After graduating from Kokugakuin University literature department, Yoko HANABUSA started publishing her work with Akita Shoten, firstly in the magazine Desir, and then Hitomi Comics. Then, she started drawing for the magazines Mystery Bonita (Akita Shoten), Horror M (Bunkasha), and Nakayoshi (Kôdansha).
Her most famous work, Lady!!, Lady Lady!! in the orgininal version or Gwendoline in French, was so successful that Toei Animation released an anime adaptation. And the series success went far beyond Japan’s borders, to Europe and the rest of Asia. Since 2015, Gwendoline is being published in France by isan manga. Volume 4 was released in November 2017, and two more are still to come.
Yoko HANABUSA attaches much importance to her relations with foreign countries and often holds manga masterclasses and signings abroad, in France or Asia among other places. She is also keen on sharing her knowledge and taught for two years at Nagoya University of Arts. Since the year 2000, she has also been teaching manga techniques at Toei Animation creation school.
However Yoko HANABUSA hasn’t left her manga activities aside and works in varied genres such as mystery, and romantic or historical fiction. Today, she keeps working on children’s manga.
Take a leap back and feel free to be nostalgic by immersing yourself back into the stories of Lady!! with Yoko HANABUSA. She’ll be attending the festival all three days, to share her experience and secrets with you at panels and signings. Don’t miss her live drawing to witness her talent at work!