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Personal stories about life, death and compassion. These stories and more will appear in the book, Dragon's Breath and Other True Stories (2D Cloud, 2014).
frisco al fresco banner Frisco al Fresco on SFBay.CA

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

said while talking banner Said While Talking on Tapastic

Humorous slice-of-life comics, punchline style. These comics and more appear in the Said While Talking zine. Buy it 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.


In Print

kiss and tell Kiss & Tell: A Romantic Resume, Ages 0 to 22
ISBN 978-0-06-200923-4
Published by 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.

"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

View sample pages.

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Buy it here.

dragon's breath COMING SOON:
Dragon's Breath and Other True Stories
ISBN 978-1-941250-01-3
Published by 2D Cloud, 2014

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, disillusionment and compassion.

Advance praise for Dragon's Breath and Other True Stories:

"In Dragon's Breath and Other True Stories, MariNaomi weaves a crazy-quilt of despair, hope, lost loves, new beginnings, horrible regrets, hilarious memories, and above all else, survival. Her beautiful, spare line is stripped of all but the most important details in order to impart the greatest emotional impact in a given story, creating a delicate storytelling rhythm built on restraint, subtlety and total vulnerability. Her short autobiographical anecdotes create a gestalt of a person who has lived and viewed life with a curious intellect and her heart on her sleeve."
- Rob Clough, The Comics Journal

Pre-order information coming soon!

Turning Japanese panel COMING SOON:
Turning Japanese
Published by 2D Cloud, 2015

In Turning Japanese, MariNaomi seeks the language for the first time through employment at an illegal Japanese hostess bar. Her goal is to speak directly to her grandparents with no translator to edit or censor, but a stark lesson in culture and whirlwind engagement to a young man are not at all what she had expected as a young feminist.

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Recent and Upcoming Anthologies

The Big Feminist BUT (Spring 2013)

Every/Body Zine (2D Cloud) (Spring 2013)

Henry and Glenn Forever 3 (Microcosm Publishing) (Spring 2013)

Anything That Loves (Northwest Press) (Summer 2013)

QU33R (Northwest Press) (Winter 2013)

Story Magazine (Spring 2014)


BibliographyAction 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 Bay Citizen—Drawing Crowds NYE 2012 / Review of You're Going to Die reading (2012) (writer/artist)
The Big Feminist BUT—edited by Shannon O'Leary and Joan Reilley (2013) (contributing writer/artist) • The Bridge Project—edited by Matt Leunig (Scraped Knee, 2009) (contributing writer/artist)
Broken Pencil Magazine (contributing writer/artist)
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), Galapagos Travel Diary (2012) (writer/artist)
Electric Ant, Issue 1: Your First Kiss—edited by Ryan Sands (2010) (contributing writer/artist) • Estrus Comics, issues 1-7 (self-published, 1998-2009) (writer, artist, production)
Every/Body Zine—(2D Cloud) (contributing writer/artist)
Frisco al Fresco—biweekly comic (SFBay.CA, 2011-present) (writer/artist)
Glamazonia the Uncanny Super-Tranny—written and edited by Justin Hall (Northwest Press, 2010) (contributing artist)
Henry & Glenn Forever 3—edited by Tom Neely (Microcosm Press, 2013) (contributing 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)
Ladydrawers—by Anne Elizabeth Moore: Intro Ladydrawers, Graphic Evidence of Inequality Part 1 and Part 2 (contributing artist) (, 2011) • Little Heart: A Comics Anthology for Marriage Equality (2D Cloud, 2012) (contributing writer/artist)
Los Angeles Review of Books (writer/artist/reviewer) What Kind of Animal Am I? a review of Diane Obomsawin's On Loving Women, 2014
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 11-17—edited by Delaine Derry Green (Small Diary World, 2004-2013) (contributing writer/artist) • No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics—edited by Justin Hall (Fantagraphics Books, 2012) (contributing writer/artist)
Not-so-butch—self-published (2011) (writer/artist, graphic layout, production)
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)
Pet Project—edited by Rina Ayuyang (2008) (contributing writer/artist)
QU33R—edited by Rob Kirby (Northwest Press 2013) (contributing writer/artist)
Sister Spit Tour 2011 Diary, An Illustrated Travel Journal—(self published, 2011) (writer/artist, graphic layout, production)
Said While Talking—on (2012), self-published zine (2013) (writer/artist, graphic layout, production)
Sleep Deprived—self-published (2011) (writer/artist, graphic layout, production)
Smoke In Your Eyes—on The Rumpus.Net, edited by Paul Madonna (2011-present) (writer/artist)
Story Magazine, issue 1A—(contributing writer/artist) (Winter 2014) • 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)
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)
Versus Comics, issues 1 and 3—edited by Kiyoshi Nakazawa (Lost Dog Press, 2003, 2004) (contributing writer/artist) • Who is Your Leader? (contributing writer/artist)
Womanifesto for the Categorical New Freedom Lady zine (excerpt from a book by Inga Muscio) (self-published, 1999) (artwork, production)

Women's Review of Books—March/April 2011 (Volume 28, Issue 2) (contributing writer/artist)

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