Ippongi Bang, nerdy farmgirl turned manga-ka 90s celebrity
"In her overseas visits BANG schmoozed, got drunk and kissed American fans; meanwhile, Antarctic Press printed "Ippongi Bang Trading Cards" and foldout posters showing her in various outfits. Before Felicia Day, before Apollo Smile (anyone remember her?), she was the first Geek’s Dream Girl. (For that matter, this was before Geek’s Dream Girl). Rumiko Takahashi may have been more famous, but Ippongi BANG would actually come to your convention and party with you.”
-Jason Thompson’s House of 1000 Manga
She was at the very first A-Kon I ever went to back in 1999. I have a photo of her in a sexy Pikachu costume. She posed with a guy who would later become my boyfriend for a little whole (and then ex-boyfriend) who was dressed as Brock. I think her other costume that weekend was Lum.