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Exploring the world of science through graphic narrative. By Maki Naro

Who has seven thumbs and is up for a Philly Geek Award?

Hint: It's not Goro from Mortal Kombat. I counted.

The artist, pointing seven thumbs at himself.

Eyyyyyyyy!

Maki Naro

Let it never be said that drawing nerdy science comics won't get you anywhere.

I recently received word that I had been nominated for "Comic Creator of the Year" at the 2016 Philly Geek Awards . I'm in the running with fellow comic creators Emily K and Jamar Nicholas, who are both doing amazing work—not just in our field, but for the greater good as well.

The Philly Geek Awards recognize the achievements of Philadelphia-area creators, makers, entrepreneurs, leaders, and even scientists. For an example of what that involves, one of the nominees for "Geek of the Year" is Ariell Johnson, owner of Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse and the first African-American female comic book shop owner on the East Coast. I was also really excited to see Resistor_, a tabletop game by my friends Nicole Kline and Anthony Amato, was among the nominees.

Like most people, I suffer from a crippling case of impostor syndrome, so I can't begin to tell you what an honor it is to even be nominated for something like this, and I'm super thankful to everybody who has supported me along the way.

The Philly Geek Awards will be held on Sunday, October 16 and there are still tickets available. Hope to see some of you readers there.

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