Natalia Batista

I studied at Serieskolan (Comic Art School) in Malmö between 2005-2007. My first published comic was Lova in Okej magazine in 2006-2007 and I got among the 10 finalists in the Swedish manga competition Mangatalangen 2006 and 2007. In 2009, I selfpublished my own manga book A Song For Elise after releasing it as a webcomic. It was released in Germany in 2010, published by Tokyopop, with the title Ein Lied für Elise

In 2010, I debuted in Sweden with Mjau!, published by Kabusa Böcker. The manga has since then been published in Portugal, Germany and the US. illustrated the Swedish children books series Häxfolket by Jo Salmson, published by Bonnier Carlsen in 2011-2012.

The most well know of my works is the gender flipped fantasy manga Sword Princess Amaltea, which was published in 3 volumes between 2013-2015. It has since then been released in Italy, Germany, Czech Republic and the US. I have also made the aquarelle manga Sjöjungfrun Minna och den hemliga vännen, published in 2018 by Rabén & Sjögren.

I am a member of the Swedish manga artist collective an publisher Nosebleed Studio, worked as a comic art teacher at Serieskolan in Malmö and organizes the annual comics festival Malmö Seriefest.

Publications
2020Mjau! 1-2, published by PYRAMOND, Germany.
2019 – Sword Princess Amaltea samlingsbok, published by Nosebleed Studio, Sweden.
2019Mnau!, published by Zanir, Czech Republic.
2019Sword Princess Amaltea vol.2-3, published by PYRAMOND, Germany.
2018Sjöjungfrun Minna och den hemliga vännen, published by Rabén & Sjögren, Sweden.
2018Sword Princess Amaltea, published by Zanir, Czech Republic.
2018Sword Princess Amaltea vol.1-3, published by TOKYOPOP, USA.
2018Sword Princess Amaltea vol.2-3, published by Kasaobake, Italy.
2018Sword Princess Amaltea vol.1, published by PYRAMOND, Germany.
2017Sword Princess Amaltea vol.1, published by Kasaobake, Italy.
2017Sword Princess – Rollspelet i Amalteas värld, published by Saga Games, Sweden.
2015 – Sword Princess Amaltea vol.3, published by Kolik förlag, Sweden.
2014Sword Princess Amaltea vol.2, published by Kolik förlag, Sweden.
2013 Sword Princess Amaltea vol.1, published by Kolik förlag, Sweden.
2013Mjau! 1-4 Samlingsbok, published by Kabusa Böcker, Sweden.
2010Ein Lied für Elise, published by TOKYOPOP, Germany.
2010Mjau! 1-4, published by Kabusa Böcker, Sweden.
2009A song for Elise, self-published manga book.

Awards
2015Bokjuryn, Sweden, fourth place in the comic category awarded to Nosebleed Studios Stora Mangasamling.
2014Bokjuryn, Sweden, second place in the comic category awarded Sword Princess Amaltea 2.
2013 – Nordisk skolbibliotekarieföreningens Barnbokspris, awarded to  Häxfolket.
2013 – World Robopic 2013, won first price in robot creating contest in Japan.
2012 – Ribon Manga School, Japan, honorable mention awarded to Hooked on you.
2012 – Ribon Manga School, Japan, honorable mention awarded to Circus Romantique.
2010 – Bokjuryn, Sweden, second place in the comic category awarded to Mjau! 1.
2008 – Kodansha 2nd Morning International Manga Competition, Japan, in the top 40 with Yum Yum Food Fight.
2007 – Seriefrämjandets stora serietecknartävling, Sweden, honorable mention to Mums mums matkrig.
2007 – Mangatalangen 2007, Sweden, in the top 10 with Synth Master J.
2006 – Mangatalangen 2006, in the top 10 with Prinsessan och Fröken Näktergal.

