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MariNaomi in Print

COMING SOON: I Thought You Hated Me
Retrofit Comics, September 2016

A graphic memoir about a decades-long female friendship.

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turning japanese

Turning Japanese
2dcloud, May 2016

Critically acclaimed graphic memoir about working in illegal hostess bars in San Jose and Tokyo.

This is a story about growing up in a multi-racial family, being an outsider in your motherland, and trying to maintain a strong feminist identity while working demeaning customer service jobs.

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dragon's breath

Dragon's Breath and Other True Stories
2dcloud/Uncivilized Books, September 2014

Nominated for a 2015 Eisner Award

In this collection of thought-provoking, emotionally honest graphic vignettes, many of which first appeared on The Rumpus as the series "Smoke In Your Eyes," MariNaomi explores a wide spectrum of topics including youthful rebellion, mortality, compassion, and partying with Duran Duran.

"Award-winning author MariNaomi returns with this charming and intimate collection of vignettes and meatier personal histories. ... The book is utterly absorbing, funny, intimate, and even philosophical."
~ Publisher's Weekly

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kiss and tell

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

In this fresh and offbeat graphic memoir, MariNaomi chronicles her time as a misfit teen and young woman looking for love in San Francisco, while bringing to light issues of identity and sexuality.

Winner of the 2012 SPACE Prize

"The book's charm lies in MariNaomi's amused and loving perspective on her curious, tough, occasionally foolish younger self: she knows she may have misunderstood the dynamics of her relationships, but she can still evoke the intensity of her feelings."
- Douglas Wolk, The New York Times

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On the Web

"Chicken," a short memoir comic
Buzzfeed Reader, July 2016
Read it here.
cheerleader "Cheerleader," a short memoir comic about female friendship.
Buzzfeed Reader, April 2016

Read it here.

carnivore "Carnivore," a short memoir comic about pest control and productivity.
Virginia Quarterly Review's Summer 2015 issue Read it here.

smoke in your eyes banner Smoke In Your Eyes on

Personal stories about life, death and compassion. Many of these stories were collected in the book, Dragon's Breath and Other True Stories(2dcloud, 2014).
frisco al fresco banner Frisco al Fresco on SFBay.CA

San Francisco-centric comics including restaurant reviews and personal stories about The City.

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Said While Talking

Light-hearted slice-of-life comics. These comics were made as a way to lighten the emotional load of Smoke In Your Eyes, which was created at the same time.

Note: This comic is only available on the Tapastic app and in zine form. Buy the zine here.

the comics journal banner Galapagos Travel Diary on The Comics Journal

An illustrated journal of five days on a cruise ship in the Galapagos.


Bibliography (In Print)Action Girl Comics, issues 15-17—edited by Sarah Dyer (Slave Labor Graphics, 1997-1998) (contributing writer/artist)
Anything That Loves—edited by Zan Christensen (Northwest Press, 2013) (contributing writer/artist)
The Big Feminist BUT—edited by Shannon O'Leary and Joan Reilley (2013) (contributing writer/artist)
Bitch Magazine—Summer 2015 and Spring 2016 (contributing writer/artist) • The Bridge Project—edited by Matt Leunig (Scraped Knee, 2009) (contributing writer/artist)
Broken Pencil Magazine (contributing writer/artist)
Buddha Rose—1988 (contributing poet)
Cheers to Muses: Contemporary Works by Asian American WomenAsian American Women Artists Association (2007) (contributing writer/artist) • The Comics Journal—Women in Comics issue (cover art)
Dragon's Breath and Other True Stories (2dcloud/Uncivilized Books, 2014) (writer/artist)
Electric Ant, Issue 1: Your First Kiss—edited by Ryan Sands (2010) (contributing writer/artist) • Every/Body Zine—(2dcloud) (contributing writer/artist)
FOLIO A Literary Journal—Volume 30, issue 1, Spring 2015
Glamazonia the Uncanny Super-Tranny—written and edited by Justin Hall (Northwest Press, 2010) (contributing artist)
Great Heights—2014 minicomic (Published by 2dcloud) (writer/artist)
Henry & Glenn Forever 3—edited by Tom Neely (Microcosm Press, 2013) (contributing writer/artist) (reprinted in Henry & Glenn Forever & Ever)
Henry & Glenn Forever & Ever—edited by Tom Neely (Microcosm Press, 2015) (contributing writer/artist)
How Much Queer Work!—Russian queer comics anthology (2015) (contributing writer/artist)
I Thought You Hated Me (Retrofit Comics, 2016) (writer/artist)
Indie Ladies Comic Anthology, Vol. 1—edited by Crystal Ash and Molly Durst (Spectare Creative, 2012) (contributing writer/artist)
IndieFLY, issues 1, 2 (contributing writer/artist) • iSpy, issue 2—edited by Christina Loff (2002) (contributing writer/artist)
I Saw You... A Missed Connections Anthology—edited by Julia Wertz (Three Rivers Press, 2009) (contributing writer/artist)
Kiss & Tell: A Romantic Resume, Ages 0 to 22 (Harper Perennial, 2011) (writer/artist)
Little Heart: A Comics Anthology for Marriage Equality (2dcloud, 2012) (contributing writer/artist)
Make Magazine (contributing writer/artist)
Mission at Tenth, volume 4—edited by Randall Babtkis (California Institute of Integral Studies, 2013) (contributing writer/artist)
A Multitude of Voices, vol. 15—edited by Matt Holdaway (contributing writer/artist)
New Girl Law: Drafting a Future for Cambodiaby Anne Elizabeth Moore (Microcosm Press, 2012) (cover artist) • Not My Small Diary, issues 11-18—edited by Delaine Derry Green (Small Diary World, 2004-2015) (contributing writer/artist) (reprinted in Best of NMSD anthology) • No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics—edited by Justin Hall (Fantagraphics Books, 2012) (contributing writer/artist)
Oafanthology 2—edited by Ed Luce, 2015 (contributing writer/artist)
On the Other Hand—edited by Peter Conrad (2004) (contributing writer/artist)
Out of Our, issue 12—edited by Sarah Page and Steven Gray (2012) (contributing writer/artist) • Pazzione, issue 1 (Turcano Press, 2001) (contributing writer/artist) • Pet Noir: An Anthology of Strange but True Pet Crimes—edited by Shannon O'Leary (Manic D Press, 2006) (contributing writer/artist, co-editor, fundraiser)
Pet Project—edited by Rina Ayuyang (2008) (contributing writer/artist)
Pratfall Anthologyedited by Rob Kirby (2014) (contributing writer/artist)
QU33R—edited by Rob Kirby (Northwest Press 2013) (contributing writer/artist)
Sister Spit: Writing, Rants and Reminiscence from the Road—(City Lights, 2012) (contributing writer/artist)
Story Magazine, issue 1A—(Winter 2014) (contributing writer/artist) • Storytime—edited by Anne-Chang-Blaeske and Phil Yeh (Friends of Lulu, 2000) (contributing writer/artist)
Stray, issues 1 and 2—edited by Robert Kranzke (Strayways Press, 2002) (contributing writer/artist)
Subcultures Anthology—edited by Whit Taylor (Ninth Art Press, Fall 2014) (contributing writer/artist)
Them's the Breaks, Kid anthology (Five True Fans, 2012) (contributing writer/artist, graphic layout, production)
This Isn't Working: Comics About Ex-Boyfriends—edited by Robyn Chapman (Paper Rocket Press, 2011) (contributing writer/artist) • Transit Comics—edited by John Isaacson (contributing writer/artist) • True Porn, an anthology—edited by Kelli Nelson and Robyn Chapman (2001) (contributing writer/artist)
Turning Japanese (2dcloud, 2016) (writer/artist)
Versus Comics, issues 1 and 3—edited by Kiyoshi Nakazawa (Lost Dog Press, 2003, 2004) (contributing writer/artist)

