“I would like to leave behind a legacy like Maya Angelou and Toni Morrison with my manga/illustrative art.”
On this episode we had Gigi Murakami (Koyuki Panda) who is an American freelance illustrator and manga (comic) creator. She specializes in traditional mixed media ink and color illustrations, and manga art. She has been featured in publications such as Buzzfeed, Black Girl Nerd and Gritty Vibes to name a few. She hails from the Bronx NY, loves and is influenced by horror and science fiction media and has her own Manga called the Mixed Tape Reel.
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Mangaka and Illustrator
Gigi Murakami, also known as Koyuki Panda is an American freelance illustrator and manga (comic) creator. She specializes in traditional mixed media ink and color illustrations, and manga art.
Influenced by horror & science fiction media, mainstream and cult films, Pulp art and vintage imagery, Japanese manga art masters, such as Katsuhiro Otomo and Junji Ito, and her own experiences as a Black woman in America--her aim is to combine her tastes and beliefs to produce provocative, yet relatable illustrations and manga that speak to the experiences of Black women and femme presenting people in an alternative way.
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