Baltimore, MD (July 8, 2010) – Manga artist/creator Felipe Smith will appear at Otakon 2010. Smith is one of the few successful non-Japanese mangaka working in Japan today. Born in 1978 in Akron, Ohio, and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Smith graduated from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2000. After winning second place in Tokyopop’s 2004 Rising Stars of Manga, he published his first three-volume series, MBQ, through the same publisher.
In 2008 he earned the opportunity to publish his next series, PEEPO CHOO, in Morning 2 monthly magazine, published by Kodansha, Japan’s largest publisher. PEEPO CHOO Vol. 1 is now available in the U.S., in English, through Vertical, Inc.
Otakon 2010 will be held July 30 – August 1 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland.