Publishers Weekly in its issue in June 2006 called Tsutomu Nihei the "William Gibson of manga cyberpunk". Born in 1971 the artist gained popularity in the US mainly through his work on Marvel's character "Wolverine" (Wolverine: Snikt! Tsutomu Nihei, Joe Quesada and others, 2003). Having studied architecture, Nihei spent some time working for a New York based architect studio. He found his passion for drawing mangas when he returned to Japan and started working for "Afternoon" magazine as assistant to Tsutomu Takahashi (Jiraishin). His own series "Blame !" started soon after that. Tsutomu Nihei looks up to great role models: William Gibson's novels introduced him to the world of cyberpunk science fiction and it is hard to overlook H.R. Giger's influence on his artwork. French and Belgian comic book artists like Bilal or Moebius are some his European sources of inspiration. His mangas "Blame!", "Noise" and "Biosphere" are often described as milestones of manga Cyberpunk. German publishers ehapa made his work popular in Europe, especially France, Italy und Spain, but the number of his fans is growing in Germany also. His series "Abara" even made it to Brasil in 2009. Nihei's work isn't always easy to swallow and as far as mangas go, quite different from what you would expect from that genre. He has a great love for detail but also for sombre and violent atmospheres, which is why he is viewed with kind of mixed feelings by some people, especially Americans. Anyway, his devotion to architecture shines through in his giganonomous shapes and structures. It's no surprise he needs quite some time working on them, so his output is rather small but of course in best quality. Nihei participated at the Festival d’Angoulême in France in 2002 and Japan Expo in 2004. Glénat published his series "Biomega" in 2009 – a science fiction adventure containing many biblical aspects. Luis Reyes said about Tsutomu Nihei: "Nihei is not interested in really telling the stories of individuals as much as he is interested in telling the story of worlds,... He pulls you through a completely unique world, with its own set of rules."