My name is Lars Martinson. I was born in Minnesota in 1977. I am currently in the midst of a foolhardy attempt to eke out a living as a cartoonist.
I was first introduced to comic books in the sixth grade, and I’ve been drawing them ever since. My subject matter and style have changed a lot since then (I mean, one would hope, right?), but my devotion to the medium has remained constant.
I have visited more than fifteen countries as a tourist, and have lived in Thailand, Norway, and Japan. Overseas travel has proven to be a life-defining passion for me, and has afforded me the opportunity to meet a princess, see a five-legged cow, and eat raw octopus eggs.
My interest in travel and comics intersected during the course of my stay in Japan from 2003 to 2006. I was employed as an assistant English teacher through the JET Program, an exchange program sponsored by the Japanese government. The experience had a profound effect on me, one that I thought would serve as an interesting basis for a story.
With that in mind, I began work on a four-part graphic novel called Tonoharu at the beginning of my tenure on the JET Program. I continue to work on it today, and am “already” a quarter of the way through the second part. (Hey, drawing comics takes forever… heh heh…)
I was recently honored with a prestigious Xeric Grant for Comic Book Self-Publishers, to self-publish the first part of Tonoharu. Tonoharu: Part One is now available for sale. See details about that here.
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