I.e. The genius behind Serial Experiments Lain and Haibane Renmei, as well as his regular manga piece in Range Murata's ROBOT project.
In a Thursday blog entry, manga creator and character designer Yoshitoshi ABe (Serial Experiments Lain, Haibane Renmei) confirmed reports from last month's Sakura-Con 2009 event that he is developing a new anime with many of the staffers of the Lain anime, but made a clarification on the title. The correct title for the project is Despera (ですぺら), which is derived from the shortened version of the term "desperado." He acknowledged that he was speaking fast at the event in Seattle, so his words may have come across jumbled. He also confirmed, to his knowledge, that the official announcement on the project will be coming soon.
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/20 ... is-despera
Very good news indeed! Good news for me. Good news for Mappy. Good news for Barron.