nina matsumoto

comic art & illustration • vancouver bc, canada


Sequential artist and illustrator inspired by modern pop culture, video games, and her Japanese heritage. Can mimic a variety of styles — an ideal artist for parodies and homages. Specializes in manga and anime style.

Skills in: Illustration, comics, T-shirt design, character design
Software & Tools: Adobe Photoshop, Manga Studio, pencils, markers, inks

current work

Freelance Artist (2007-present)
Self-employed illustrator hired for book covers, book interior art, promotional posters, and more.

Penciler at Bongo Comics (2007-present)
Regular penciler for Simpsons Comics, Bart Simpson Comics, and other offshoot titles. Illustrates books tied into the Simpsons franchise.

Artist at Fangamer (2017-present)
Designer of apparel, prints, and merchandise. Creates illustrations and designs for client IPs based on own vision. Works within a creative team to provide feedback to other projects.

T-shirt Artist at Various (2011-present)
Illustrates artwork for use on T-shirts. Special focus on art inspired by video games. Past clients include Supergiant Games, Bioware, Evolution Championship Series, and Square-Enix USA.

other comic work

PencilerElements Anthology: Fire2017
Artist/WriterCloudscape Comics – Bones of the Coast2017
ArtistCautionary Fables and Fairy Tales: Asia Edition2016
ArtistIron Circus Comics – New World2015
Artist & Cover ArtistCloudscape Comics – Mega Fauna2014
ArtistCautionary Fables and Fairy Tales: Africa Edition2014
ArtistCloudscape Comics – Waterlogged: Tales from the Seventh Sea2013
ArtistDel Rey Manga – The Last Airbender Prequel: Zuko’s Story2010
Artist/WriterDel Rey Manga – Yokaiden 22009
Artist/WriterDel Rey Manga – Yokaiden 12008

other artwork

Cover artCapcom USA - The Disney Afternoon Collection2017
Poster artMega64 - PAX West exclusive2016
Book IllustrationGascoin Company (Japan) – Game No Naka Ni Haichatta2016
IllustrationPolygon - Big @ E3 header2016
Poster artMega64 - Anime Expo exclusive2016
Public ArtComics in Transit Project2015
IllustrationUDON – published in Capcom Fighting Tribute book2015
Promotional PosterVancouver Comic Arts Festival2015
Book IllustrationSterling Publishing – Fit To Be Bride2015
Title LogoConatus Creative – River City Ransom: Underground2014
Film PosterGascoin Company (Japan) – Game Center CX: The Movie2013
Game CoverConatus Creative – River City Ransom: Underground variant cover2013
LogoVancouver Anime Convention Society2012
DVD CoverGascoin Company (Japan) – Game Center CX in USA DVD2012
IllustrationOhta Books (Japan) – Game Center CX V book2011
IllustrationUDON – published in Mega Man Tribute book2011
Book Cover100 Page Press – Own Your Space: A Guide to Facebook Security2010
Book Cover100 Page Press – Own Your Space2009
CharactersJuniour Heroes – Legends of the Tide character designs and art2007
Book CoverUBC – Uprooted: UBC’s Undergraduate Literary Magazine2004

awards & recognitions

YALSA “Great Graphic Novels for Teens” PickYokaiden 1 & Yokaiden 2010
Winner “Best Short Story”Eisner Award for Murder He Wrote2009
Winner “Best New OEL Manga” for Yokaiden 12008
First Place in T-Shirt Design ContestA-kon: Dallas, TX2005
Winner “Outstanding Science Fiction Comic” WCC Awards for Saturnalia2004

appearances & speaking

Official Guest/PanelistVancouver Comic Arts Festival 2015
Official GuestVancouver Comic Arts Festival 2014
Official GuestKamloops Public Library2014
Official Guest/PanelistVancouver Comic Arts Festival 2013
Official GuestVancouver Fan Expo2013
Official GuestToronto Comic Arts Festival2013
PanelistVancouver Gaming Expo2012
Official GuestBellingham Comic-Con2012
PanelistVancouver International Writer’s Festival; “Words & Images”2012
Guest SpeakerUniversity of British Columbia; comic book writing class2012
Official GuestKamloops Public Library2012
Guest SpeakerTempleton Secondary School2012
Official GuestVancouver Fan Expo2012
Official GuestNaka-Kon: Kansas City, KS2012
Guest SpeakerUniversity of British Columbia; comic book writing class2011
Official GuestChicago Comic-Con2011
Keynote SpeakerVancouver Public Library Writing Camp2011
Guest SpeakerVancouver Powell Street Festival2011
Official GuestAnime Evolution: Vancouver, BC2011
Official GuestVancouver Comic-Con2011
Guest SpeakerUniversity of British Columbia; comic book writing class2010
Official GuestFree Comic Book Day2010
Book SigningSan Diego Comic-Con2009
Official GuestVancouver Comic-Con2009
PanelistAnime North: Toronto, Ontario2008
PanelistAnime Evolution: Vancouver, BC2008
PanelistDragon*Con: Atlanta, GA2003


BeginningsSeattle, WA (PAX Prime)2015
Fangamer <3 Attract ModeSeattle, WA (PAX Prime)2014
Lil Bub x The YeteeAurora, Illinois2014
GCCX x NoCon Kid CaféTokyo, Japan2014
Fangamer X Attract ModeSeattle, WA (PAX Prime)2013
8-Bits of Destiny IIIVancouver, BC2011