Naruto creator Masashi Kishimoto will make his first-ever appearance outside of Japan in October at New York Comic Con and New York Super Week.
Kishimoto, who concluded the bestselling manga in November after 15 years, will participate in two convention panels (on Thursday, Oct. 8, and Saturday, Oct. 10), and multiple autograph sessions at Kinokuniya Bookstore and Barnes & Noble as part of New York Super Week.
“Kishimoto is one of the biggest names in manga and a major influence on artists across the globe,” Lance Fensterman, global senior vice president of NYCC producer ReedPOP, said in a statement. “We’re thrilled to have him added to our lineup this year and think fans are going to love the chance to get close to an icon.”
Viz Media, which is supporting Kishimoto's appearance at NYCC, also announced an upcoming slate of Naruto releases, beginning with the Oct. 5 debut of the final volume:
NARUTO, Vol. 72
Rated ‘T’ for Teens · Print MSRP: $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN; Digital MSRP: $6.99 · Available October 2015
The peace following Kaguya's defeat is short-lived as Sasuke tries to take total control. Can Naruto change his old friend's mind and bring true peace to the ninja world in the final volume of NARUTO?
UZUMAKI NARUTO: ILLUSTRATIONS ·
Print MSRP: $19.99 U.S. / $22.99 CAN · Available November 2015
Experience Masashi Kishimoto's artwork in all of its colorful glory in this collection of images from the conclusion of the best-selling Naruto manga! Naruto, Sasuke, Sakura, Kakashi and all your favorite characters appear in nearly a hundred pages of gorgeous full-color images. The book also features commentary from creator Masashi Kishimoto, a beautiful double-sided poster and a sticker sheet!
NARUTO: KAKASHI’S STORY (Novel) ·
Print MSRP: $10.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN · Available November 2015
A year has passed since the Fourth Great Ninja War, and Kakashi’s appointment to Hokage looms. But first he heads to the Land of Waves for a dangerous mission rescuing hostages from a top-secret airship. There he confronts a ninja whose heart is frozen by tragedy. Having lost both his friend’s eye and his greatest abilities, can Kakashi really protect anyone? What is the true meaning of the will of fire gained in the distant heavens? Kakashi finds these answers and more as he opens the door to a new ninja era.
NARUTO MANGA BOX SET Vol. 3
PRINT MSRP: $185.99 U.S. / $214.99 CAN · Available January 2016
The third and final NARUTO Box Set contains the thrilling conclusion to one of the most popular manga series of all time. The set features volumes 49-72 at a substantial savings over buying them individually, along with exclusive premiums.