If you’ve ever read a manga that scared your pants off, there’s a good chance it was written by Junji Ito, the mad genius behind Tomie, Uzumaki, Gyo and much more.
If you’re interested in the man behind those goosebump-inducing stories, look no further than YouTube, where the Toronto Comic Arts Festival is streaming their recent panel and live drawing events with Ito.
The stereotype is true: Canadians are really nice!
According to ANN, the live drawing drew the most attendees in TCAF history. Clearly Ito has more than a few fans abroad.
One of the things you might notice watching Ito’s 90-minute talk panel is, well, just how normal the guy is, and how much fun he has coming up with his horror stories. He also mentions how he didn’t realize his genre was “body horror” until he looked himself up on Wikipedia. Hah.
Other Junji Ito releases available in English include Fragments of Horror, Frankenstein, Dissolving Classroom and Junji Ito’s Cat Diary: Yon & Mu.