Joe is Japanese : The Graphic Novel
When we set out to tell the story of Joe McCunney, we thought maybe the nuanced way might be to make a comic book. Well, it definitely was the most geeky way. We’ve been working a year or so on putting together over 300 pages of this epic, and are now ready to start sharing the work. We ask that you don’t copy any of the pages and host them on any other sites, but feel free to link people to this page as much as you’d like. You’ll also find a comment section below each page. When you read the pages, all you have to do is click the page image to go to the next one, or you can use the arrow keys on your keyboard. You can also jump to whichever chapter you want to read with the nav bar. It’s super fast and easy. Enjoy!
Special Mini Comic: Koga’s Email
When the March 11, 2011 earthquake hit Japan, I was sound asleep enjoying my first vacation in three years. Joe’s call at 3am was not welcome for many reasons, and there was no way I was returning to slumber that night. Tons of calls started pouring in from around the globe asking me if I had heard from anyone yet, and if I knew if everyone was OK… I had not. It was nerve-wracking being so far away, and unable to do anything.
The first email came in late the next day from our dear friend (and the real-life basis for his namesake within the Joe is Japanese story), Koga Sato. His email was such a relief to read. It was inspiring and goofy. So much so, that we felt compelled to illustrate it and pass it on to the world (with Koga’s permission). This email made everyone at the animation studio feel a sense of duty to donate time to make this mini-comic.
If you enjoy it, we ask that you to feel compelled to donate to the Search Dog Foundation. It’s really an unsung group that has sent dogs to find people in over 75 deployments-including the World Trade Center attacks, Hurricane Katrina, the Haiti disaster, and now in Fukushima Japan. We’re hoping our little odd-ball comic will support a lesser known group of heroes.