Fans of the darker side of manga and anime take note: Junji Ito, master of manga horror, will make his first North American appearance at this May’s Toronto Comic Arts Festival (May 11th thru 12th). For the uninitiated, here’s a bit about Ito:
Junji Ito made his professional manga debut in 1987, and since then has gone on to be recognized as one of the greatest contemporary artists working in the horror genre. He’s best known for his groundbreaking horror stories, including Uzumaki, Gyo, and Tomie (all published in English by VIZ, as well as adapted into films). His latest work, Smashed: Junji Ito Story Collection, will debut this April.
You can check out the details of Ito’s appearance and learn more at the festival’s official website, HERE.
“Junji Ito is a truly amazing creator, and we’re so proud to welcome him the Canada,” said TCAF Artistic Director Christopher Butcher. “Ito-sensei is a creator that we’d been hoping to feature at the Festival for more than a decade, he’s a personal favourite manga-ka of mine and of so many fans and comic creators. We’re so happy that he could find some time in his busy creative schedule to attend the Festival this year.”