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My comics, artbooks and light novels have the look of Japanese Manga and are arranged most recent at the top. For standalone artwork, go to the illustrations section. For details on other types of publications (i.e. instructional books, childrens' books) please visit other projects.


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A Brush With Magic, UKŁ6.99
Details: 140x216mm Digest, 224pgs black/white, Teen 13+, LIGHT NOVEL, ISBN 978-1-9050-3843-5

"I am her blessed one. And for six hundred years, I was the only one... Do you realise how long I've been waiting for you?" When Rua frees Silas from some bandits, the seasoned warrior takes the student mage under her wing... partly down to him wanting to repay her kindness, but mostly because his lack of common sense meant he needed saving from himself. She soon suspects he's hiding something. That doesn't bother her. She has a secret too. She's killed thousands over the centuries and even rises from the dead to finish the job. She just tries not to do it in front of anyone she likes. But as a routine rescue operation goes from bad to worse, Silas is forced to reveal that he is the most dangerous mage in existence. And the one she has been searching for her entire life.

NEO Magazine says: 'Painting rich scenes just as effortlessly with words as she does with her pencil, Leong has created an engaging, lively and entertaining story... Interspersed with full page artwork,this is in the best tradition of Japanese light novels, mixing prose with illustrations... this short novel will have you begging for more. 4/5 STARS'
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The Colours Of Magic, UKŁ10.00
Details: 210x297mm Booklet, 44pgs full colour, Older Teen 13+, ARTBOOK

The artbook which accompanies the light novel A Brush With Magic. Filled with full colour illustrations, concept sketches of the characters with design notes, full turnarounds, extra scenes and fun bonus content!
~ [Buy from Sweatdrop] ~ [Buy Signed Pack] ~


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Toyota UK: AYGO MANGA, PROMOTION COMIC
Details: 148x210mm Booklet, 12pgs full colour, PG, MANGA

This was a special comic commissioned by Toyota UK for their 2015 Aygo hatchback. The car design was inspired by anime, so making a manga which features the car as a secondary character was only natural! A commemorative, limited edition print run with tracing paper overlays was made for the launch. This comic is now available to download or to view as an animation.
~ [Download from Toyota UK Blog] ~ [View the animation] ~


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Aya.Takeo vol.3, UKŁ8.99
Details: 176X250mm Digest, 64pgs full colour, PG, MANGA, ISBN 978-1-9050-3834-3
Aya Takeo is a story of space, time, civilisation and star-crossed love. Not satisfied with merely ousting Lord Osamu, Hisoka's lust for power (and fear of reprisal from the spider leader, Sasa-Gumo) continues unabated as his tyranny lays waste to the land and its people. Can Takeo, Jigumo and Nigel stop Hisoka before it's too late? Most importantly, can they save Aya? This final 3rd volume completes the series! Artwork by Sonia Leong, story by Lloyd Prentice.
Jump to Volume 1; Jump to Volume 2!
~ [Buy from Sweatdrop] ~ [Free Online at www.ayatakeo.com] ~

Aya.Takeo has some funky merchandise associated with it, ranging from t-shirts and postcards thru to amazing custom print keyboards. For more info, go to ayatakeo.com and visit the online store. Related images:

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Aya.Takeo vol.2, UKŁ8.99
Details: 176X250mm Digest, 64pgs full colour, PG, MANGA, ISBN 978-1-905038-31-2
Aya Takeo is a story of space, time, civilisation and star-crossed love. Takeo gains a new companion and Ji-gumo the spider mecha gets a revolutionary makeover! Discover the true enemy as Lord Hisoka proves how far he is willing to go to attain power... and Aya. Volume 2 collects together the second year of the online comic. Artwork by Sonia Leong, story by Lloyd Prentice.
Jump to Volume 1; Jump to Volume 3!
~ [Buy from Sweatdrop] ~ [Free Online at www.ayatakeo.com] ~


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Telling Tales, UKŁ6.99
Details: 140x216mm Digest, 224pgs black/white, PG, MANGA ANTHOLOGY, ISBN 978-1-905038-28-2
Sweatdrop Studios presents a collection of tales adapted from stories well-loved and time-tested. You'll find fables from near and far; some will shock, some will surprise and some will make you smile. Sweatdrop's artists have scoured the globe for stories that have inspired and touched them in some way. Magic, greed, love, friendship, loss and punishment – fairytales have always encompassed a haunting mix of the fantastical and macabre. This anthology, perfect for bed-time reading, will capture all of that and more in Sweatdrop’s expected variety of styles and approaches; and the group are thrilled to be joined in this special book by guest creator Svetlana Chmakova (NightSchool/Dramacon).
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Talking to Strangers, UKŁ6.99
Details: 140x216mm Digest, 224pgs black/white, Older Teen 13+, MANGA ANTHOLOGY, ISBN 978-1-905038-26-8
A girl trapped in a box, a boy chained to a rock and a friendship between a child and a flower. These are just a few of the themes that storyteller Fehed Said explores in this collection. Joining Fehed Said, the acclaimed writer behind SLG's Clarence Principle, and Sonia Leong, the award winning artist behind SelfMadeHero's Romeo and Juliet is a sterling lineup of the UK's best new talent. Featuring artwork from Nana Li, Wing Yun Man, Chloe Citrine and Faye Yong.
~ [Buy from Sweatdrop] ~ [Buy from Amazon] ~


