I Thought You Loved Me Book Tour dates

November 4, 2023

Panels in Action

10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.: 3rd annual “Panels in Action,” a half-day event with authors and illustrators of graphic novels, comics, and manga. Details TBA


City of Ontario Public Library, 3850 E. Riverside Dr., Ontario, California

September 9-10, 2023

Small Press Expo

MariNaomi will be a special guest at SPX. Panels and signing times at the Fieldmouse Press table TBA.


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

September 3, 2023

San Francisco Zine Fest

MariNaomi will be signing books at the Fieldmouse Press table from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.


San Francisco, CA

August 6, 2023

Henderson’s Writer’s Group

Dime Grinds author meet and greet. Details TBA


Virtual event

July 27-29, 2023

6th Annual Comics Studies Society Conference

MariNaomi will be a keynote speaker. Details TBA


UNT Gateway Center, Denton, TX

June 21, 2023

SF Pride Event 

At 5:30 p.m., MariNaomi will be on a Book Passage panel in regards to queer, banned books.


Book Passage, Ferry Building, Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA

June 17, 2023

Queer Comics Expo

MariNaomi will be on the following panel:

12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m. Banned Books Panel featuring MariNaomi, AJ Sass, and Katryn Bury


San Lorenzo Library, San Lorenzo, CA

June 3-4, 2023

Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE)

MariNaomi will be a special guest at CAKE! Look for them at the Fieldmouse Press table on Saturday 2-4 and Sunday 3:15 to 5.

On Sunday 2-3, MariNaomi will be on the following panel:

Let’s Get Mushy! Romance Comics Explored
Join us for a discussion exploring different perspectives on romance comics, featuring Molly Mendoza  (The Worst), MariNaomi (I Thought You Loved Me), Wendy Xu (Tidesong), and Grace Allison Perkins (Tender Stories). Moderated by Sage Coffey (PANEL ROOM)

Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL (right off the Thorndale Red Line Stop)

May 26, 2023


Libelula Books – San Diego Book Launch

 6 p.m. MariNaomi will perform a visual reading and talk a bit about their book, followed by Q&A and a signing.

Libelula Books, Barrio Logan, San Diego, CA

May 12, 2023


Litquake’s The Epicenter: MariNaomi with Grace Loh Prasad

Join Litquake’s Epicenter as we help launch MariNaomi’s new graphic memoir, I Thought You Loved Me, a multimedia exploration of the expectations of friendship, the unreliability of memory, and the struggle to let go.
I Thought You Loved Me sifts through a meditative ghost story of sorts, taking the form of a scrapbook-esque investigation into why a close friendship from the cartoonist’s youth abruptly ended. Mari and Jodie meet in high school in the 80’s. Both are bisexual outsiders, and each troubled in their own way. A 14-year friendship follows. Boyfriends come and go. When Jodie ghosts Mari in 2001, Mari is haunted. Years later, they search social media and their own journals for clues. Though some questions are answered, Mari is equally mystified by their own youthful insecurities and relationships. All this is told through a captivating collage of cartoons, photos, and text, resulting in an all too human portrait of a relationship.
Grace Loh Prasad was born in Taiwan and raised in New Jersey and Hong Kong before settling in the San Francisco Bay Area. Grace received her MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College and is an alumna of Tin House and VONA. Her essays have appeared in The New York Times, Longreads, The Offing, Artsy, Hyperallergic, Catapult, Jellyfish Review, KHÔRA, and elsewhere. Grace is a member of The Writers Grotto and Seventeen Syllables, an AAPI writers collective. Her memoir manuscript is entitled The Translator’s Daughter.
Pre-registration required.
Register here (free/$10-15 suggested donation)
Hotel Emblem, 562 Sutter St., San Francisco, CA

April 3-4, 2023


Rhode Island School of Design

Schoolwide lecture on April 3, 6:30 pm. Class visits on April 3 and 4.

Rhode Island School of Design, 20 Washington Place, Providence, RI

April 2, 2023


Riffraff Bookstore – Providence Book Launch

Riffraff Bookstore and Bar, 60 Valley St. #107A, Providence, RI

March 30, 2023


Bigger Boat Visiting Writers’ Series – An Evening with MariNaomi

6:30 p.m. MariNaomi will read from their new book I Thought You Loved Me, and talk with Michael Fournier about the book, followed by a Q&A. 

