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Name : Sonia
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Location : Cambridge
Gender :   
Date of Birth : 7th May 1982
Age : 35

Personal Bio

Events I'll be going to 2010 (not all in cosplay, but anyway):
London MCM Expo May
Birmingham Comics Show
London MCM Expo Oct
Leeds Thought Bubble
(Others TBC if time allows)

I'm a professional comic artist and illustrator specialising in the Anime/Manga style. My first graphic novel was Manga Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet (SelfMadeHero). My awards include Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) 2008 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Reader and Best Books for Young Adults 2008 for Romeo and Juliet ; Winner in Tokyopop's UK Rising Stars of Manga competition (2005/06) and Winner in NEO Magazine's 2005 Manga Competition. I designed the official Catgirl mascot for Wacom-Europe's Manga campaign. My artwork features prominently in the British movie, Popcorn (2007). I contributed to Comic Book Tattoo (Image Comics), Tales inspired by the musician Tori Amos. I've been involved in various art books - I was Lead Artist for the book Draw Manga by Sweatdrop Studios, the leading UK comic collaborative. I'm a core member of the group and my works with Sweatdrop include Once Upon a Time..., Cyborg Butterfly and Satan's Amazon; and in the anthologies Sugardrops, Pink is for Girls and Drop Dead Monstrous.

Currently I'm working with Infinite Ideas on the Manga Life series of self-help comic books, the first two titles being Find True Love and Be Creative. I'm the artist for Aya.Takeo, a full-colour comic published weekly online from April 2007-2010.

I work in a variety of mediums including watercolour, pen and ink, screentone, alcohol colour markers, pencils and computer software. I've exhibited artwork in the Kyoto International Manga Museum, London County Hall, London Cartoon Museum, Japanese Embassy and the Manchester URBIS Centre and provided product demonstrations (on behalf of Copic, Letraset and Wacom).

Cosplay Bio

What I've worn at different events:

AnimeCon 2001 Liverpool - Kamiya Kaoru, Rurouni Kenshin (anime, sparring clothes)
2002-2008 - Mainly gothic/lolita outfits ^^
London MCM Expo Oct 2008 - Abel Nightroad, Trinity Blood (manga)
Grand Cosplay Ball 2008 - Abel Nightroad, Trinity Blood (artbook, ROM arc)
Grand Cosplay Ball 2008 - (my hubby) Antonio de Borgia, Trinity Blood (artbook)
Minami Con 2009 - Abel Nightroad, Trinity Blood (artbook, ROM arc)
Minami Con 2009 - (my hubby) Professor Wordsworth, Trinity Blood (manga)
London MCM Expo May 2009 Saturday - Abel Nightroad, Trinity Blood (artbook, ROM arc)
London MCM Expo May 2009 Sunday - Kamiya Kaoru, Rurouni Kenshin (anime, sparring clothes)
AyaCon Aug 2009 Saturday - Shura, Soul Calibur IV (1st player ver)
AyaCon Aug 2009 Sunday - Isaak Fernand von Kampfer, Trinity Blood (artbook, civvies)
London MCM Expo Oct 2009 Saturday - Isaak Fernand von Kampfer, Trinity Blood (anime ver.)
London MCM Expo May 2010 Saturday/Sunday - Juri, Super Street Fighter IV


Haha, the first time I had cosplayed was seven years ago, at AnimeCon 2001 in Liverpool. For the masquerade, I was doing Kamiya Kaoru from Rurouni Kenshin, in her sparring clothes. I didn't actually sew anything, I was just very picky and fortunate in scouring for bargains whilst in Tokyo on holiday to source the various bits of my outfit. I actually came Best in Show! XD XD

Since then, I've been mainly a Gothic/Lolita fashionista, but lately I wanted to have a go at cosplaying again, as absolute love of Trinity Blood and the challenge of its notoriously difficult costumes proved too much of a lure for me XD

So - seven years later, I got back into cosplay with Abel, I love him! I also wear glasses with a spectacle chain to my earcuff most of the time (believe), so I thought it would have been a crime not to try and play him. Onwards and upwards!! *punches air*

My gallery will have pictures of me and of anyone else who wears any costumes I make (currently my husband is my only guinea pig, but I'm trying to convince more of my friends to model for me, haha!)

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My NEW fantasy series for sale! Chronicles of Ciel: A Brush With Magic / The Colours Of Magic

Wed, 01 Jul 2015 08:26:02 GMT

Hello everyone! Long time no see on livejournal! I hope everyone has been keeping up to date with me on Tumblr and Twitter and Facebook and Instagram (new!):

But if not, the biggest update I can announce is...

A BRUSH WITH MAGIC and THE COLOURS OF MAGIC are finally available to buy online from Amazon and Sweatdrop!
And you can also buy a special signed pack with print, exclusive to Sweatdrop only!
Buying direct from me and Sweatdrop saves us fees!
We take cards/Paypal and ship internationally!

View and buy the series at:

A Brush With Magic, UK£6.99
Details: 140x216mm Digest, 224pgs black/white, Teen 13+, LIGHT NOVEL
"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'

It has has well over 70 black and white illustrations throughout the book, so it's fully illustrated :)

The Colours Of Magic, UK£10.00
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!



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