Born in Tokyo, Japan, Kazu moved to the United States of America with his mother and brother when he was a child. He graduated from Film Studios at the University of California Santa Barbara, and then moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. He currently works as a full-time comic book artist.
Kazu lives with his wife in Alhambra, California.
When my brother and I graduated from college, our parents found themselves in financial trouble, so we worked hard to help them out. We learned a lot about what it means to take care of family members at a very early age. During this time, I was developing the story for Amulet, a graphic novel. After discovering Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind by Hayao Miyazaki and Bone by Jeff Smith, I realized how I wanted Amulet to look and feel. I wanted to create a story that could sit on the shelf next to the works of these two masters and for it to belong there. I also discovered Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud and the many works of Osamu Tezuka, creator of Astro Boy and Black Jack. Through their work, I developed a newfound respect and excitement for the comics medium, seeing how comics can be used as a powerful educational tool.
Nationality: Japanese American