Cape Cod Community College, Larusso Solarium, West Barnstable, MA

March 29 to July 23, 2023


Perdona, estoy hablando (group art exhibit)

CentroCentro te invita el próximo 28 de marzo, a las 19:00 h, a la inauguración de la exposición Perdona, estoy hablando, una aproximación enciclopédica al cómic autobiográfico hecho por mujeres, comisariada por Tevi de la Torre, Teresa Ferreiro Peleteiro y Roberta Vázquez.

Plaza de Cibeles, 1, 28014 Madrid, Spain

March 23, 2023


Pegasus Shattuck – SF East Bay Book Launch

7 p.m.: It’s a double feature! Please join us for this exciting double book launch and visual reading. MariNaomi (I Thought You Loved Me) and Tessa Brunton (Notes from a Sick Bed) will read from their respective graphic memoirs and be in conversation about their work.

Pegasus Shattuck, 2349 Shattuck Ave.,  Berkeley, CA

March 11, 2023


Fantagraphics Bookstore – Seattle Book Launch

6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Book launch conversation with Megan Kelso, and reception for a Mutha art show curated by Meg Lemke.

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, 1201 South Vale St. (at Airport Way S.), Seattle, WA

March 10, 2023



9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. panel: Comics are the Future: Transformative Storytelling through Sequential Art, with Dr. Charles Johnson, Dr. Jose Alaniz, Megan Kelso, MariNaomi, moderated by Meg Lemke

Seattle Convention Center Summit Bldg. Level 3 Rooms 333-334 Seattle, WA

March 8, 2023


Timberland Regional Library – An Evening with MariNaomi

Join us for the Olympia book launch of MariNaomi’s newest graphic memoir, I Thought You Loved Me, a collage-comics memoir about queer friendship and the unreliability of memory. The evening will consist of a reading with visuals by MariNaomi, followed by a moderated conversation with the author and Frank Hussey of Danger Room Comics, and then a short Q&A and book signing. This event will occur after business hours and no other library services will be available.

Olympia Public Library, Olympia, WA

March 4, 2023

Silver Sprocket – San Francisco Book Launch with Rob Kirby

7 p.m. to 9 p.m.: Book launch for MariNaomi’s I Thought You Loved Me and Rob Kirby’s Marry Me a Little. Mari and their comics hero and friend Rob will be in conversation about their queer graphic memoirs.

Silver Sprocket, 1018 Valencia St., San Francisco, CA

February 26, 2023

Skylight Books – Los Angeles Book Launch with Megan Kelso

5 p.m.:  Book launch for MariNaomi’s I Thought You Loved Me and Megan Kelso’s Who Will Make the Pancakes?

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

February 10-11, 2023

University of Iowa Mellon Sawyer Racial Reckoning in Comics

Friday, Feb. 10, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.: MariNaomi “How to Become an Overnight Success in Twenty Years” introduced by Rachel Williams
4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.: MariNaomi and Joe Sacco signing at Prairie Lights Bookstore

Saturday, Feb. 11, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.: Panel discussion: Joe Sacco and MariNaomi moderated by Esther Claudio.


Iowa City Public Library, 123 South Linn St., Iowa City, IA

February 8, 2023

San Francisco State University Comics Studies Panel

Education and banned comics panel, featuring comics authors Joel Christian Gill, Maia Kobabe, and MariNaomi, and Joe Schmidt of the NYC Department of Education.


Watch the video.

January 19-March 24, 2023

Comics is a Medium, Not a Genre

Group art exhibition curated by Joel Christian Gill. Read about it here.

Boston University, Faye G., Jo, and James Stone Gallery, 855 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA

December 1, 2022 to February 17, 2023

Art in the Panel

Exhibiting artists: Dustin Garcia, Joan Reilly, Jules Rivera, and MariNaomi

Artopia Gallery Creative World Art Center 524 S. 1st Ave. Arcadia, CA