Takehiko Inoue is the writer, artist, and creator of the international hits Slam Dunk, Vagabond, and Real. He has won multiple awards for his achievements as an “mangaka”.
He has mostly dedicated his subject matter around basketball, which is one of his passions. Being so his first hit, and one of the most popular japanese comics of all time, is Slam Dunk, the story of a high school basketball team. This manga alone has sold more than 100 million copies.
His development as an artist started as an early age. In many interviews he acknowledges his grandfather as the one person that motivated him to continue polishing his skills. His personal motto is to “Challenge something that is beyond your capabilities.” This has launch him to do entire comics with just a calligraphy brush, or attempt to do immense ink drawing for a museum, among other stuff. He has been a force to be reckoned within illustrators and comic artist.