Misako wanted to move to American since she was 11 after she got a crush on Michael J. Fox in Back to the Future. At age 19, she won a scholarship to come to American as an exchange student. Her first break came when The Onion decided to use her illustrations for their Savage Love column. Shortly after, Misako scored a two-book deal with Hyperion and a three-book deal with Henry Holt. Her autobiographical comic, Rock and Roll Love, was featured in the Best Teens Book List by the NYPL.
Outside the US, she has published four books in Japan. Her latest book – How to learn English with Misako’s Method – became a bestseller on Amazon Japan.
She was selected as one of the outstanding Japanese artists in New York and invited to meet Japanese Prime Minister Abe and the Japanese First Lady. After that, she started appearing on multiple Japanese TV and radio shows. Also, the BBC and NHK featured her in a documentary about her comic book life.
She has taught manga drawing classes at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Brooklyn Cherry Blossom Festival and given many speeches in various schools all around the US.
Besides her book projects, she currently teaches Manga at the Chapin School in the Upper East Side.
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Misako will appear on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. She will be in Artist Alley and host select panels.