[b]Fr?d?ric Boilet[/b] was born in 1960 in France. He debuted in 1983 and a decade later won the first yearly Kodansha Morning Manga Fellowship whence he moved to Japan where he still lives and works. [b]Kan Takahama[/b] was born in 1977 in Amakusa, Japan. Her debut story in 2000 was a prized entry in the famed underground magazine [i]Garo[/i]. She lives with her husband in Japan.
Jiro Taniguchi was born 1947 in Tottori, Japan. He trained in the 60's and debuted in 1971 in 'Young Comic'. During the 70's he worked with author Natsuo Sekikawa before launching into their massive work 'The times of Botchan' in the 80's. The 90's saw many solo works including the prize winning 'A Distant Neighborhood'. The new millenium saw Taniguchi's epic adaptation of Baku Yumemakura's novel 'The Summit of the Gods' into a 1500 page manga. He continues to live and work in Japan.