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Domo: The Manga, UKŁ6.99
Details: 140x216mm Digest, 96pgs black/white, all ages, MANGA ANTHOLOGY, ISBN 978-1-4278-1597-2
International celebrity Domo makes his English language manga debut in this full-color collection of stories. First popularised in Japan as the mascot for the national television station, Domo has won the hearts of people the world over with his hilarious and unpredictable antics. In these stories Domo wreaks havoc on his friend Tashanna's Wii (my chapter!), wins a box car race by being the car and decides to be whatever he sees on TV including Tarzan, a samurai and finally a chef.
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Love Stuffing vol.1, UKŁ5.99
Details: 140x216mm Digest, 192pgs black/white, Teen 13+, MANGA, ISBN 978-1-905038-25-1
Wishing she could get Steve to love her the way she loves her soft toys, Jenny wonders if the secret to being loved is in the stuffing itself. Comparing herself to the more popular girls in class, she realises her problem - she lacks the stuffing! Borrowing "love" from her fluffy friends, she "stuffs" herself and goes to school... Story and art by Sonia Leong, Concept by Stereoblind
~ [Buy from Sweatdrop] ~ [Buy from Amazon] ~

Many thanks to John and Christy of Stereoblind for entrusting me with the endearing concept behind Love Sutffing! Related images:

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Aya.Takeo vol.1, UKŁ8.99
Details: 176X250mm Digest, 64pgs full colour, PG, MANGA, ISBN 978-1-905038-21-3
Aya Takeo is a story of space, time, civilisation and star-crossed love. The love and perseverance between a noblewoman separated from her lowly warrior, amidst a backdrop of a neo-classical Japan under invasion from spider mecha. Volume 1 collects together the first year of the online comic. Artwork by Sonia Leong, story by Lloyd Prentice.
Jump to Volume 2; Jump to Volume 3!
~ [Buy from Sweatdrop] ~ [Free Online at www.ayatakeo.com] ~


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Once Upon a time..., UKŁ5.99
Details: 140x216mm Digest, 160pgs black/white, Teen 13+, MANGA, ISBN 978-1-905038-15-2
Once Upon a Time... stories of our time, the here and now. What challenges do we face when we have to grow up? Look through the eyes of different people as they deal with their personal battles, face the truth and determine their futures. Life's lessons can only be learnt from living it.
~ [Buy from Sweatdrop] ~ [Buy from Amazon] ~

This is the collected volume of my first comic series with Sweatdrop. Related images:

Alexis & Briony OUAT cover poster OUAT rear cover image Visual Kei Xmas 2007 Briony & Sueto-chan ONCE UPON A TIME: girls Alice and Latisha marker pic Briony & Mercedes marker pic Merceces watercolour Briony colour pencil Badge bookmarks Latisha, OUAT 3 front cover Mercedes OUAT 2 watercolour Briony, OUAT 1 front cover Mercedes OUAT pen & tone

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Drop Dead Monstrous, UKŁ5.00
Details: 140x216mm Digest, 128pgs black/white, Mature 16+, MANGA ANTHOLOGY, ISBN 978-1-905038-17-6
Prepare for a scare - Sweatdrop's new anthology 'Drop Dead Monstrous' is here! Features seven new comics about all sorts of monsters - from the close-to-home monsters you might find in your back yard, to exotic monsters from fairy tales, from the other side of the world, and from the far reaches of time and space. Even your nextdoor neighbour could be a monster! It's a bite sized chunk of comic flesh and braaaains. With Drop Dead Monstrous, every day is Hallowe'en! (I did chapter 7: Model Behaviour)
~ [Buy from Sweatdrop] ~ [Buy from Amazon] ~


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Comic Book Tattoo, UKŁ19.99
Details: 12x12" Digest, 480pgs full colour, Teen 13+, COMIC ANTHOLOGY, ISBN 978-1-58240-964-1
Over 80 creators from every style and genre have contributed 51 stories to this anthology featuring tales inspired by the songs of multi-platinum recording artist, Tori Amos. Featuring an introduction by Neil Gaiman, Comic Book Tattoo encapsulates the breadth, depth, and beauty of modern comics in this coffee table format book.

