More from Ken Suzuki: Teacher extraordinaire. To be honest a part of me can sympathize with is point of view, I had a similar conversation with a “hanjin” once who really gave voice to a feeling in Japan about these “viking hoards” streaming into the country for their one year vacation. I can’t really think of a similar situation faced by Westerners on their own soil. Any foreign incursion is often living a much lower lifestyle and in a much more isolated culture and community.

Despite his rough edges, Ken is one of my favorite characters to write and draw, and is based on one of my more interesting friends while living abroad.