Vertical and EVA Air Welcome Illustrator VOFAN to Anime NYC

VERTICAL AND EVA AIR WELCOME RENOWNED ILLUSTRATOR VOFAN TO ANIME NYC

Famous Taiwanese Illustrator to Participate in NYC's Largest Anime Convention

New York, NY (July 20, 2019) - Anime NYC powered by Crunchyroll, Vertical, and EVA Air today announced acclaimed Taiwanese illustrator VOFAN will participate in Anime NYC 2019 as an Official Guest. VOFAN is most known to US audiences as the cover illustrator for the Monogatari novel series written by NISIOISIN. Vertical, an imprint of Kodansha USA Publishing, publishes the Monogatari series in English and is also publishing a collection of VOFAN's original art, titled COLORFUL DREAMS, just prior to this year's Anime NYC. VOFAN's flights are generously provided by EVA Air.

Anime NYC is New York's largest anime, manga, and Japanese pop culture convention. It will welcome over 40,000 attendees when it returns to the Javits Center for its third year on November 15-17, 2019. In addition to VOFAN, it will showcase major names from across the anime world including Riichiro Inagaki and Boich, creators of hit manga series Dr. STONE.

VOFAN has crafted the cover art and interior illustrations to over 20 volumes of author NISIOISIN's best-selling Monogatari novel series. The Monogatari story centers around high school student Koyomi Araragi and his encounters with vampires, ghosts, and other supernatural creatures. It has been adapted into an anime series, comic series, and three feature-length animated films.

COLORFUL DREAMS, debuting in October, is a 96-page full-color art book collecting a wealth of VOFAN's original, non-commercial works.

VOFAN will appear at Anime NYC for panel discussions, live art workshops, and autograph sessions. Vertical will present a gallery of VOFAN's work from their booth in the Anime NYC exhibition hall.

EVA Air, a SKYTRAX five-star airline headquartered in Taiwan, will additionally appear in Anime NYC's exhibit hall. EVA Air will showcase their routes to destinations across Asia and official Sanrio planes - featuring art and amenities starring beloved characters including Hello Kitty, Gudetama, and Pompompurin.

“We're deeply excited to welcome VOFAN to Anime NYC,” said Peter Tatara, Anime NYC's Event Director. “VOFAN's art has given form to one of the most beloved novel series in Japan, and we couldn't be more thrilled to work with Vertical and EVA Air to give VOFAN and his fans the unique opportunity to celebrate the launch of COLORFUL DREAMS together in New York.”

Anime NYC will continue to announce more guests from around the world throughout the summer and fall, and attendees can look forward to the latest from sponsors, partners, and publishers including Crunchyroll, Animate, Aniplex of America, BANDAI NAMCO Arts, Funimation, GKIDS, HIDIVE, Kodansha Comics, Sentai Filmworks, Tokyo Otaku Mode, Vertical, VIZ Media, and Yen Press. Fans wanting to learn the latest can follow Anime NYC on Facebook and Twitter. Tickets to this year's Anime NYC are available now.

ABOUT VOFAN:
VOFAN is a Taiwanese illustrator. He has been the cover illustrator for video game magazine Famitsu Weekly Taiwan since 2004 and served as the head of character design for the PS3 game Time and Eternity. Since 2006, he has been the cover illustrator for the Monogatari light novel series as well as for the mystery series The Forgetful Detective, both written by NISIOISIN. He also illustrates PlayStation Network Taiwan's virtual avatar AI-Chan. As a photographer, he sometimes combines photographs with illustrations in his work. His other publications include the COLORFUL DREAMS series of illustrations and poems and the album series VOFAN OTONA FANTASY.

ABOUT VERTICAL:
Vertical translates the best contemporary Japanese books. Vertical selects popular novels, graphic novels, and quality nonfiction from a rich, variegated stock: Japan's huge and vibrant book market. Until now, most Japanese books translated into English have either been literary classics or introductions to traditional culture meant for a limited circle of Japanophiles. Vertical publishes exciting titles that require no prior knowledge of Japanese culture and are not intended to primarily familiarize readers with it; we choose good reads with universal themes. Read different. Read Vertical.

ABOUT EVA AIR:
EVA Air is a Star Alliance member and one of only 10 SKYTRAX-rated 5-Star airlines worldwide. Readers voted it one of Travel + Leisure's World's Best “Top 10 International Airlines” and TripAdvisor awarded it top spots in five categories in its annual Travelers' Choice Awards for Airlines. EVA Air was established in 1989 as Taiwan's first privately owned international airline. EVA operates nonstop service from LAX/SFO/SEA/IAH/ORD/JFK/YTO/YVR to Taipei with easy connections across Asia also adding new service to Nagoya, Matsuyama, and Aomori this year.

ABOUT ANIME NYC POWERED BY CRUNCHYROLL:
Anime NYC powered by Crunchyroll is New York City's anime convention! A showcase of the best of Japanese pop culture in the biggest city in America, Anime NYC brings anime fans and publishers together for three days of unique exhibits, exclusive screenings, extensive panels, and appearances by some of the biggest creators in Japan. This year's event takes place November 15-17 in New York's Javits Center, and we invite you to join over 40,000 fans for a celebration of Japanese animation, manga, cosplay, movies, food, fashion, travel, technology, toys, and games in the heart of NYC! For more, visit animenyc.com.

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