ComicFest cancelled (18/08)
Sorry, we are cancelling this Saturday’s ComicFest 2021 to keep everyone safe with the change in Covid-19 Alert levels. Thanks to our amazing and committed artists and sponsors, we will work together to discuss our future options for the events. While you’re at home, check out the amazing artists who have shared their stories below. Thank you for your understanding. Kia kaha and stay safe!
Jem Yoshioka is an illustrator and comic artist living in Wellington, New Zealand. Deftly weaving words and pictures together, Jem’s comics tell evocative and emotional stories with themes of belonging, place, and heritage.
Her current webcomic, Folk Remedy, is a queer fantasy inspired by Taisho era Japan, folktales and monsters called Yokai. Jem’s previous webcomic a sci-fi romance called Circuits and Veins, was completed in 2020, reaching 92,000 subscribers and still attracts tens of thousands of readers a month.
Jem’s work has been published in a range of local and international anthologies, including the 2020 publication Lockdown: tales from Aotearoa, published by Christchurch Art Gallery. She won first place in the Chromacon New Zealand Indie Arts Festival Comic Awards in 2013 and 2015 and was shortlisted in 2017.