VIZ Media Welcomes Blue Exorcist Manga Creator Kazue Kato to Anime Expo 2016

VIZ Media teams with the 2016 Anime Expo to welcome manga creator and illustrator Kazue Kato as a special Guest of Honor at this year’s event. The artist will make her first North American professional appearance by participating in a pair of panel discussions and meeting fans in several autograph sessions.

The 2016 Anime Expo is the largest dedicated anime/manga fan convention in North America and takes place July 1–4, 2016 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California. Tickets and full details are available at: www.anime-expo.org. VIZ Media will be located on the main convention floor in Booth #2205.

Kazue Kato is the creator of the supernatural action manga series Blue Exorcist. The series is published in print and digital under VIZ Media’s Shonen Jump Advanced imprint (rated “T+” for Older Teens), and the latest monthly chapters are available digitally in the English version of Weekly Shonen Jump. Copies of the series, her anthology, Time Killers: Kazue Kato Short Story Collection, and a special exclusive full-color art book, Blue Exorcist Color Collection, will be available for purchase from VIZ Media throughout the convention.

Kazue Kato will kick off her series of personal appearances on July 1, 2016 with a special autograph session** beginning at 7:00 p.m. PDT at the Barnes & Noble store located at The Grove, located at 189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles, California. The signing will be limited to the first 100 customers who purchase a Kazue Kato title at that location on July 1, 2016, who will receive a wristband for a guaranteed spot to meet the author at the autograph session later that day and receive an exclusive shikishi art board.
**Note – this appearance is not affiliated with Anime Expo

Kazue Kato VIZ Media/Anime Expo Panels & Special Events Include:

July 2, 2016

11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. PDT
WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP Presents Kazue Kato
LACC Room 403AB / Room LP-2

Join Weekly Shonen Jump and Anime Expo in welcoming the creator of the Blue Exorcist manga, Kazue Kato. Kato Sensei makes her first North American appearance, and she will discuss her career and creative process, as well as answer questions about her work.

TBD Time
Kazue Kato Autograph Session
Anime Expo Autograph Signing Area

Don’t miss your chance to meet Kazue Kato and receive a personally signed shikishi art board. Those interested to attend must pick up an autograph ticket prior to the session at the Anime Expo Autograph Ticket Booth on the day of the appearance. For more information, please visit:
www.anime-expo.org/how-to-get-an-autograph.

July 3, 2016

2:15–3:15 p.m. PDT
Aniplex of America Presents: Blue Exorcist 5th Anniversary Panel Featuring Kazue Kato
Petree Hall / LP-1

Join Aniplex to celebrate the 5th Anniversary of the fan-favorite anime series, Blue Exorcist. Show your love for the Okumura brothers and enjoy this fun filled panel featuring must see bloopers, fan favorite countdowns, exclusive giveaways, a very special announcement and much more.

TBD Time
Kazue Kato Autograph Session
Anime Expo Autograph Signing Area

An encore opportunity to meet Kazue Kato, and get a personalized shikishi art board.

Also stop by the VIZ Media booth (#2205), located in the Anime Expo Main Hall, to browse an array of Kazue Kato retail items available for purchase. Notable products to be offered include:

Blue Exorcist Full-Color Replica Art Print – $210

  • Imported straight from Japan as a North American exclusive
  • Framed & matted

Blue Exorcist Mug – $15

  • Imported straight from Japan as a North American exclusive
  • Features the entire series cast, depicted chibi-style

Blue Exorcist Color Collection – $10

  • A special art book, created exclusively for Kato’s Anime Expo visit
  • Features 32 pages of full-color art from the series

Blue Exorcist Volume 1 and 15 – $10 each

  • Start the manga, or catch the newest volume of the hit manga series
  • Comes with an exclusive Blue Exorcist button set

Time Killers: Kazue Kato Short Story Collection – $12

  • Also comes with an exclusive Blue Exorcist button set

AO NO EXORCIST © 2009 by Kazue Kato/SHUEISHA Inc.

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