Illustrator Katsuya Terada to Attend J-pop Summit Festival

posted on 2013-06-06 17:45 EDT
Character designer for Blood: The Last Vampire to sign autographs, promote book at San Francisco event

The 2013 J-pop Summit Festival, which will be held in San Francisco on July 27-28, announced on Wednesday that it will host illustrator Katsuya Terada as a guest of honor. The artist will be promoting his new art book, KATSUYA TERADA 10 TEN - 10 Year Retrospective, and signing autographs. Tickets to the autograph session will be given to the first 50 people each day who buy the book or a gift card of US$25 or more at the Kinokuniya Bookstore booth at the event. Terada will also be doing a live freehand drawing on July 27.

Terada is known for his work as the original character designer for Blood: The Last Vampire, and as the creator of The Monkey King manga series. He has been nominated for this year's Eisner awards in the Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (interior art) category for The Monkey King volume 2. The Eisner awards will be announced on July 19 at Comic-Con International in San Diego.

Terada recently resumed The Monkey King in March for a short run. In this manga, Terada offers his own violent interpretation of the classic Chinese novel Journey To The West that inspired Dragon Ball, Saiyuki, and scores of other manga and anime. He serialized the manga in Ultra Jump more than a decade ago, but has taken frequent breaks in its serialization. Shueisha published second volume of the manga in 2010, 12 years after the first volume. Dark Horse Comics published the second volume of the manga last year.

Dark Horse Comics also announced in March that it will be releasing The Art of Katsuya Terada artbook that will include commentary by the artist himself. Dark Horse Comics plans to release the artbook early next year.

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