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About MariNaomi

MariNaomi is the award-winning author and illustrator of 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), and I Thought YOU Hated ME (Retrofit Comics, 2016). Her work has appeared in over sixty print publications and has been featured on numerous websites, such as 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, Mari toured with the literary roadshow Sister Spit. She is the creator and curator of the Cartoonists of Color Database and the Queer Cartoonists Database. She has taught classes for the California College of the Arts Comics MFA program, and is currently a guest editor at PEN America.

Read Mari's artist statement.


Photo by the amazing Fiona J. Taylor

Press and Readings (by date, most recent first)

Fusion—October 2016 interview with Sulagna Misra: "Turning Japanese makes learning a new language into a globe-trotting adventure"
Catapult—October 2016 article about process: "The Making of a Comics Memoir"
Vice Magazine, The Creators Project—September 2016 interview with Mike Steyels: "A Peek Inside the Essential Cartoonists of Color Database
Brooklyn Paper—September 2016 article by Lauren Gill: "Brooklyn Book Fest Paints Downtown Read"
Fuse Literary blog—September 2016 interview with agent Gordon Warnock: "I Thought You Hated Me Is Out Now"
Comics Alternative Interviews—September 2016 podcast featuring 2dcloud creators Gina Wynbrandt, Will Dinski and MariNaomi (1 hour, 43 min.)
Los Angeles MagazineSeptember 2016 feature by Mia Nakaji Monnier
The Comics Journal—August 2016 podcast interview with Greg Hunter (33 min.)
Yay!LA Art & Culture Magazine—August 2016 interview by Daniel Barron
: "Talking Graphic Images with MariNaomi"
The Mixed Experience—July 2016 podcast
interview with Heidi Durrow (27 min.)

Sagittarian Matters—July 2016 podcast interview with Nicole J. Georges (52 min.)
We Should Be Friends—July 2016 podcast interview, episode 30 (audio, 1.5 hours)
TORJA Japanese Magazine—July 2016 interview with Ai Sakai
(in Japanese)
The Comics Journal—June 2016 conversation with Rob Kirby: "I Want Everything to Mean Something"
• Talk Story—June 2016 interview with Nishat Kurwa
Comic Book Resources—June 2016 interview with Alex Dueben: "MariNaomi Explores Being Young and Turning Japanese"
Bitch Media—June 2016 interview with Amy Lam: "MariNaomi Looks In Between Cultures in Illustrated Memoir Turning Japanese"
Vice Magazine—May 2016 interview with Rachel Davies: "Exploring Japanese Identity as a Hostess in Illegal Expat Bars"
The Millions—May 2016 interview with Mia Nakaji Monnier: "I Was Never Big on Fitting In"
Marie Claire—May 2016 interview with Steph Opitz: "Homeward Bound"
AndiLit—May 2016 interview with Andi: "You Can't Please Everybody"
INQ Podcast—May 2016 podcast interview with Zan Christensen about how to write memoir without pissing people off (45 min.)

Unicorn Booty—March 2016 interview with Zan Christensen: "Autobiography of a Japanese Bar Hostess"
Toronto Star—February 2016 interview with Ryan Porter
The Town Crier—February 2016 discussion with Kendra Yee and Laura Kenins: "Write Who You Know"
Tight Pencils Podcast
January 2016 interview with Kevin Budnick
Black Girl Nerds—December 2015 interview with Joelle Monique
: "CALA Spotlight"
Bitch Media Popaganda PodcastJuly 2015 interview with Kristin Rogers Brown
WarscapesJanuary 2015 interview with Grace Jung: "Chronicles of a Teenage Runaway"
Women Write About Comics—December 2014 interview with Megan Purdy: "Building on Community, Necessity, and Forgiveness"
The Blood-Jet RadioDecember 2014 interview with Rachelle Cruz (audio 40 min.)
Large-Hearted Boy—November 2014 autobio Book Notes playlist for Dragon's Breath and Other True Stories
Comic Book Resources—October 2014 interview
with Alex Dueben
Ottawa Writes Podcast—October 2014 interview with Kevin Johns
(audio 47 min.)
Brevity Magazine—September 2014 interview with Sarah Einstein
Books and Authors Podcast—September 2014 interview with Cary Barbor Zahaby (audio 17 min.)
BookTrib Magazine—September 2014 interview with Tahneer Oksman
The Nerds of Color Hard N.O.C. Life—September 2014 video interview with Keith Chow (video 40 min.)
• Peach Fuzz Magazine—2014 interview with Trish Connelly
Creative Ladies—April 2014 Welcome to Ladyville interview with Kerry Winfrey
Panel Patter—January 2014 interview with Whit Taylor
• Shakeytown Radio Podcast—September 2013 interview with Brodie Foster Hubbard (audio 68 min.)
Hyphen Magazine (excerpt)—Summer 2013 interview with Cathlin Goulding
Ladydrawers blog—January 2013 interview with Anne Elizabeth Moore
Art Animal—July 2012 interview with Alison Kjeldgaard

Rumpus Letters In the Mail reading—Verdi Club, San Francisco, June 2012 (video)
LA Zine Fest Sleep Deprived reading—Los Angeles, June 2012 (video)
• Geek Bombast Podcast—February 2012 interview (audio
7 min.)
TCJ Talkies Podcast—November 2011 interview/MIX panel with Noah V
an Sciver and Mike Dawson (audio 47 min.)
Radar blog—October 2011 interview about vampires with Michelle Tea
Booksmith Reading—April 2011 reading at Booksmith in San Francisco, CA, plus Q&A (video)
Graphic Novel Reporter—April 2011 interview with John Hogan: "Lovers' (Memory) Lane
San Francisco Chronicle—April 2011 interview with Nellie Bowles
Smith Magazine—April 2011 interview with Lisa Qiu
Large-Hearted Boy—March 2011 autobio Book Notes playlist for Kiss & Tell
The Comics Journal—March 2011 interview with Rob Clough
• Nichi Bei Times—January 2010 interview with Beth Hillman
• The Puppy reading—Three Dollar Bill Cafe, San Francisco, March 2008 (video)
With Zan Christensen of Northwest Press—Wondercon, San Francisco, February 2008 (30-sec. video)
Ink Studs Podcast—2008 interview with Robin McConnell (audio 27 min.)
SFist—2007 interview with Christina Loff
• LaDy LaMb&Popsy—2007 interview with Claudio Parentela
• That's Clever, season 4, episode 6—2006 HGTV (video)
• Juxtapoz Tribe—2005 interview with Dharmabox

Contact

marinaomi (at) pobox (dot) com

MariNaomi
P.O. Box 39a73
Los Angeles, CA 90039-0073
U.S.A.

© 2016 MariNaomi

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