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Mari Naomi
Mari Naomi

MariNaomi is the Eisner-nominated author and illustrator of numerous comic memoirs and a YA graphic novel trilogy. Her work has appeared in over eighty print publications and has been featured on websites such as The New Yorker’s Daily Shouts, The Rumpus, LA Review of Books, Midnight Breakfast and BuzzFeed.

MariNaomi’s comics and paintings have been featured by such institutions as the Smithsonian, the De Young Museum, the Cartoon Art Museum, the Asian Art Museum, and the Japanese American Museum.

In 2011 and 2018, Mari toured with the literary roadshow Sister Spit. She is the founder and administrator of the Cartoonists of Color Database, the Queer Cartoonists Database, and the Disabled Cartoonists Database. She has taught classes for the California College of the Arts Comics MFA program, and was a guest editor for PEN Illustrated.

Book Title(s):

Kiss & Tell: A Romantic Resume, Ages 0 to 22 (Harper Perennial, 2011)

Dragon’s Breath and Other True Stories (2dcloud/Uncivilized Books, 2014)

Turning Japanese (2dcloud, 2016)

I Thought YOU Hated ME (Retrofit Comics, 2016),

he Life on Earth trilogy (Graphic Universe, 2018-2020)

Award(s) and Accolade(s):

Space Award winner for best book (Kiss & Tell, A Romantic Resume) and best webcomic (Smoke in Your Eyes), 2011

Eisner award nominee (Dragon’s Breath and Other True Stories), 2015

bisexual, Japanese, LGBTQ+, Mixed Race
Age Categories:
Graphic Novel, New Adult, Young Adult
Contemporary, Non-Fiction, Science Fiction

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