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Mokona (もこな, Mokona, born June 16, 1968) is the pen name of the lead artist, colorist, and composition designer of the all-female manga-creating team Clamp.[1] She was formerly known as Mokona Apapa (もこな あぱぱ); she dropped her last name because it sounded too "immature".[2] 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 "wispy", "fluid" and "dramatic" which has resonated with both male and female demographic 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.[1]

Clamp at Anime Expo 2006.jpg
Mokona at far right
BornMokona Apapa (もこな あぱぱ)
(1968-06-16) June 16, 1968 (age 51)
Kyōto, Japan
Area(s)In charge of character design, illustrator, colorist, composition designer
Pseudonym(s)108 secret techniques
Notable works


  1. ^ a b SOLOMON, CHARLES (November 28, 2006). "Four Mothers of Manga Gain American Fans With Expertise in a Variety of Visual Styles". Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, Jr. The New York Times Company. Retrieved 28 December 2015.
  2. ^ Yadao, Jason S (2009). The rough guide to Manga. London ; New York: Rough Guides : Distributed by the Penguin Group. p. 98. ISBN 9781858285610. Retrieved 28 December 2015.

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