Press Releases

January 28, 2006

News for Anime Central 2006:

Anime Central announces Junko Mizuno

I'm really happy to be able to announce Anime Central 2006's first confirmed Japanese guest of honor, manga artist and illustrator Junko Mizuno!

In 1996, Ms. Mizuno self-published a booklet called "MINA animal DX" which brought her to the attention of the publishing industry in Japan. Soon after, she debuted as a professional comic artist and illustrator. Currently residing in Tokyo, she is constantly working on new manga stories, illustrations, and designs for products ranging from toys to clothing. Make sure you check out her artwork at her official website, She is very excited to be attending Anime Central and visiting Chicago for the first time!

Her published works include:
Japanese: "PURE TRANCE" (East Press) "Cinderalla-chan" and "Hansel & Gretel" (Koushinsha) "Ningyohime-den" (Bunkasha) "Fancy Gigolo PELU Vol.1-3" (Enterbrain) "Fireworks" (East Press), and "Yojouhan Yousei Zukan" (Koudansha).

English: "Cinderalla", "Hansel & Gretel", and "Princess Mermaid" (Viz LLC), and "PURE TRANCE" (Last gasp: jaPRESS). She has also had her works translated into French and published two illustration books: "Junko Mizuno's HELL BABIES" (Editions Treville) and "Collector File 002 Junko Mizuno's Illustration book" (Viz LLC).

Stay tuned for more guest announcements (both Japanese and North American) as we get closer to showtime!