Otakon Vegas has announced that Nobuhiro Watsuki, the creator of the Rurouni Kenshin manga, will not be able to attend the convention.

This is a message that Watsuki provided to Otakon Vegas:

“Due to a new Rurouni Kenshin project that just came in, my work schedule now forbids me from attending Otakon Vegas. I am terribly sorry… please accept my sincere apologies.

In lieu of my attendance, I would like to introduce a new wonderful guest for Otakon Vegas. His name is Riichiro Inagaki, the writer of the popular Shonen Jump manga Eyeshield 21. Inagaki-sensei was in charge of writing the story and the storyboards (nemu) for the American football manga.

His attendance at Otakon provides a unique and special chance to know the secrets of how to build a strong backbone for a fun and exciting manga. I would suggest to those who are curious to listen carefully to what he has to say. He can definitely offer you some insights into what makes manga so interesting.”

Otakon said in their announcement that, “While we are very sorry that Watsuki-sensei cannot make it, we are delighted to welcome Inagaki-sensei, and very appreciative of the assistance in bringing us a new guest.”

Otakon Vegas will be taking place January 3-5, 2014 at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.

Source: ANN