VIZ Media and ReedPop have revealed additional details about famed manga artist Takeshi Obata’s appearance at this year’s New York Comic-Con in October. Obata is best known for the titles Death Note, Bakuman and Hikaru No Go – all published by VIZ Media in the United States.
Obata-sensei is scheduled to participate at New York Comic-Con panels and autograph sessions on October 9th and 10th, with times and locations coming shortly. He will also participate in a special signing outside of Javits Convention Center as part of New York Comic-Con’s Super Week. Additional details on this appearance is also coming soon.
Takeshi Obata’s latest work is All You Need is Kill, an adaptation of the Japanese novel which was also the basis of this summer’s Tom Cruise sic-fi thriller Edge of Tomorrow. The two volume series is now available as a digital first through the VIZ Manga platform as well as through the storefronts for iBooks, GooglePlay, Kindle, Nook, and Kobo. The print deluxe omnibus edition will debut on November 4th.
New York Comic-Con is rolling out power-packed appearances that showcase the hottest talent from around the globe. In continuing its unwavering commitment to celebrate the vast expanse of all things pop culture, ReedPOP, the world’s largest producer of pop culture events and producers of the event, today announced that renowned manga artist Takeshi Obata will be appearing as part of autographing and panels the Thursday and Friday of the show.
Obata is the artist of the wildly popular Shonen Jump title Hikaru no Go, which won the 2003 Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize: Shinsei “New Hope” award and the 2000 Shogakukan Manga award. Obata is also the artist of Arabian Majin Bokentan Lamp Lamp, Ayatsuri Sakon, Cyborg Jichan G, and the smash hit manga Death Note. Following the hugely successful series Bakuman。 Obata’s latest work is All You Need Is Kill, a 2-volume adaptation of the novel which was also the basis for this year’s Tom Cruise blockbuster Edge of Tomorrow. Hikaru no Go, Death Note, Bakuman。and All You Need Is Kill are all published in North America by VIZ Media. Takeshi Obata is appearing at New York Comic Con with support of VIZ Media and the Japan Foundation.
“Our vision for New York Comic Con is to bring a wide range of pop culture content from all over the world to fans every year,” said ReedPOP’s Lance Fensterman. “Takeshi Obata is one of the leading manga artists in the world and one of the best creative forces in entertainment today. We couldn’t be more excited about his participation in New York Comic Con this year.”
In addition to Obata’s appearance at New York Comic-Con, he will also participate in a special signing outside the Javits Center as part of New York Comic Con’s Super Week (www.newyorksuperweek.com). More information about Obata’s events will be revealed in the coming weeks.
New York Comic Con (taking place on October 9- 12 at the Javits Center in New York City) is the East Coast’s biggest and most exciting popular culture convention with the latest and greatest in comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies and television. New York Comic-Con’s panels and autograph sessions give fans a chance to interact with their favorite creators, while screening rooms feature sneak peeks at films and television shows months before they hit either big or small screens. New York Comic-Con is the second largest pop culture convention in America and the only one that takes place in the comic book, publishing, media, and licensing capital of the world — Gotham City.
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