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01 July 2015 @ 12:05 pm

I've got a new comic in the summer issue of Virginia Quarterly Review, titled "Carnivore." Take a look:
31 May 2015 @ 11:54 am

Just a few things:

* Next week I've got a reading in LA, then I'll be in SF tabling at two events and in conversation with Myriam Gurba at the Booksmith. Eventually I'll be in GA in the summer, but the details haven't been announced yet, so I'll leave it at that. As always, you can keep track of my whereabouts (in a non-stalkery way) here.

* I've got something in the next issue of Bitch Magazine, a one-page, two-color comic about the brilliant performance artist, Gloria Toyun Park. Look for it on shelves (a hummingbird is on the cover--it's coming out any day now), or subscribe/purchase it here.

* I've got a longer piece coming out in the summertime, in the Virginia Quarterly Review. It's a full-color (watercolored!), six-pager about a carnivorous plant I used to have. Very creepy! And kind of sweet! I'm guessing you can order it here, when it happens.

* My book Kiss & Tell: A Romantic Resume, Ages 0 to 22 is now officially on its second printing! Unfortunately, the price has gone up a few dollars. Fortunately, the new book has a less scuffable cover. You can find it wherever books are sold (if they have awesome tastes, that is), or buy it directly from me at my store if you want a personalized copy.

* Lastly, and my favorite news of all: My book Dragon's Breath and Other True Stories has been nominated for the prestigious Eisner Award! When I first heard this news, I wept for three hours straight. And I don't mean pretty, graceful tears. I mean snotty, confused sobs. Let me be clear: I have zero chances of actually winning this prize, as my modestly selling memoir is up against some pretty heavy hitters, including Roz Chast's mutiple-prize-winning, NYT best-selling masterpiece, but the mere fact that my book was nominated is an amazing thing that I never considered would happen to me in this lifetime. If you're in the comic book industry, you can vote on the Eisners. Voting ends in a dozen hours though, so you'd better get on it.

Aside from all that, I'm just cranking away at my next book, and filling my Instagram feed with photos of my cats, dogs and WIP comics.

I guess that's all I have for you. Thanks for reading, and have a great day!
25 February 2015 @ 09:29 pm

Here is the cover for my next book, designed by the brilliant minds at 2D Cloud:
turning japanese cover

Today was also the day we revealed the new animated book trailer, created by me:

See more details about the book on my website, including quite a few excerpts.

Thank you!
30 December 2014 @ 04:39 pm
Because I love my fans very much, I spent all day compiling a list of books they will probably like if they like my comics.

Read it here:
03 December 2014 @ 12:44 pm

I’m BACK HOME from an exhilarating book tour that took me to the east coast, the SF bay area and the Pacific Northwest. I’m back to spooning my kittens at night, back to playing with my dogs, back to drawing while my elder cat punches her way onto my lap, back to sleeping in my comfy bed with my warm Gary, back to not holding in my farts around mixed company, back to not having to measure out my beauty products each day so that I won’t run out. What a luxury! But what fun I had on tour too, drinking fig-infused brandy with friends in Portland, tabling at conventions in varying states of lucidity, getting to meet internet pals IRL, meeting the fans that sustain me, and trying to convince everyone to buy my book.

But being home doesn’t mean I’ve stopped doing that last part, no way! In fact, if you haven’t read Dragon’s Breath and Other True Stories yet, please consider buying a copy (or copies for all your friends!). At no extra charge, I’m signing/sketching-by-request the books purchased from my website. You won’t be sorry—it’s getting great reviews. Look, I even made it its own web page where you can learn all about it here.

Being home doesn’t mean I’ve stopped doing book-tour-like stuff, either. If you’re in California, check out what I’m doing in your neck of the woods for the next couple months.


For a limited time, I’m offering mini-portraits starting at $40-50 + shipping. I’m also selling original artwork for cheap, some of it never before made public. I’m adding new work each day, but I intend to raise prices back to normal after the holidays are over. So act fast if you want a deal! Click here for details and inventory.

