shoco is a Japanese manga artist and illustrator born in
1990. During a year in Paris as an exchange student, she spent
nearly every day in the Louvre, constantly inspired by the artwork
around her. She also spent a year studying art at the P.I. Art
Center in New York. She has won numerous awards for her manga in
Japan, which include The Rose and the Stray Dog and
Samurai Lover. She is currently working on a new
Japanese manga artist Makoto Sawa is best known in his home country for his work on the SQ.Crown and Blue Striker manga series.