Otakon Vegas was sad to announce today that Watsuki-sensei has had to cancel his apperance at Otakon Vegas. The Kenshin manga-ka was previously stated to attend the first year convention but do to changes to his production schedule he has to forgo his planned time off. However, his wife and novelist, Kurosaki-san will still be attending Otakon Vegas.
Their good friend, a writer and manga creator, has agreed to attend the inaugural Otakon Vegas 2014 in his stead. Watsuki-sensei asked to relay this message, which includes his personal introduction to the conventions new guest:
"Due to a new "Rurouni Kenshin" project that just came in, my work schedule now forbids me from attending Otakon Vegas. I am terribly sorry...please accept my sincere apologies.
In lieu of my attendance, I would like to introduce a wonderful new guest for Otakon Vegas. His name is Riichiro Inagaki, the writer of the popular SHONEN JUMP manga "Eyeshield 21". Inagaki-sensei was in charge of writing the story and storyboards (nemu) for the American football manga.
His attendance at Otakon provides a unique and special chance to know the secrets of how to build a strong backbone for a fun and exciting manga. I would suggest to those who are curious to listen carefully to what he has to say. He can definitely offer you some insights into what makes manga so interesting."
Otakon Vegas was very appreciative to Watasuki-sensei for his assitance in securing a new guest in his place. Born on June 20, 1976 Riichiro Inagaki is a manga writer. After winning the Weekly Shonen Jump magazine's 7th Store King award for the storyboard section in 2001, the serialization of "Eyeshield 21" started in Weekly Shonen Jump in 2002 (illustrated by Mr. Yusuke Murata). In Japan, the American football manga ran until 2009, spanning 37 manga volumes. Its anime series ran on TV from 2005 to 2008.
Mr. Inagaki originally started his professional career as a manga artist in Big Comic Spirits with his debut work "Nando demo 6.13". His other works include "Square Freeze", "Love Love Santa", "Kiba & Kiba", and "Shinpai Katio No Face".
Otakon Vegas 2014 will be held January 3-5 at the Planet Hollywood Casino in Las Vegas, NV. For more information see their website at http://otakonvegas.com