Julia Nascimento is a Brazilian illustrator and cartoonist with art, fashion, and research backgrounds. Employing a multidisciplinary and multicultural approach to her work, she is passionate about autobiographical narratives and collaborations.

While living in Japan for almost a decade she pursued postgraduate studies in fashion and worked in different sectors of the fashion industry. In 2017 she launched her career in illustration and comics, and in 2018 she co-founded ToCo – the Tokyo Collective.

Currently based in Sweden, Julia Nascimento has her work published in books and periodicals in Japan, Sweden, USA, and the UK.

Contact: nsjulia.illustration (at) gmail.com


Buy my work at Hybriden

For autobiographical comics in Japan see @feijuadacomics (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr)

Member of Svenska Tecknare,  Illustratörcentrum, Seriefrämjandet (Serieförmedlingen), Art Byte Critique, and Cartoonist Cooperative


Malmö University, Region Kronoberg, University of Gothenburg, The Believer, Seriefrämjandet (Bild&Bubbla), The Japan Times, Bunka Publishing Bureau, Open Past SCIO, Innovative Language Learning, Liquem Tokyo, TELL (Tokyo English Lifeline), DT&Company, Supermama, Jiyugaoka Gym, and more.

Awards and Accomplishments

Swedish Arts Grants Committee two-year working grant (Konstnärsnämnden Bildkonstnärsfonden tvåårigt arbetsstipendium), Sweden, 2024

Serieteket's comic strip competition runner-up (Tävling teckna en serie till Kulturhusets entrésylt), story "Tack Mamma!" displayed on Kulturhuset's digital billboard in Stockholm, Sweden, 2023

AIR Litteratur Västra Götaland Grant, Cultural Development Administration of Region Västra Götaland (Förvaltningen för kulturutveckling Västra Götalandsregionen vistelsestipendium), Sweden, 2022 

First Prize for "Outside My Window in Rural Sweden" in the Window Comic Open Call, Drawing the Times (drawingthetimes.com), 2022

Swedish Arts Grants Committee one-year working grant (Konstnärsnämnden Bildkonstnärsfonden ettårigt arbetsstipendium), Sweden, 2022

Region Kronoberg's cultural committee working grant (Region Kronobergs kulturnämnd arbetsstipendium), Sweden, 2021

Wake Up - FRAME competition, story "Deadlord" published in the Comics Anthology for the 1st Prague Comic Art Festival, pages 46-48, Centrala, UK, 2017

Japanese government scholarship funded by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), Tokyo, Japan, 2010-2015

日本文部科学省国費外国人留学生生制 奨学生 (2010-2015)

"Insectus" short animation film, featured in 13a Mostra de Cinema de Tiradentes, Minas Gerais, Brazil, 2010

Best Technical Animation for "Animajazz" short animation film, 4 Festival Nacional de Animação Locomotiva, RS, Brazil, 2009

Artist in Residence and Mentorships

Hands on Press Residency, AiR programme funded by Nordic Culture Point Kaunas, Lithuania, Jun–Aug 2023

AiR at Konstepidemin funded by Cultural Development Administration of Region Västra Götaland – Gothenburg, Sweden, December 2022

Mentorship program with illustrator Julia Breckenreid sponsored by Koyama Press Provides May 2021

AiR at Konstepidemin, Guest Studio 1 – Gothenburg, Sweden, Dec 2019 – Dec 2020

AiR at Konstepidemin, Guest Studio Robert – Gothenburg, Sweden, Aug–Nov 2019


Linnaeus University (Illustration I Course)

Malmö University (Digital Comics Course)

Bunka Gakuen University (MA Fashion)

Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (BA Visual Arts: Film Animation, Fashion) 

Press Articles and Interviews

Kultūros savaitė (Culture Week, in Lithuanian). Lithuanian Radio and Television (LRT), August 19, 2023

Julia Nascimento illustrerar årshögtidens professorspresentationer (in Swedish). Medarbetarwebben - Malmö universitet, October 20, 2022.

Från japansk modeforskning till Instagramserier om svenskhet, by Linna Fogelberg (in Swedish). Smålandsposten, July 17, 2021

ToCo: The Tokyo Collective, by Jessica Craven. Connect Magazine, March 9, 2021

Svenska Alfabetet fanzin recension, by Anette Bengtsson Vargas (in Swedish). Bild & Bubbla 223, February, 2020

Kaigai kara mo zokuzoku (in Japanese). Mainichi Shogakusei Shinbun, January 19, 2020

Kaigai Manga Festa 2018 Report, by Ibaraki University Visual Representation Theory H30 (in Japanese). Comic Street, January 18, 2019 

First Impressions of Tokyo, by Gianni Simoni. Zoom Japan Magazine #67, December 14, 2018

Interview with Julia Nascimento About Sequential Art and Monogatari, by Lori Ono. The Spendy Pencil, November 21, 2018

The trials and tribulations of the self-published zine, by Claire Williamson. The Japan Times, Culture, Books, June 16, 2018


SmartHR, Tokyo's zine scene and the perfect Japanese notebook, by Kuv Ahmad. Metropolis Magazine, Living, June Tech & Design News, June 17, 2018