Participation in anthologies
2018 Every Girl Is A Hero, comics anthology published by HY Pictures, Armenia.
2018
Every Girl Is A Hero, comics anthology published by Tusen Serier, Sweden.
2018
Comics2Bite, comics anthology publihed by MangaSenpai and Kasaobake, Italy.
2018Nosebleed Studio lär dig teckna manga! – Serieskapande, published by Nosebleed Studio, Sweden.
2017Nosebleed Studio reser i den svenska historien, published by Nosebleed Studio, Sweden.
2017Comics2Bite, comics anthology publihed by MangaSenpai and Kasaobake, Italy.
2017Nosebleed Studio lär dig teckna manga! – Karaktärsdesign, published by Nosebleed Studio, Sweden.
2016 – Nosebleed Studio’s 10 Year Jubilee, published by Nosebleed Studio, Sweden.
2015 –  Nosebleed Studio Stora Mangasamlingen, published by Nosebleed Studio, Sweden.
2015 – Freya – Sequential Love Stories, adult comics anthology published by Bifrost Books, Sweden.
2014 – The Art of Nosebleed Studio, published by Nosebleed Studio, Sweden.
2013Swedish Comic Sin 4, adult comics anthology published by Nattserier förlag, Sweden.
2013Nosebleed Studio Swedish Manga Anthology, published by Nosebleed Studio, Sweden.
2012Nosebleed Studio Anthology: Seaside Stories, published by Nosebleed Studio, Sweden.
2012Swedish Comic Sin 3, adult comics anthology published by Nattserier förlag, Sweden.
2012GUYS, adult comics anthology published by Triangle Comics, Sweden.
2011Swedish Comic Sin 2, adult comics anthology published by Nattserier förlag, Sweden.
2011Nosebleed Studio’s 5 Years Jubilee Anthology, published by Nosebleed Studio, Sweden.
2010Nosebleed Studio Fansin #4, manga fanzine published by Nosebleed Studio, Sweden.
2010Swedish Comic Sin, adult comics anthology published by Nattserier förlag, Sweden.
2009Nosebleed Studio Shojo Fansin, manga fanzine published by Nosebleed Studio, Sweden.
2008Nosebleed Studio Fansin #2, manga fanzine published by Nosebleed Studio, Sweden.
2007Kvarnby Serier 2007, Swedish comics anthology published by Kvarnby FHSK, Sweden.
2007Mangatalangen 2007, Swedish comics anthology published by Bonnier Carlsen, Sweden.
2006Kvarnby Serier 2006, Swedish comics anthology published by Kvarnby FHSK, Sweden.
2006 – Mangatalangen 2006, Swedish comics anthology published by Bonnier Carlsen, Sweden.
2006Nosebleed Studio #1, manga zine published by Nosebleed Studio, Sweden.

Commissioned work and published works in magazines
2019 – – Informational comics and illustrations made for Barnfonden’s magazine (part of ChildFund Alliance).
2019 – Promotional comic made for Reproduktionsmedicinskt Centrum in Malmö.
2019Frejas strid, 2 page comic for the Danish comics anthology Valhalla i nye hænder, published by Carlsen, Denmark.
2019Vill du skapa en saga med mig?, comic made for Kulturrådets Barn- och ungdomsbokskatalogen.
2017 – Painting made for International School of the Gothenburg Region.
2017 – Poster art for Nordsken in Skellefteå.
2016 – Murial on a pilar in the comic store SF-bokhandeln in Malmö.
2015 – Painting for the library in Ängelholm.
2015 – Painting for the library in Lund.
2014Mannen från Syrien, 14 page comic for the Swedish comics anthology I hjärtat av Malmö, published by Seriefrämjandet, Sweden.
2014Mangaflickor och söta pojkar – könsstereotyper i manga, article published by Bild & Bubbla nr 198.
2013 – 2016Sword Princess Amaltea, regularly published in Italian online manga magazine Doraetos Manga.
2012 – 2014 Miau Miau, regularly published Portuguese version of Mjau! in the manga magazine Banzai, by NCreatures, Portugal.
2013Hämnaren, 6 page comic for the Swedish comics anthology Ordningen upprätthålls alltid, published by Apart förlag, Sweden.
2013Rapport från New York Comic Con, short comic report published in Bild & Bubbla nr 195.
2011 – 2012 Häxfolket 1-4, illustrations for childrens books series published by Bonnier Carlsen, Sweden.
2010Yaoi-manga – av kvinnor, för kvinnor, om män som älskar män, article published in Bild & Bubbla nr 184.
2010Klimatpimpa din livsstil!, climate-awareness comic magazine, commissioned and published by Malmö City Environmental Department.
2009 Valborg, short manga story published in the manga magazine Shojo Stars #5 by Bonnier Carlsen, Sweden.
2008 – Manganackan 08-09, illustrations in a pocket calendar, published by Bonnier Carlsen, Sweden.
2006 – 2007 Lova, regularly published comic in the magazine OKEJ, published by Egmont in Sweden.

