Mokona(もこな,Mokona?, June 16, 1968 -) is the pen name of the lead artist, colorist, and composition designer of the all-female manga-creating team Clamp. She was formerly known as Mokona Apapa(もこな あぱぱ?). Clamp has had a huge impact on the "manga explosion" according to an account in the New York Times in 2006. Their artwork has been characterized as "fluid" and "dramatic" which has resonated with both male and female readers of manga. The Tsubasa manga sold more than a million copies in the United States, and television programs based on the concept have been successful as well as DVD spinoffs.
^ abcdCHARLES SOLOMON (November 28, 2006). "Four Mothers of Manga Gain American Fans With Expertise in a Variety of Visual Styles". The New York Times:Art & Design. Retrieved 2010-12-26. "The name Clamp may sound odd and unfamiliar to Western ears, but this four-woman studio ranks among the most successful creators of manga, or graphic novels, in Japan and the United States. Over the last 17 years these women — Satsuki Igarashi, Apapa Mokona, Tsubaki Nekoi and Ageha Ohkawa — have produced 22 popular manga series, many of which have been adapted to animation, including “X,” “Chobits” and “Cardcaptor Sakura,” all available on DVD in the United States."