Junko Mizuno

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Junko Mizuno
Junko Mizuno 20070706 Japan Expo 1.jpg
Junko Mizuno
Born Mizuno Junko
(1973-05-27)27 May 1973
Tokyo, Japan
Nationality Japanese
Area(s) Artist
Notable works
Pure Trance

Junko Mizuno (水野純子 Mizuno Junko?) is a Japanese manga artist. Her drawing style has been termed a Gothic kawaii or kawaii noir style.

Art style[edit]

Mizuno's drawing style, which mixes childish sweetness and cuteness with blood and terror has been termed a Gothic kawaii or kawaii noir style.[citation needed] In addition to her comics, she designs T-shirts, calendars, postcards, and other collectibles. Some of Junko Mizuno's designs were used in the documentary series Japanorama, which aired on BBC.

Mizuno has stated that her work is influenced by shōjo manga works; this influence is exhibited through her use of bright colorization and the large eyes she provides for her characters [1] Her art has a decidedly pop-art and psychedelic flair, and a sizable proportion of her published work is colored, rather than the black and white format typical of most Japanese comics.

Mizuno has participated in the Angoulême International Comics Festival.

Last Gasp and Viz Comics are the English-language publishers of her work.

In 2007 Mizuno's work was on display at the Merry Karnowsky Gallery in Los Angeles, in an exhibit titled Heart Throb and at Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra, California in an exhibit titled Tender Succubus.[citation needed]

Mizuno provides the art that accompanies the horoscopes in Shojo Beat magazine.



A handful of objects have been produced from Junko Mizuno's designs. These include vinyl figurines (produced by Fewture Models/Art Storm USA), plush animals, stationery (produced by Dark Horse USA), and original artwork T-shirts (made by Fine Clothing). In early 2009 Mizuno Garden launched a line of erotic products such as condoms and lube. In addition, the Viz editions of her graphic novels include stickers and postcards. Hasbro recently announced a limited edition My Little Pony based on her design for a charity auction.[2]


  • "Junko Mizuno's Fantasy World," (Interviewed by Pushead), Juxtapoz #60 (January 2006), pp. 54–57.
  • "The Junko Mizuno Interview," (Interview conducted by Ema Nakao; questions and research by Kristy Valenti), The Comics Journal #273 (January 2006), pp. 117–130.
  • "Interview with Junko Mizuno," (Interview conducted by Izumi Evers, translated into English by Andy Nakatani), in Cinderalla, pp. 130–135.


  1. ^ Mizuno, J: Cinderalla., pages 130-135. Viz Communications, 2002
  2. ^ http://investor.hasbro.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=586535

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