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Tonoharu: Part One Softcover - comics review

By Leroy Douresseaux

Follow me on Twitter. Tonoharu: Part One is an original graphic novel from cartoonist Lars Martinson.  It was originally published in 2008 by Pliant Press (and distributed by Top Shelf Productions) as a hardcover, original graphic novel.  Although Tonoharu is a planned four-volume series, only Tonoharu: Part Two (2010) has been released since the first volume.  Now, a paperback edition of Tonoharu: Part One is being released in early October 2014. Tonoharu is the story of Daniel “Dan” Wells, a young American working in rural Japan.   This graphic novel series is inspired by Martinson's experiences in Japan.  The story focuses on Well's daily life and routine, which is largely dull and unimaginative, because Wells has not embraced his new home, nor has he even mastered the Japanese language. A recent college graduate, Dan moves to rural Japan to work as an assistant English teacher.  There are other “foreigners” in the...  

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