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Sara Mayhew

Manga artist

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Sara Mayhew

Professional Role

Current Titles:

Mangaka, writer, illustrator, skeptic, blogger

Current Organizations:

Northern Ontario Skeptic Society, Skeptic North


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Legend of the Ztarr
02/09/2009 – present
LEGEND OF THE ZTARR is written and illustrated by international award-winning mangaka, Sara E. Mayhew. The series follows the adventures of a young girl thrown into a quest to overthrow the oppressive Emperor of the Known Universe, Lord J'Nar, who fancies himself a living god. She finds herself trying to battle the zealous followers of Lord J'Nar alongside two opposing groups of non-believers. The series aims to promote science and critical thinking through swords-and-sandals science-fantasy storytelling.
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International award-winning mangaka, Sara E. Mayhew, is a writer and illustrator that the prestigious Applied Arts magazine called “young blood commanding our attention”. Her work has been published by Owl Kids and Scholastic. Among her many guest appearances include speaking at the Center for Inquiry in Hollywood, CA, and The Amaz!ng Meeting (TAM9) in Las Vegas, NV. In 2010, Nokia featured her in their Responsiveness campaign video on communicating the values of science literacy through art. She is frequently interviewed on podcasts, radio, blogs and other media. The Ontario Arts Council recently awarded her a grant of $10,000 from their Northern Arts program for her latest series, Legend of the Ztarr. Her work is featured on the March/April 2012 issue cover of Skeptical Inquirer.

Sara's work focuses on promoting science, skepticism, and secular humanism through art and entertainment by creating stories and characters that present science-based themes and role models. An important goal in her work is inspiring girls and young women to be critical thinkers and encourage entertainment that features inspiring female characters.

Fun facts

Favorite meal:
I'm a foodie's nightmare. I'll eat anything that's creamy, cheesy, or bacon-y, regardless of quality.

A funny story about me:
I embarrassed myself as a science fan girl by nervously and awkwardly lingering too long around Brian Cox, at TED 2009. He politely sat next to me in the TED theater balcony and I later joked that at least I didn't make a complete fool of myself and yell out "I love Cox!" to the entire audience.

Vital Stats

Fellows Class
French (Canada)
Living in
Kirkland Lake, Canada
Working in
Kirkland Lake, Canada
Born in
Kirkland Lake, Canada



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