Åsa Ekström is one of the first people to get involved in manga in Sweden. She has worked as an assistant in a Japanese comic strip studio. Her book, Sayonara September, confirms her place as the foremost manga illustrator in Sweden. She has worked for several newspapers, and is currently launching her fabric collection “CHARLOTTA" at all IKEA stores around the world. The “Charlotta" collection was designed and produced by Åsa Ekström and IKEA on the theme “Japan meets Scandinavia". Åsa also illustrated the children's book series “Drakriddare" (the Dragon Knight).