single day.  It's pretty clear now that Ryan has no problem with asking for something repeatedly.  Persistence can be the key to success...or annoying everyone around you.  I'M PERSISTENT ABOUT ASKING YOU TO CLICK HERE AND FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER!

Fried Chicken and Sushi 420- Competitive phone time!

I guess when Ryan wants something he does everything he can to get it.  Even annoy the heck out of people!  I hope that it doesn't annoy you that I have a new HOMEPAGE for this site.  Little Fried Chicken and Sushi strips will start running at the end of the month so I need a way to help readers choose which comic to go to when they get to the site.  Let me know what you think!

Fried Chicken and Sushi 419 Our duet connection and More FC&S comics!

Thank goodness for private Karaoke rooms!  Not only for kissing but for singing terribly with your girlfriend!  

Good news!  Remember when I did the short series of Little Fried Chicken and Sushi comic strips?  Well, they've been picked up by GoComics.com!  Wooohooo!!  I'll be posting new comics of little Karl and his friends there and on this site every Monday, Wednesday and Friday in color starting May 26th.  A few things will change about this website so that you can read two comics with different archives.  You can already go to the homepage and see that it shows promo images of both comics.  I'll post more about all of this during the next month but I hope you're all excited for getting more Fried Chicken and Sushi comics at the end of next month!

Fried Chicken and Sushi 418 Mai favorite Karaoke

I remember how surprised I was with Japanese Karaoke rooms when I first went to one.  It seemed so cool to get a private room where you could sing as awful as you like and no one would hear.  Finding a private place to spend time together during a date can be difficult in Japan.  Do you have any ideas?  PLEASE LIKE MY FACEBOOK FAN PAGE BY CLICKING HERE!

Fried Chicken and Sushi 416 Why does the Staring Lady stare?

Mai really wants to know what's up with Staring Lady's stare but I don't think we want to know the answer yet.  It has to be more than just because Karl is a tall foreigner.  Maybe one day we will all find out what's behind her crazy eyes.  Until then, enjoy the fun!  CLICK HERE AND SHOW YOUR SUPPORT BY LIKING MY FACEBOOK FAN PAGE.

Fried Chicken and Sushi 413 The elderly lady that cut in!

I'm always surprised with how normal it is for elderly women in Japan to cut in front of you in line.  It took some getting used to at first but it seems like people just respect the fact that they've earned the right to do what they want.  Have you experienced this before?