Sunday, October 23, 2022

Hello from Rica

Thanks for visiting my blog.
Please visit these links below for more information!

Thank you very much,
Rica Takashima


Fabric with a Big Drawing from the Big Apple

Social practice art project
One Stop Family Pop Up

Ramp Project NYC (StopGap NYC)

Manga/Anime drawing

Manga Sculpture at Randall’s Island

Participatory art project
Aliens in New York art project

Old website (1980s-2015ish)



Thursday, October 13, 2022

Please swing by Women in Comic Con 2022!

 I am sorry, but the Women in Comics Con was postponed for Covod19 and some reasons.

We are planing the ComicCon for 2023. 


I will participate in the Women in Comics Con in The Bronx.

Please swing by my table and say Hi!

Erica Friedman, the author of By Your Side: The First 100 Years of Yuri Anime and Manga,

will be there too.

(I guess Erica's table will be next to me ^o^)

I drew illustrations of the cover art of the book.

This is a rare chance to get a double-signed (Erica and me) By Your Side book there!

October 29, Saturday


The Bronx Library Center

310 East Kingsbridge Road
Bronx, NY 10458

I also give away original coloring sheets to kids

Looking forward to seeing you there!


Friday, September 16, 2022

Late note for Flame Con 2022


It's quite late, but here are my impressions of Flame Con on August 20th and 21st.

Actually, even though I've been a guest before, it was my first time having my own table at the Flame Con this year.

It was an unforgettable weekend with many wonderful things happening.


First and foremost, I provided the cover, back cover, and inside illustrations for 

By Your Side: The First 100 Years of Yuri Anime and Manga, written by one of my best friends, Erica Friedman. We did signing together at the table.

Erica's book sold well and almost sold out on the first day. 

"Twenty years ago this would never have happened. I had to explain to everyone what 'Yuri' was, but now everyone knows" she said. Erica held YuriCon in NJ in 2003, but it was really too early. I think people who participated in that event were able to experience a really rare experience.

If I hadn't met Erica by chance in 2001, I wouldn't be who I am today. Every time I talk about it with Erica, we say that it was fate that we met at a lesbian bar in Manhattan. 

Thank Goddess!


from right: Erica, Justin, and me

When there was no line and I have a time,
I draw a portrait in my manga style for a customer.
It is a fun 3min-drawing!

At AnimeNYC last year, a visitor who was cosplaying of Kakegurui masked student council member bought the first volume of my book Tokyo Love: Rica ‘tte Kanji, and then came to buy the all sequel, wanting to read the continuation of the story. She showed a real face this time, but I knew it was her right away and I thought it was amazing LOL. I was impressed that she dropped by my table of the Comic Con where you had to pay an admission.

Others brought the very first original English version of Rica 'tte Kanji, published in 2003, and asked to sign it. I'm really happy to think that she didn't throw away the old books for 20 years and kept them on the bookshelf, and that she came to see me with the book!

Also, I met an artist who drew fan art and gave it to me! I love her drawing style and the color. This encourages me a lot.!!!!! @oliviorbb Check out her Instagram pls!

A populer artist Olivior and me♪

Jennifer Camper, Carlo Quispe, so on friends from before came to see us, and it was a reunion after Covid. Oh, I'm glad I have friends, I am a member of the community here, I thought.


Flame Con as a whole, was great place LGBTQ+ can enjoy safety, however, there weren't many authors and artists selling stories about female couples, love, issues, etc. so I hope there will be more for next year.

See you next time at the Women in Comics @Bronx Library Center on October 29th

    Useless addition

It was my first time to attend a Comic Con table since AnimeNYC last year, but last year at that time, I was actually in the worst physical condition, so I took harsh medicine every day and managed to get through 3 days. But now I'm not having migraine headaches or bladder pain, and I've recovered quite a bit and been able to participate in Flame Con, which is one of the good things.

Thanks to all!


かなり遅れてしまったけど、820,21Flame Conの感想です。
実は今までゲストになった事はあってもFlame Conで自分のテーブルを持つのは初めてでした。


なんといってもまずは私が表紙、裏表紙と中のイラストを提供した、親友の一人であるErica Friedmanが出版したBy Your Side: The First 100 Years of Yuri Anime and Mangaをテーブル販売し、そこで一緒にsinging した事です。



ジャスティンもQueer Comic作家さん。


昨年のAnimeNYCKakeguruiの仮面の生徒会のコスプレをしてたお客さんが1巻目を買ってくれて、で、お話の続きが読みたいって続きを買いに来てくれました。今回は素顔できてくれたんだけどすぐに彼女だってわかった私もすごいって思ったLOL 。入場料を払って入るコミコンのお店にわざわざ来てくれるって感動しちゃったよ。

他にも2003年に最初に出版されたオリジナルの英語版Rica ‘tte Kanjiを持って来てサインしてと言ってくれた方もいた。20年も昔の本を捨てないで本棚においてくれていたんだ、そして会いに来てくれたんだって思うと本当に嬉しい。


作家さんのアカウントは @oliviorbb です。


それからそれからJennifer Camper, Carlo Quispesさんなどなど、以前からの知り合いが私たちを訪ねて来てくれてコロナ以降の再会でした。ああ私には友達がいるんだ、よかったなあって思いました。


Flame Con全体では、女性カップルのお話を売る作家さんはあまりいなくて寂しかったので、もっともっと増えて欲しいなと思っています。

次回は1029日のWomen in Comics @Bronx Library Centerで会いましょう♪





Sunday, August 14, 2022

Please come to Flame Con and say Hi!


I will participate in The World's Largest Queer Comic Con, Flame Con, Times Suare Sheraton.

