2015 Events

December 5 and 6, 2015

Comic Arts Los Angeles: A convention of independent comic artists

Saturday Dec. 5: Panel: “NOW YOU SEE ME: The Artist’s Responsibility to Social Justice”
with Lamar AbramsMadeleine Flores and Polly Guo, moderated by Iris Jong.

Think Tank Gallery
939 Maple Ave.
Los Angeles, CA

December 2015 to January 2016

Giant Robot Multi-Matter Print Show

Giant Robot 2
2062 Sawtelle Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA

December 2015

Giant Robot Post-It Show

Giant Robot 2
2062 Sawtelle Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA

November 28, 2015

Indies First

Skylight Books Annex
1814 N. Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA

November 6, 2015

Reading and lecture

UC Riverside
Riverside, CA

October 21, 2015

Show and Tell: Cartoonists of Color Reading for Litcrawl LA

Featuring Lamar AbramsMadeleine Flores and Yumi Sakugawa, curated and hosted by MariNaomi

Bow and Truss
11122 Magnolia Blvd.
North Hollywood
Los Angeles, CA

September 29, 2015

“Rebel Girls” Contemporary Writers Series reading

With Deb Busman

Mills College
Mills Hall Living Room
5000 MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland, CA

September 23, 2015

“Goodbye…” a Fair Dig Press Autumnal Equinox Reading

Featuring Bianca Barrigan, Sabrina Dropkick, Myriam Gurba, Violet, Kelly Callis and Brodie Foster Hubbard.

Book Show
5503 N Figueroa St.
Highland Park
Los Angeles, CA

September 5, 2015

Roxane Gay Track panel at the Decatur Book Festival: “This Woman’s Work”

Featuring Ashley C. Ford and Kristin Valdez Quade, moderated by Randa Jarrar. 

Marriott Conference Center B
101 E Court Square
Decatur, GA

August 30, 2015

Tongue and Groove reading 

Hotel Cafe
Los Angeles, CA

August 15, 2015

Nisei Week book talk and signing: a conversation with Yumi Sakugawa

Followed by a signing at the Heritage Source booth 

Little Tokyo
Los Angeles, CA

July 8, 2015

Fair Dig reading

With Myriam Gurba and Brodie Foster Hubbard

Book Show
Los Angeles, CA

June 26 to 29, 2015

ALA Expo, Artist Alley table 137

Moscone Center
San Francisco, CA

June 23, 2015

Myriam Gurba/Painting Their Portraits in Winter in-conversation with MariNaomi

The Booksmith
San Francisco, CA

June 20 and 21, 2015

Queer Comics Expo

In addition to tabling at the Expo, MariNaomi was a speaker on the following panels:

  1. “Non-monosexual Characters in Comics” Moderated by Tara Madison Avery and accompanied by Tyler
    Cohen and Ingrid Mouth. Bisexual, pansexual, or fluid, cartoonists with non-monosexual orientations
    have unique stories to tell. From coming out to dating, bi/pan/fluid comics bring new perspectives to
    the LGBT community. Tara Madison Avery discussed their comics and experiences with Ingrid Mouth,
    Tyler Cohen, MariNaomi and Dylan Edwards.
  2. “Publishing Queer: Producing LGBT Comics and Graphic Novels” Moderated by Zan Christensen and
    accompanied by Jon Macy and Ed Luce. Queer-themed comics are gaining more visibility and shelf space
    than ever. What are the challenges and rewards of producing this work and getting it in front of an
    audience hungry for the material? How can it be marketed and publicized, both to an LGBTQ readership
    and beyond? Should queer cartoonists self-publish or look to established publishers? How does a queer
    comics publisher like Northwest Press operate?
  3. “Teaching Queer: LGBTQ Comics in the Classroom” As both comics and queer narratives become
    increasingly mainstream, the academic world has been embracing both in fits and starts. What
    challenges and benefits are there to teaching LGBTQ graphic novels and comics in the classroom?
    What resources and advice are there for teachers who want to tackle this material? How can
    cartoonists create work that is academia-friendly and approach lecturing and teaching themselves?
    Moderated by Justin Hall, accompanied by Zan Christensen, Tyler Cohen,
    Dylan Edwards and Jeanette Roan. 

Cartoon Art Museum
San Francisco, CA

June 2, 2015

Tuesday Night Cafe LGBTQ Highlight Night

Featuring Karl Kevin, Alina Bee, TinTin V. and Bitter Party 

120 Judge Aiso Street
Los Angeles, CA

May 24, 2015

Hazel Reading Series

With Lori Horvitz, Marie Mockett, Meeta Kaur, Diana Fisher and Susanna Kwan

California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 

May 20, 2015

Comics reading

With Matt MacFarland and JT Steiny

The Comic Bug
1807 1/2 Manhattan Beach Blvd.
Manhattan Beach, CA

May 13, 2015

New Writing Series reading and author talk

Visual Arts Presentation Lab
(SM# 149)
San Diego, CA

April 18, 2015

“From the Outside In” Japan-themed comics reading

With Abby Denson

Giant Robot 2
Los Angeles, CA

April 18, 2015

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books signing

With Abby Denson (Kinokuniya booth)

Los Angeles, CA

April 12, 2015

Long Beach Zine Fest


Museum of Latin American Art
628 Alamitos Ave.
Long Beach, CA

April 11, 2015

Long Beach Zine Fest

With Kelli Callis, Neely Chestnut and Jessie McMains 

Headquarters on Fourth
1029 E. 4th Street
Long Beach, CA

April 8, 2015

Gender in Comics Talk

Chaffey College
Rancho Cucamonga, CA

April 2, 2015

Shipwreck SF

MariNaomi was one of ten writers commissioned to contribute Fight Club-themed erotic fan fiction for Shipwreck SF. Chuck Palahniuk was to read the work aloud in front of an audience at the Elbo Room in San Francisco, but sadly the sold-out event got canceled.  HOWEVER, you can read Mari’s contribution here: Kissing Club 

February 27, 2015

Radar Banned Book Reading

Featuring Juliana Delgado, Mason J and Maya Chincilla 

Galeria de la Raza
San Francisco, CA

February 15, 2015

Los Angeles Zine Fest and PoC panel

3347 N. San Fernando Road
Los Angeles, CA 90065

February 5, 2015

UC Riverside’s Writer’s Week reading

UC Riverside
Riverside, CA

January 24, 2015

Signing with Yumi Sakugawa

Kinokuniya Bookstore
Weller Court, 123 Astronaut E S Onizuka St.
Los Angeles, CA