photo of Nina Matsumoto
Nina at PAX West 2017

A Japanese-Canadian born in BC, Nina has always loved fantasy, science fiction, comics, Japanese art, and, of course, The Simpsons. She’s spent much of her time drawing things and telling stories.

In 2007, she uploaded a manga-style remix image of the Simpsons entitled “The Simpsonzu,” not expecting anything special. It went viral overnight. Suddenly she was being featured in numerous newspapers and magazines from all over the world and within a week, she got a call from Bongo Comics. They had a manga-style Simpsons story written and wanted her to draw it.

Nina still draws for Simpsons Comics. In 2009, her Death Note parody “Murder She Wrote” (Simpsons Treehouse of Horror #14) received an Eisner Award for “Best Short Story,” one of the most acclaimed award in comics. In addition, she created the graphic novel Yokaiden for Del Rey Manga and illustrated The Last Airbender Prequel: Zuko’s Story.

In 2011, her favourite Japanese TV show Game Center CX visited Los Angeles for an overseas trip special. Though she couldn’t attend, she drew a commemorative piece and had a local fan gift it to the host as a poster print. The show’s producer was so impressed with her art, he made it the cover to the DVD release of that very episode. He has since hired her to draw a birthday gift for the host, and a variant poster for Game Center CX: The Movie. They collaborated on a children’s book in 2016, which has since been released as I’m Stuck In A Video Game with an English translation by Nina (who is fluent in Japanese).

Most recently, Nina teamed up with friend and comedian Ian Boothby who wrote the Eisner-Award Winning “Murder She Wrote”. Together they created Sparks!, a childrens’ graphic novel published by Scholastic in 2018.

Currently, she is busy working as a full-time illustrator and apparel designer for Fangamer, an Arizona video game merchandise company. Through Fangamer, she has drawn T-shirt designs for numerous notable video games such as Undertale, Shovel Knight, Thimbleweed Park, Windjammers, and more.


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, Adobe Illustrator, pencils, markers, inks, watercolours

current work

Artist & Designer 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.

Freelance Artist (2007-present)
Self-employed illustrator hired for T-shirt design, book covers, book interior art, promotional posters, and more. Past clients include Capcom USA, Game Center CX, Polygon, Supergiant Games, and Sterling Publishing.

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.

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