“My work covers a wide range of craft and genre. Manga requires proficiency in drawing figure and environments, design literacy, dialogue, and story construction. My recent series, Rabbit and Toad, is inspired by 12th century emaki scroll art and references Edo and Heian era pieces as well. Employing modern cinematic narrative and manga techniques, this story addresses social hierarchy, egalitarianism, and class conflict, using anthropomorphic animal characters as metaphors.” – Kofi Bazzell-Smith
Kofi Bazzell-Smith is an artist, professional boxer, and educator specializing in Japanese manga(comics). A U.S.-Japan Bridging Scholar, Kofi has boxed and studied manga in Japan. He is also boxing coach and teaches workshops on art, language, and storytelling. Championing the Black manga movement, Kofi strives to build bridges between the United States and Japan through art making and public speaking. Kofi is the founder and president of the Eastern Illinois University Japanese Culture Club, where he teaches free Japanese lessons to students. He is also the creator of the Azuki children’s book series, written in both English and Japanese.
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