VIZ Media and ReedPOP Present Takeshi Obata at New York Comic Con 2014

VIZ Media and ReedPOP welcome manga artist Takeshi Obata for his first-ever U.S. personal appearance. His visit is co-presented by The Japan Foundation.

Obata, the artist behind such series as Death Note, Bakuman., Hikaru no Go, and All You Need Is Kill will appear at several events during New York Comic Con 2014, which is taking place October 9-12, 2014 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center.

During the convention, Takeshi Obata will appear in person in two panels, on October 9, 2014 as part of VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump panel and on October 10, 2014 with an overview of his incredible catalog of works. He will make an exclusive signing appearance at the Javits Convention Center on the evening of October 8, 2014.

Takeshi Obata will also make a pair of additional appearances around New York as part of ReedPOP’s New York Super Week on October 10, 2014 at Kinokuniya Book Store and October 11, 2014 at Barnes & Noble.

Fans are invited to stop by the VIZ Media Booth (#1944) on October 9, 2014 for details and to secure advance tickets for the exclusive New York Comic Con Takeshi Obata signing, taking place the same day at 7:30 p.m. EDT at the Javits Center. Signing tickets will be distributed on a first come/first served basis promptly at 1:00 p.m. EDT and again at 4:30 p.m. EDT There will be no advance line-up until 15 minutes before ticket time. Each attendee that secures a ticket will receive an exclusive shikishi signing board that Obata will autograph.

Fans may also select from a wide array of Obata manga titles available for purchase at the VIZ Media booth, including special advance copies of his newest work, All You Need Is Kill, a deluxe omnibus manga treatment of the Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s hit sci-fi novel that inspired the action blockbuster Edge of Tomorrow starring Tom Cruise. It will debut under VIZ Media’s Shonen Jump Advanced imprint on November 4, 2014. Other acclaimed Obata manga titles including Death Note, Bakuman., Hikaru no Go and Ralograd will also be available for purchase.

VIZ Media, ReedPOP and The Japan Foundation welcome Takeshi Obata at the following New York Comic Con Panels:

THE FUTURE OF WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP Panel Featuring Takeshi Obata
October 9, 2014
6:00–6:45 p.m.
Javits Center – Room 1A10

Join the staff of VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump as well as editors from Japan’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine to welcome Takeshi Obata for an enlightening personal discussion on what’s new and what’s next for the long-running manga anthology which launched best-selling titles such as Naruto, Bleach, One Piece, Dragon Ball as well as Obata’s Bakuman. and Death Note series.

October 10, 2014
5:00–5:45 p.m.
Javits Center – Room 1A10

Join special guest Takeshi Obata along with his editor, Koji Yoshida, for an insightful conversation about Obata’s beginnings as an artist, his extensive history working in the manga industry, and the creative process behind his works. Don’t miss this extraordinary opportunity.

Takeshi Obata also will participate in a pair of special off-site signings as part of New York Super Week. New York Super Week takes place October 3–12, 2014 immediately preceding New York Comic Con and is a unique immersive pop culture event where the entire island of Manhattan becomes a playground for a colorful array of superheroes, villains, cosplayers, artists, celebrities and passionate fans of from all over the world that gather to take part in a variety of themed events all over the City including concerts, comedy shows, gaming events, lectures, podcasts, storytelling, food tastings.

Information & tickets to New York Super Week events are available now at:

Takeshi Obata Kinokuniya Signing Event
October 10, 2014
8:30 p.m.

Kinokuniya Book Store, 1073 Avenue of the Americas, New York, New York

Attend a special free evening event with Takeshi Obata, a pivotal figure from Japan’s vibrant manga industry. All participants must secure a Super Week event ticket and will receive a free autographed Shikishi signboard with the on-site purchase of one of Obata’s works. (*Note: Obata will only sign the provided shikishi and on-site purchased book)

Free tickers to this event can be secured at:

Takeshi Obata Barnes & Noble Signing Event
October 11, 2014
6:00 p.m. EDT

Barnes & Noble – Tribeca, 97 Warren St, New York, New York

Barnes & Noble and VIZ Media welcome Takeshi Obata for another free exclusive appearance as part of New York Super Week. All participants must secure a free Super Week event ticket in advance and will receive an autographed Shikishi signboard with the on-site purchase of one of Obata’s works. (*Note: Obata will only sign the provided shikishi and on-site purchased book)

More information on this event can be viewed at:

“We’re very honored to welcome Takeshi Obata, creator of some of the most popular and beloved manga worldwide, for these very special live events as part of the 2014 New York Comic Con,” says Leyla Aker, Vice President, Publishing, VIZ Media. “From the paranormal suspense of Death Note, to an insider’s story of the manga industry in Bakuman。, to the sci-fi thriller All You Need Is Kill, Obata’s work has consistently drawn wide acclaim and captivated millions of readers around the world. Please join us to celebrate his first-ever U.S. appearance!”

DEATH NOTE © 2003 by Tsugumi Ohba, Takeshi Obata/SHUEISHA Inc.

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