The Comiku Girls, Akiko Meigetsu & Li Izumi & Janel Norris, are past celebrating their 10-year anniversary attending the convention circuit along the eastern seaboard and beyond. Each has had a pencil (or brush) in their hand since they could hold one, & have been telling stories since they could talk. At conventions, they are artists, cosplayers, fairies & Japanese cultural panelists. In 2004, we debuted our popular Japanese Tea Ceremony Panel, and have continued to create unique panel options in the decade since. Akiko is an artist, working in both digital and traditional media (watercolor and Asian Brushpainting). Li has studied Japanese language & culture is for over a decade, including a semester in Akita, Japan. Janel is herself a fairy, as well as an artist, jewelry-maker, and costumer.
Akiko has a Ph.D. in Biology from Duke University. She has studied Brush Painting with Chinese master, Cong Yuan, and watercolors with artist Luna Lee Ray. She has been painting in water media for more than a decade.
Li has a B.A. in East Asian Studies and a Masters degree in Classical Japanese Language and Literature from University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She spent 4 months in Akita, Japan living and going to school, where she studied, among other things, how to wear a kimono, calligraphy, and tea ceremony.
Janel has a BA in Fine arts/ Illustration. Janel has studied under Rebecca Guay, Scott Fischer, Dan Dos Santos and Brian and Wendy Froud. She has spent the last 10 years perfecting her costuming and design skills and now specializes in bringing the clothes, creatures, and costumes of fantasy worlds to life. Her costumes have been exhibited in many fashion shows as well as the Springfield Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum.