Sophocles Plokamakis “Metro Manga”

Ouchi Gallery

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Sophocles has been drawing since he could hold a crayon. In his teenage years, he discovered the world of Japanese manga and anime and was inspired by the great art! From that point on, he has continually drawn towards his goal of becoming a professional manga-ka by creating his own manga and comics. He followed his dream of becoming a great artist by obtaining his BFA in Cartooning and Illustration from the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

The Subway is Sophocles’ studio! He has been sketching on the Subway ever since he began to commute to the School of Visual Arts from Astoria, Queens. Over three years, he has collected hundreds of Subway Sketches, Storyboards, Sumi-e. Over time, he began to create comics on the subway which he calls, Metro Manga. For him every train ride is a new Metro Manga adventure! He has traveled through every stop on all the Subway lines in New York and has created a Subway Sketch and Metro Manga page on each and every one.

Last summer, Sophocles traveled to Japan to make Metro Manga on the densha and explore the world of manga. His visit to the Tezuka Osamu Museum in Takarazuka and The Power of Manga exhibition in Tokyo inspired him to create a children’s manga book about Tezuka Osamu, the God of Manga. He wrote the story and is currently drawing the book dummy. This trip to Manga Mecca changed his life. At the Fujiko F. Fujio Museum, he saw the power of manga’s ability to educate and change the world by learning about the Doraemon Manga. His goal is to use manga as a medium to tell fun, adventurous, funny stories that teach as well as entertain.

Sophocles currently teaches art at the Nest+m Public Elementary School on 111 Columbia st in Manhattan. He teaches classes in manga, anime, comics, animation and Yu-Gi-Oh! He has developed a true passion for working with each child to help develop their true pote­­ntial and inspire them to pursue their wildest dreams!

To contact Sophocles, see more of his art or purchase his artwork, please visit his website:



from August 14, 2014 to August 17, 2014

Opening Reception on 2014-08-12 from 19:00 to 22:00

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