Self-published smaller publications
2014Sword Princess Amaltea: kapitel 6, self-published manga zine.
2012A Sword Princess Tale: chapter 1, self-published manga zine.
2009 The Marauders and the Secrets of the Heart, self-published manga zine.
2008 A song for Elise: part 1, self-published manga zine.

Education
2008 – Finished 60 hp in Japanese Language at the University of Lund, Sweden.
2007 – Finished 2 years studies at Serieskolan in Malmö,  Sweden.

Stage and TV appearances
2019 – Panel as part of the exhibition SIE kommen! … mit neuen Comics aus Schweden at the Felleshus der Nordischen Botschaften in Berlin, Germany.
2019 – Live drawing in the booth of Nosebleed Studio at Gothenburg Book Fair, Sweden.
2019 – Interviewed Brazilian artist Lu Cafaggi and French artist Julien Neel on Seriescenen at Gothenburg Book Fair, Sweden.
2019 – Interviewed about Sword Princess Amaltea on Seriescenen at Gothenburg Book Fair, Sweden.
2019 – Stage presentation about manga in libraries on Fantastikscenen at Gothenburg Book Fair, Sweden.
2019 – Interviewed Swedish artists Agnes Jakobsson, Steve Nyberg and Ylva Oknelid on stage at Malmö Seriefest, Sweden.
2018 – Panel on norm-bending childrens litterature at Gothenburg Litterature House, Sweden.
2018 – Live drawing and panels at FumettoPolis in Novara, Italy.
2018 – Panel on Tokyopop’s International Women of Manga at MCM London Comic Con in London, UK.
2018 – Panel together with German comic artist Reinhart Kleist at Rum för serier in Malmö, Sweden.
2018 – Stage presentation on Sword Princess Amaltea at Animefest in Brno, Czech Republic.
2018 – Interviewed Brazilian artist Mika Takahashi on Seriescenen at Gothenburg Book Fair, Sweden.
2018 – Live drawing in the booth of Nosebleed Studio at Gothenburg Book Fair, Sweden.
2018 – Panel on Tokyopop’s International Women of Manga at AnimeExpo in Los Angeles, USA.
2018 – Panel on how to create manga at AnimeExpo in Los Angeles, USA.
2018 – Charity Livestream at AnimeExpo Live in Los Angeles, USA.
2018 – Live drawing at AnimeExpo in Los Angeles, USA.
2018 – Panels at Stockholm International Comics Festival, Sweden.
2018 – Panel at SBI, Swedish Childrens Books Institute in Stockholm, Sweden.
2018 – Interviewed Danish comics collective YNGEL on stage at Malmö Seriefest, Sweden.
2018 – Panels at FumettoPolis in Novara, Italy.
2017 – Interviewed Brazilian artist Mary Cagnin on Seriescenen at Gothenburg Book Fair, Sweden.
2017 – Panel on norm-bending fantasy on Litteraturscenen at Gothenburg Book Fair, Sweden.
2017 – Panel on manga in Sweden on Seriescenen at Gothenburg Book Fair, Sweden.
2017 – Livestream interview by Shining Otaku on Facebook.
2017 – Panel at comic event Nordsken in Skellefteå, Sweden.
2016 – TV appearance in the television show Superlördag at  SVT Barnkanalen, Sweden.
2016 – Interviewed Brazilian artist Bianca Pineiro on Seriescenen at Gothenburg Book Fair, Sweden.
2015 – TV appearance in UR Play’s livestream from Gothenburg Book Fair, Sweden.
2015 – Live drawing in the booths of llustratörscentrum and  Namco Bandai at Comic Con Gamex in Stockholm, Sweden.
2015 – Panel at SBI, Swedish Childrens Books Institute in Stockholm, Sweden.
2015 – Live drawing at 42nd Festival International de la Bande Dessinée d’Angoulême, France.
2015 – Panel on Swedish female comic artists at 42nd Festival International de la Bande Dessinée d’Angoulême, France.
2014 – Panel on Nerd Feminism at Moriskan in Malmö, Sweden.
2013 – Live podcasting with Seriesystrar on the stage Digitala Torget at Gothenburg Book Fair, Sweden.
2013 – Panel on Comic Artist Networks at Stockholm International Comics Festival, Sweden.
2011 – Panel on comic anthology project Swedish Comic Sin on Seriescenen at Gothenburg Book Fair, Sweden.
2010 – Panel vith Tokyopop on Studying Manga at Frankfurt Book Fair, Germany.
2010 – Panel on Mangadomen at AltCom in Malmö, Sweden.
2009 – TV appearance in TV Amadora in connection with the comics festival Amadora BD, Portugal
2008 – Live drawing in Bonnier Carlsen’s booth a Gothenburg Book Fair, Sweden.

