|Born||October 7, 1979|
Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
|Nationality||Dual: Canadian and Russian|
|Dramacon, Nightschool, and Awkward|
|Awards||Joe Shuster Comics for Kids Award, Dwayne McDuffie Award for Kids' Comics|
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 original work includes Nightschool and Awkward for Yen Press. She has been nominated for an Eisner Award twice. Previously, she created The Adventures of CG for CosmoGIRL! magazine and the webcomic Chasing Rainbows for Girlamatic.
Early life and education
Chmakova was born in Russia where she was first exposed to comics after she found ElfQuest at a Moscow book stand. After she emigrated to Canada at the age of 16, she graduated from the Sheridan College Classical Animation program in 2002. She then began to publish her manga on the Internet.
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.
At New York Comic Con on October 10, 2014, Yen Press announced that they would be publishing Awkward, a new original comic by Chmakova. Brave, a sequel to Awkward, was announced on April 25, 2016. Crush, the third book in the series, was announced on July 23, 2017 for a fall 2018 release. A preview of Crush will be one of fifty titles available on Free Comic Book Day in 2018.
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."
Dramacon was nominated for an Eisner Award in 2007.
Nightschool won the Dragon Award for Kids Comics at the Shuster Awards in 2010.
Awkward was named as one of School Library Journal's Top 10 Graphic Novels of 2015. It was also named by YALSA on their list of the 2016 Great Graphic Novels for Teens. Amanda M. Vail of The Mary Sue said "it needs to be on the shelves of every school and public library."
Brave has received largely positive reviews by book critics. Good Comics for Kids, a blog hosted by School Library Journal called it "a surefire hit" with magnificent artwork. Brave was later named as one of the School Library Journal's Top 10 Graphic Novels of 2017. It was also nominated to the YALSA list of the Great Graphic Novels for Teens, included on Amazon.com's list of Best Comics and Graphic Novels of 2017, and ICv2's Top 10 Kids Graphic Novels of 2017. Brigid Alverson named it one of her top 10 graphic novels for kids in 2017.
|2000||Yoriko, Maiden of the First Fire||Kat And Neko Manga|
|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||Dramacon: Ultimate Edition||Tokyopop||978-1-42781-340-4|
|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)
|2016||The Art Adventures of Mr. Raccoon||self-published||Coloring book|
|2017||Brave||Yen Press||978-0-316-36318-1 (paperback)
|2018||Crush||Yen Press||978-0-316-36324-2 (paperback)
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- Mangaka America: Manga by America's Hottest Artists. Harper Collins. 2006. ISBN 978-0-06-113769-3.
- Flight Volume Five. Ballantine Books. 2008. ISBN 978-0345505897.
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- "Top 10 Graphic Novels 2015". School Library Journal. 23 November 2015. Retrieved 12 February 2016.
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- (in Russian) Article about Chmakova