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  • CA – Dragon’s Breath Signing

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    MariNaomi appears at Skylight Books on Friday, September 26, 2014 at 7:30 pm to present her thoughtful and heartfelt collection of graphic essays, Dragon’s Breath.

    MariNaomi is the author and illustrator of the award-winning graphic memoir Kiss & Tell: A Romantic Resume, Ages 0 to 22 (Harper Perennial, 2011), Dragon’s Breath and Other True Stories (2D Cloud, 2014), the upcoming Turning Japanese (2D Cloud), and her self-published zine, Estrus Comics (1998 to 2009). Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies, including I Saw You: Comics Inspired by Real Life Missed Connections, Cheers to Muses: Contemporary Works by Asian American Women, No Straight Lines, Anything That Loves, QU33R and Action Girl Comics. Her comics and essays have been featured on The Rumpus, The Weeklings, Truth-out, SFBay.CA, The Comics Journal, The Bay Citizen, XOJane and more.

    Skylight Books
    1818 N. Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
    Tel: 323.660.1175

    MD – SPX Kick-Off Party

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    Press Release:

    Big Planet Comics is proud to welcome 4 amazing artists to kickoff their brand new comics: MariNaomi, Yumi Sakugawa, James Kochalka, and Box Brown on Friday, September 12th from 7:00 – 10:00 pm!

    Come for readings from their new works debuting at the Small Press Expo

    MariNaomi’s new graphic novel: Dragon’s Breath and Other True Stories

    Yumi Sakugawa’s new graphic novel: Your Illustrated Guide to Becoming One With the Universe

    James Kochalka’s new graphic novel: FUNGUS: The Unbearable Rot of Being

    Box Brown’s new anthology volume: Number 2

    They will also be signing and perhaps creating some art for the audience? Snacks and drinks will be served.

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    Big Planet Comics
    7315 Baltimore Ave, College Park, MD 20740
    301-699-0498

    NYC – Dragon’s Breath/Museum of Mistakes Signing

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    Julia Wertz and MariNaomi appear at Bergen Street Comics on Friday, September 19th at 7:00 pm to sign their latest comics!

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    Bergen Street Comics
    470 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217
    (718) 230-5600

    CA – Friend-Love with Benefits

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    Press Release:

    This Valentine’s Day, join GiantRobot and L.A. Zine Fest for a night of visual comic readings by 7 different comic book artists and zine-makers on the eternal themes of love, relationships, heartbreak, friend-crushes, online dating and more.

    Short comic readings by comic book artists and zine-makers based in Los Angeles and beyond:

    Bangs & Beard
    Jesse Tise
    Kelsey Short
    MariNaomi
    Nick Sumida
    Yumi Sakugawa

    A book reading and signing of I THINK I AM IN FRIEND-LOVE WITH YOU by Yumi Sakugawa.

    Zine prizes and give-aways at the end of the night.

    Friend-Love with Benefits
    February 14th, 2014
    7:00PM – 10:00PM
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    More about the performers:

    Bangs and Beard are comics by cartoonist couple Melinda Tracy Boyce (“The Melinderly”, “AOA”) and Aaron Whitaker (“The City Troll”, “The Awkward Quarterly”). They started making comics together in Portland, OR and now live in Los Angeles, CA with their two rad rats. BangsAndBeardComics.com

    South Pasadena-based artist, Jesse Tise graduated from Art Center College of Design with a BFA in illustration. He works both as an printmaking instructor and a freelance illustrator. In his free time, he keeps busy painting, drawing, and printmaking personal projects, and playing tug-o-war with his black giant schnauzer, Samson. jessetise.com

    Kelsey is a cat admirer from Los Angeles and transplanted to NYC. Burgeoning illustrator and zine maker. Still figuring things out. nowhereplace.com

    MariNaomi is the author and illustrator of the award-winning graphic memoir Kiss & Tell: A Romantic Resume, Ages 0 to 22, the upcoming books Dragon’s Breath and Other True Stories and Turning Japanese, and her self-published zine, Estrus Comics (1998 to 2009). Her comics and essays have been featured on The Rumpus, The Weeklings, Truth-out, SFBay.CA, The Comics Journal, The Bay Citizen, XOJane and more. Learn more at marinaomi.com.

    Nick Sumida is a cartoonist hailing from Aiea, HI. He has worked as a storyboard artist on animated shows like Comedy Central’s “Ugly American’s” and the upcoming “Bad Seeds” from Nickelodeon, and his comics can be seen floating around tumblr. His debut comics collection, “Snackies”, is being published by Youth In Decline in Spring 2014. nsumida.tumblr.com

    Yumi Sakugawa is a comic book artist and the author of I Think I Am In Friend-Love With You (Adams Media 2013). A graduate of the fine art program of University of California, Los Angeles, Yumi is a regular comic contributor to The Rumpus and WonderHowTo. She also loves coffee and tacos. yumisakugawa.com

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    2062 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025