Katsuhiro Ootomo was born in the province of Miyagi Japan. His great passion when he was young was watching American movies. He often had to travel for hours to the nearest movie theater. He moved to Tokyo in 1973 and made his debut in comics the same year with Jyusei A Gun Report an adaptation of the Prosper Mrime novella Mateo Falcone. After this he frequently published his work in magazine Action. In 1979 Ootomos first longer publication appeared a series called Fireball which was a great success for its groundbreaking style which changed traditional manga forever. This was the beginning of Ootomos interest in sciencefiction themes. In 1980 Ootomos Domu became a bestseller and won Japans Science Fiction Grand Prix Award. In 1982 Ootomo comes up with the comic series Akira which was first published in magazine Young. It was an immediate success and grew into an epic tale. It has won numerous awards and is regarded by many as the finest work of graphic fiction ever created. It has been published in the West as well where it met with just as much enthusiasm. He is also a fan of James Deans Rebel Without a Cause and Kubricks 2001: A Space Odyssey.