Kodansha Presents Makoto Yukimura & Keito Gaku at Upcoming Events This Fall 2023

Sep 20, 2023
Kodansha Presents Makoto Yukimura & Keito Gaku at Upcoming Events This Fall 2023

Kodansha Presents Makoto Yukimura & Keito Gaku at Upcoming Events This Fall 2023 

This fall, Kodansha brings you rare opportunities to meet the creators of your favorite manga series—perhaps at an upcoming event near you!! 

Even better, some of these events are completely free! So you won’t have to break the bank just to be there. 

You can check the details of those upcoming events below: 


Makoto Yukimura at Toronto International Festival of Authors (TIFA) 2023

Makoto Yukimura (creator of Vinland Saga) was invited to make his first Canadian appearance at the annual Toronto International Festival of Authors—Canada’s largest literary festival in Toronto, Ontario. 

This is a great honor and a sign of recognition for Vinland Saga, Yukimura’s artistic work detailing the history of those who traveled across the sea from Europe to find a land of peace and landed on the east coast of Canada.

Yukimura will be making a guest appearance for talk events and signings at both TIFA and The Japan Foundation, Toronto. And while you’re there, don’t forget to check out the Vinland Saga Manga Gallery.

  • The Pursuit of Purpose: Charting Vinland with YUKIMURA Makoto @ The Japan Foundation, Toronto 
    Free Event / Registration Required 
    When: September 22, 2023 at 6:00pm ET
    Where:  Japan Foundation Toronto  [Google Maps]
    2 Bloor St E #300, Toronto, ON
    Details: JFT website

  • Makoto Yukimura Book Signing @ TIFA 
    When: September 23, 2023 at 3pm ET 
    Where: Main Loft
    Details:  TIFA website

  • Visions of Vinland With Makoto Yukimura @ TIFA
    When: September 23, 2023 at 1:30pm ET
    Where: Harbourfront Center Theatre [Google Maps]
    235 Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON
    Details:  TIFA website 

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



Keito Gaku at Cartoon Crossroads Columbus (CXC) 2023

Keito Gaku (creator of Boys Run the Riot) has been invited to make his first appearance in the US at Cartoon Crossroads Columbus in Columbus, OH.

His debut series, Boys Run the Riot, serves as an example of how creators of all genders and LGBTQIA+ identities can tell their authentic narratives through manga.

At the event, Keito Gaku will share his experience working on this groundbreaking manga series.

  • Keynote: Keito Gaku Interviewed by Justin Hall
    Free Event / Registration Required 
    When: September 30, 2023 at 8pm ET
    Where: Canzani Center Auditorium - Columbus College of Art & Design [Google Maps]
    60 Cleveland Ave, Columbus, OH
    Details: CXC Website 

  • Keito Gaku Book Signing
    When: October 1, 2023, from 1:30pm–3pm ET
    Where: The Columbus Metropolitan Library – Main Branch [Google Maps]
    96 S Grant Ave, Columbus, OH
    Details: CXC Website 

Keito Gaku is a manga artist and transgender man living in Tokyo, Japan. At age 22, Gaku was awarded the 77th Tetsuya Chiba Prize for his debut one-shot work, Light, which was later adapted into Boys Run the Riot. Boys Run the Riot is his debut manga series and first work to be published in English.

And to mark this very special occasion, for 4 days during the event, you can read Boys Run the Riot volumes 1 & 2 for free and get the additional volumes (volumes 3 & 4) for up to 50% off on the Kodansha Reader Portal (kodansha.us). This promotion will run from 9/28-10/1 (Thur-Sun) and ends on 10/2 (Mon), so make sure you don’t miss out.


Come join us at these once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to be up close and personal with the creative minds behind hit Kodansha manga series and fan favorites! We’ll see you there!