Saturday, Aug.20th 12pm-8pm
Sunday, Aug. 21st 12pm-6pm

Please come by my table (K-104, tentative) at Artst Ally.

I have special guest, Erica Friedman on Saturday at my table.
We'll be signing copies of

By Your Side: The First 100 Years of Yuri Anime and Manga

at the table!

Get your copy double signed!

I will also sell my original Yuri-manga, TOKYO LOVE: Rica 'tte Kanji?!, too.

Not only copy of my manga books, there will be original totes, prints, pins, etc.

See you on the weekend at Times Square!

Rica Takashima

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Fabric with a Big Drawing from the Big Apple: making facemasks project


Fabric with a Big Drawing from the Big Apple: making facemasks project

In March-April 2020, Queens, NYC where I live became the center of Covid-19 pandemic in the world, and the residents including myself were in a situation that some of acquaintances were hospitalized or some of friends died. Everyone felt the fear of this illness in real close. I was planning to hold outdoor events and comic cons as usual, but of course all of them were canceled. I started to continue to make facemasks with my leftover cloth and donate them to my community. I couldn't make anything other than facemasks. 

Fortunately, I received two offers. One was inviting to group art show, One Big Drawing. Then I created this project: Fabric with a Big Drawing from the Big Apple. 

The site of One Big Drawing was released in December 2020.

The On Big Drawing was curated by Friedhard Kiekeben and Jennifer Shaw. Thank you very much for the opportunity. This website is like an archive for me, as it introduces my past works.

The group exhibition was originally planned at the Chicago Columbia University Gallery, but due to Covid-19, it became an online exhibition.

Without this offer, I wouldn't have been able to make a new work in 2020, so I'm very grateful.

For this group exhibition, I digitally portrayed my experience during the 2020 NYC pandemic in manga. The motifs include ambulance sirens, N95 masks, rubbing alcohol, unemployment insurance websites, friends who started community group to secure foods, making cloth facemasks, and fireworks on Independence Day seen through the rear window.

I printed this manga on an organic cotton fabric and made masks from it. Each mask is a part of the manga. These unique 50 masks don’t have same pattern.

You can only see the whole manga on a digital device, and the manga is actually 100 cm wide and 300 cm long. So if you zoom in with your fingers on your device, you can see the more details. I you have Dropbox account, you can experience the manga here.

Also in December 2020, ArtBase88 in Fukuoka invited me to a group exhibition called Beyond New Border 2020. This was an online exhibition too.

Next, here is a link to the group exhibition Spring Forward for Women's Month in March 2021. Curators were Heidi Russell and Arantxa X. Rodriguez. Thanks for having me!

This was an exhibition in person in two years. I was relieved to think that the pandemic had passed its peak. However, it was not easy to display and manage the digital manga, so I exhibited only the facemasks at the show. 

Revelation Gallery, 224 Waverly place New York, NY

March 1-31, Mon-Fri 11am-3pm

Please watch this introductory video with 50 female artists from all over the world. You can see a glance of the venue in the first minute. After that, each artist leaves comment for about 30 seconds. These introductions by various artists are wonderful. Mine is around 6min 30 sec.

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そんな中に幸運にも二つのオファーがきました。そのうちの一つがこのプロジェクトです。 202012月にサイトがリリースしました。


On Big Drawing という名前のグループ展です。学芸員さんは Friedhard Kiekeben Jennifer Shaw。どうもありがとうございました。





デジタルデバイスでしか漫画全体像は見られないのですが、実はこの漫画のサイズは横100cm 300cmあります。ですからデバイスを指で拡大していくと、細かいディテールが見れるようになっています。データが大きいのですがDropboxを持っている方はここで見る事ができます。

このOn Big Drawingでは過去の作品も紹介してくださって、私のアーカイブ的な面もあります。改めて Friedhard KiekebenJennifer Shawさんには感謝します。


同じく202012月に福岡のArtBase88さんがBeyond New Border 2020 というグループ展に呼んでくださいました。これもオンライン展示です。

Also in December 2020, ArtBase88 in Fukuoka invited me to a group exhibition called Beyond New Border 2020. This was an online exhibition too.

次に紹介したいのは、20213月の女性月間に合わせたグループ展Spring Forward です。学芸員はHeidi RussellArantxa X. Rodriguez



Friday, April 17, 2020

I will be part in Virtual Art Con!

I will be part in Virtual Art Con!
Saturday, April 18 1pm-2:30 lunch break 4:30-12:30am

Virtual Art Con will happen here:
Instagram: VAC
FaceBook: @virtualartcon

Rica's Live Stream @ my account
Instargram: ricatakashima
 Facebook, Messenger: Rica Takashima 
You can ask me to make a HK facemask during VAC time. Chose your fav from 77 variety cloths for your mask! I will send it to you later via post mail. I’ve stayed at home for 3 weeks and never went shopping nor used delivery, so I am coronavirus free. I am making these masks with new materials that I had already at home. You don’t have to be afraid that masks I made has coronavirus.

About HKmask: HKmask is said to work like N95 mask quality when you put a paper tissue in a pocket inside the mask. You can use the mask without a tissue for daily use and it is 50% the effect of N95 mask. 

You can ask me to draw you in my manga style from a screen shot during we chat. I will send it to your SNS account. 

日本時間:4192:00-3:30am, 休憩5:30-11:30am 

Sunday, December 22, 2019

LGBTQ and Social Diversity in Asian Art

My artwork has been showed in a collection exhibition: 

LGBTQ and Social Diversity in Asian Art 

at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum 

2019 December 2 - 2020 March 17. 

Please drop by if you are in the area.




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