Yu-Gi-Oh! Creator Kazuki Takahashi Makes His First Appearance At Comic-Con International: San Diego
World-Renowned Manga Artist Headlines Panel Discussion and Meets with Fans for Autograph Signing
NEW YORK, June 10, 2015 — Sure to cause unprecedented excitement among anime and pop culture fans, Kazuki Takahashi, the world-renowned manga artist and creator of Yu-Gi-Oh!, will make his first U.S. public appearance at this year’s Comic-Con International: San Diego, which takes place July 9-12, 2015.
Traveling from his home in Japan, Mr. Takahashi will address Comic-Con fans about the preparations and production underway for the highly anticipated third Yu-Gi-Oh! feature film, which is scheduled for release in 2016. Mr. Takahashi will also explore his passions for illustration, design and gaming and how they meld into inspiring new ideas that have kept the Yu-Gi-Oh! brand fresh and engaging for nearly two decades. The panel date, time and location will be announced by Comic-Con later this month.
“Fans of Yu-Gi-Oh! appreciate just how extraordinary a public appearance by Mr. Takahashi is, and we are thrilled that he has agreed not only to attend and speak at San Diego Comic-Con, but also to take the time to meet with fans and sign autographs, a very rare occurrence indeed,” said Kristen Gray, Senior Vice President, Operations and Business & Legal Affairs at 4K Media Inc., a member of Konami Group. “Additionally, Mr. Takahashi has provided an illustration of Yugi — the most iconic character from his famous series — for inclusion in the Comic-Con International: San Diego souvenir book for the event.”
Since launching Yu-Gi-Oh!, the global phenomenon that has captured the hearts of millions of fans, Mr. Takahashi’s creative vision has yielded two theatrical movies and five animated TV series broadcast in more than 65 countries. The newest series, Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, premieres in the United States later this year, setting the stage for the debut of the brand’s third feature film slated to hit theaters in 2016.
As he creates new manga and games, Mr. Takahashi’s projects always center on the value of friendship – the core idea that runs throughout the world of Yu-Gi-Oh! and continues to entice fans to this day. The Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game holds the Guinness Book of World Records as the best-selling trading card game of all time with over 25 billion cards sold.
About 4K Media
4K Media Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc., manages the licensing and marketing of the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise outside of Asia. In addition, 4K Media handles brand management and the production and distribution of the Yu-Gi-Oh! television series. The Yu-Gi-Oh! animated franchise, with over 650 episodes, consists of the original Yu-Gi-Oh! , Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s, Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL and the new series, Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V. The series have been translated and broadcast in 65 countries on leading networks. The Yu-Gi-Oh! website is available at www.yugioh.com
Born in 1960 at Shizuoka Prefecture, Hamamatsu City, Kazuhiro Furuhashi began his career as an animator on Ranma ½, before moving onto production. His directorial debut was in 1990 with the Ranma ½ Hot Song Contest OVA. Since then he has directed numerous works, including Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn.
His most notable directorial work includes the entire run of the popular Rurouni Kenshin, Hunter x Hunter, Le Chevalier D’Eon, Real Drive and Amatsuki.
Koki Uchiyama is a Japanese voice actor whose voice can be recognized in many popular anime characters today, including Banagher Links from Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn.
His voice can also be heard in the Kingdom Hearts Series as Roxas and Ventus, Soul Eater Evans in Soul Eater, Makoto “Smile” Tsukimoto in Ping Pong: The Animation, Kaito Tenj? in Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal and Kei Tsukishima in Haikyu!! among many others.
About Anime Boston:
With nearly 25,500 attendees in 2013, Anime Boston is an annual three-day Japanese animation convention held in Boston, Mass. Anime Boston 2015 is scheduled for Friday, April 3 through Sunday, April 5 at the Hynes Convention Center and Sheraton Boston Hotel. More information about Anime Boston can be found at www.animeboston.com.
About New England Anime Society:
The New England Anime Society was founded in 2001. Based in Massachusetts, The New England Anime Society, Inc. is parent organization of Anime Boston and is dedicated to furthering public education and understanding of the Japanese language and culture through visual and written media. More information about The New England Anime Society is available at www.neanime.org.
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Check Out What Konami Digital Entertainment Has To Offer At San Diego Comic-Con
Attendees Can Get into Character with Personalized Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME Token Cards and Purchase an Exclusive Game Mat
EL SEGUNDO, Calif., July 11, 2013 — San Diego Comic-Con International 2013 attendees will not want to miss what Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. (Konami), the makers of the global pop-culture sensation, the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME (TCG), has to offer at this year’s show. Konami will be featuring the world’s best-selling Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG at booth #3713 and providing plenty of entertaining and engaging activities for attendees to experience at San Diego Comic-Con International from July 18th – July 21st.
Year after year, tens of thousands of pop-culture buffs of all ages descend upon Comic-Con for this world-renowned four-day show. This year they will want to make the Konami booth their first stop because, for the very first time, Konami will be selling a must-get for Comic-Con attendees, an exclusive Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG double game mat! A limited quantity will be available for $30 during the show. Also fans will want to create their own exclusive one-of-a-kind Yu-Gi-Oh! Token Card. They can choose from five different card backgrounds with characters, including favorites like Yusei, Jaden, Yugi and Yuma – suitable for use during Duels! Duelists can also create their own COSSY ID card.
Fans can also get a first look and purchase Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG products at Comic-Con, including the recently released Battle Pack 2: War of the Giants and Number Hunters! As a bonus, for Comic-Con attendees who purchase a minimum $10 worth of product, Konami is offering a free Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Score pad.
With Token Card in hand, attendees will want to make their way to a game table and get a Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG demonstration from the experts. Those completing a demo will receive a show exclusive coupon good for 50% off the purchase of either a Starter Deck: Xyz Symphony or a Starter Deck: Dawn of the Xyz or they can use a $3 off coupon for Super Starter: V for Victory (redeemable only at Konami’s booth during Comic-Con). Additionally, they can snap a photo with the oversized Utopia statue as a show keepsake!
For the avid Duelist or players looking for a more formal gameplay experience, Konami will host a variety of Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG events in Ballroom 16 A throughout the entire convention including Duel the Master, Duelist League geared toward new players, Battle Pack Sealed Deck Tournaments and Win-A Mat.
San Diego Comic Con hours:
Wednesday, July 17: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (Preview Night; some activities not available)
Thursday, July 18: 9:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Friday, July 19: 9:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 20: 9:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 21: 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Duelists can tune in every Saturday morning for the all-new Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL animated series and classic Yu-Gi-Oh! episodes on Vortexx on The CW in the United States. In addition, classic Yu-Gi-Oh! episodes air weekdays on Nicktoons, along with Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL airing on the network Saturday and Sunday mornings. In Canada, Duelists can watch episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL every Friday and Saturday on YTV!
For more information on Konami or the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME, please visit www.yugioh-card.com or call 310-220-8630.
About The Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG
The Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME is the #1 trading card game in the world with over 25 billion cards sold. It is a game of strategy, where players create individual Decks of cards collected from Structure Decks and Booster Packs. Two players engage in a Duel while using cards that represent powerful monsters, magical Spells and surprising Traps. Duelists with well-constructed Decks, dominating monsters, solid strategy and good fortune are the victors in the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG. Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. is the exclusive licensee and rights holder to the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG in North America and Latin America.
KONAMI is a leading developer, publisher and manufacturer of electronic entertainment properties and traditional trading card games. KONAMI’s software titles include the popular franchises Metal Gear Solid, Silent Hill, DanceDanceRevolution and Castlevania, among other top sellers. KONAMI is also the manufacturer of the wildly popular Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME, which has sold more than 25 billion cards worldwide. The latest information about KONAMI can be found on the Web at www.konami.com. KONAMI CORPORATION is a publicly traded company based in Tokyo, Japan with subsidiary offices, Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd. in Tokyo, Japan, Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. in the United States and Konami Digital Entertainment B.V. in Windsor, the United Kingdom. KONAMI CORPORATION is traded in the United States on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol KNM. Details of the products published by KONAMI can be found at www.konami.com.
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WIZARD WORLD’S NORTH AMERICAN COMIC CON TOUR ADDS SANCTIONED TRADING CARD GAME (TCG) TOURNAMENTS
Magic: The Gathering
World of Warcraft TCG
New York, NY (February 4, 2010) – Sanctioned Trading Card Gaming tournaments will be held as part of the Wizard World 2010 Comic Con tour. Competitive TCG tournaments will premiere at Toronto Comic Con.
“Gaming fans have a rich history of attending our Comic Con events and we are proud to add sanctioned, full-fledged gaming areas at all our events,” said Gareb Shamus, Wizard Entertainment CEO. “The ability to compete for national rankings, win incredible prizes, and meet up with their fellow game players and friends adds a whole new element to our live events tour.”
As a special bonus, game players will only need to pay for the tournaments they enter. This is a huge savings for all players! Registration for all tournaments will take place both online and on-site. Limited seating may be available for all events, so players are encouraged to register early. Discounted convention admission tickets are available for all registered participants.
Tournaments will take place all weekend long and will include Player vs Player league play for casual players as well as various formats for competitive play. Many different games will be represented! check the website for a complete listing of events and times. Players can register now for Toronto TCG tournaments.
For a complete up-to-date schedule of tournaments, rules, registration and prizes go to www.wizardworld.com/gaming-toronto.html. Schedules and registration for TCG tournaments for the entire Wizard World Comic Con tour will be announced soon. Check www.wizardworld.com for updates.
About Gareb Shamus:
Gareb Shamus founded Wizard Entertainment in 1991. Today, Shamus publishes consumer magazines Wizard, ToyFare, FunFare and numerous books about pop-culture’s top talent, comic books and toys. Shamus also produces a North American Comic Con tour.
Wizard World Comic Con Tour:
March 26-28, 2010, Toronto Comic Con, Direct Energy Centre
April 16-18, 2010, Anaheim Comic Con, Anaheim Convention Center
June 11-13, 2010, Philadelphia Comic Con, Pennsylvania Convention Center
August 19-22, 2010, Chicago Comic Con, Donald E. Stephens (Rosemont) Convention Center
October 7-10, 2010, Big Apple Comic Con, Pier 94
October 15-17, 2010, New Jersey Comic Con, New Jersey Convention and Expo Center
November 12-14, 2010, Austin Comic Con, Austin Convention Center
Atlanta Comic Con, TBD
Cincinnati Comic Con, TBD
New England Comic Con, TBD