YISHAN LI
Has been drawing manga since 1999 and has been published in several Chinese manga magazines.

She began publishing in English in 2005. Recently published books include:
ALURIA CHRONICLES (Yaoi Press), MIDNIGHT BLUE (Demented Dragon)
THE GUARDIANS (QTK Anime), DARK MISTS and THE TIZZLE SISTERS & ERIK (Markosia Comics) and SPIRIT MARKED (Yaoi Press).

She is currently working on the CONTES DU BOUDOIR HANTE (Delcourt)
www.liyishan.com

SEAN MICHAEL WILSON
Writer of LAFCADIO HEARN'S JAPANESE GHOST STORIES (Demented Dragon), THE JAPANESE DRAWING ROOM (Russell Coates / Boychild Productions) and GANG OF LOVE (Yaoi Press).
Although originally hailing from Edinburgh Sean currently resides in Japan.
His first graphic novel ANGEL OF THE WOODS was published in 2003.
He has also written for MANGA MOVER, and the poem comics in the highly acclaimed BEAUTIFUL THINGS collection.

As well as writing comic books he is also a film director, having made several cultural documentaries that have been shown on British television.
www.boychildproductions.co.uk

The UKs Premier Comic Event, is hosting its biggest ever MANGA event this May!
The winners of the 2nd
RISING STARS OF MANGA UK & EIRE
Competition are:

BRISTOL COMIC EXPO is proud to announce that TOKYOPOP UK will be launching their 3rd RISING STARS OF MANGA UK & EIRE competition on SUNDAY 13th MAYat the show.
GRAND PRIZE:
John Aggs of West Sussex.
Manga Title: Knives

SECOND PLACE:
Selina Dean of Cambridge.
Manga Title: Poison

THIRD PLACE:
Hannah Saunders of the Isle of Wight
Manga Title: Beyond

RUNNERS-UP:
Mai-yeng Tran of London.
Manga Title: Redeemon

Khalid Kassim of Essex.
Manga Title: Promise Me

Morag Lewis of Cambridge.
Manga Title: The Homecoming

Joanna Zhou of London.
Manga Title: Happily Ever After

PEOPLE’S CHOICE:
Suzanne Lam of West Yorkshire.
Manga Title: Experiment 1817295#7205

SIKU
One of Britain's leading comic book/concept artists having worked for 2000AD, Marvel and COM X with works published in Germany and Spain. He has more recently worked on a number of games such as Evil Genius as Visual Director of Elixir Studios in London. Writer/creator of the comic strip 'Kane and Abel' for Front magazine, and did the concept work for the proposed movie Justice. Books published in Spain, and translated into German testify to fans in Continental Europe. His work was featured in The Best of British Illustrators Annual also known as Images 22.
He is currently producing two Graphic novels, developing intellectual property for TV and preparing groundwork for his first solo exhibition. Siku will be signigng at the Hodder stand throughout the weekend. www.theartofsiku.com
In association with Hodder & Stoughton Books.

Manga Shakespeare is a series of graphic novel adaptations of William Shakespeare's plays. A fusion of classic Shakespeare with manga visuals, these are cutting-edge adaptations that will intrigue and grip readers. Drawing inspiration from trend-setting Japan and using Shakespeare's original texts, this series brings to life the great Bard's words for students, Shakespeare enthusiasts and manga fans.

SelfMadeHero launches its first two titles – Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet – in March 2007. With Romeo and Juliet set in modern-day Tokyo, and Hamlet in a cyberworld.

Artists
EMMA VIECELI
(Hamlet)
and
SONIA LEONG
(Romeo and Juliet)
will be signing at the
Selfmadehero stand throughout the weekend.

ILYA
Editor of The Mammoth Book of Best New Manga, an anthology presenting the work of an international roster of contributors whose comics show the influence or inspiration of Japanese manga and anime, including: Michiru Morikawa, winner of the International Manga and Anime Festival's grand prize in 2005, previous category winners Asia Alfasi and Joanna Zhou, as well as established UK cartoonists Andi Watson and Craig Conlan.
MISAKO ROCKS!
Creator of BIKER GIRL, DETECTIVE JERMAIN! & ROCK N ROLL LOVE Misako was born in Japan and moved to New York in 2001, working as a puppeteer, face painter, animal balloon maker and art teacher, while still developing her own work. Her first break came when the Onion decided to use her to illustrate their now famous "Savage Love" column, which runs every week. Shortly thereafter, Misako scored a two-book deal with Hyperion and a three-book deal with Henry Holt for manga books. She's been featured in many magazines and newspapers, including Elle Girl and the New York Times, and the BBC recently featured her in a
documentary about comic book creators.
www.misakorocks.com
WITH SPECIAL GUESTS:

PAUL GRAVETT
Journalist, curator, lecturer, writer and broadcaster, who has worked in comics publishing and promotion for over twenty years.
publisher and co-editor of Escape magazine, with Peter Stanbury, in the 1980s. For six years, Escape helped to promote an evolving bunch of distinctive British creators including Dave McKean and Neil Gaiman.
Author of MANGA:Sixty Years Of Japanese Comics, GRAPHIC NOVELS:
Stories To Change Your Life and
GREAT BRITISH COMICS:
Celebrating A Century Of
Ripping Yarns & Wizard Wheezes (with Peter Stanbury).
Paul is a regular contributor to NEO magazine. www.paulgravett.com
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