In 1996, the Ribon editing department at Shueisha began publishing a manga magazine called Ribon Teens which featured a mixture of both the then-new and popular Ribon mangaka like Ai Yazawa, Miho Obana, and Mihona Fujii, and classic Ribon mangaka like Jun Hasegawa, Koi Ikeno, and Aoi Hiiragi. This magazine was published a couple of times in 1996 and 1997 before folding. In 1999, Shueisha revived the "Ribon Teens" concept in a new magazine which soon received the title "Cookie". The first issue of Cookie was soon published and the second issue followed in 2000.
At that time, the former Bouquet editing department was made into the Cookie editing department. The editor-in-chief had been a former editor-in-chief of Ribon. Cookie began being published monthly starting from the May 2000 issue.
Today, the mangaka featured in Cookie are a mixture of former Bouquet mangaka (some series that ran in Bouquet, such as Toriko Chiya's Clover and Yumi Ikefuji's Zoccha no Nichijou, were transferred to Cookie) and former Ribon mangaka such as Miho Obana and Ai Yazawa. There are also some new mangaka as well.
Perhaps the most popular manga in Cookie is Nana. It was one of the first manga to run in Cookie and still continues today, and is also being published in many other countries around the world.
Mangaka and series featured in Cookie
- Toriko Chiya
- Clover (originally serialized in Bouquet)
- Sakura Fujisue
- Akiko Higashimura
- Koi Ikeno
- Miho Obana
- Ai Yazawa
- ↑ Japan Magazine Publishers Association Magazine Data 2008. The publication, which relies on information provided by publishers, categorizes Cookie as josei, but Shueisha's "S-MANGA.NET" site clearly categorizes that magazine as shōjo, and it is therefore included here.