2016 Events

November 12 and 13, 2016

Art exhibit + comics workshop by MariNaomi

CTRL + ALT: A Culture Lab on Imagined Futures, a Smithsonian event

477 Broadway (former site of the Pearl River Mart)
New York, NY

October 28 to 30, 2016

Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo

Comics Bug guest and panelist

Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 S Figueroa Ave.
Los Angeles, CA

October 16, 2016

MariNaomi interviewed Box Brown for his Tetris book launch

15017 Ventura Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA

October 14 and 15, 2016

NerdCon Stories featured guest

Panel: Self-Promotion: Getting the Word Out
Without an audience, art might as well stay in your closet. How do you connect your creative work with your audience? And how do you do it without coming off like a self-important jerk? Featuring MariNaomi, Saladin Ahmed, Joe DeGeorge and
Zak Sally, moderated by John Scalzi.

Panel: Art as Narrative
Art and illustration are often two sides of the same coin. What are the differences between creating art that exists on its own vs. art that is intended to connect to an existing story? Our panelist discuss visual storytelling tools, choices and goals.
Featuring MariNaomi, Keef Cross, Blue Delliquanti, Karen Hallion and Zak Sally, moderated by Paul DeGeorge.

Reading: Friday Afternoon Variety Show
Featuring a talk by M.T. Anderson, performance by Dessa, reading by Cindy Pon, talk by John Scalzi, Stagecraft: Tips, Tricks and Cheats by Rives, talk by Saladin Ahmed, Paul Sabourin and Maureen Johnson in conversation, talk by Katrina Ostrander, and a comic reading by MariNaomi.

Minneapolis Convention Center
1301 2nd Ave.
Minneapolis, MN

September 24, 2016

“Round robin” reading

With Amy Uyematsu, Mia Nakaji Monnier, Traci Kato-Kiriyama, Sunny Seki and Serena Kuhn

Little Tokyo Book Festival
Aratani Theater
244 S. San Pedro St.
Los Angeles, CA

September 22, 2016

Reading and launch party for I Thought You Hated Me

A Shop Called Quest DTLA
300 Santa Fe
Los Angeles, CA

September 21, 2016

“The Best” reading with Chinaka Hodge and G. Yamazawa

Hosted by Matthew Cuban

ArtShare LA
801 E. 4th Place
Los Angeles, CA

September 18, 2016

“SEX IS POWER” panel

with Phoebe Gloeckner and Chester Brown, moderated by comedian and radio host Ophira Eisenberg.

Brooklyn Book Festival
Brooklyn Historical Society
128 Pierrepont St.
Brooklyn, NY

September 17, 2016

Mari’s book, I Thought You Hated Me, debuted

Signings at the Retrofit Comics and 2dcloud tables

Small Press Expo
Bethesda North Marriott Hotel
5701 Marinelli Road
North Bethesda, MD

September 16, 2016

2dcloud Altcomics Reading at SPX

With Carta Monir, Anya Davidson, Gina Wynbrandt, Raighne Hogan, Tommi Parrish and Will Dinski

Marriott Bethesda Hotel & Conference Center
5701 Marinelli Road
North Bethesda, MD

September 3, 2016

Reading at the SF Zine Fest pre-party


Mission: Comics and Art
2250 Mission St.
San Francisco CA

September 4, 2016

15th annual San Francisco Zine Fest (featured guest)

County Fair Building
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco CA

July 22, 2016

“Generations of Women in Comics” panel

With Trina Robbins, Mary Fleener and Anina Bennett, moderated by Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson. 

Comic-Con International
San Diego Convention Center
San Diego, CA

July 15, 2016

Reading and signing

California College of the Arts
Perry Family Event Center
350 Kansas Street
San Francisco CA

July 12, 2016

Radar Productions Presents: July Queer Reading Series

With Mai Doan, Gina Gold and Fisayo Adeyeye. Hosted by Juliana Delgado Lopera 

San Francisco Public Library
Latino/Hispanic Room
100 Larkin St.
San Francisco CA

June 25, 2016

Signing with Yumi Sakugawa

Kinokuniya Books Little Tokyo
Weller Court
123 Astronaut Ellison S. Onizuka St.
Suite 205
Los Angeles, CA