Lectures and workshops
2013 – 2020  – Teaches regularly at Serieskolan in Malmö.
2019 – Manga workshops at libraries in Karlshamn, Stenbacka, Kristianstad, Tollarp, Gamlegården, Västra Frölunda, Åkarp, Arlöv and Balagan in Malmö, Sweden.
2019 Livet som mangatecknare, lecture at Jönköping’s library.
2018  – Teaches at the online course Mangaskolan via Kvarnby Folkhögskola in Malmö.
2018 – Manga creating lecture at California College of the Arts in San Francisco, USA.
2018 – Writing workshop at Kinokuniya bookstore in San Francisco, USA.
2018 – Manga workshop at Barnes & Nobles Huntington Beach in Los Angeles, USA.
2018 – Manga workshops at Dammfriskolan in Malmö,  Ärentunaskolan in Uppsala, TioTretton in Stockholm, AverstaArt, Internationella Engelska skolan in Lund, libraries in Lund, Helsingborg, Glumslöv, Ryd, Ekholmen, Landskrona and Arlöv, Sweden.
2017 – Manga creating lessons at ACME in Milan, Italy.
2017 – Manga workshops at Söderkullaskolan, Vellinge bibliotek, Stadsarkivet in Malmö, International School of the Gothenburg Region, Midgårds skola in Svalöv, Skellefteå bibliotek, Rosengårdsbiblioteket,  Ribersborgsskolan in Malmö, Knivsta bibliotek, TioTretton in Stockholm, Uppsala, Emmaboda, Gislaved, Tidaholm and Kristianstad kommun, Sweden.
2017 – Lecture at Nordsken konferens, Skellefteå.
2016 – Manga workshops at Möllegården Kultur in Åkarp, Ljuggrenska skolan, Högskolan in Skövde, LitteraLund, Staffanstorps Konthall, Björkenässkolan, Åstorp kommun, Backa bibliotek, Kristianstad kommun,  Dammfriskolan, Staffanstorps kulturkalas and Svaleboskolan, Sweden.
2016 Mangakulturen, lecture at Länsstudiedagen, Skövde.
2015  – Lectures at the high school Bryggeriets Gymnasium in Malmö.
2015 – Manga lectures and workshops at PicaCon in Kristinehamn, FanCult in Skövde, Confusion in Gothenburg and Lagunen in Osby, Sweden.
2015 – Manga workshops at Gothenburg’s library, Östergötlands Book Fair, Grafikens Hus in Mariefred, Jönköping’s library and TioTretton in Stockholm, Sweden.
2015 – Teaches about comics making at the course Kreativt berättande at Fridhems Folkhögskola in Svalöv.
2014Sword Princess Amaltea – en könsomvänd fantasymanga, lecture at GothCon in Gothenburg and NärCon in Linköping, Sweden.
2014Hur man läser en serie, lecture at the litterature festival LitteraLund, Sweden.
2014Hur man lyckas som mangatecknare, lecture at FairyCon in Kalmar and NärCon in Linköping, Sweden.
2014 – Manga workshops at Dunker’s Culture House in Helsingborg, Seriearkivet in Malmö and Pilevallskolan in Trelleborg, Sweden.
2014 – Teaches about manga history and techiques at the course Comics International Perspectives at Malmö University.
2013 – Manga workshop at the school Svaleboskolan in Veberöd.
2014Könsstereotyper i manga, lecture at Stockholm International Comic Fair, GothCon and Seriefrämjandet Malmö, Sweden.
2013 – Teaches about how to make comics at the course Serieteckning och visuellt berättande at Malmö University.
2013 – Manga workshop at the litterature festival LitteraLund.
2013Serieteckning i bildundervisningen, lecture at Nationell Estetisk Kongress.
2013 – Teaches about manga history and techiques at the course Comics International Perspectives at Malmö University.
2012 – Teaches about how to make comics at the course Serieteckning och visuellt berättande at Malmö University.
2012Yaoi-manga, lecture at NärCon in Linköping, Sweden, and NowJapan in Vilnius, Lithuania.
2012En svensk mangaka i Japan, lecture at the manga event UppCon in Uppsala, Sweden, and NowJapan in Vilnius, Lithuania.
2012 – Teaches about manga history and techiques at the course Comics International Perspectives at Malmö University.
2011 – Teaches about manga history and techiques at Serieskolan in Malmö.
2011 – Teaches about how to make comics at the course Serieteckning och visuellt berättande at Malmö University.
2011Yaoi-manga, lecture at UppCon in Uppsala and OkashiiCon in Malmö, Sweden.
201024 hour comics, course in comics making organized by NCreatures and held in Lisbon, Portugal.
2009Yaoi-manga, lecture at RFSU in Malmö, Sweden.
2007 – 2009 – Teaches at the Summer Course at Serieskolan in Malmö, Sweden.
2006 – 2012 – Manga workshops at various schools, libraries and culture events.

