Jo Chen (Chinese: 咎井淳; pinyin: Jiù Jǐngchún; born July 4, 1976) is a comic book artist and writer best known for her highly detailed painted comic book covers. She is also known by the pen name, TogaQ, and is known as Jun Togai (“Togai Jun” 咎井淳) in the Japanese comic industry.
Chen was born in Taipei, Taiwan and emigrated to the United States in late 1994. She published her first comics independently at age 14 and soon came to the attention of a Taiwanese publisher. She began her career in the U.S. comic book industry with her art work for the Racer X mini-series, part of the Speed Racer series published by Wildstorm/D.C. Comics in 2000. She established herself producing interiors and covers for titles including Darkminds: Macropolis, Battle of the Planets, Robotech, Fight For Tomorrow, Taskmaster, The Demon, Thor, and (Batman &) Robin.
Under the pseudonym TogaQ, she and author, Kichiku Neko (aka, Narcissus) created the yaoi doujinshi-turned manga series, In These Words, about criminal profiler-psychiatrist Katsuya Asano and the serial killer he helped capture. The title was eventually picked up by Japanese publisher, Libre Publishing and serialized in the boys’ love comic anthology, Be x Boy Gold. They have since published a 3-part prequel about Katsuya’s first job in New York City and his relationship with homicide detective David Krause, as well as several illustrated novels.
Currently she is most well known to American comic readers as the cover artist of Marvel’s Runaways, and Dark Horse licensed comics of Joss Whedon properties such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Firefly/Serenity.
In other media, Chen has also produced packaging artwork for Microsoft’s popular Xbox Fable, Fable: The Lost Chapters, Fable II and Fable III RPGs, and done covers for PlayStation Magazine (a Final Fantasy cover for the January 2002 issue and a Tomb Raider cover for the February 2003 issue).
She is the younger sister of artist Christina Chen and lives with her family outside of Washington, D.C.
And to answer the question on everyone’s mind right now, you can get In These Words on Kobo eBooks. And she and Kichiku Neko are on Tumblr as guiltpleasure (NSFW).