CV & About Me

Chie Kutsuwada was born and brought up in Japan.
After graduating Royal College of Art, now she lives and works in Brighton as a manga artist. She also attends some manga-related events and runs manga workshops at schools, libraries, and museums around UK, such as British Libraries and Victoria and Albert Museum. She usually creates story and illustration on her own like King of a Miniature Garden (2007), her first manga, but also works with story writers, such as 'As You Like It' (2008 SelfMadeHero, London) by Shakespeare and 'Hagakure' by T Yamamoto (adopted by Sean Michael Wilson, 2010 Kodansha International, Tokyo)

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2003 - 05   MA in Printmaking, Royal College of Art
2000 - 03   BA in Fine Art
                  Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design
1999 - 00   Foundation studies in Art and Design
                  Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design

2006-07        King of a Miniature Garden Vol1-4 (self-published)
Featured in Neo Magazine and Advanced Photoshop
2007 Oct    The Mammoth Book of Best New Manga 2 (Robinson, London)
2008 Oct    The Mammoth Book of Best New Manga 3 (Robinson, London)
         Nov    As You Like It (Self Made Hero, London)
2009 Featured in Manga Quake 7 (Futurequake Press), Computer Art Project
         (tutorial) and Mooky Chick web magazine (interview)
2010 Sep   Hagakure (Kodansha International, Tokyo)
2011  Feb  Story Of Lee (NBM, NY)
2013 Jan    The Book of Five Rings (Shambhala, USA)
2014/2015   Worrier Kids 1&2, Children’s book illustration (Caboodle Books, Steeton)

Selected Contributions
2011 1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die, Paul Gravett,
         Octopus Books, London
2013 The Complete Guide to Drawing Mnaga, Sonia Leong, Barrons, NY
          101 Top Tips From Professional Manga Artists, Ilex, East Sussex
2015 Drawing Basics Made Easy, Flame Tree Publishing, London
          How To Draw Manga Made Easy, Flame Tree Publishing, London
2016  Knife: The Cult, Craft and Culture of the Cook’s Knife, Tim Hayward,
          Quadrille Publishing Ltd, London

Event, Exhibition and workshop

Regularly appears at events such as London MCM Expo (May and October) , Hyper Japan, London (workshop and manga portrait) and annual Japan Expo, Paris, France
Also running several workshops at libraries, museums and schools around UK.
Regular workshop leader/speaker at the several Japanese related events organized by Japan Society.

Selected workshops and event

2016 Feb-May    Comix Creatrix: 100 Women Making Comics, Exhibition,
                            House of Illustration, London
         Feburary    Alice’s Adventure in Comics-Land, panel,
                            British Library, London
         May            Bradford Litrature Festival, workshop and panels
         June           Saturday Studio: Manga Drawing workshop
                            Wellcome Collection, London
         Oct             Shakespeare and Manga workshops and talk in Taiwan
                            organized by the British Council

2015 Oct            Lakes Art Festival, Kendal
         Nov           Otaku Atack!, workshop, British Museum, London
                           4 Koma manga workshop, Japan Embassy, London

2014 August      Geek Con, workshop, Gateshead
         Oct            Lakes Art Festival, Kendal
         Nov           Canterbury Anifest, workshop, Canterbury

2013 April          COMICA Festival, panel and live drawing, London
         May           COMICA  Manga Asia, workshop, Asia House, London
         Nov            Anime Attack, workshop, Gateshead

2012 Feb           Japan Expo, Marseire, France
         Nov           Yaoi Yuri Con, Lyon, France, workshop and a panel
2010 April          As you like it: the power of subversion in Manga comics
                          Talk with Ilya at Firstsite, Colchester
         July          Artist in residence, Sainsbury’s Centre of Visual Art, Norwich
         August     MANGA UK, exhibition curated by Ilya,
                          Idea Store Whitechapel Gallery, London
         Oct          That’s Novel!, exhibition organized by Paul Gravett, London
2009  May         Aberdeen Word Festival, workshop, book signing and a panel
                          Arctic Comic Festival, panel and book signing, Kemi, Finland
          August     Edinburgh International Book Festival, workshops and book
          Oct          Manga workshop, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
                          Beowulf workshop, British Library, London
          Dec         ‘What makes manga Manga?’ talk, British Museum, London
2008 Jan-Mar   Manga Jiman winners’ exhibition, Japan Embassy, London
         March      Classic Comics, panel, Herefordshire Council
         Oct           Comica, panel and book signing, ICA, London
2007 Oct           Comica, panel, ICA, London
2006 Oct           24 Hour Comics Day at ICA, London
                          Comica, panel, ICA, London
        Nov           International Anime and Manga Festival, panel, London

2008 Jan          Manga Jiman competition organized by Japan Embassy,
                         Joint 6th place