Events and projects
2015 – 2019Malmö Seriefest, an anual self-press comic festival in Malmö, Sweden. Project management and moderation on stage.
2018Every Girl Is A Hero, comics project supported by the Swedish Institute. Project management and workshops.
2013 – 2014Seriesystrar, podcast project.
2010 – 2014Swedish Comic Sin, an indie adult comics anthology project. Project management and editorial work.

Exhibitions
2019 – SIE kommen! … mit neuen Comics aus Schweden at the Felleshus der Nordischen Botschaften in Berlin, Germany.
2018AvestaArt at Verket in Avesta, Sweden.
2017Nosebleed Studio at Kyrkans Hus in Bosjökloster, Sweden.
2015 – Freya – Sequential Love Stories at Galleri Makeriet in Malmö, Sweden.
2013Dagdrömmar at Galleri Svea in Stockholm, Sweden.
2011Carema, min vän at Viserums Konsthall, Sweden.
2010Från skiss till serie at Ottilia Adelborgmuseet in Gagnef, Sweden.
2010Swedish Comic Sin at Galleri Makeriet in Malmö, Sweden.
2010Mus Mouse Maus at libraries in Gothenburg, Stockholm and Malmö, Sweden.
2009 – Comics exhibited at the comics festival Amadora BD, Portugal