Also, my publisher 2D Cloud is literally giving away books this holiday season, including one of my favorite anthologies of all time, Little Heart. Little Heart was intended to raise money and awareness for gay marriage in Minnesota. Working with 2D Cloud to create a story for this, and then seeing how beautiful the book turned out, is directly responsible for me falling in love with them and having them as my publisher today. Seriously, FREE BOOKS. To call this a deal would be a huge understatement. Get yours here.

Speaking of 2D Cloud, they’ve recently posted online the eighth chapter of my upcoming graphic memoir, Turning Japanese. The comic, coming out in book form next fall, is about when I attempted to learn about Japanese culture by working at hostess bars in San Jose and Tokyo, back when I was a tender twenty-something hapa raised among white folks. Read it from the beginning here.

In other news, my database projects are still going strong. At last count, here’s the tally:

Cartoonists of Color: 784 total / 57 LGBTQ / 196 non-male / 356 non-mainstream
@COCdatabase on Twitter

LGBTQ Comics Database: 215 total
@LGBTQcomics on Twitter

I think that’s about it for now. Thank you for reading and happy holidays!

Your pal,
Current Mood: relievedrelieved

My publisher has agreed to give away my new minicomic with each preorder of Dragon's Breath and Other True Stories!

Note: This mini is not for sale. It is only available with preorders or if you've got a 2D Cloud subscription.
26 May 2014 @ 11:08 am
Hi, it’s Mari. How have you been?

I’ve been good. Busy. My days have been filled working on my next book, doing some side projects to pay the bills, scheduling my next three book tours, plus I’ve been dabbling a bit in animal rescue.

To be specific, I've been trapping/fixing/releasing (and feeding) some cats that were abandoned by their guardians in a house in my neighborhood (nice, huh?). If you know me at all, you know that I love me some animals, so this probably isn’t a surprise. Even so, it’s kind of turned my world upside down.

I intend to write more about this someday, suffice to say that helping others can be pretty overwhelming. And no matter how many you help, there will always be more.

I’ve noticed that some of the other volunteers seem to have contempt for those who don’t want to get involved, but I don't share their views. I can see the appeal of shutting one’s eyes and pretending there’s not a problem, la la la. Once you’ve opened your heart a little bit to those in need, so many more come flooding in. I’ve lost a lot of sleep in these last couple of weeks, but I can’t go back. My heart has been opened, for better or for worse. There’s no stopping it now.

But enough of all that. Let me tell you about some comics.


My publisher is now taking pre-orders for Dragon’s Breath and Other True Stories (coming out this September), and they also have a special bundle that includes a signed/numbered dust jacket/poster (limit: 100), designed by Raighne Hogan, plus my zine Said While Talking. The dust jacket is really lovely, despite the fact that my likeness is plastered all over it. More details here.

Pre-order without the dust jacket/poster and zine here.

They’ve also started releasing my 2015 graphic memoir, Turning Japanese, on the internet!
Part 1
Part 2


In my second attempt at animation, I spent hours and hours and hours and hours (this stuff takes a long time!) putting together a video of my short (true) story, “What’s New, Pussycat?” This video also serves as a book trailer for my upcoming book, Dragon’s Breath and Other True Stories. I worked really hard at it, and I think it looks nice. Please take a look.


Here’s a detail of painting I did, an ode to Seaman, which is a Sega Dreamcast video game I was intimately involved in the making of. This painting (or maybe the ink drawing version of it, I'm not sure yet) will be for sale at Giant Robot in Los Angeles in their Video Game Art Show exhibit.


If you follow me on Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, or if you “like” my Facebook art page, you might have noticed me live-tweeting (for want of a better word) the creation of my next graphic novel. To see all the posts I’ve made so far, you can search Instagram or Tumblr under the hashtag #LosingtheGirlGN. Or just follow this link.

