Kentaro Kawamoto was born in Tokyo in 1960 and attended the Department of Living Design at Kuwasawa Design School. He is a notorious artist, essayist, otaku, and all-around celebrity in Japan. His books include Armageddon and Me and Berabo na Hitobito. Takakuma's painting "A Dream-like Plan for the Thomas-ification of JR Chuo-line Locamotives"(2000, asrylic on linen on wood panel, 46"x35 3/4") appeared as part of the celebrated Superflat art exhibition. His only other manga work published in English is Super Mario Adventures, which originally ran in Nintendo Power magazine and was collected in 1993 into a book of the same name. The long-out-of-print book is once again available in a new edition.