International award-winning mangaka and 2009 TED Fellowship member, Sara E. Mayhew is a Canadian writer and illustrator striving to produce manga that promotes skepticism and critical thinking. Canada's prestigious graphic arts magazine, Applied Arts, featured her in their Young Blood article on "new talent commanding our attention". Sara was awarded the Northern Arts grant in 2007 by the Ontario Arts Council. She has spoken on the TED Fellows stage at the prestigious TED (Technology Entertainment Design) conference, in 2009, in Long Beach, CA, and more recently at TEDActive 2010 in Palm Springs, CA. Currently, Sara is launching her newest series, Legend of the Ztarr, which aims to introduce manga readers to skeptical and humanist values through storytelling, available in the Apple iBookstore. Her blog, There Are Four Lights, combines art and science themes, with occasional pepperings of general geekdom and cuteness.
TEDActive 2015, TEDActive 2014, TEDActive 2010, TED2009
Areas of Expertise
character design, Manga, skeptisism, Storytelling
An idea worth spreading
How do we distinguish between what is true and what we simply want to be true? Why is this important? I want to explore these ideas in Sci-fi fantasy storytelling; writing books and creating manga graphic novels.
I'm passionate about
manga, storytelling, character design. I love creating worlds and the characters that live within them. I want to tell stories that promote skepticism and portray critical thinkers as role models.
I am a…
Artist, Atheist, Blogger, Designer, Writer/Editor
Talk to me about
storytelling, character design, manga, astronomy, Legend of the Ztarr, skepticism,
People don't know I'm good at
Figure skating, cooking
My TED story
TED 2009 Fellowship member! http://www.ted.com/fellows/view/id/25