MAIRNAOMI (she/they) is the queer mixed-race Japanese-American community organizer and award-winning author and illustrator of Kiss & Tell: A Romantic Resume, Ages 0 to 22Dragon’s Breath and Other True Stories, Turning Japanese, I Thought YOU Hated ME, the Life on Earth trilogy, and Dirty Produce. Their work has been featured in over eighty print publications including The New Yorker’s Daily Shouts and the LA Review of Books.

MariNaomi’s comics and paintings have been featured in the Smithsonian, the de Young Museum, the Cartoon Art Museum, the Asian Art Museum, and the Japanese American Museum.

In addition, they are the founder and administrator of the Cartoonists of Color Database, the Queer Cartoonists Database, and the Disabled Cartoonists Database. They have taught classes for the California College of the Arts Comics MFA program and served as a guest editor for PEN Illustrated.

Amble Press will publish MariNaomi’s graphic Gen X memoir, I Thought You Loved Me in the fall of 2022.

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