Inio Asano, a bona fide earthling, was born in Ibaraki, Japan in 1980. In 2001 his short story "Uchuu kara Konnichiwa" (Hello from Outer Space) won the 1st Sunday GX rookie prize. Later GX published his series What a Wonderful World! (Subarashii Sekai). His other works include Hikari no Machi (City of Light), solanin (also published by VIZ Media) and Oyasumi Punpun.