Kokoro – A Graphic Memoir


Kokoro is a graphic memoir about my life in Tokyo that features my favorite comics from Instagram as well new, unpublished stories. The book contains 300 pages of comics!

This book was originally created as a Kickstarter campaign.

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This book was originally created as a Kickstarter campaign!

Two years ago, I created my Instagram account, christinemaricomics, where I chronicle my experiences living in Tokyo, Japan in a series of simple hand-drawn comics.

Every comic tells a different story, tackling a wide range of subjects from reconciling with my mixed Hafu’ (in Japanese Hafu means ‘half-Japanese’) identity to my everyday struggles with anxiety and depression, all in ten panels or less.

When I first started drawing these comics, I drew them for myself. I was alone and far away from home. My art was a personal form of therapy, a way to self-reflect and process my experiences.

I shared it on Instagram on a whim and I was amazed to see people from different countries and backgrounds come together over my stories, sharing their own experiences and making me realize I was not so alone after all.

In Japanese, the word ‘Kokoro’ means ‘heart, mind, and soul.’ I couldn’t think of a better word to describe my comics. Comics are the closest thing I have to expressing the depths of my heart and soul, and it is a privilege to be able to share a piece of my heart with the world.

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