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Svetlana Chmakova is an internationally published, award-winning manga author, with over 10 published books and her work translated into over 13 languages. Born and raised in Russia, she moved to Canada at sixteen years old to finish high school and trick Sheridan College into giving her a Classical Animation diploma.

Accidentally becoming a full-time artist and writer after that, Svetlana has drawn and written for animation, how-to-draw books, toy designs, and most of all, comics and manga. Thousands and thousands of drawings for comics and manga. SO MANY DRAWINGS. ...In addition to producing several manga series, Svetlana was a Master Comics Artist-in-Residence at Atlantic Center for The Arts (IT WAS AMAZING she wants to go back...), a featured artist for the US-wide 2011 "You Are Here" Collaborative Summer Library Program, and to this day remains a skillful shirker of deadlines.

Svetlana is currently being published/endured by Yen Press, an imprint of Little, Brown and Company, and makes her home in Toronto, Canada. Her hobbies include eating, sleeping, buying far more books than she has shelf space, and riding the subway in the middle of the day, when it's half-empty, half-full of Very Interesting People.


Witch & Wizard Vol 1; Witch & Wizard Vol 2; Witch & Wizard Vol 3; manga adaptation of prose novels by James Patterson (with Gabrielle Charbonnet, Ned Rust, Jill Dembowski); published by Yen Press.

Nightschool: The Weirn Books Vol 1, Vol 2, Vol 3, Vol 4; published by Yen Press.

Mangaka America; Collins Design. Contributing artist.

Dramacon 1; Dramacon 2; Dramacon 3; Dramacon: Ultimate Edition; published by TOKYOPOP

The Adventures of CG!; Cosmogirl

Nightsilver; originally for Wirepop.com, currently offline

Chasing Rainbows; originally for Girlamatic.com, currently offline

Svetlania Weekly; Svetlania.com


2010 - Nightschool 1 & 2 awarded the Joe Shuster Comics for Kids Award

2009 - Nightschool 1 & 2 on the 2010 YALSA’s Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers

2007 - Dramacon on the recommended list of YALSA’s Great Graphic Novels for Teens

2007 - Dramacon nominated for Special Recognition Eisner Award

2006 - MangaCast Yomi for best global manga of 2006

2006 - Dramacon nominated for a Harvey Award in the Best New Series of 2006 category

2005 - Dramacon named as one of Best Comics of 2005 by Publishers Weekly


Schedule-permitting, Svetlana offers workshops and presentations at
libraries/schools. For Ontario, Canada bookings please visit Authors Booking Service for details. For bookings outside of Ontario please contact Svetlana directly.


Contact Svetlana.

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Svetlana on the Web

Interview with Dramacon Creator Svetlana Chmakova;

Svetlana Chmakova vs. Faith Erin Hicks: The Pictures!;

Yen Press Pumps Yen Plus, New Manga for 2008;

Summer Blog Blast Tour: Svetlana Chmakova; Finding Wonderland: The WritingYA Weblog

Modern Manga: A Russian immigrant draws on her passion to become a star in Japanese cartooning; The Star.com

Svetlana Chmakova interview;

Japanese manga takes humongous step;
USA Today.com