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MariNaomi's 2018 Exhibitions and Events

December 8 and 9, 2018—Comic Arts LA (CALA) table 52B
Comic Arts LA is a free, public event promoting the appreciation of comics, graphic novels,
and sequential arts among the broader Los Angeles public. CALA aims to engage the public
and foster interactions among creators and readers alike by providing the community with a
diverse, inclusive space to connect creatively and discover new work.
Homenetmen Glendale Ararat Chapter's North Campus, 3000 Dolores St., Los Angeles, CA

December 7, 2018—Fresh Narrative, a CALA reading Facebook event page
Live comics reading featuring Xia Gordon, Stephanie Rodriguez, Dust T, MariNaomi, and
Sophia Zarders. Other Books, 2006 E. Cesar E Chavez Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90033

November 1, 2018—Literary Series reading hosted by Hari Vishwanadha
Santa Monica College, Santa Monica, CA

October 27, 2018—JAWS Presents: A conversation with cartoonists Yumi Sakugawa
and MariNaomi, and actor/author Keiko Agena, moderated by filmmaker Tani Ikeda
341 FSN, 341 E. 1st St., Los Angeles, CA


October 14 to 28, 2018—JAWS Presents: SEEDS OF OUR GRANDMOTHERS' DREAMS
Japanese American Women Speak is an international network of Nikkei feminist artists dedicated
to social change. JAWS centers the experience of Japanese American women, trans, and gender
nonconforming artists while embracing the whole of our global Nikkei family.

JAWS believes that through the creation of conscious community, personal and collaborative
artistic expressions, and creative interventions in the cultural narrative, we can heal our community.
JAWS uses storytelling and visual art, as acts of resistance, to educate and activate.

JAWS commits to radical acts of self-love made visible for the public to dream a new society.

Exhibition: “Seeds of Our Grandmothers’ Dreams” re-imagines a world blossoming with the unbroken
yume our Nikkei elders carried across the Pacific: before they were forced into American concentration camps.

On October 14 - 28, Japanese American Women Speak (JAWS) will exhibit their art and
invite community to decolonize their dreams through a series of storytelling workshops.
“Seeds of Our Grandmothers’ Dreams” activates the thriving future of Little Tokyo
—an international community rooted over generations—through a galaxy of
intergenerational artists dreaming above ground.

Featured artists:
Renee Tajima-PeñaMitsuko BrooksYuki Eto, traci akemi kato-kiriyamaTani Ikeda,
 Sonomi Kobayashi, kyoko nakamaruRey Fukuda, Danielle Oda, Yuko Shimizu,
 Yumi SakugawaDiana TsuchidaMariNaomi, Hannah Watanabe-Rocco, Kellee Matsushita
Taryn Akemi LookKeiko AgenaKyoko TakenakaRosie Yasukochi and Sharon Yamato.
341 FSN, 341 E. 1st St., Los Angeles, CA

October 5, 2018—Lambda Lit reading: "Yes Femmes"
Readings by Joshua Jennifer Espinosa, Chris Belcher, Daviel Shy, Katherine Agard, and Stephen van Dyck.
Book Show LA, Los Angeles, CA

September 30, 2018—Experiencing Comics launch party, reading and signing with Mari and other authors
Cellar Door Books, Riverside, CA

September 9, 2018—XOXO Fest Talk "Award-winning cartoonist MariNaomi created the Cartoonists of
Color database and Queer Cartoonists Database to spotlight marginalized comics creators, a labor
of love that's changing the landscape of comics."
XOXO Fest, Portland, OR

September 2, 2018—17th Annual San Francisco Zine Fest
County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park, 1199 9th Ave., San Francisco, CA

August 30, 2018—San Francisco book launch for Losing the Girl Facebook invite
The Bindery, 1727 Haight St., San Francisco, CA