June 19, 2016

Reading and signing with Cathy G. Johnson

Boneshaker Books
2002 23rd Ave. S
Minneapolis, MN

June 17, 2016

Reading and signing

A Room of One’s Own Bookstore
315 W. Gorham St.
Madison, WI

June 16, 2016

Reading and signing

Indy Reads Books
911 Massachusetts Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 

June 14, 2016

Reading and signing

With Noah Van Sciver

Kafe Kerouac
2250 North High St.
Columbus, OH

June 11 and 12, 2016

Chicago Alternative Comics Expo

Center on Halsted
3656 N. Halsted Ave.
Chicago, IL

June 4, 2016

Panel discussion

With Esther Pearl WatsonYumi Sakugawa,  Penelope Gazin and Mimi Pond, moderated by Mike Kelly

Los Angeles, CA

May 21, 2016

Reading and signing

Big Planet Comics
1520 U St. NW
Washington, DC

May 20, 2016

Reading and signing

Barnes & Noble Rittenhouse
1805 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, PA

May 18, 2016

Reading and conversation

With Rokudenashiko and Anne Ishii

Asian American Writer’s Workshop
112 West 27th Sreet
Suite 600
New York, NY

May 17, 2016

Reading and signing with Abby Denson

Book Culture
450 Columbus
New York, NY 10024

May 14 and 15, 2016

Toronto Comics and Arts Festival (featured guest)

TCAF Spotlight Panel (interviewed by Deb Aoki and Calvin Reid); signing at the 2dcloud table;

“In the Studio” panel with Kevin CzapBendik Kaltenborn and Brecht Evens, moderated by Vivian Ng.

Signing at the 2dcloud table

Toronto Reference Library
789 Yonge St.
Marriott Bloor Yorkville
90 Bloor St. E
Toronto, ON, Canada

May 13, 2016

Reading: Altcomics 3

Presented by 2dcloud and Hazlitt in conjunction with TCAF, featuring Aidan Koch, Andrew Burkholder, Anna Haifisch, Brie Moreno, Gina WynbrandtGrant Gronewold, Powerpaola, Marc Bell, Mark Connery, Max Baitinger, Pam Grossman, Simon Hanselmann and Tin Can Forest 

Toronto Marriott Bloor Yorkville Hotel
High Park Ballroom
90 Bloor St. E
Toronto, ON, Canada

May 13, 2016

TCAF’s Librarian and Educator Day; Graphic memoir panel

With Meags Fitzgerald, Marta Chudolinska and Dasha Tolstikova, moderated by Michelle Miller. 

Toronto Reference Library
789 Yonge St.
Bluma Appel Salon
Toronto, ON, Canada

May 10, 2016

San Francisco book release party for Turning Japanese

The Booksmith
1644 Haight St.
San Francisco, CA

May 5, 2016

Los Angeles book release party for Turning Japanese

MariNaomi read from her book Turning Japanese then was interviewed by Yumi Sakugawa.

Skylight Books
1818 N. Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA

April 24, 2016

PEN USA panel: “Beyond Lolita”

Featuring Sarah HepolaPorochista Khakpour, Cheryl Strayed, Steve Almond, and Lidia Yuknavitch

Powell’s City of Books
Portland, OR

April 13, 2016

Reading, lecture and Q&A about MEMOIR COMICS

Bryn Mawr College
Thomas Library
101 N. Merion Ave.
Bryn Mawr, PA

April 12, 2016

Class visit, discussion and workshop about food and memoir 

Bryn Mawr College
101 N. Merion Ave.
Thomas 251
Bryn Mawr, PA

April 6, 2016

Reading: “Minicomics, subcultures and racial representation”

Pitzer College
Claremont, CA 

April 7, 2016

Reading and conversation with Yumi Sakugawa

Pomona College
Claremont, CA 

March 30, 2016

Women of Color in Comics panel

with Shawnee and Shawnelle Gibbs

CSU Northridge
Northridge, CA

March 2016 to December 2016

 Japanese American Museum San Jose Hapa Exhibit

Original art pages of MariNaomi’s book Turning Japanese were on display at the Japanese American Museum San Jose Hapa Exhibit.

535 North Fifth St.
San Jose, CA

February 6, 2016

WordFest craft talk and reading

With David Campos and Justin Torres

Fresno State University
Fresno, CA