Born in 1977 in Amakusa on the southern tip of Japan, Kan Takahama completed her studies in contemporary art and made her debut in manga by entering a contest organized by the underground magazine Garo in 2000. Her story, Women Who Survive which opens this collection, won a prize and was published in 2001. Her worked appeared regularly after that and was collected in the album Yellowbacks in 2002. That year she met Frederic Boilet and they collaborated on the book Mariko Parade which was published in 2003 in Japan and later in many other languages. She married in 2006 and lives with her husband and works in Japan.
Frédéric Boilet 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. Kan Takahama was born in 1977 in Amakusa, Japan. Her debut story in 2000 was a prized entry in the famed underground magazine Garo. She lives with her husband in Japan.