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Svetlana Chmakova

Manga Artist
Ontario, Canada

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Svetlana Chmakova was born and raised in Russia and moved to Canada with her family when she was 16 years old. She studied Classical Animation at Sheridan College, after which she spent a few years as a freelance illustrator/animator, doing toy designs, book cover and interior illustrations, as well as random freelance animation projects. Svetlana's comics career suddenly took off with her first full-length manga series "Dramacon", published by TOKYOPOP/Harper Collins and running 3 volumes, which became a fan favorite as well as critically acclaimed. This came as a big surprise to many, including the author. Svetlana then moved and camped out at Yen Press where she created a 4-volume supernatural series called "Nightschool" (winner of the Joe Shuster award and appearing on the NYT manga bestseller lists), followed by a 3-volume manga adaptation of "Witch and Wizard" written by James Patterson. Svetlana's various works have been published in over 13 languages, including her native language (Russian) and the language of works that influenced her so much, Japanese.
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Convention Guest Appearances:
   Bakuretsu Con 2004 - April 23-25 in South Burlington, VT
   Anime Boston 2005 - April 29 - May 1 in Boston, MA
   Anime Boston 2006 - May 26-28 in Boston, MA
   Anime Los Angeles 2007 - January 26-28 in Van Nuys, CA
   Anime North 2007 - May 25-27 in Toronto, ON
   PortConMaine 2007 - June 22-24 in South Portland, ME
   JaniCon 2007 - November 2-4 in Jacksonville, FL
   New York Anime Festival 2007 - December 7-9 in New York, NY
   Phoenix Cactus Comicon 2008 - January 26-27 in Mesa, AZ
   Animaritime 2008 - March 7-9 in Moncton, NB
   New York Comic Con 2009 - February 6-8 in New York, NY
   Anime North 2009 - May 22-24 in Toronto, ON
   Kumoricon 2009 - September 5-7 in Portland, OR
   Bakuretsu Con 2009 - October 29 - November 1 in Colchester, VT
   London Movie Comic & Media Expo 2010 - May 29-30 in London, UK
   ConBravo! 2010 - July 3-4 in Oakville, ON
   AnimeIowa 2012 - July 27-29 in Coralville, IA
   Sac-Anime 2014 - January 3-5 in Sacramento, CA
18 guest appearances

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