Manga Artist Takeshi Obata to Appear at New York Comic Con
Wildly Popular Manga Artist and Creative Force Behind Death Note, Bakuman, and All You Need Is Kill to participate in Panels and Autographing on October 9 and 10, 2014
NORWALK, CT – July 29, 2014 – 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 Lance Fensterman, Global Senior Vice President of ReedPOP. “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.
More exciting details about New York Comic Con, events, talent and sponsors will be revealed in the coming weeks. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.NewYorkComicCon.com or and New York Comic Con's social media pages (Facebook, Twitter & Instagram).
ReedPOP is a boutique group within Reed Exhibitions, which is exclusively devoted to organizing events, launching and acquiring new shows, and partnering with premium brands in the pop culture arena. ReedPOP is dedicated to producing celebrations of popular culture throughout the world that transcend ordinary events by providing unique access and dynamic personal experiences for consumers and fans. The ReedPOP portfolio includes: New York Comic Con (NYCC), Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) Prime, East, South and Australia, Star Wars Celebration, New York Super Week, Special Edition: NYC, Oz Comic-Con, BookCon and the UFC Fan Expo. In 2013 ReedPOP (has) added Star Wars Celebration Europe and PAX Australia to its rapidly expanding portfolio of international events. The staff at ReedPOP is a fan based group of professionals producing shows for other fans, thus making them uniquely qualified to service those with whom they share a common passion. ReedPOP is focused on bringing its expertise and knowledge to world communities in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia/Pacific (including Australia). (www.reedpop.com)