From Tokyopop comes an interview with Tachibana Higuchi, mangaka of Gakuen Alice:
When did you start drawing manga? Was your progress fast? Tell us about your career as a manga artist.
I first submitted a manga story a while after I graduated from high school. Up until then I was studying for the entrance examinations for the Art University, and as part of that, I sometimes drew manga and four-panel strip comics for fun.