ToCo's first collaborative project, the anthology hajime (in Japanese, “beginning”), was released in April 2018 and features comics, poetry, and illustrations of seven non-Tokyo-native artists telling their first impressions of the city.

Read my story for hajime here. Inside cover illustration here.

Illustration by Erica Ward

“hajime” had a dedicated exhibition at Tokyo Chapter Gallery from April 14 to April 22, 2018. For the exhibition closing, there was a special Sequential Art Meetup – Comics and Visual Storytelling session with a gallery tour with the artists and a round table discussion.