Kodansha Presents Makoto Yukimura at San Diego Comic-Con 2023

Jul 18, 2023
Kodansha Presents Makoto Yukimura at San Diego Comic-Con 2023

Vinland Saga Creator Makoto Yukimura Makes U.S. Debut Appearance at Comic-Con International 2023

“Far to the west, across the sea there is a place called Vinland” – Vinland Saga, Vol. 1, Ch. 4

Find Kodansha USA & Makoto Yukimura at Comic-Con International San Diego Booth #5542

Kodansha USA is excited to announce that acclaimed manga creator Makoto Yukimura, author of the fan-favorite viking drama and inspiration for the anime, Vinland Saga, will make his U.S. Debut appearance at Comic-Con International San Diego 2023. From July 20 through 23, Kodansha USA will celebrate both Yukimura-sensei and Vinland Saga at booth #5542 with signings, con-exclusive giveaways and additional surprises. Fans can experience the unfolding viking epic, with the Vinland Saga Manga Gallery – which recaps the story of 13 manga volumes, and two seasons of anime now streaming on Netflix & Crunchyroll – through Yukimura-sensei's masterful artwork.

Learn about Vinland Saga: Read Chapter 1 of Vinland Saga free at kodansha.us. As a child, Thorfinn sat at the feet of the great Leif Ericson and thrilled to wild tales of a land far to the west. But his youthful fantasies were shattered by a mercenary raid. Raised by the Vikings who murdered his family, Thorfinn became a terrifying warrior, forever seeking to kill the band’s leader, Askeladd, and avenge his father. Sustaining Thorfinn through his ordeal are his pride in his family and his dreams of a fertile westward land, a land without war or slavery…the land Leif called Vinland.

Makoto Yukimura is one of Japan's most respected manga artists. His works include the Viking epic Vinland Saga (published in English by Kodansha), winner of the Japan Media Arts Grand Prize and adapted into an anime streaming worldwide on Netflix, and the hard science fiction series Planetes (published in English by Dark Horse).

Makoto Yukimura Autograph Sessions @ Comic-Con – RSVP ONLY!

Be one of the lucky fans to meet Makoto Yukimura in-person!

If you signed up for a chance to attend one of two special autograph sessions hosted by Kodansha USA at San Diego Comic-Con 2023, keep an eye on your inbox for confirmation if you are a winner!

Email confirmations will be sent out in the lead up to Comic-Con International. And as a reminder, the Makoto Yukimura Autograph Session is by ticketing only. The entry is now closed. Only those with a confirmed RSVP will be allowed for this signing session.

Vinland Saga Viking Contest

Not going to Comic-Con? There’s still a way to win an autograph AND a beautiful sketch by Yukimura-sensei! 

How to Win an Autographed Sketch from Makoto Yukimura:

Step 1. Take a picture, video, or write a comment to express your love for Vinland Saga.

Step 2. Post this special memory on your Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or TikTok with a hashtag #VinlandSagaVikingContest.

Step 3. Fill out this entry form by July 23, 2023, 5:00PM PT and include the link to your post.

Kodansha Panels at Comic-Con

Catch Kodansha at Comic-Con International with two amazing panels focused on revealing new debuts and spotlighting Vinland Saga creator, Makoto Yukimura in-person!

Kodansha USA’s Manga Roundup
Thursday, 7/20/23, 2:00PM - 3:00PM, Room 9

Curious about manga? Then this is the panel for you!

 Kodansha USA, purveyor of some of the most exciting manga published today including, Vinland Saga, Blue Lock, MF Ghost, Attack on Titan & more, invites manga fans to a first-look at new print & digital manga series coming soon to a bookshelf or device near you! Join manga experts Misaki Kido (Kodansha USA), Ivan Salazar (Kodansha USA) & Ben Applegate (Penguin Random House) for a look at new licenses, recommendations for what to read next, and even get some giveaways.

Kodansha Presents Makoto Yukimura & Vinland Saga
Saturday, 7/22/23, 11:00AM - 12:00PM, Room 9

A must-see for Vinland Saga fans! Don’t miss this chance to witness Makoto Yukimura in person!

Makoto Yukimura, writer & artist behind Vinland Saga – one of the most critically acclaimed historical manga being published today and the inspiration for the hit anime series streaming on Netflix – makes his U.S. debut appearance at Comic-Con International 2023! Moderated by Ivan Salazar (Kodansha USA) join manga experts Misaki Kido (Kodansha USA) and Ben Applegate (Penguin Random House) as they host this modern master in an intimate and wide-ranging conversation on Yukimura-sensei’s journey forging his own creative path in the world of manga.

A New Way to Explore the Wide World of Manga on kodansha.us

Our new site, the Kodansha Reader Portal, is ready to set sail!

With improved features that allow you to preview, read, and buy digital manga the way you want, we invite you to come aboard and find stories both familiar and undiscovered within Kodansha’s vast catalog. 

If you sign up for a Kodansha Reader account at our booth and show us your account status, you’ll also receive special benefits and limited edition SDCC23-exclusive gifts, including:

  • A Vinland Saga button*
  • Access to read SDCC23 Spotlight Series**, which includes volumes 1-3 of Vinland Saga free for a limited time
  • 50% off the Kodansha Reader Portal editions of Vinland Saga volumes 4-13 (until 8/7)
  • Digital editions of our Discover Kodansha digital manga samplers

So come aboard and hoist your flag as a true Kodansha Reader today!

And while you’re at the booth, don’t forget to also collect all our freebies!

  • Vinland Saga SDCC23 exclusive manga samplers* 
  • Buttons for our SDCC23 featured titles*

*While supplies last
**Availability of Spotlight Series extended previews vary by series