Tanuki's New Design!

New Little Fried Chicken and Sushi comic strips relaunched on Monday, March 26 here and on GoComics. There was one change to the strip.  Did you notice?

That's right, Tanuki's character design got an upgrade!  He's cuter and has actual hands that will make it easier to create gags where he needs to hold objects.   Take a look at this model sheet I put together with pictures of actual Tanukis for comparison.

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What do you think about his new design?  Let me know in the comments.  

Fried Chicken and Sushi 403 Caring and supportive Tanuki?

It's sad that we don't trust Tanuki to be sincere but more often than not, he has a selfish agenda attached to his caring ways.  This strip also helps to establish Tanuki's difficulties with using his magic that will come more into play in later strips.  GIVE ME A FOLLOW ON TWITTER!

Little Fried Chicken and Sushi comics!

I wanted to play with my FC&S characters and draw some comics where they're all kids in fourth grade.  For the rest of December, I'll be posting Little Fried Chicken and Sushi strips every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.  I'm sure you are all busy with holiday fun but please stop by my site on those days to check out the new strips.  These comics have less details so I can draw them faster and put up four each week instead of two.  It's been a fun departure from my usual storylines.  It was fun to make comics aimed at kids and have a chance to put all the characters together with Tanuki.  Instead of Tanuki being stuck in Karl's house, he actually comes to school with him and uses his magic to cause trouble.  Enjoy the comics and let me know what you think!  CLICK HERE TO LIKE MY FACEBOOK FAN PAGE!

Fried Chicken and Sushi 350 J meets Tanuki

Tanukis are known for tricking people with their magical powers but I have a feeling that our Tanuki isn't very talented.  Or, he wants J to get mad at Karl to screw up their friendship.  Either way, it doesn't look like he's ready to fully show himself to J.  Perhaps, Tanuki isn't real after all and he's just a figment of Karl's imagination.  One day we might find out.  What do you think?

Fried Chicken and Sushi 331 How will Tanuki handle J coming to Japan?

I think it's pretty clear how Tanuki really feels about J coming to Japan.  Karl will have to figure out a way to explain to J why he's always buying new plates.  Let's hope Karl saves plenty of "New plates" money for when he hangs out with J and Tanuki needs to deal with feeling jealous. 

Fan Art- Jamie Lynn Lano

Check out this amazing fan art by Jamie Lynn Lano!  Aren't Karl and Tanuki cute?!  She even made Karl look a little awkward.  Just like he is! ;)  You can read her awesome blog about living and working in Japan called LIVING TALL IN JAPAN.  One of my favorite series of posts she writes is about her experience working as an art assistant on the manga Prince of Tennis.  Very interesting reading about how things work in a real manga studio in Japan from the eyes of a foreigner.  Check out the list of those posts here or just click on her fan art above! 

Fried Chicken and Sushi 260 Should that dream become reality?

Looks like Tanuki is wrong on that one!  I'm pretty sure there are plenty of people out there that love reading a comic about a black guy living in Japan.  Let's hope, after that joke, it will stay that way!  Did you notice that Tanuki's wearing a robe?  More clothes?  I'm having fun with it.  A Tanuki upgrade. ;)  Shout out time!  If you like vampire adventure you need to read my YOUNGBLOODS graphic novel HERE.  Thanks to all of you friends and fans that have bought it and enjoyed reading it!

Fried Chicken and Sushi 258 Tanuki comes back...again!

Tanuki needs to make up his mind.  Is he back or is he out?  It looks to me like he's found a reason to stay this time.  Let's just hope Karl can deal with him without going insane!  Did you notice Tanuki is wearing clothes?  Karl was talking about his victory at the sports festival so I thought it would be fun to put Tanuki in spandex workout gear.  They might be a little too tight though...

Fried Chicken and Sushi 253 The Black Samurai Returns

Remember, if you like my comic book art style, read my 200 page graphic novel HERE!  It was fun drawing The Black Samurai again but without hair and in traditional Japanese clothing.  This is how I originally created him so now I feel like we can really get into his adventures.  What will happen if he follows the strange spirit?  Will he be able to free Tanuki?  I hope you're enjoying these comics.  Thanks for reading!

Fried Chicken and Sushi 232 Tanuki still ain't talkin'

I guess Karl is just accustomed to going to Tanuki to talk about his struggles.  Maybe Tanuki is sick of listening and just refuses to interact.  Oh well, it's probably for the best.  Karl needs to learn to be more confident in himself anyway.  Even though Tanuki can be annoying, I wonder if any of you out there miss him?

Fried Chicken and Sushi 217 and 218

Sorry, I missed my blog update for Tuesday's FC&S comic!  I'm afraid most of you didn't notice because you don't really read my blog posts.  If you're into them then I'll comment on both comics for this week.  Looks like Tanuki is a little scared to not be needed if J comes to Japan.  Let's hope he's not gone for good!  Karl seems to be moving in the direction of wanting to try dating again.  Even though I'm sure he would love to show off that he has a Japanese girlfriend to J, we all know he's not that shallow.  What?  You've never wanted to show off to your friends?  Karl seems like the type of guy that needs to have something in common with a girl he's dating.  Let's hope for the best!

One more shout out to the FORUMS and my FACEBOOK FAN PAGE!

Fried Chicken and Sushi 205 You might meet a nice girl!

For the new readers out there, let me give a shout out to my FACEBOOK Fan Page!  Please LIKE it and enjoy it!  If you love TWITTER like I do, please follow me and start up a conversation!  You can also reply and start conversations on this site in the FORUMS.  Is that enough pluggin' for you? 

I hope I don't seem as lonely as Karl with all this social networking love I'm begging for!  It is nice to hear from my fans and interact though.  Even though Karl is isolated enough to talk to a tanuki statue, at least he has some friends that are looking out for him!  Thanks for reading!

Fried Chicken and Sushi 167 and 168

Ryan learned not to mess with J and cheat codes.  I wonder if J would be ok with using them after beating a game?  You know, just for the fun of it!  I thought of creating the strip with Ryan showing J cheat codes on the internet.  Then, J would hit delete and walk away.  Even though people aren't writing many cheat codes down on paper these days, I felt like this version had more of an impact.  Nothing like crumpling and burning to make a point!

The Emailin' Home strip is my attempt to show you what it was like for me to email my family and friends while in Japan.  I would send these long emails telling stories of things I experienced and learned about.  Everyone seemed to enjoy them (I hope) and it planted the seeds for this Fried Chicken and Sushi webcomic.  To add a little extra interest, I drew the characters in a Chibi style with a huge head and small body.  Did you spot Tanuki and Miki in that last panel?