Deb Aoki

Deb is a writer, editor and cartoonist who has been reading manga for the past 30 years.


Besides writing about manga, Deb has been writing art, book and music reviews and feature articles for local and national magazines, newspapers and Web sites for the past 15 years. She is also a published cartoonist. Her comic strip, Bento Box is currently featured weekly in the Honolulu Advertiser.

Deb is based in the San Francisco Bay Area and enjoys reading almost every genre of manga, from shojo to seinen, and everything in between. She is also a lifelong comics reader who is familiar with all kinds of comics from all over the world. She has traveled to Japan several times and has a lifelong fascination with Japanese art and culture.


Deb holds a degree in fine arts and graphic design from the University of Hawaii, Manoa, and has attended art school in New York and San Francisco. She has also taught art classes to kids and adults.

Deb Aoki

Over the past five years, manga has gone from an obsession for a few comics fans to one of the most popular category of books available today. I'm here to sift through the good, the bad, and the so-so of manga so you can discover a book worth reading and worth your $9.99.

I also want to share the latest manga and Japanese pop culture news, cosplay photos from anime conventions, interviews with amazing artists (mangaka)and articles about the fascinating history of manga.

Also, as a published cartoonist and former art teacher, I'll also be sharing drawing tips, tools and techniques from professional artists. I'll review the best "how to draw manga" books out there, and share secrets from your favorite artists to help you go from amateur to published pro.

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