Ahead of his planned appearance at this year’s Crunchyroll Expo, horror manga master Junji Ito will be making his first North American appearance at another big event. Viz Media announced plans to bring Junji Ito to this year’s Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF), which will be held Saturday, May 11 from 9am-5pm and Sunday, May 12 from 10am-5pm.
Ito will be on hand for a variety of events at TCAF 2019, including a live-drawing, on-stage interview, and special ticketed autograph sessions. His full range of in-print manga will also be available for purchase at TCAF, and he will be debuting the new horror short story collection Smashed.
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. His titles include Tomie and Uzumaki, which have been adapted into live-action films; Gyo, which was adapted into an animated film; Fragments of Horror, adapted into an animated series; and the short story collections Shiver and Frankenstein, with all works having been published in English by VIZ Media. Other works of Ito’s in English include Dissolving Classroom, published by Vertical Inc., and Junji Ito’s Cat Diary: Mon & Yu, published by Kodansha Comics. Ito’s influences include classic horror manga artists Kazuo Umezu and Hideshi Hino, as well as authors Yasutaka Tsutsui and H.P. Lovecraft.
Check out the poster he designed for the festival:
The cover of Smashed: