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Thursday, October 11, 2007

Hangin' out with Junko Mizuno

NEW YORK, October 11 — I got a chance to hang out with Junko Mizuno, female mangaka and designer. She did a book signing at Kidrobot, a specialty toy store in New York. Mizuno spent an hour and a half meeting and signing toys for fans. She was very cool and gracious.

Junko Mizuno is famous for her kawaii noir style of art. It's a nightmarish mixture of mo-e cuteness and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. Her most noted works are Pure Trance and Junko Mizuno's Hell Babies. Her designs and characters are also used in action figures, t-shirts, and other types of merchandise.

The store was extremely small and the line was not too long. It had a cozy feeling about it.

I went to the signing with my friend, Micheal, but he wasn't a fan of her work. He came to take pictures anyway. I'm not big on autographs, so I didn't get on the signing line. We just hung out near Junko Mizuno's signing table while she signed books, toys, and sketches. We just talked about manga and met rabid fans of Junko Mizuno. Overall, it was a very cool experience.

Junko Mizuno interview on Japanorama

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