Hi! I'm a cartoonist and illustrator currently living in western Japan. I love to tell stories and draw with ink and watercolors. I also like to hike and bike and swim outdoors.
My Ignatz-nominated minicomics series Nori became my first book (Drawn & Quarterly, 2020). My second book is a short story collection called The Peanutbutter Sisters and Other American Stories (Drawn & Quarterly, May 2022).
I teach comics and illustration at Bergen Community College and School of Visual Arts - Continuing Education.
The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Nib, BuzzFeed, Ogilvy & Mather, Studio Uni, Isetan, Honya B&B, and more
Some minicomics are included in the artist's book collection at Brooklyn Museum Library, zine collection at Barnard Zine Library, comic book collection at the Library of Congress, and special collection at the University of Missouri Library, and may be available to public.
Women Who Draw
Cartoonists of Color
SPX 2022 Comics and Fabulism
TCAF 2022 (IM)Migration in Comics
TCAF 2022 Artists Talking to Artists: Experiments in Storytelling
San Diego Comic-Con 2021: Exploring Culture in Kids Comics
Comic News Insider with Jimmy Aquino at SPX 2022
Comix Experience Graphic Novel Club 2022
Interview by Rina Ayuyang, 2022
VanCAF Online 2020 Spotlight: Rumi Hara (YouTube)
Gutter Boys: Autoptic 2020 with Rumi Hara (Apple Podcast)
We Need More Diverse Books - Nori
All images © Rumi Hara 2023