About the Book
Dave Boyer's first book of a series may inspire you to look at people in a fresh, new way.
New York cartoonist and caricaturist Dave 'Bippy' Boyer has drawn live caricatures in Japan since Golden Week 1999.
But through his camera and hand of friendship, he takes us on his journey to affirm and respect the people of Japan.
Learn and laugh with him a little about: Caricature, the shakuhachi flute, the game of Go, costume play, the JR trains and the shinkansen.
See a future shinkansen that can travel over 500km an hour floating on a pulsing magnetic field.
In a candid way, 'Bippy" explores and shares his journey of learning about a non European culture.
He breaks down stereotypes or presumptions about people as he draws their caricature.
And makes friends along the way by learning their culture.
Dave Boyer says, "In life, be mindful of the past, present and future. In Japan, these live in harmony."
Born and raised in the Bronx until 1970. In 1978, received a Bachelor's Degree from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in Electrical Engineering Technology (BET). Worked for Eastman Kodak Company for eleven years as a Serviceability Engineer. In 1989, started a freelance business, "Boyer's Caricatures and Photography." Pretty much at the top of the caricature market in Western New York. Interests: Antique light bulb collector, the strategy game of Go, the shakuhachi Japanese flute, frequent traveler to Japan, and a collector of fine timepieces. Dave Boyer is also called, "Bippy." That was a cartoon character in a comic strip series he did for a few years. "Bippy" characters are registered copyright with the US government.