Hi everyone! I was asked by the good folks at the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) to write a letter to someone that inspired me to create. I chose the cartoonist, Jeff Smith, of the BONE series of comics. I met him a few years ago and didn't get a chance to tell him how important his work was to me. The comic is below and up on their blog now. You can check it out HERE. Enjoy!
Hiya! Welcome to the new and improved Fried Chicken and Sushi website! Thanks to web designer extraordinaire, Kris Black of Black and Hue we have a site that works wonderfully on your desktop and smart phone! It will be easier to keep up with Karl and his friends wherever you are.
To morph this comic from the Classic Fried Chicken and Sushi to the new family style, we changed the format of the comics to vertical instead of the standard horizontal of most strips. It reads better on a phone and, for me personally, will make it easier to compile into book collections later on.
The Classic FC&S comics are still here. Just click on the COMICS tab above and you can access all of the archives organized by month and year published. I also encourage you to SUBSCRIBE TO RECEIVE FC&S COMICS BY EMAIL HERE. My plan is to, on top of emailing every comic strip to you each week, making an FC&S newsletter that highlights info about Japan and its Pop Culture as well as news for the comic. I'll send it out once a month and see how you guys respond. You've gotta join in!
Thanks for being an old fan or possibly a new one!
Khalid Birdsong (Comic Chef)
Love is in the air and classic Fried Chicken and Sushi comic strips are at an end. Many heartfelt thanks go out to my fans that have been reading this comic adventure loosely based on my experiences living in Japan. It has been a fun five years filled with humor about travel, love, racism and perception.
Please continue to join me as we follow Little Karl and his family with Little Fried Chicken and Sushi morphing into regular Fried Chicken and Sushi. There will be more of what you love about my work but seen from the eyes of children and adults. The new vertical format will give me more freedom to create interesting layouts and add more adventure. Thanks for your support!
You can see that the Little Fried Chicken and Sushi comics have changed to a vertical format with two panels on top and one or two at the bottom. This makes them larger and easier to read on cell phones and any other art sites they're put on. Plus, and this is the one I really like, it makes them easier to transfer to book form when I compile them together. They will be one comic per page so 200 comics could equal a 200 page graphic novel for kids and adults. Similar to what Big Nate and Phoebe and Her Unicorn are doing. There will be more adding in of Japan related themes to the Little strips as they become the main FC&S comic in the next month. Give me some comments when you can!Read More
Did you think Sato sensei had a crush on Karl?
It makes sense doesn’t it? She works next to him everyday and gets upset with her husband and in-laws all the time! For her, it must be nice to come to school and work with a nice foreign man…
A foreign BLACK man. Ooooh! Exotic!
As you can tell, more open stories are being closed and questions are getting answered in each strip. We have about one more month of new Fried Chicken and Sushi strips left.
How will it end? Please keep reading to find out!
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Karl cannot control his laughter in FCS496 because of the music Sato Sensei plays while he's speaking to the class. You might think this one is from my silly imagination. I am embarrassed to say, this comic strip is based on truth!
That's right, this one really happened. The Japanese teacher of English I was working with at the time thought it would be so nice to play the song, Let It Be by the BEATLES, while I talk to the class about vocabulary words for success. In my head, this sounded a bit cheezy and I was afraid the class would laugh at me. If we were in the U.S., they definitely would have! But, since we were in a Japanese Middle School, I figured the students would be busy listening for the vocab words they recognized and not even notice the comedy. Fortunately, I was right! Unfortunately, I didn't expect to start laughing...
Not only did I laugh, I was the ONLY ONE LAUGHING! Everyone, even my co-English teacher, could not understand why. The sad sound of the music together with my attempt at motivational speaking was a hilarious contrast. To me, at least. Several times I tried to get it together and finish but I just had to end it and apologize. I was laughing so much, a few tears came out of my eyes.
I felt bad for ruining the presentation for the students and my co-teacher but I had to think about it as just one humorous screw up. My co-teacher was upset a little I think, it's hard to tell with Japanese people sometimes, but my cartoonist way of looking at the ...Read More
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
At least Karl was able to use the inevitable caffeine crash to his advantage! If you have to fall asleep on the job, do it so that you'll look like you're working. ARE YOU A FAN OF THE COMIC? CLICK HERE AND LIKE MY FACEBOOK FAN PAGE!
I think I need some of Principal Glossy Gleam's coffee! I'd probably get so far ahead with making FC&S comics I could take a long vacation. This is all fine and good but don't forget, caffeine only lasts for a little while before you crash. Stay tuned fans!
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.
Here we go again! Karl really needs to stop drinking Principal GG's coffee. How will this go down this time? Stay tuned to find out! CLICK HERE TO READ THE FIRST STRIPS WHERE KARL EXPERIENCED THE POWER OF PRINCIPAL GG's COFFEE!
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!
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!
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!