Anime NYC 2019, November 15-17: Meet special guest VOFAN, MONOGATARI contest, panels & MORE!

We are super excited to be at Anime NYC this year,  because we’re hosting a very special guest—VOFAN, star illustrator of NISIOISIN’s MONOGATARI series, the bestselling light novels from Vertical! To celebrate his rare appearance in America, and also debut his new art book Colorful Dreams, we’ll have a special art exhibit, autograph sessions, panels, and lots of fun activities! Here’s the rundown of all things related to VOFAN at Anime NYC 2019:

Art Exhibit!


Colorful Dreams will be available from Vertical October 29, 2019! 

Colorful Dreams is VOFAN’s first art book to be published in the U.S. and a collection of his best personal works in full-color. Leading up to its release, VOFAN reimagined and remastered the edition that was published in Taiwan over a decade ago with brand-new cover art, photos, and illustrations.  To showcase VOFAN’s journey to refine his art style, Vertical is honored to bring a special art exhibit to Anime NYC featuring his process works from Colorful Dreams, as well as the MONOGATARI series and other commercial works. 

Visit Vertical booth (#1617) at Anime NYC to see VOFAN’s Colorful Dreams art exhibit! 

 

ABOUT VOFAN

VOFAN is a Taiwanese illustrator. He has been the cover illustrator for video game magazine Famitsu Weekly Taiwan since 2004 and served as the head of character design for the PS3 game Time and Eternity. Since 2006, he has been the cover illustrator for the Monogatari light novel series as well as for the mystery series The Forgetful Detective, both written by NISIOISIN. He also illustrates PlayStation Network Taiwan’s virtual avatar AI-Chan. As a photographer, he sometimes combines photographs with illustrations in his work. His other publications include the COLORFUL DREAMS series of illustrations and poems and the album series VOFAN OTONA FANTASY.

 

 

Exclusives!


 Colorful Dreams pre-signed books are available at Kinokuniya Booth #440!


VOFAN x MAKOTO SHINKAI: Exclusive posters available at ANIME NYC

The cover art from these two novels based on the films of anime maestro Makoto Shinkai (Your Name) were specially drawn by MONOGATARI Illustrator VOFAN, and to commemorate his appearance at Anime NYC, these beautifully drawn pieces will be printed into full-size posters! A limited number of poster sets will only be available at Animate USA (booth #1523), so don’t miss your opportunity to grab yours! 

The two amazing love stories, 5 Centimeters per Second: one more side and Voices of a Distant Star: Words of Love/Across the Sky, are now on sale at your favorite bookstore!

 

Get VOFAN’s autograph!

UPDATE October 15: VOFAN premium packages with autograph tickets are SOLD OUT!

Don’t miss the chance to meet and get an autograph from VOFAN! He will be signing autographs on Saturday, November 16 and Sunday, November 17 at the Vertical Booth (#1617) at Anime NYC (Javits Convention Center, New York) .

To get VOFAN’s autograph, you need to preorder VOFAN’s new Colorful Dreams art book from Anime NYC. Preorders launch October 15, 3 p.m. Eastern Time here: showclix.com/event/animenyc2019

The VOFAN Premium Package is $25 and includes:

One copy of VOFAN’s Colorful Dreams
VOFAN pin featuring illustration exclusively done for Anime NYC
One live autograph from VOFAN

VOFAN signing times:

 Saturday, November 16 at 3 p.m.
Sunday, November 17 at 2 p.m.

Anime NYC Weekend or Day Ticket is also required to participate in VOFAN’s Anime NYC signings

Check Anime NYC’s website for more details

Contests!

MONOGATARI Cosplay & Fan Art Contest

ICYMI we announced our MONOGATARI Contests leading up to Anime NYC! Between now and November 17, 2019, we are accepting online submissions for fan art and cosplay.

But if you’regoing to Anime NYC, you are in luck! Because there’s a special category for the onsite cosplay contest, and VOFAN himself will be there as a judge! So cosplay as one of many unique MONOGATARI characters and swing by the Vertical Booth (#1617) on Sunday, November 17 at noon! … more details

 

Attack on Titan Mural x Photo Contest #AOTinNYC

If you’re in New York City the month of November, believe your eyes! You will find a massive Attack on Titan mural produced by Colossal Media near Madison Square Garden, on 31st Street between 7th and 8th Avenues.

And to celebrate it, Kodansha Comics—along with our pals at Anime NYCFunimation, and Kinokuniya—will be hosting a photo contest from early November to mid December 2019. Here’s what to do:

Just take a photo in front of the mural, tag us #AOTinNYC and #AnimeNYC! Winners will get awesome prizes from all of us! …Read More


Humble Bundle!

This is it! Just in time for VOFAN’s visit to Anime NYC arrives … the MONOGATARI Humble Bundle, our longest-running Humble Book Bundle ever, running for an epic 3 weeks! It’s the ultimate NISIOISIN digital package of light novels, manga, art, and audiobooks—and a perfect gateway to this author’s unique world. (And if you’re at Anime NYC, let the star illustrator of all those beautiful MONOGATARI covers, VOFAN, know you supported his Humble Bundle!)

It’s a multisensory feast for the eyes (with manga by Mitsuru Hattori and Oh!great and an artbook by VOFAN) and ears (with two audiobooks featuring the talents of your favorite anime voice actors)!

And you pay what you want for it—helping out charity while you’re at it! What could be better?

Ready? So how does it work? … more details

Panels!

Colorful Dreams Launch with VOFAN – Friday – 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM – 1E13

Celebrate the launch of VOFAN’s new art book Colorful Dreams with the artist himself! Appraised by the fans around the world as “The Magician of Light from Taiwan”, VOFAN (the star illustrator of the Monogatari Series novels by NISIOISIN) and publisher Vertical will draw back the curtain on how the project came to be — and check out some beautiful illustrations from the art book.

VOFAN Live Drawing Panel and Retrospective – Saturday – 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM – 1E13

Don’t miss this rare chance to see internationally-renowned artist VOFAN (the star illustrator of the Monogatari Series novels by NISIOISIN) drawing his beautiful characters, live on stage! He’ll discuss how he got his start in the industry, talk about how he got involved with the Monogatari Series , and maybe even share a few trade secrets!

Kodansha & Vertical Present Manga in 2020 and Beyond – Sunday – 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM – 1E13

A new decade brings a new age of exciting manga, so be among the first to hear all about it! Kodansha Comics and Vertical Comics proclaim the conquest of Madison Square Garden by the Colossus Titan from Attack on Titan, announce their brand-new print and digital licenses, and answer your questions, with a special guest editor from Japan to give an insider’s look at how your favorite shojo and josei manga are born. Best of all, every attendee will receive a free 200-page manga paperback, and a lucky few will receive Kodansha Comics 10-year anniversary pins and other cool stuff!

Kodansha Comics at Anime NYC: license announcements updated 11/19

Going to Anime NYC? Kodansha Comics is exclited to join this new anime convention in our hometown!

Kodansha Comics Booth #416 
Come and check out pre-streets and new release books and exclusive products at the Kodansha Comics booth (#416)! 

Kodansha Comics Manga Announcement Panel
We've got a slew of reveals for new manga coming in 2018! Plus, a chance to ask your questions to our editorial and publishing team and free books, art cards, and other goodies straight from Japan!

Date Saturday, November 18
Time 11:00-11:45 a.m.
Location Panel Room 1

Vertical Comics Industry Panel
The publisher that brings you the Monogatari series, Chi’s Sweet Home, and nichijou will be making special announcements and reveal brand-new titles for 2018! Plus Q&A andsome special giveaways!

Date Sunday, November 19
Time Noon- 12:45 p.m.
Location Panel Room 3

Can't make it to the show? 
Don't worry! Check back on this page for the updates on our panel announcements! 

See you there!

 

Update 11/18: Kodansha Comics made new announcements at Anime NYC today!

Attack on Titan Season 1: Part 1 and Part 2 manga box sets
coming April 2018
four volumes each
includes exclusive bonus items


Golosseum by Yasushi Baba
Coming Spring 2018
Scientists discover a new material that renders people immune to all existing weapons. But these “peacemakers” instead transform world war into a martial-arts free-for-all! Rasputin plots with Russian President Putinov to control the global supply. Opposing them are the unstoppable Axe Bogan under American President Billary Quintone and a slew of other muscular heroes!

Two shojo digital-firsts debuting November 28!

Lovesick Ellie by Fujimomo
Eriko Ichimura spends her high school days in complete obscurity. Her sole hobby is staring at handsome, smooth-spoken Akira "Omi-kun" Ohmi, and tweeting her daily fantasies under the screen-name "Lovesick Ellie." One fateful day, she accidentally bears witness to Omi-kun's true self—and if that weren't enough, he sees her mortifying Twitter, too! Follow along with a plain, perverted girl, a two-faced boy, and their curious romance!

My Brother the Shut-In by Kinoko Higure
Every family has its share of problems, be they big or small. Shino Tadokoro has the perfect high school life, full of romance and friendship. Her biggest problem is her shut-in brother Tamotsu. She stubbornly keeps his existence a secret, telling even her closest friends that she is an only child. Completely oblivious to Shino's concerns, Tamotsu suddenly declares that he is giving up the shut-in lifestyle. Is there still time? The curtain rises on a tale of family reconstruction!

 

Update 11/19: Vertical Comics made new announcements at Anime NYC today!

APOSIMZ by Tsutomu Nihei
From acclaimed master mangaka Tsutomu Nihei, the creator behind BLAME! and Knights of Sidonia, comes his newest science-fiiction epic, APOSIMZ. The 200,000 KM diameter artificial celestial body of APOSIMZ: most of its volume is its core space, which is covered by a superstructural shell. Fifty centuries ago, the people who lost a war against the core lost their right to reside legitimately in APOSIMZ and were left behind on the extremely cold surface. They face the spreading Frame disease and aggressive automatons which appear frequently on the ruins level. Even so, somehow people survive.


Print edition releasing Fall 2018!
Ongoing series now available as simulpub on comiXology and Kindle!

 

Updates 11/20: Here's the recap of Kodansha Comics Spring-Summer 2018 new licensing announcements from NYCC 2017: 


Again!! by Mitsurou Kubo 
Coming February 2018 
Kinichiro Imamura isn’t a bad guy, really, but on the first day of high school his narrow eyes and bleached blonde hair made him look so shifty that his classmates assumed the worst.  Three years later, without any friends or fond memories, he isn’t exactly feeling bittersweet about graduation. But after an accidental fall down a flight of stairs, Kinichiro wakes up three years in the past… on the first day of high school! Has he really gone back in time, or is this just a crazy dream? An encounter with an awkwardly eccentric fellow student might give Kinichiro the chance to live a different version of his dull high school life – if he can just bring himself to seize the chance…
From the co-creator of Yuri!!! on Ice!


Tokyo Tarareba Girls by Akiko Higashimura
Available now digital-first & Coming in print June 2018
Rinko has done everything right. She’s hustled her whole life, got a job right out of college, and is doing everything she can to make it as a screenwriter. Everything should all have gone according to plan… So at 33, she can’t help but lament over the fact that her career’s plateaued, she’s still painfully single, and spends most of her nights drinking with her two best friends in their favorite pub. One night, in a booze-fueled delusion, Rinko swears to get married by the time the Tokyo Olympics roll around in 2020. But finding a man – or love – may be a cutthroat, dirty job for a romantic at heart!
A sharp new comedy about female friendship from the creator of Princess Jellyfish!


Grand Blue Dreaming by Kenji Inoue & Kimitake Yoshioka
Available now digital-first & coming July 2018
After moving out on his own to a seaside town, Iori Kitahara makes a college debut he never anticipated. A new chapter of his life unfolds, full of diving with beautiful girls and shenanigans with a gaggle of lovable bastards! Idiot-expert Kenji Inoue and au naturel authority Kimitake Yoshioka bring you a glorious college tale filled with booze-fueled antics!