Akiko Masuda is an illustrator originally from Hokkaido, living now in Kanagawa Prefecture. Masuda illustrates for magazines, books, and other publications, and she creates and designs characters and deco-mail for cell phones. Her pun mascots and Hokkaido-dialect stickers are available in LINE’s Creators Market. In 2009, she won Uniqlo’s UT Grand Prix, and the T-shirt she designed was sold in Uniqlo stores. In 2014, her manga, An Unpopular Thirtysomething Woman, won honorable mention for the Z New Writer’s Award.