Mitsuru Adachi is a Japanese manga artist. He is best known for serial drama sports stories, including Touch, H2, and Miyuki. Many of his mangas have become best-sellers and adapted for animation, live-action TV and films. Adachi has created more than 280 books, and as of 2011, his works had sold over 200 million copies.
He was born 1951 in Isesaki City, Japan. In 1967, at just 16 years old, Adachi was a finalist in a COM Magazine contest. After he graduated from High School in 1969, he worked as an assistant for manga artist, Isami Ishii. In 1970, Adachi made his manga debut with Kieta bakuon (The Faded Explosion) in Deluxe Shōnen Sunday.
loundraw is a manga artist from Japan. Working predominantly digitally, using Adobe Photoshop and PaintTool SAI. He has recently launched a serialised manga called Be.Be.. Written by Mark Rosen and Robert Underwood, episode one can be found on Global Manga Collection.
You are completely absorbed into loundraw’s scenes. Clear and vibrant, he gives his images a feeling of space and air using light leaks and a shallow depth of field. So that when observing his work you cannot help but squint your eyes and breathing in the atmosphere.
Yoshiyuki Sadamoto is a character designer, manga artist and founding member of the animation company Gainax. He is best known for the now culturally iconic Neon Genesis Evangelion manga. Sadamoto has served as the character designer on Mamoru Hosoda’s last four feature films, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006), Summer Wars (2009), Wolf Children (2012), and most recently, The Boy and the Beast (2015).
Born 1962, in Tokuyama (now Shunan) Japan, Sadamoto was one of seven founding members of Daicon Film. He along with fellow university students Hideaki Anno, Hiroyuki Yamaga, Takami Akai, Toshio Okada, Yasuhiro Takeda and Shinji Higuchi formed the studio in the early 1980s. After producing several well-received shorts, the studio changed its name to Gainax in 1985. Their first feature film was Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honnêamise, released in 1987. Previously working as an animator, Honnêamise was Sadamoto first assignment as character designer. Though the movie met with only moderate commercial success, it was critically acclaimed and is now considered an anime classic.
Shen Ying-jieh, better known by the pseudonym Akru, is a Taiwanese manhua artist. Her first comic Wings of Kopule was awarded the first place prize in Best Comic Storyline by the Government Information Office of the Executive Yuan.
Akru majored in Anthropology, preceded by a postgraduate Design course at Shi Jian University. While still a student she came across historical records detailing the arrival of missionaries and explorers in Taiwan. Discovering that 19th-century Taiwan was vastly different from what she had previously imagined.
Kim Ettinoff is a French illustrator based in Lille, France. He currently works for video games developers and interactive entertainment company Ankama as a visual development artist and art director.
Ettinoff studied at Animation, Interactive Technology, and Video Graphics at ESAAT Roubaix. He graduated in 2005 and by the following year he had joined Ankama working as a character designer and animator. He has worked on the popular MMORPG games WAKFU and DOFUS.
Prema Jatukanyaprateep, known by the pen name Prema-ja, is a Thai comic book artist and animator. Her most notable work is the manga, Bokbig, published by the Cartoonthai Institute. It was awarded the 2013 International Manga Award’s Gold Award. Topping 256 entries from 53 countries.
Prema-ja studied decorative art at Silpakorn University in Bangkok. It was during her studies at Silpakorn that the idea for Bokbig grew. The Cartoonthai Institute saw the drawings in an exhibition and asked if she could turn it into a full comic. Planning to study animation in France, she had little free time to complete the comic.