I’ve also been doing some illustrated reviews for the LA Review of Books.
1) Over Easy by Mimi Pond
2) On Loving Women by Diane Obomsawin


I participated in a blog tour, where I answered a few generic questions. This might be interesting to you if you care at all about artistic process. I enjoyed doing it because it gave me the opportunity to gush about my hero and friend, Rob Kirby. Take a look.


This Friday I’m doing a reading at Quimby’s in Chicago, with Elisha Lim and Mike Dawson.

Over the weekend at CAKE, from 2 to 4 each day, I’ll be signing books at the 2D Cloud table. During my signings, my publisher will be GIVING AWAY readers’ copies of my upcoming book, with the purchase of my zine and a dust jacket. But there are ONLY TEN COPIES, so it’s first come, first serve! You can see the dust jacket/poster here.

Next week, my video game art (see above) will be featured in a show at Giant Robot in Los Angeles.

The week after that, I’ll be on a panel at the Mixed Remix Festival, at the Japanese American Museum in Los Angeles.

This Fall, I will be touring the East Coast, SF Bay Area, and the Pacific Northwest.

All event details can be found on my website.

Thanks so much for reading. Feel free to drop me an email or leave me a comment and let me know how you’re doing. I’d love to hear from you.

Your pal,
Current Location: San Francisco
Current Mood: happyhappy
12 February 2014 @ 02:12 pm
Hello. I have some happy things to share with you today.

1. OMG

In case you didn’t hear me shouting it off the rooftops, I’m thrilled to announce that Minneapolis-based publisher 2D Cloud will be publishing my collection of Rumpus comics and more, in a book titled Dragon’s Breath and Other True Stories (It has its own Facebook page here.). Dragon’s Breath will come out this fall, and then my next graphic memoir, Turning Japanese, will come out in 2015 (also through 2D Cloud), which means: Conventions! Readings! Promotions! Travel! BOOK TOUR! It’s all very exciting. I mean overwhelming. I mean exciting.

Part of me can’t wait to get this thing started. Another part of me wants to hire a body double so that SHE can go put herself out there while I get to curl up with my menagerie and read comics. It’s a lovely thought, but mostly I’m just excited. I mean overwhelmed.

2. Talking about stuff

I got interviewed by Whit Taylor of Panel Patter. We talked about how it feels to be working with a small publisher, the benefits of dropping out of school, and my one stinky armpit. Read it here.

3. Writing my butt off

I’ve been happily struck with the writing bug. I’ve published four new essays since December, in which I’ve tackled some very personal subjects including the time I recently got sexually harassed on a panel (!!), my love-sad relationship with arachnids, why forgiveness isn’t for everybody, and a job interview that involved a tiny red butt plug. This thrilling streak of prose prompted me to create a page on my website just for my writing. If you want to make me very happy, or just kill some time, please read and make comments on my essays. Nice comments, I mean. Or thoughtful ones. Well, you know what I mean. Take a look.

4. Stalking my publisher

Here’s a cute blog post Raighne Hogan (one of my publishers at 2D Cloud) did after our stint at the LA Art Book Fair. I kind of stalked him and his wife Meghan, which you can see by how many photos I show up in.

5. Coming up

I’ve got a ton of readings and appearances coming up, including a Valentine’s Day reading at Giant Robot (this Friday!) and a solo presentation at my neighborhood SoCal library. Plus stuff in San Francisco (City Lights book release party in September!), Long Beach, Chicago, Maryland, and more. I’ll be adding even more to this list as I book stuff, so please keep an eye on my web page for an event near you. And please let me know if you know of a college, bookstore, zine fest, reading series or whatnot you think I’d be a good fit for.

Well, that’s all I’ve got for you today. Thanks for reading!

08 February 2014 @ 11:48 am
TMI alert: I wrote about masturbation and surviving in San Francisco as a barely-employed person. Check it out at the Weeklings.
15 January 2014 @ 01:43 pm
I was interviewed by Whit Taylor of Panel Patter. Check it out to read about the benefits of working with a small publisher, why I quit school, and my one stinky armpit. Also, we reveal the new book cover design for Dragon’s Breath and Other True Stories!