Retrospective Chronicle: Two Female Comic Creators Discuss CLAMP

CLAMP is an all-female group of comic creators from Japan, made up of four manga artists: Nanase Ohkawa, Mokona, Tsubaki Nekoi and Satsuki Igarashi. Originally formed in the mid-80s, their work spans several decades and countless genres, including Cardcaptor Sakura, Chobits, X/1999, Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle, and Magic Knight Rayearth. They’re also the main reason why I—a Canadian English Lit. professor-in-training—met my best friend and creative partner, Capp—an Israeli artist from the UK. These days, Capp and I draw the comic Shaderunners, a 1920s-style heist webcomic. Years ago, though, we bonded over our love for CLAMP. Now comic creators ourselves,...

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