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Fairy Tail's Hiro Mashima to Attend Comic-Con

posted on 2008-05-27 23:57 EDT
Del Rey, Kodansha join forces to sponsor panel, signings

Hiro Mashima, the creator of the Groove Adventure Rave (Rave Master) and Fairy Tail manga series, will be a guest at this year's Comic-Con International on July 24-27 in San Diego, California. Mashima's Japanese publisher Kodansha and Fairy Tail's American publisher Del Rey jointly arranged Mashima's appearance, which will include a panel and book signing. According to Del Rey Associate Publisher Dallas Middaugh, the initial invitation to Mishima was made over a half year ago, and several months before Fairy Tail was set to go on sale in the United States. Middaugh noted that the first two volumes of Fairy Tail, which were published simultaneously, have been Del Rey's strongest launch since Negima.

Mishima will be at least the second big-name manga artist appearing at this year's convention. Last week, Viz Media announced that Bleach's Tite Kubo will be participating in a Shonen Jump panel and two autograph signings. He will also attend the theatrical screening of the Bleach: Memories of Nobody movie, which Viz plans to hold at a downtown San Diego theater, and deliver a short speech introducing the film.

Source: PW Comics Week


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