Junko Mizuno will be signing her new comic in London on October 27th. I shall be going, to purchase the new comic and have it autographed. Of course, this will probably consist of me zipping in, buying the comic, shyly pushing it and a pen at her, smiling, and walking away to go sit in a pub and drink gin, occasionally bringing out my acquisition and looking at it with fangirlish love.
I first saw her at Comic-Con 2002. I asked her to do a drawing in my sketchbook. She obliged happily (and, incidentally, for free). And proceeded to take over twenty minutes carefully creating a tiny perversely cute character with a ballpoint pen while her handlers stared anxiously at the gigantic queue of people piling up behind me.
She likes to re-tell Western fairy tales (Hansel & Gretel, for instance) using sexy, gluttonous female characters and a futuristic setting. Sometimes she doesn't bother with the fairy tales and goes straight to the half-naked weirdness.
Baby Chika doll
A special glow-in-the-dark version. I don't think this is available any more.
Baby Chika doll's foot
Dedicated to me. HELLO I AM A FANGIRL.
Aw, look. Chika grew up to be a nurse, just like she'd always dreamed! A blood-spattered nurse...in a transparent lab coat...with a freaking GIANT syringe.