Art+Feminism Special Guest: MariNaomi (Virtual Event)

March 22, 2021 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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Art+Feminism Special Guest: MariNaomi
Art+Feminism Special Guest: MariNaomi

Art+Feminism is an international community that strives to close the information gap about gender, feminism, and the arts on the internet. In conjunction with the 2021 Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, hear from award-winning author, illustrator, and cartoonist MariNaomi. 

As a way to highlight underrepresented cartoonists, MariNaomi founded and maintains the Cartoonists of Color, Queer Cartoonists, and Disabled Cartoonists databases. These databases are used by booksellers, librarians, academics, editors, book publishers, event organizers, readers, and more. This event features a conversation between MariNaomi and Caitlin McGurk,  Associate Curator and Assistant Professor at The Ohio State University's Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum. 

This event is presented by the Wexner Center for the Arts, the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum, and University Libraries. 

About the Speaker

MariNaomi (she/they) is the award-winning author and illustrator of  Kiss & Tell: A Romantic Resume, Ages 0 to 22 (Harper Perennial, 2011), Dragon's Breath and Other True Stories (2dcloud/Uncivilized Books, 2014), Turning Japanese (2dcloud, 2016),  I Thought YOU Hated ME (Retrofit Comics, 2016), and the Life on Earth trilogy (Graphic Universe, 2018-2020). Her work has appeared in over eighty print publications and has been featured on websites such as The New Yorker's Daily Shouts, The Rumpus, LA Review of Books, Midnight Breakfast and BuzzFeed.

MariNaomi's comics and paintings have been featured by such institutions as the Smithsonian, the De Young Museum, the Cartoon Art Museum, the Asian Art Museum, and the Japanese American Museum. 

In 2011 and 2018, Mari toured with the literary roadshow Sister Spit. She is the founder and administrator of the Cartoonists of Color Database, the Queer Cartoonists Database, and the Disabled Cartoonists Database. She has taught classes for the California College of the Arts Comics MFA program, and was a guest editor for PEN Illustrated. She is a cohost of the Ask Bi Grlz podcast with author Myriam Gurba.

MariNaomi lives in Los Angeles with a husband and a menagerie of cats, dogs, and butterfly babies.

MariNaomi’s website

If you require an accommodation such as live captioning or interpretation to participate in this event, please email as soon as possible. Requests made at least one week prior to the event will generally allow us to provide seamless access, but the university will make every effort to meet requests made after this date.

Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum Event

Photo of Courtney Hunt Courtney Hunt
Art and Design Librarian

Photo of Caitlin McGurk Caitlin McGurk
Assoc. Curator Outreach & Eng.

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Assistant Professor - Practice

Photo of Alex Adcock Alex Adcock
Wexner Center for the Arts