Manga Madness: 8 Artists and Writers You Don’t Want to Miss at Comic-Con

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Great news for all you manga, comic book, and anime fans, the best artists and writers in the business will be featured guests this summer at Comic-Con International 2015 in downtown San Diego.

Comic-Con International: San Diego is the year’s premiere event to promote comic books, films, artwork, science fiction literature, and more. What started as a single-day event in 1970, has turned into a four-day convention and one of the most highly-anticipated events of the year.

To get you ready for Comic-Con 2015, here is a roundup of the Asian-American writers and artists who will be at the event.

Make sure to check the website for schedules and up-to-date event information, but for now, here’s a roundup of the Asian-American writers and artists you can see at Comic-Con.

Michael Cho

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Michael Cho is a Korean-American illustrator and cartoonist. You may have seen his work in “Batman Black and White” and “X-Men First Class.”

The talented artist was born in Seoul, South Korea and moved to Canada with his family when he was six years old. He began drawing at a young age, and attended the Ontario College of Art.

In addition to his work for Marvel and DC, Cho has also written graphic novels. His first graphic novel, “Shoplifter,” debuted on the New York Times Best Sellers List in 2014.

Cho will be a special guest at Comic-Con International 2015.

Learn more about Michael Cho and his artwork here.

Jim Lee

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Jim Lee is a writer, editor, artist, and the co-publisher of DC Entertainment.

Lee has done artwork for many of DC Comics’ most popular comic books including “All-Star Batman and Robin,” “The Boy Wonder,” and “Superman: For Tomorrow.”

The multi-talented Korean American was born in Seoul, South Korea, but relocated to St. Louis Missouri with his family. He started his career with his work on X-Men for Marvel Comics.

Although Lee began drawing at a young age, he studied Psychology at Princeton University. After taking an art class in college and realizing his passion for drawing, Lee changed his course from the medical field to the comic book world.

Find out more about Jim Lee here.

Kazuki Takahashi


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If you’re a manga fan, you probably already know a thing or two about Kazuki Takahashi. The Japanese-American artist created “Yu-Gi-Oh!“, one of the most successful and most popular manga series of all time.

Since the creation of “Yu-Gi-Oh!” in 1996, there have been several spinoffs, an anime series, and feature films.

The Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game has sold over 25 billion cards and is the best-selling trading card game of all time.

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V will premiere in the United States later this year.

Takahashi will be a special guest at Comic-Con, and fans in attendance will be able to see a Q&A panel with the artist.

Jillian Tamaki

Jillian Tamaki is an illustrator and cartoonist. She grew up in Canada and graduated from the Alberta College of Art and Design. She is of mixed Japanese and Canadian descent.

Tamaki has been a professional illustrator since 2003, and has done illustrations for magazines and newspapers, cartoons for graphic novels, and she currently writes for the TV show “Adventure Time.”

Tamaki created the webcomic “SuperMutant Magic Academy,” and she collaborates with her cousin, writer Mariko Tamaki, on the graphic novels “SKIM” and “This One Summer.”

Mariko Tamaki


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The other half of the dynamic duo who co-created “SKIM” and “This One Summer,” Mariko Tamaki writes graphic novels, comics, and young adult novels.

The award-winning writer started out as a non-fiction author before switching to the young adult genre.

“The complexities of Tamaki’s stories perhaps are a reflection of her own life,” says writer Jessica Yang. “She grew up noticing the differences between the two cultures she was a part of – Japanese and Caucasian.”

You can catch her as a special guest at Comic-Con, but until then, learn more about Mariko Tamaki here.


Besides guests and panelists at Comic-Con, even more famous artists will be featured on Artist’s Alley, where individuals set up and display their artwork. Fans can buy original artwork, comics, and prints directly from the artists.

Here are some of the artists you will find at this year’s event.

Willie Ito

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Willie Ito is a Japanese-American artist and animation legend.

Ito received the Inkpot Award at Comic-Con 2014 for 60 years of achievement in art and animation.

In addition to his work on “Yogi Bear” and “The Flinstones,” Ito did animation work for “Lady and the Tramp.” He worked on the historic “spaghetti kissing scene” with his mentor Iawao Takamoto.

Edwin Huang


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Edwin Huang is a comic artist and illustrator. He studied at The School of Visual Arts in 2010, and works for UDON Entertainment and Image Comics.

The Chinese-American artist has done artwork for various video games including Street Fighter, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Skullkickers.

Billy Tan

Billy Tan is a Malaysian-American comic book artist.

Tan worked on the Marvel Comics series “Uncanny X-Men,” and the “New Avengers Secret Invasion.”

He has also worked on “Tomb Raider,” “Tales of Witchblade,” and Spirit of the Tao.

Don’t miss these artists and writers at Comic-Con 2015. Keep checking back for more event information and updates!

Who are you excited to see at Comic-Con? Let us know in the comments below!

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