Deb Aoki

  • Creator of "Bento Box" cartoon strip featured in the Honolulu Advertiser from 1996 to 2006
  • Writer of art, book, and music reviews published in national magazines and newspapers
  • Holds a degree in fine arts and graphic design and has taught art to adults and children 


Deb Aoki is a former writer for ThoughtCo and contributed work for over 5 and a half years. In addition to writing about manga, Deb has been writing art, book, and music reviews and feature articles for local and national magazines, newspapers, and websites for the past 15 years. She is also a published cartoonist. Her comic strip, "Bento Box," 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 enjoyed 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.


  • Fine Arts and Graphic Design, University of Hawaii, Manoa
  • Art school, New York and San Francisco

Awards and Publications

  • Author of Deb Aoki's Bento Box: Selected Comics from the Honolulu Advertiser 1996–2006


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