Popular Manga Creator Hiro Mashima Coming to the United States

May 30th 2008
First-ever U.S. convention appearance planned for Comic-Con International San Diego 2008


New York, NY – May 28, 2008 – Hiro Mashima, the popular Japanese manga creator of Fairy Tail, will make his first-ever US convention appearance at Comic-Con International San Diego 2008, running Thursday, July 24 through Sunday, July 27. Manga and anime fans from the US and across the world will be able to meet one of their favorite creators in a rare appearance that will include a panel and signing. Kodansha Ltd., Mashima's Japanese publisher, and Del Rey Manga, an imprint of Ballantine Books at the Random House Publishing Group and the US publisher of Mashima's Fairy Tail, will sponsor his visit.

Mashima made his US debut with the series Rave Master, which made him one of the most popular manga artists in America. Mashima's second series, Fairy Tail, was one of the most highly anticipated Del Rey Manga launches this year. In a show of support and admiration of Mashima's work, Del Rey Manga launched the first two volumes of Mashima's Fairy Tail at the same time in March 2008.

A prolific creator known for his fantasy and adventure shonen manga, Mashima is working on multiple projects in Japan simultaneously. Mashima's Fairy Tail is currently being serialized in Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine. Another ongoing Mashima series, the video game-based Monster Hunter Orage, made its debut in the first issue of Kodansha's Shonen Rival Magazine.

Hiro Mashima is a real star in the manga world and he's developed a wide fanbase with his engaging, fun stories, including Fairy Tail,” says Dallas Middaugh, associate publisher of Del Rey Manga. “We're thrilled to be bringing him to San Diego Comic-Con and we know fans share that excitement with us.”


ABOUT KODANSHA LTD.:

Kodansha is the largest trade book and magazine publisher in Japan. Founded in 1909, the company by virtue of its long history, the quality of its publishing, and its established network of sales and marketing is regarded as the trade book market leader in the publishing business in Japan. Moreover, Kodansha has been recognized as the leading publisher with a mission to introduce Japan through its publishing business.

ABOUT DEL REY MANGA:

Del Rey Books (http://www.delreybooks.com) was founded in 1977 as an imprint of Ballantine Books, a division of the Random House Publishing Group, under the guidance of the renowned Judy-Lynn Del Rey and her husband, Lester Del Rey. Del Rey publishes the best of modern fantasy, science fiction, and alternate history. Ballantine Books is an imprint of the Random House Publishing Group, which is a publishing group of Random House, Inc, the U.S. publishing company of Random House, the trade book publishing division of Bertelsmann AG, one of the world's leading international media companies. In 2004 it expanded by launching Del Rey Manga (www.delreymanga.com), which has grown to be a major force in the U.S. graphic-novel field. Bestselling titles include Tsubasa, Negima, xxxHOLiC, and The Wallflower.

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