Svetlana Chmakova

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Svetlana Chmakova
Светлана Шмакова
Born (1979-10-07) October 7, 1979 (age 36)
Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Nationality Dual: Canadian and Russian
Area(s) Writer, Artist
Awards Joe Shuster Comics for Kids Award

Svetlana Chmakova (Russian: Светлана Шмакова) (born October 7, 1979) is a Russian and Canadian comic artist. 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[edit]

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.

Other works by Chmakova include the 2-page The Adventures of CG for CosmoGIRL! magazine and the Chasing Rainbows and Night Silver webcomics. Her art also appears in Mangaka America.[1]

On February 24, 2007 at New York Comic Con, Yen Press announced that they would be publishing Nightschool, a new original manga by Chmakova.[2]

Critical reaction[edit]

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."[3]


Year Title Publisher ISBN Notes
2000 Yoriko, Maiden of the First Fire Kat And Neko Manga
2003-2006 Chasing Rainbows Girlamatic[4][5]
2003 Night Silver Wirepop[6]
2005-2007 The Adventures of CG CosmoGIRL![7]
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
2015 Awkward Yen Press 978-0-316-38130-7 (paperback)

978-0-316-38132-1 (hardcover)


  1. ^ Mangaka America: Manga by America's Hottest Artists. Harper Collins. 2006. ISBN 978-0-06-113769-3. 
  2. ^ Reid, Calvin (2007-02-24). "Yen Press to Launch with New Chmakova; Licensed Manga". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 2007-03-02. [dead link]
  3. ^ Sampson, Khari J. (2005-11-26). "Graffiti: WORDS AND PICTURES: U.S. creator dazzles". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. p. 2FE. 
  4. ^ "Chasing Rainbows page 1". Girlamatic. Retrieved May 3, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Chasing Rainbows page 98". Girlamatic. Retrieved May 3, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Night Silver". Wirepop. Retrieved June 5, 2012. 
  7. ^ "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

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