August 18-19, 2018—MariNaomi was a featured guest at Flame Con
Panel: Saturday, 7 pm: "Memoir Comics: Picturing a Queer Self"
How do comics handle memoir, by creating both narrative and visual depictions of the self? The complexities of sexuality and gender offer a unique terrain for comic artists. How do LGBTQ cartoonists in particular use memoir to make sense of the world and their place in it? How does the practice of memoir in turn affect the creation of work in other genres? Join Justin Hall (No Straight Lines, Hard to Swallow) as he leads a lively discussion with comics luminaries Dylan Edwards (Transposes, Nothing Wrong with Me), Ajuan Mance (Gender Studies, 1001 Black Men), and MariNaomi (Kiss & Tell, Turning Japanese).
Panel: Sunday, 12 noon: "Webcomics in Twenty-gayteen"
The personal has always been political, but it's never been more true than today. Join webcomics creators as they talk about their inspirations and motivations, writing personal and political content for the (sometimes scary, usually overly opinionated) internet, and their paths from web to print. Moderated by Nicole Gitau, starring Julia Kaye, Matt Lubchansky, and MariNaomi.
Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel, New York City, NY

August 17, 2018, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm—Autobio teen comics workshop
Bronx Library Center, 310 E Kingsbridge Rd., Bronx, NY

August 11, 2018—Summer Hot Dish at 826LA
Feat. Shauna Barbosa, Hope Ewing, Peter Hsu, Siel Ju, MariNaomi and Ashley Perez
Echo Park Time Travel Mart, 1714 W Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA

July 26, 2018—Antioch MFA reading and conversation
Antioch College, Culver City, CA


May 31, 2018—A conversation with cartoonists Jen Wang, MariNaomi and
Yumi Sakugawa to celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
The Lev, 214 Lincoln Blvd., Venice, CA


May 19, 2018—LitFest Pasadena Top literary podcasters talk podcasting across genres for
literary Los Angeles. Featured guests Eric Beetner, SW Lauden, Alex Schmidt, MariNaomi,
Myriam Gurba, and Tod Goldberg, moderated by Cheryl Klein, Pasadena, CA

May 3, 2018—Book launch for Losing the Girl (Graphic Universe)
Skylight Books, Los Angeles, CA

April 22, 2018—LA Times Festival of Books panel, "Graphic Novels: Working Twice As Hard"
With Pamela Ribon and Tillie Walden, moderated by Tracy Brown, Los Angeles, CA

April 14, 2018—Claremont Zine Fest (featured guest and panel with Yumi Sakugawa), Claremont, CA

April 7, 2018—Unversity of Pittsburgh Multicultural Club reading and lecture, Pittsburgh, PA

March 21, 2018—Claremont Colleges lecture/reading, Claremont, CA

sister spit

March 2-15, 2018
Sister Spit 2018: QTPOC Cruising the West tour dates/stops:
Fri. March 2, 7 p.m.: Art X, 356 E. 3rd St., Long Beach, CA
Sat. March 3, 7 p.m.: Makara Center for the Arts, 811 N. Main St. Santa Ana, CA
Sun. March 4, 7 p.m.: Human Resources, 410 Cottage Home St., Los Angeles, CA
Tue. March 6, 6 p.m.: Rio Bravo Fine Art Gallery, 110 N. Broadway St., Truth or Consequence, NM
Wed. March 7, 5:30 p.m.: Iconik Coffee Roasters, 1600 Lena St. Ste. A2, Santa Fe, NM
Thu. March 8, 6 p.m.: The Tannex, 1417 4th St. SW, Albuquerque, NM
Sat. March 10, 7 p.m.: Steinfield Warehouse Community Arts Ctr, 101 W 6th St., Tucson, AZ
Mon. March 12, 7 p.m.: Women's Center for Creative Work, 2425 Glover Pl., Los Angeles, CA
Wed. March 14: UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
Thu. March 15, 7 p.m.: The Stud, 399 9th St., San Francisco, CA

February 21, 2018—The Secret Loves of Geeks signing with Amanda Deibert,
Cat Staggs, Ivan Salazar, Dana Simpson, and Kristian Bruun
Meltdown Comics, 7522 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA

February 11, 2018—It's 5 O'Clock Somewhere
Reading with Steve Erickson, Aisha Sabatini Sloan, and J. Ryan Stradal
Mandrake Bar, 2692 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90034

February 1, 2018—Center for Cartoon Studies reading and lecture
White River Junction, VT

January 1, 2018—Book release for Losing the Girl, hardcover (Graphic Universe)

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Watch videos of some of MariNaomi's readings here.

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