19 Dec Svetlana Chmakova
Years Attended: 2014, 2015
Svetlana Chmakova is an internationally published, award-winning manga/comics author with more than 10 published books and her work translated into over 13 languages. Born and raised in Russia, she moved to Canada at 16 years old to finish high school and then study Classical Animation at Sheridan College for 3 years. 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. In addition to her graphic novels work, she published a monthly manga strip with the CosmoGIRL! magazine for 2 years, was the featured artist for the 2011 “You Are Here” Collaborative Summer Library Program poster campaign, and contributed various short stories to many anthologies.
Her full-length manga/comics series include the fan-favorite romantic comedy “Dramacon”, the award-winning urban fantasy “Nightschool: The Weirn Books”, the manga adaptation of the NYT bestselling “Witch & Wizard” by James Patterson, as well as the award-winning middle-grade comics “Awkward” and “Brave”. Svetlana’s latest book is titled “Crush” which will be published in 2018 by Yen Press, an imprint of Little, Brown, and Company.