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Asian Pacific American Heritage Month – Queenie Chan

Queenie Chan was born in Hong Kong, and migrated to Australia when she was six years old. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Systems, and her first published work was a 3-volume mystery-horror series called “The Dreaming” for LA-based manga publisher TOKYOPOP. To date, it has been translated into multiple languages.

She has since collaborated on several single-volume graphic novels with best-selling author Dean Koontz, as prequels to his “Odd Thomas” series of novels. After that, she worked on “Small Shen”, the prequel to Kylie Chan’s “White Tiger” Chinese fantasy series, followed by “Fabled Kingdom”, a 3-book fairy-tale inspired fantasy adventure.

Currently, she is working on her next project, a series of non-fiction children’s graphic novels called “Women Who Were Kings”. It will be a collections of biographies about the lives of famous historical queens from all over the world.

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Asian Pacific American Heritage Month – Rudy Nebres

Rudy Nebres was born in the Philippines where he met some DC editors and eventually moved to U.S. to work for DC on Tales of the Unexpected and other minor titles. Later he found more success at Marvel working on titles like ConanKull, Dr. Strange and the over sized black and white comic book Deadly Hands of Kung Fu. Since his early success he has also worked with Neal Adams at Continuity Comics and on the Cross Gen line among others.

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Asian Pacific American Heritage Month – Stacey Hayashi

Stacey T. Hayashi is a Hawaii-based serial entrepreneur and founder of the successful PainaGirl family of websites, which includes Hawaiian Wedding Shop. A former software engineer before starting her own companies, Stacey is one of the earliest pioneers in the development of internet-based businesses focused on the manufacturing and distribution of Hawaiian products, and brings a formidable set of planning and operational skills to both her technology-based businesses as well as the multitude of social and advocacy enterprises that she devotes her time to.

She is also a fashion designer, designing and manufacturing contemporary Hawaiian wedding dresses since 2002, but it was her interest in Japanese American and Hawaii culture that led to the development of a multimedia project celebrating the heroism and cultural significance of the 100th Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team, and members of the Military Intelligence Service. 

Her historically accurate manga Journey of Heroes, which she wrote and published in 2012, is internationally-acclaimed, garnering media attention in the US, Japan, Italy and France. In addition to her manga, she has executive produced two films (short narrative and documentary) about Herb Yanamura, Military Intelligence Service linguist, and the Battle of Okinawa, which screened at the Hawaii International Film Festival in 2015. She is currently screenwriter and executive producer for the unnamed 100th/442/MIS origins film project for the 442nd RCT Foundation.

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Asian Pacific American Heritage Month – Chanz Mikaere

Chanz Mikaere created a graphic novel which depicts kapa haka performers as superheroes. It depicts eight Te Arawa women who are performers and who whakapapa to their chosen superhero ancestor.

Chanz is a unique talent – she is sacred, interconnected and intricate – the culmination of eons of inter-generational relationships – a rare, genetic hybrid of feisty indigenous stock – Te Arawa, Ngai Te Rangi, Ngati Hine and Ngati Pahauwera. She is a native Mama – arguably the highest qualification available internationally; attained through a lifelong apprenticeship to which her majors have been in determination, resilience and courage. She is ‘formally qualified’ as a Master of Maori Visual Arts; a degree conferred by Massey University, NZ.

Her portfolio documents her stellar career development and drive.  Her visual and poetic creations are top quality; well conceptualised, well executed – world class. Her work is sought after by educationalists, exhibition houses, conference co-ordinators, therapists, storytellers and revolutionists – her appeal is wide and varied – because it is engaging – it sparks conversation, debate, discussion – it is creative fuel for thinking and feeling people.

Chanz is a rare talent – gifted and courageous in equal measure.

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Asian Pacific American Heritage Month – Sanctuary

Sanctuary is the first platform to provide online-reading for Māori Graphic Novels. We created Sanctuary to visualise the tales shared to us by kaumātua (elders) and pass these on in a way that we felt would be compelling to others. “

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Asian Pacific American Heritage Month – Nigar Nazar

Nigar Nazar is the first woman cartoonist of Pakistan and of the Muslim world. Nigar’s iconic Gogi cartoons have appeared in a number of daily newspapers, periodicals and TV programs at home and abroad. She is twice a Fulbright scholar and has been invited to be on juries to judge cartoon entries in international competitions, and has represented Pakistan in Turkey, China, Nepal, Singapore, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Australia, Libya, UK, Algeria, and the US. She is one of the founding members of the Asian Youth Association for Animators and Cartoonists (AYAAC) with headquarters in Guiyang, China.

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Asian Pacific American Heritage Month – Anupam Sinha

Anupam Sinha is an Indian comic book artist and writer, credited as the creator of the Raj Comics superhero Super Commando Dhruva. The Business World website said that Sinha revolutionised Indian comics with his work at Raj Comics

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Asian Pacific American Heritage Month – Shweta Taneja

Shweta Taneja is a bestselling speculative fiction author from India. With seven published novels and graphic novels, she is a leading voice in feminist science fiction and fantasy, most known for her series, Anantya Tantrist Mysteries. She’s a Charles Wallace Writing Fellow. Her short story, The Daughter That Bleeds (translated in French as ‘La Fille qui saigne’ by Mikael Cabon) has been shortlisted for the prestigious Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire 2020 in France. The story was also awarded Editor’s Choice Award in 2018. 

Other than novels and short stories, she also writes comics. Her graphic novel Krishna Defender of Dharma (Campfire, 2012) in a Must-Read for government schools. The Skull Rosary (2013), an indie black-and-white graphic novel scripted by her was shortlisted for the  Best Writer Award in ComicCon India. Her work has been translated to Romanian, French and Dutch. (Read More about her fiction)

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Asian Pacific American Heritage Month – Kabi Nagata

Kabi Nagata is a manga artist best known for her autobiographical comic, My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness, an honest and heartfelt look at one young woman’s exploration of her sexuality, mental well-being, and growing up in our modern age. Told using expressive artwork that invokes both laughter and tears, this moving and highly entertaining single volume depicts not only the artist’s burgeoning sexuality, but many other personal aspects of her life that will resonate with readers. The manga is the winner of the 2018 Harvey Award for Best Manga, and acclaimed in Vox’s top books of the decade, The Advocate’s Best LGBT Graphics Novels of 2017, the NPR Guide to 2017’s Great Reads, and the Publishers Weekly Best Books 2017.

Kabi Nagata

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