Artist Statement

Currently, I am putting together a comics anthology for Asian American artists. Contributors create comics that seek to answer the question, what does it mean to be an Asian American artist? There are so many things that are important to me as an Asian American artist, but probably the most significant influence is my mother’s hands.

About the Artist

Sam Nakahira is a 2019 graduate of Grinnell College and MFA candidate at the Center for Cartoon Studies. Her comics have been published or are forthcoming by the Asian American Writers Workshop, the Rumpus, Popula, and Sukeban Magazine. Since she was a child, she would read books, comics, manga, and graphic novels all day long. Just as her favorite cartoonists and authors have done for her, she aspire to draw stories that transform readers’ worlds, perspectives, and thoughts. She is currently working on a graphic novel around the history of Japanese American farmers and food retailers in California.