"...delightfully self-deprecating and rich with insightful wit. DENDO provides unique and often poignant insights into what missionaries of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints do during those formative years of service--and more importantly why they do it. In her best moments, I was re-living my mission along with Long Shimai; and it was the best two years all over again."

           - Anthony Holden, Precious Rascals

“Brittany Long Olsen’s DENDO: One Year and One Half in Tokyo is a remarkable debut work. Olsen has taken the Mormon missionary memoir genre to exciting new heights. Her engaging visual style, self-deprecating honesty, and keen observations about missionary life make DENDO not only an important and innovative missionary memoir, but also a groundbreaking contribution to Mormon comics.”

          - Scott Hales, The Garden of Enid: Adventures of a Weird Mormon Girland Mormon Shorts

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DENDO won the 2015 Association for Mormon Letters award in the comics category!

"Dendo" is the Japanese word for "missionary work." DENDO: One Year and One Half in Tokyo is the daily journal of an LDS sister missionary in Tokyo, Japan—kept entirely in comic pages.

From February 2012 to August 2013, Sister Long spent time teaching and serving among some of the most amazing people in the world, but it wasn't always easy.

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In 2008 when she was studying English and Illustration at Southern Utah University, Brittany Long Olsen decided to start making autobiographical comics every day as her own way of journal-keeping, and she hasn't missed a day since. Her daily journal comics can be found at

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DENDO  tells the story of her 18-month service teaching English, helping people follow Jesus Christ, and making some of the best friends of her life.

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