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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.
Mangaka America; Collins Design. Contributing artist.
The Adventures of CG!; Cosmogirl
Nightsilver; originally for Wirepop.com, currently offline
Chasing Rainbows; originally for Girlamatic.com, currently offline
Svetlania Weekly; Svetlania.com
AWARDS & NOMINATIONS
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
WORKSHOPS & SCHOOL VISITS
Schedule-permitting, Svetlana offers workshops and presentations at
Svetlana on the Web
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
Svetlana Chmakova interview;
Japanese manga takes humongous step;