nemu*nemu Celebrates it's 2nd Anniversary!
Submitted by nemu-nemu on April 1, 2008 - 18:23
NEMU*NEMU CELEBRATES 2nd ANNIVERSARY!
Locally produced webcomic continues to grow its fan base
HONOLULU – nemu*nemu (pronounced “Neh-moo”), the webcomic chronicling the lives of two young girls – Anise Kurobu and Kana Mezurashi – and their two live “stuffed toy” pups, is celebrating its second anniversary. Created by local artists Audra Furuichi and Scott Yoshinaga, the comic debuted online on April 1, 2006, in a 4-panel cartoon style and has since developed an ever-growing fan base following the follies of nemu*nemu.
“It’s hard to believe we’ve already published the webcomic for 2 years,” said Furuichi. “We are so pleased by the reaction to the comic and that so many enjoy the style and content of our strip. We are extremely grateful to the fans and those who have supported us in producing nemu*nemu.”
In conjunction with its second anniversary, KimonoKitsy Studios – the company owned by Furuichi and Yoshinaga that produces nemu*nemu – is on the verge of releasing its second book, nemu*nemu, volume 2. Volume 1 which was released a year ago helped to increase the fan base of readers and sold over 700 copies.
Originally, KimonoKitsy Studios planned to only publish their webcomic online, but after numerous fan requests a decision was made to print nemu*nemu, volume 1. Volume 1 is a compilation of the first 12 chapters of the adventures of Anise and Kana and their two stuffed pups as they explore the world and learn about life. Their style is "anime-influenced", infused with island style culture and humor.
“A webcomic is much different from syndication because it goes everywhere and anywhere the Internet goes, as a result we have fans all over the world, but people still ask us for printed books,” said Yoshinaga. “Volume 1 was such a big hit that we immediately began to plan for Volume 2. It's just a natural progression.”
In addition to updating their comic every Monday, Wednesday and Friday online, an exclusive nemu*nemu comic is also printed each month in the East Oahu Sun newspaper. The new nemu*nemu book will debut at Kawaii-Kon anime convention at the Hawaii Convention Center on April 18, 2008. It will also be on sale at Collector Maniacs in Kaimuki. Additional nemu*nemu merchandise, like plushies, t-shirts, handmade hats and other collectibles, can be found on the nemu*nemu website at www.nemu-nemu.com.
About the Artists
Hawai'i born artists, Audra Furuichi and Scott Yoshinaga, are graduates of the University of Hawai'i at MÄnoa. Coincidentally, both contributed comic strips to the University’s student newspaper, Ka Leo o Hawai'i. Furuichi’s comic “Culture SHOCK!” printed from 1998-2000 garnered the attention of famed cartoonist, Charles Schulz. Schulz personally chose Furuichi’s strip for the prestigious 1999 Scripps-Howard Charles M. Schulz College Cartooning Award. Furuichi continued to work in comics while living in California as a colorist for Marvel and Antarctic Press and translation editor for Studio ICE/Ice Kunion. Yoshinaga is a Technology Coordinator for Mid-Pacific Institute Elementary School by day and collaborates with Furuichi at night. He assists in writing, lettering and managing the nemu*nemu website.