Role Manga artist
Name Ippongi Bang
|Website Ippongi Bang Homepage|
Occupation Manga artist
|Born January 4, 1965 (age 58) (1965-01-04) |
Movies Nagai Go no Kowai Zone 2: Senki
Similar People Haruka Takachiho, Kazuhiko Shimamoto, Kei Kusunoki, Kentaro Yano, Go Nagai
Ippongi Bang (一本木 蛮 Ippongi Ban) is a multimedia and manga artist, born January 4, 1965 in Yokohama City, Japan. She has been called "one of the most well-known manga artists in America in the mid-1990s."
Life and career
Bang attended Den-En Chofu Hikiba High School, then Tamagawa University Dept. of Agriculture, and worked on a farm. She made her manga debut as a schoolgirl in 1983 with Bang's Campus Diary in the cult magazine Fanroad. The manga depicted semi-autobiographical details from her life, including her experiences at the agricultural college. As she progressed in her career, she became known as a flamboyant personality who was involved in bikini modeling, cosplay and dressing as manga characters such as Rumiko Takahashi's Lum.
Along with several friends, she started up a manga collective called "Studio Do-Do" and several of their works were translated and published in the United States in the 1990s by Antarctic Press. Bang, who had once been an exchange student in the United States and was familiar with the American scene, came to American conventions to promote her work. After Antarctic Press stopped publishing manga in the mid-1990s, Bang's works such as Virtual Bang, Doctor! and Bang's Sexplosion were published in the United States by Studio Ironcat but when Bang's contact at the studio, co-founder Kuni Kimura left under a cloud in 1999, translation of her work for the American market ceased.
Bang married in 1996 and although she has published little professional work since 2000, she did release a book in 2008, Fight, Okusan! Infertility Boogie (戦え奥さん!!不妊症ブギ, Tatakae Okusan! Funinshô Boogie) (ISBN 4778035011), a volume of comics about infertility.
Her published works include:
She has appeared in several films and direct-to-video adult movies, including the ExorSister series directed by Takao Nakano where she played Maria Cruel, the ExorSister: