|Born||7 October 1979
October 7, 1979
|Nationality||Dual: Canadian and Russian|
|Awards||Joe Shuster Comics for Kids Award|
Svetlana Chmakova (Russian: Светлана Шмакова) (born 7 October 1979 in Russia) is a comic creator. She is best known for Dramacon, an original English-language (OEL) manga spanning three volumes and published in North America by Tokyopop. Her other work includes the 2-page The Adventures of CG for CosmoGIRL! magazine and the webcomic Chasing Rainbows for Girlamatic. Though born in Russia, she immigrated to Canada, where she graduated from the Sheridan College Classical Animation program, in 2002. She then began to publish her manga on the Internet.
Body of work
Dramacon is Chmakova's first full-length comic, telling the story of Christie Leroux, an aspiring teenage comics writer, and her experiences at her first anime convention. She attends the convention with her artist boyfriend Derek Hollman, but soon finds herself attracted to a mysterious, sun-glassed cosplayer named Matt Green.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution described Dramacon as "surprisingly true-to-life (and occasionally harrowing) emotional drama and humor ... Creator Svetlana Chmakova doesn't skimp on character development or plot progression. Her art is top-notch as well, outstripping even many of her Japanese inspirations with clear storytelling and polished technique."
|Unknown||Yoriko, Maiden of the First Fire||self-published|
|2005-2007||The Adventures of CG||CosmoGIRL!|
|2005||Dramacon volume 1||Tokyopop||978-1-59816-129-8|
|2006||Dramacon volume 2||Tokyopop||978-1-59816-130-4|
|2007||Dramacon volume 3||Tokyopop||978-1-59816-131-1|
|2008||"On The Importance Of Space Travel"||Ballantine Books||978-0-345-50589-7||Appears as a short story in volume 5 of Flight|
|2009||Nightschool volume 1||Yen Press||978-0-7595-2859-8||Originally appeared in Yen Plus|
|2009||Nightschool volume 2||Yen Press||978-0-7595-2860-4||Originally appeared in Yen Plus|
|2010||"Red Maple Leaves"||Penguin Books||978-0-6700-6849-4||Appears as an illustrated chapter in Piece by Piece by Teresa Toten|
|2010||Nightschool volume 3||Yen Press||978-0-7595-2861-1||Originally appeared in Yen Plus|
|2010||Nightschool volume 4||Yen Press||978-0-316-09126-8||Originally appeared in Yen Plus|
|2011||Witch and Wizard||Yen Press||978-0-316-11989-4||Manga adaptation of the novel by James Patterson|
|2012||Witch and Wizard: The Gift||Yen Press||978-0-316-11991-7||Manga adaptation of the novel by James Patterson|
|2013||Witch and Wizard: The Fire||Yen Press||978-0-316-11984-9||Manga adaptation of the novel by James Patterson|
- Mangaka America: Manga by America's Hottest Artists. Harper Collins. 2006. ISBN 978-0-06-113769-3.
- Reid, Calvin (2007-02-24). "Yen Press to Launch with New Chmakova; Licenced Manga". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 2007-03-02.[dead link]
- Sampson, Khari J. (2005-11-26). "Graffiti: WORDS AND PICTURES: U.S. creator dazzles". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. p. 2FE.
- "Chasing Rainbows page 1". Girlamatic. Retrieved May 3, 2010.
- "Chasing Rainbows page 98". Girlamatic. Retrieved May 3, 2010.
- "Night Silver". Wirepop. Retrieved June 5, 2012.
- "Comics". Svetlana Chmakova. Retrieved May 3, 2010.
- Memmott, Carol (July 6, 2005). "Japanese manga takes humongous step". USA TODAY, Pg. 4D.
- (Russian) Article about Chmakova
- Svetlana Chmakova's official site
- PopImage interview with Chmakova
- Svetlana Chmakova convention appearances on AnimeCons.com