Jonathan Tarbox

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Editor, translator, producer and teacher, Jonathan “Jake” Tarbox has done it all during his career in international media and content production. He’s worked for DC Comics, Time Warner, VIZ Media, Kadokawa Publications, JManga.com, and the NFL to produce print and video content for both the Japanese and American markets. He is also a regular fixture on the American convention circuit, making regular appearances at Dragon Con, Comic Con International (San Diego), A-Kon, Anime Expo, Comic Con Arabia, and others.

While working for NFL Japan (the National Football League’s Tokyo office), he was recruited to join the staff of Coamix Inc., the publisher of Weekly Comics Bunch, as the senior editor of their weekly manga magazine for the North American market, Raijin Comics.

From 2000 to 2002, Jonathan was a cast member of KOKO GA HEN DA YO! NIHONJIN (This is strange, Japan!), along with award-winning Japanese actor/director “Beat” Takashi Kitano.

In 2004, after 14 years in Japan, Jonathan returned to America, joining DC Comics to manage the CMX manga line. In 2005, he formed Arashi Productions, a manga and anime production company. The company has since developed a wide range of print and video media projects, including over 400 volumes of manga for the English-speaking market.

Jonathan currently lives in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where he teaches Communications and Japanese language at Prince Sultan University. He is also the programming director at Comic Con Arabia.

Jonathan is also a martial artist, holding black belts in Aikido, Hontai Yoshin Ryu Jujutsu, and Toyama Ryu Iaido.