Takeshi Konomi(許斐剛,Konomi Takeshi?, born June 26, 1970) is a Japanese manga artist. He owns a cat named Kahluamilk whom he uses to assist him in drawing "Karupin", a character in his The Prince of Tennis. He has said that bathing inspires him to think of new ideas for manga.[this quote needs a citation].
Every year the National Tax Agency releases a list of the highest income tax payers for entertainers in Japan. The higher someone's income tax, the higher their actual presumed earnings; however it is possible for a person to have paid more taxes than another person who made more money. Takeshi Konomi placed number nine on this list in 2002.