Virginia Quarterly Review—Summer, 2015 (contributing writer/artist)
Women's Review of Books—March/April 2011 (Volume 28, Issue 2) (contributing writer/artist) Bibliography (Online) • 2dcloud—Apology Not Acceptable (2014) (contributing writer/artist)
The Bay Citizen—Drawing Crowds NYE 2012 (2012) (writer/artist)
The Bay Citizen—Review of You're Going to Die reading (2012) (writer/artist)

• BuzzFeed—An Illustrated Guide to Writing People of Color (2014) (writer/artist) (reprint from Midnight Breakfast)
• BuzzFeed Reader—Cheerleader (2016) (writer/artist)
• BuzzFeed Reader—Chicken (2016) (writer/artist)
The Comics JournalGalapagos Travel Diary (2012) (writer/artist)
• Electric Literature—Speak Up!: A Graphic Account of Roxane Gay and Erica Jong's Uncomfortable Conversation (2015) (writer/artist) Los Angeles Review of BooksWhat Kind of Animal Am I? an illustrated review of Diane Obomsawin's On Loving Women (2014) (writer/artist)
Los Angeles Review of BooksMimi Pond, Cartoonist Royalty an illustrated review of Mimi Pond's Over Easy (2014) (writer/artist)
Midnight BreakfastWriting People of Color if You Happen to be a Person of Another Color (2014) (writer/artist) (reprinted on Buzzfeed)
Okey-PankyExcerpt of Turning Japanese (2015) (writer/artist)
• PEN America—Excerpt of Turning Japanese (2015) (writer/artist) •—Smoke In Your Eyes—monthly/biweekly comic (2011-2013) (writer/artist)
• SFBay.CA—Frisco al Fresco—biweekly comic (2011-2013) (writer/artist)
• Study Group—Excerpt of Dragon's Breath and Other True Stories (2014) (writer/artist)
•—Said While Talking weekly comic (2012) (writer/artist)
• Truth-out.orgLadydrawers—by Anne Elizabeth Moore: Intro Ladydrawers (2011) (artist)
• Truth-out.orgLadydrawers—by Anne Elizabeth Moore: Graphic Evidence of Inequality Part 1 (2011) (artist)
• Truth-out.orgLadydrawers—by Anne Elizabeth Moore: Graphic Evidence of Inequality Part 2 (2011) (artist)
• Virginia Quarterly Review—Carnivore (Summer 2015 issue) (writer/artist)
• The Weeklings—Exposed: Portrait of the Artist as a 7-Minute Reality TV Segment (2013) (writer)

• The Weeklings—Sex Toys-R-Me: My Dream Job (2014) (writer)
• XOJane—It Happened To Me (2013) (writer/artist)

Self-published (In Print) Dirty Produce—2015 minicomic
Estrus Comics, issues 1-7—1998-2009 single-person anthology
The Evil—2013 minicomic
Not-so-butch—2011 minicomic
Said While Talking—2014 zine

Semi-Illustrated Interview with Alison Bechdel—2014 zine
SF Heart—2015 zine Sister Spit Tour 2011 Diary, An Illustrated Travel Journal—2011 zine
Sleep Deprived—2011 zine

What's New, Pussycat?—2014 hand-bound book Womanifesto for the Categorical New Freedom Lady zine (excerpt from a book by Inga Muscio)—1999 zine

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