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U.S. Manga Guide Author Makes Cameo in Fairy Tail Manga

posted on by Egan Loo
Otaku USA section editor Jason Thompson appears as "Weekly Sorcerer reporter"

Not-So-Daily Link of the Day II: Artist Hiro Mashima drew Jason Thompson, the manga section editor of Otaku USA magazine and the Eisner-nominated author of Manga: The Complete Guide, into a cameo in a September installment of Mashima's Fairy Tail fantasy adventure manga. The two had met when Thompson had interviewed Mashima at Comic-Con International 2008 in San Diego in July. After the interview, a Del Rey staffer asked Thompson for photographs and said that Mishima would like to draw Thompson into his manga.

In installment 104 of the manga, Thompson appears as the excitable "Weekly Sorcerer reporter Jason" who has come to interview the members of the Fairy Tail mage guild. However, he all but ignores the heroine Lucy and unintentionally rubs the main male character, Natsu, the wrong way — to slapstick comic effect. Del Rey published the fourth volume of the manga in North America last month.

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