Manga section in the Bristol Comics Expo
Manga at the Bristol Comics Expo, 12th/13th May
This year will see a much expanded manga section in the Bristol Comics Expo, 12th/13th May, which will be put alltogether in a special 'manga alleyway'. The section is previewed at: http://www.comicexpo.net/spotlight.htm
We have been working hard to organise lots of guests and some panel discussions.
So far this is what is lined up:
And two manga discussion panels in the Ramada hotel - 11.30am and 6pm.
The special Japanese manga guest is:
She is a Japanese lady living in the USA. A very unusual and interesting character - in a good way! - she will liven up the manga alley no end. She has contracts with major US publishers and her 'Byker Girl' book is out already. Misako also appeared on a BBC documentary about manga last year. Her bio says:
"Misako was born in Japan in 1977. She developed a love for comics and manga at an early age (right after she went to her elementary school) and drew her first comic at age 13. She moved to New York in 2001, and worked as a a puppeteer, face painter, animal balloon maker, and art teacher, while still developing her own work.
Misako's first break came when the Onion decided to use her to illustrate their now famous "Savage Love" column, which runs every week. Shortly thereafter, Misako scored a two-book deal with Hyperion and a three-book deal with Henry Holt for manga books. She's been featured in many magazines and newspapers, including Elle Girl and the New York Times, and the BBC recently featured her in a documentary about comic book creators.
Misako currently lives in Madison, Wisconsin,,, a quiet little hippie town where she spends her times riding her vintage bike, making hip hop, and eating lot of TOFU!"
Her website is at: