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Born

1978

Ethnicity

Japanese

Area(s)

Animator, Writer, Artist

First credit

Clive and Cabbage

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Kazu Kibuishi, born 1978 in Tokyo, Japan, is an American graphic novel author and illustrator. He is the author of the ongoing Amulet series and is also best known as the creator and editor of the Flight and Explorer comic anthologies. In addition, he has illustrated the 15th anniversary covers for the Harry Potter books.

Early lifeEdit

Kazu moved to the United States at an early age. He has stated in an interview that upon moving, he began to miss "cool robot TV shows like Ultraman", and much of his earlier artwork was inspired by memories of Japan and its culture. 

CareerEdit

Kazu Kibuishi Interview (Part 1 of 3)11:37

Kazu Kibuishi Interview (Part 1 of 3)

Video interview with Kazu Kibuishi.

While pursuing a career in film studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Kibuishi drew a comic strip entitled Clive and Cabbage for the student newspaper. After graduation, Kazu worked as an animator for Shaded Box, a Los Angeles-based commercials and video game studio. Eventually, he left animation and decided to pursue comics, where he could focus more on writing and drawing stories. In 2002, he started his first webcomic series Copper, which was later published by Graphix.

In 2004, Kazu began the Flight anthology series, in which he and fellow artists could showcase their works. The first two volumes were published by Image Comics, and attracted many other artists soon after. The following volumes were published by Ballantine Books.

He went on to publish Daisy Kutter: The Last Train and later the ongoing Amulet series published by Scholastic. Recently, he drew cover art for the 15th anniversary re-releases for the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling.

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