I just wanted to join the growing chorus and offer my heartfelt congratulations to my buddy Felipe Smith, who has become one of the first non-Japanese ever to have his new comic series published in a monthly Japanese comic book magazine. Felipe's "Peepo Choo" finally debuted in Morning 2! There's no one who approaches comic books with more energy and enthusiasm and I could not be happier that it's Felipe who is breaking comic boundaries and tearing down the perceptions that the Japanese manga market is closed to foreigners! He's one of the best ambassadors American comics could ask for!
(Picture courtesy of Takeshi Miyazawa)