Yu-Gi-Oh! Creator Kazuki Takahashi Receives Comic-Con International: San Diego's Prestigious Inkpot Award



Yu-Gi-Oh! CREATOR KAZUKI TAKAHASHI
RECEIVES COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL: SAN DIEGO'S PRESTIGIOUS INKPOT AWARD

Celebrated Manga Artist Honored During Rare Panel Participation


San Diego, CA July 13, 2015 -- Comic-Con International: San Diego, the definitive comic book convention that has grown into a massive celebration of all pop culture entertainment, presented its prestigious Inkpot Award – recognizing individuals for their contributions to the world of comics, science fiction/fantasy, film, television, animation and fandom services – to Kazuki Takahashi, renowned manga artist and creator of the popular Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise.

“I am deeply honored to receive Comic-Con's Inkpot Award and am humbled to be held in the same regard as the revered animators, authors, filmmakers and artists that have been recognized for their passion and contributions to the arts,” said Mr. Takahashi upon learning of his selection for this year's award.

“Mr. Takahashi's passion and talent has created a global phenomenon – Yu-Gi-Oh! - that has introduced manga to legions of fans around the globe,” explained David Glanzer, spokesperson for Comic-Con International. “We were thrilled that he was able to join us at this year's Comic-Con and very inspired by his creative ideas and observations.”

Comic-Con International: San Diego's Inkpot Award was initiated in 1974 and is presented annually during the event to professionals in the fields of comic books, animation, science fiction, and related areas of entertainment and popular art. Mr. Takahashi joins an impressive list of previously celebrated Inkpot Award recipients including authors Ray Bradbury and Ted Geisel (Dr. Seuss); filmmakers Frank Capra and Steven Spielberg; puppeteer Jim Henson; and animators Bob Clampett, Chuck Jones, Stan Lee, Charles Schulz, Todd McFarlane and Art Clokey, among others.

Mr. Takahashi was in attendance at Comic-Con International: San Diego to discuss the preparations and production of the highly anticipated new installment of the Yu-Gi-Oh! feature film franchise. During his panel, Mr. Takahashi addressed his passion for illustration, design and gaming and how those passions meld in the formation of inspiring new ideas that have kept the Yu-Gi-Oh! brand fresh and engaging for nearly two decades.

Since launching Yu-Gi-Oh!, the phenomenon that has captured the hearts of millions of fans, Kazuki Takahashi's creative vision has yielded five animated TV series broadcast in over 65 countries as well as two theatrical movies. As he creates new manga and games, Mr. Takahashi's projects always center on the value of friendship – the core idea that runs throughout the world of Yu-Gi-Oh! and continues to entice fans to this day. The Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game holds the Guinness Book of World Records as the best-selling trading card game of all time with over 25 billion cards sold.

About 4K Media
4K Media Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc., manages the licensing and marketing of the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise outside of Asia. In addition, 4K Media handles brand management and the production and distribution of the Yu-Gi-Oh! television series. The Yu-Gi-Oh! animated franchise, with over 650 episodes, consists of the original Yu-Gi-Oh! , Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's, Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL and the new series, Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V. The series have been translated and broadcast in 65 countries on leading networks. The Yu-Gi-Oh! website is available at www.yugioh.com

About Comic-Con International: San Diego
Comic-Con International (CCI) is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for, comics and related popular artforms, primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture. In addition to its San Diego convention each summer (the world's largest comics convention of its kind), CCI organizes WonderCon each spring.

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