VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES EXCITING EVENTS FOR FOOD WARS! MANGA CO-CREATOR YUTO TSUKUDA AT ANIME EXPO 2017
 
Writer Of The Smash Hit Culinary Battle Series Attends As An Official Guest Of Honor At North America’s Largest Anime/Manga Convention
 
San Francisco, CA, June 14, 2017 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media),a premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing, welcomes Yuto Tsukuda as an official Guest of Honor at Anime Expo 2017 and announces special panel and signing events throughout the convention.

Yuto Tsukuda is the writer and co-creator of the bestselling Weekly Shonen Jump manga series Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma. This saucy, action-packed food comedy is Tsukuda Sensei’s first work to be released in English and is published in digital and print editions by VIZ Media (rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens).

The writer will make his first North American professional appearance in a pair of panel discussions taking place during Anime Expo. Tsukuda Sensei will also appear for several autograph sessions both on-site during the convention as well as at the Barnes & Noble located at The Grove in Los Angeles.

Anime Expo is the largest dedicated anime/manga fan convention in North America and takes place July 1st–4th at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, CA. Tickets and full details are available at: Anime-Expo.org. VIZ Media will be located on the main convention floor in Booth #2206.
 
Yuto Tsukuda VIZ Media/Anime Expo Panels & Special Events Include:

Saturday, July 1st

6:30pm – 7:30pm                 WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP Official Panel, LACC Room 408AB / Room LP-3
Hang out with the English-language editors of the world's most popular manga! We've got exciting news about the LATEST developments on new series, all-time fan favorites, and what we're doing to bring you the world's best manga! We'll also have amazing prizes up for grabs. Plus special guest, Yuto Tsukuda, co-creator of FOOD WARS! Don't miss it!

TBD Time                               Yuto Tsukuda Autograph Session, Anime Expo Autograph Signing Area
Don’t miss the chance to meet FOOD WARS! co-creator Yuto Tsukuda and receive a personally signed shikishi art board. Attendees 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: Anime-Expo.org/how-to-get-an-autograph.


Sunday, July 2nd

2:30pm – 4pm                      FOOD WARS! Panel, LACC Room 408AB / Room LP-3
Join Warner Bros. Japan and VIZ Media in welcoming the co-creator of the saucy culinary manga FOOD WARS! Tsukuda Sensei, along with his Japanese and English editors, will discuss the creative process behind the hit series. This is a special opportunity to get a taste of what goes into creating the spiciness that is FOOD WARS!

TBD Time                               Yuto Tsukuda Autograph Session, Anime Expo Autograph Signing Area
Fans will have an encore opportunity to meet Yuto Tsukuda and receive a personalized shikishi art board! Attendees 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: Anime-Expo.org/how-to-get-an-autograph.


Additional Yuto Tsukuda Special Events Include:
 
Monday, July 3rd

11:30am                               Yuto Tsukuda Autograph Session, Kinokuniya Anime Expo Booth #3700
This signing event will be limited to the first 100 customers that purchase a VIZ Media FOOD WARS! manga at the Kinokuniya booth during Anime Expo. Qualified purchasers will receive a ticket for a guaranteed spot to meet the author at his Kinokuniya autograph session. Signing session attendees may choose either to have their purchased manga signed by Yuto Tsukuda, or have a shikishi art board (provided by VIZ Media) signed.

11:30am                               Yuto Tsukuda Autograph Session, Barnes & Noble at The Grove, 189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles CA  90036
This off-site signing will be limited to the first 100 customers that purchase a FOOD WARS! manga volume at the Grove location on July 3rd. Qualified purchasers will receive a wristband for a guaranteed spot to meet the author at the Barnes & Noble autograph session. Signing session attendees may choose either to have their purchased manga signed by Yuto Tsukuda, or have a shikishi art board (provided by VIZ Media) signed.**Note – this appearance is not affiliated with Anime Expo.

Stop by the VIZ Media booth (#2206), located in the Anime Expo Main Hall, to browse FOOD WARS! manga including:

  • FOOD WARS! Vols. 1-2 Bundle – $15
    • Snap up the first two volumes of the series in a specially priced bundle!
  • FOOD WARS! Vol. 19 - $10
    • Get a taste the series’ latest volume ahead of its street date!

Also stop by the VIZ Media booth for giveaways of special FOOD WARS!-themed chopsticks.

Yuto Tsukuda won the 34th Jump Juniketsu Newcomers' Manga Award for his one-shot story Kiba ni Naru. He made his Weekly Shonen Jump debut in 2010 with the series, Shonen Shikku. His follow-up series, FOOD WARS!: SHOKUGEKI NO SOMA, is his first title with an English-language release.

For additional information on FOOD WARS! and other anime and manga titles distributed and published by VIZ Media, please visit VIZ.com.

About VIZ Media, LLC
Established in 1986, VIZ Media is the premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing. Along with its popular digital magazine WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP and blockbuster properties like NARUTO, DRAGON BALL, SAILOR MOON, and POKÉMON, VIZ Media offers an extensive library of titles and original content in a wide variety of book and video formats, as well as through official licensed merchandise. Owned by three of Japan's largest publishing and entertainment companies, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media is dedicated to bringing the best titles for English-speaking audiences worldwide.

Learn more about VIZ Media and its properties at VIZ.com.