Laura Watton

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Laura Watton-Davies
BornLaura Watton
(1979-08-02) 2 August 1979 (age 39)

Laura Watton (born 2 August 1979) is a semi-professional UK manga artist and founding member of Sweatdrop Studios. Watton was a member since its inception until 2010, announcing the decision to create works under ''. She self-publishes her series Biomecha. Currently residing in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England Laura creates freelance illustrations.


Watton has been part of the anime scene since the early 1990s, entering artwork and letters to such magazines as Super Play and Anime FX, the fanzine Red Leopard and provided the covers for Anime Connect 1-3. In 2001 she joined up with other comic creators Hayden Scott-Baron/Dock, Sam Brown/Subi and Foxy in founding one of the largest UK Manga art collectives, Sweatdrop Studios[citation needed].

Laura has produced a number of comics including Pinkaa Fairy, which features in the Sweatdrop anthology 'Sugardrops' (2004),[1] 'Different for girls' which featured in the anthology 'Stardust' (2006) [2] and Steaming, co-written by Aleister Kelman, which featured in the anthology 'Blue is for Boys'. In 2006, Laura was one of the winners of the Neo magazine manga competition, with her short comic Sea Bream Dream.[3] She has also published a graphic novel volume of Biomecha (ISBN 978-1-905038-12-1), her ongoing manga style comic which was shortlisted for the 2007 Eagle Awards.[4] She also achieved a runner-up position in the 3rd Rising Stars of Manga United Kingdom and Ireland competition.[5] Watton was also one of the head contributors to 'Draw Manga Sweatdrop Studios' for New Holland Publishers (UK) Ltd.[6]



  1. ^ "Sugardrops". Amazon UK. Retrieved 2006-10-15.
  2. ^ "Stardust". Amazon UK. Retrieved 2006-10-15.
  3. ^ Neo Manga Competition 2006. Uncooked Media. October 2006. p. 62.
  4. ^ "The Eagle Awards". Archived from the original on 2008-04-04. Retrieved 2008-04-07.
  5. ^ "Rising Stars of Manga UK & Ireland". Tokyopop. Retrieved 2008-01-28.
  6. ^ "Draw Manga". New Holland Publishers (UK) Ltd. Archived from the original on 2006-12-25. Retrieved 2007-04-08.

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