P.E.O.W. : Painfully Embarrassing Otaku Weekend is a playful if masochistic romp through the life of a comics-making fangirl / manga-making otaku, Jane Mai. This book is actually two books in one. The first, making up slightly more than half the page count, is a tour diary made up of a series of short strips “drawn on Staples paper with whatever pen was close by.” Randomness, absurdity and chaos mix it up in these rough and ready comics made on the fly as Ms. Mai travelled with PEOW to various comics expos and the like. The second is a polished work of autobio comics/manga – that also features “great demon lord Tante”, a fantastic ideation embodying “fear, anxiety and terrible unease” that accompanies Jane on her “painfully embarrassing otaku weekend” in Toronto. The entire 116 page, 5” x 7” dust-jacketed, softcover book is printed in black and white with pink tones throughout. Taken together these two approaches to work to convey the differences between how events are experienced in the present, and the how they are organized and evaluated in memory. They also make for a really fun read!
And, finally, we couldn’t help but notice that the cover sports a “Book 1” on it, but not the copyright page. So, it may just be an in-joke about the serial nature of the form, but… it may not! Suffice it to say, if there ever is a Book 2, we’ll get it in here at Copacetic.