May-June, 2014
Chicago / Tokyo

Speculative Relationships: A Sci-fi Romance Comics Anthology

Rinko branched out in her exploration of new genres and artistic styles in her 2014 collaboration with colleagues and fellow-artists to publish a collective work called "Speculative Relationships: A Sci-fi Romance Comics Anthology." Rinko Endo-sensei's contribution entitled, "The Same Moon" explores the romantic entanglements between Rinko's protagonist from a distant world, and her earthling companion. The anthology editors Tyrell Cannon (Gary, Victus) and Scott Kroll (A Cramped, Well-Pressurized Space) were eager to include Rinko's artwork in their project, and worked long and hard make this publication an overwhelming success.

To purchase your very own print copy of Speculative Relationships, click here!

More information is also available at

Dec 11, 2013
Japan Education Center, Chūo, Tokyo

Aiming for a Bullying and Suicide-free Nation

Endo-sensei presented her manga, "The Knife, the Blanket and I" (ナイフと毛布と私) at a special symposium held by the non-profit organization, Sai-Challenge Tokyo (再チャレンジ東京). Rinko was one of 5 artists selected by a panel of judges to receive an award at their event called "Aiming for a Bullying-and-Suicide-free Nation" (いじめ・自殺のない国をめざして), and to have her work published in the organization's 140-page publication of the same name.

"The Knife, the Blanket and I" is an autobiographical account of the artist's first-hand experiences with bullying and suicide, both of which affected her life as a youth. The deep, heartfelt story and passionately-drawn artwork bring the reality of these hardships into an everyday context. In so doing, Rinko's manga helps break down the barriers that marginalize bullying and suicide, and prevent regular folks from understanding that these are issues that can affect anyone and everyone.

Among the judges who chose Rinko's work for the special honor was the legendary manga artist and anime creator, Leiji Matsumoto (Star Blazers, a.k.a. Space Battleship Yamato, Space Pirate Captain Harlock, etc). Rinko was presented with a special award certificate while sharing the stage with Matsumoto-sensei during the award ceremony.

Following the publication of "Aiming for a Bullying-and-Suicide-free Nation," the book was distributed to schools, libraries and non-profit organizations across Japan. 40 copies of the book were also purchased by the Shinjuku Board of Education in Shinjuku, Tokyo.

More information available on the Sai-Challege Tokyo website (Japanese only)

Print copies of the manga collection, including Rinko-sensei's work are for sale at

Jan 31, 2013
Quimby's Bookstore, Chicago

Laydeez Do Comics

Our favourite manga-ka, Rinko Endo, was invited to be a guest speaker at the Chicago branch première of London’s monthly comics salon founded by Nicola Streeten (Billy, Me, and You) and Sarah Lightman (The Book of Sarah, Graphic Details). She presented her works "Aggression Management Manga" and  "The Cage" to a captivated audience at the west Chicago venue and thus helped launch the on-going series of Chicago's Laydeez Do Comics events.

If you would like to read more about Laydeez Do Comics Chicago, please visit their website.

Jun 9-11, 2011
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago

Comics & Medicine: The Sequential Art of Illness

Rinko Endo participated in a symposium and panel discussion in which she presented her self-publication, "Aggression Management Manga" at the Comics and Medicine 2011 Conference. Comics and Medicine is an organization focused on the use of comics in the healthcare profession, and the 2011 Chicago Conference featured presentations by over 30 panelists and keynote speakers covering a wide range of topics related to this important and fast-growing area of healthcare.

Rinko's Aggression Management Manga is as much an educational tool and training guide as it is a delightfully entertaining and personal account of her experiences working as an Art Therapist and Counselor at Chicago Lakeshore Hospital. In this work, Endo-sensei expertly achieves her goal of making mental health and education available to everyone while keeping it light, interesting and entertaining without losing any of its instructional value.

For more about the event, please see this article in the New York Times.

For details about Graphics and Medicine, please visit their website .

Aggression Management Manga is on sale at Quimby's Bookstore in Chicago.