(Stephanie Leong and I contributed "Siren")
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Manga Life: Be Creative, UKŁ6.00
Details: 148x210mm Digest, 112pgs black/white, Older Teen 13+, MANGA/COMIC STRIPS, ISBN 978-1-905940-77-6
Be creative marries manga images with tried and tested expert ideas in a stunning mixture of art and advice and is packed with ideas to help readers unleash their creative genius. Containing 52 little chapters with an accompanying comic, use the adventures (and misadventures) of Hayley, Jemima, Pete and Ken as a starting point for unleashing your own creativity at work and at play.
~ [Buy from Infinite Ideas] ~ [Buy from Amazon] ~


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Manga Life: Find True Love, UKŁ6.00
Details: 148x210mm Digest, 112pgs black/white, Older Teen 13+, MANGA/COMIC STRIPS, ISBN 978-1-905940-78-3
Find true love is a blend of manga and practical expert advice that will help you find, and keep, your true love. It contains 52 small but perfectly formed stand-alone chapters, each with one-page manga shorts that enhance and illustrate the ideas featured. Join Hayley, Jemima, Pete and Ken as they negotiate love, romance and relationships twenty-first century style, and learn from their adventures (and mistakes!) as they each search for true love.
~ [Buy from Infinite Ideas] ~ [Buy from Amazon] ~


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Satan's Amazon, UKŁ2.00
Details: 148x210mm Booklet, 20pgs black/white, Mature 16+, MANGA
Oksana is an Amazonian warrior who finally falls in battle - and is brought face to face with Satan. He tells her that in order to reach Heaven she must re-live her life... without ever fighting back. Artwork by Sonia Leong, Story by John Bamber
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Japan 21 / Devon Curriculum Service - Education resource pack
Details: TBC
This page was commissioned by the educational charity Japan 21 for a resource pack soon to be published by the Devon Curriculum Services. The page will be featured as part of a translation exercise for KS3 users, in the section "Japan - Changing Place, Changing People".
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Manga Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet, UKŁ7.99
Details: 148x210mm Digest, 208pgs black/white with colour intro, Teen 13+, MANGA, ISBN 0-9552856-0-7
"MY ONLY LOVE SPRUNG FROM MY ONLY HATE," laments Juliet, the heroine of Romeo and Juliet, the world's most famous love story. A fusion of classic Shakespeare with manga visuals, this is a cutting edge adaptation that will impassion and grip its readers. Set in modern-day Japan, two young lovers are caught up in a bitter vendetta between their rival Yakuza families - the Montagues and the Capulets. Can their forbidden love survive as violence, betrayal and tragedy explode on the streets of Tokyo?
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Visit www.selfmadehero.com for more info. Text abridged by Richard Appignanesi, edited by Emma Hayley, published by SelfMadeHero of Metromedia UK. Related images:

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Pink is for Girls, UKŁ5.00
Details: 140x216mm Digest, 132pgs black/white, Teen 13+, MANGA ANTHOLOGY, ISBN 978-1-905038-07-7
This is one of a pair of books, where the stories are closely intertwined and explore the differences between shojo and shonen manga. Every story has a corresponding tale in Blue is for Boys. My contribution was "Return to Chenezzar", and the back cover image!
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Cyborg Butterfly, UKŁ2.00
Details: 148x210mm Booklet, 20pgs black/white, Teen 13+, MANGA
Cyborg operative, Cho Tanaka is assigned to a dangerous mission. Will her feelings for day-dreaming doctor, Ben Mayhew, ever be returned?
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Tokyopop Rising Stars of Manga UK and Ireland vol.1, UKŁ6.99
Details: 127x189mm digest, 181pgs black/white, Teen 13+, MANGA ANTHOLOGY, ISBN 978-1-59816-464-0
My 20 page entry, "Fatal Connection" was the 2nd place winner. A tale of two sisters linked in a sinister way...
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Visit www.tokyopop.com for more info. Check out this and later volumes because several Sweatdroppers and friends feature! Related images:

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Power Trip, NEO magazine #8 UKŁ5.00 backorder
Details: A5 cover mount comic, 5 pgs, age rating PG
Someone goes on a Power Trip as two Egyptian gods battle it out in a videogame!
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Tea Time, featured in Aniway #20 EU €3.95
Details: A4 magazine feature 6 pgs, full colour, age rating PG
Two Lolitas meet for Tea, with some scary results...
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Sugardrops, UKŁ6.00
Details: 140x216mm Digest, 156pgs black/white, PG, MANGA ANTHOLOGY, ISBN 1-905038-00-3
Sweatdrop Studios presents Sugardrops, a whimsical journey through the cute, the sweet and the adorable. Fifteen artists, each with their own personal take on the cute theme, with a delectable variety of manga-style artwork. Each short is a standalone story, so you can snack happily without spoiling your dinner. My Chapter was "Murder on the Dancefloor", a 10 pg short about a Catgirl Dance Competition!
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