Saturday, March 12
Time: 11:30am – 1:00pm (doors open at 11:00am)
Cost: Free! Tickets will be given on a first come, first served basis the day of the event.
About the Artist
Kohei Nishino, a.k.a. Denjiro, made his debut in 1980 after winning the best newcomer manga artists award sponsored by publisher Shogakukan, while studying at Tokyo Zokei University.
Since then, he’s published work in the monthly Shonen Sunday, monthly version of Shonen Jump, the monthly Shonen Magajin, Combat Comic and Animal House magazines. He’s also done artwork for novels, worked on the animated film “Gundam F91” and produced Web-based animation.
He currently runs the weekly manga Web site Hana Maru Weekly (http://www.cybermanga.com). He has also been active overseas, having had his “NAGI” serialized in Chibi-Pop Manga. Kohei is also responsible for nurturing young artists as a Associate Professor at the Arts Department of Kyoto Seika University.
Konohana Sakuya is the alias of the working partnership between two comic artists, Kohei Nishino and Tsugumi Nishino. In 2002, the duo was awarded the Grand Prize of the 1st World Manga Faithful Readership Award, sponsored by publisher Shinchosha for their series “Encounter.” It was also given the jury’s choice award by the Cultural Agency in the Manga Category of the Media Arts Festival Awards for fiscal 2003. Since August 2004, the duo has had its latest work, “The Lights,” serialized in the monthly version of the Shonen Jump magazine.