福本伸行, ふくもと飛火, Tobi Fukumoto
Born: December 10 1958 Hometown: Yokosuka Kanagawa Japan Nobuyuki Fukumoto is a Japanese manga artist well known throughout the Far East for his unique original gambling ideas deep psychological analysis of characters and distinct artstyle. Yakuza and gambling are recurring themes in his manga. In English language countries he is most famous as the author of Akagi a mahjongrelated manga. In 1998 he won the Kodansha Manga Award for Tobaku Mokushiroku Kaiji. An onomatopoeia zawa meaning uneasy atmosphere appears frequently in his comics and is considered Fukumotos trademark.