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Glad you enjoyed the concept, Christopher. You bring up an interesting point: culture. I do not know about the US, I did not grow up here. In Italy, cartoons are not as pervasive as they are in Japan. Although there are some pretty good and recognized authors.

What I find fascinating is that the global nature of commerce is spreading those ideas that were rooted to an area or locale, wider. Who would have thought that people would read books on a mobile phone screen? How about writing a book on one?

Italians are very visual in a design sort of way. We go to the grocery store and expect the prosciutto and salame to be hanging fashionably. We love aesthetics, just in a way that it different from the Japanese. Maybe we can check in with Dan at some point to see how his book is doing here ;-)

What a fantastic book, I wonder, though, how successful the graphic format will be for American audiences. Although perhaps the goal here isn't a book targeted at a general audience. It seems like ideal target of creative professionals, like myself and my colleagues, that aren't always the best at career management. And while we read a lot, we are often put off by books that seem too "corporate." Perhaps required reading in an art school entrepreneurial seminar right now?

The thing about manga in Japan is that it fits within an aesthetic sense and a storytelling sensibility with deep roots in Japanese culture. Everything from theater to design to fine art. Japan is such a highly visual culture, that the move to something like manga as an extension of its historic storytelling techniques (and particular the visual style of that storytelling) is not a huge leap.

The U.S. (despite what cultural warriors might be concerned about) is just not that visual, especially the English/European sides of our cultural heritages.

Hello Bruce:

We all get into the routine and time crunches. Building alliances and negotiating through conversation are actually human characteristics.

Some days, as you say so well here, it's baby steps. It's important to still take them and fulfill your commitment to yourself and your goals.

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