Assassination Creator Yusei Matsui Makes First North American Appearance at NYCC 2016!


Yusei Matsui – creator of VIZ Media manga series Assassination Classroom – will make his first North american appearance at New York Comic-Con 2016.

Matsui will participate in two panels: VIZ Media Presents: An Evening with Yusei Matsui and the Official WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP Panel Featuring Yusei Matsui.

He will also be available for two off-site signings: at the Kinokuniya Book Store and the Barnes & Noble Tribeca Book Store. Read on for all the details.


Creator Of Bestselling Action Comedy Manga Series Makes His First-Ever North American Appearance  

San Francisco, CA – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), a premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing, announces a series of very special personal appearances by ASSASSINATION CLASSROOM manga series creator Yusei Matsui at New York Comic Con 2016.

VIZ Media is the official English publisher of ASSASSINATION CLASSROOM and partners with ReedPOP, the world’s leading producer of pop culture events including New York Comic Con, the Japan Society, a nonprofit cross-cultural institution in New York, and the Japan Foundation to welcome the famed creator of the bestselling high school alien-teacher in the classroom action comedy series.

New York Comic Con takes place October 6th – 9th at the Javits Convention Center in Manhattan and is the East Coast’s biggest pop culture convention. The annual event plays host to the latest and greatest in comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies, and television. More information on New York Comic Con is available at:

VIZ Media will be located in Booth #2036 and will offer a selection of ASSASSINATION CLASSROOM manga for purchase throughout the convention including:

  • ASSASSINATION CLASSROOM Vol. 13: Available for purchase TWO months before its official December release date – $10
  • ASSASSINATION CLASSROOM Vols. 1 & 2 special bundle price – $15
  • Purchase of either ASSASSINATION CLASSROOM items will also come with a free exclusive collectable button, while supplies last.

One of the most popular and bestselling manga series in the United States, ASSASSINATION CLASSROOM is a humorous and action-packed story about a class of misfits who are trying to kill their new teacher – an alien octopus with bizarre powers and super strength. The teacher has just destroyed the moon and is threatening to destroy the earth – unless his students can destroy him first. Making matters even more complicated, he turns out to be the best teacher they have ever had! The series is a consistent New York Times bestseller, with each volume released appearing on the list during the first few weeks of publication. ASSASSINATION CLASSROOM has also been adapted into an anime series that airs in Japan and North America, as well as two live-action films. For those new to the series, chapters of Assassination Classroom will be available to read for free at 

Yusei Matsui New York Comic Con 2016 Appearances: 

VIZ Media Presents: An Evening with Yusei Matsui

Friday, October 7th, 5:15PM – 6:15PM   

Room 1A06

Yusei Matsui, creator of the beloved ASSASSINATION CLASSROOM manga, is making his first North American appearance at NYCC, and will discuss his career and creative process behind his global hit! The journey from pen to panel and from manga to anime is no easy task. This special presentation by VIZ Media and FUNimation will explore the ins and outs to bringing the story of a pathetic class of misfits and their bizarre tentacled teacher to life! Fans attending this session will receive a special ASSASSINATION CLASSROOM collectible premium.

Official WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP Panel Featuring Yusei Matsui

Saturday, October 8th, 1:45PM – 2:45PM   

Room 1A10

Hang out with the English language editors of the world’s most popular manga! We’ve got exciting news about the latest developments on new series, all-time fan favorites, and what we’re doing to bring you the world’s best manga! Yusei Matsui, creator of the global sensation ASSASSINATION CLASSROOM, will be making a special appearance. Fans attending this session will receive a special ASSASSINATION CLASSROOM collectible premium, The WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP staff also will have other amazing prizes up for grabs. Don’t miss it!

Yusei Matui Off-Site NYCC Presents Signing Sessions:

Yusei Matsui at Kinokuniya Book Store

Friday, October 7th, 8:30pm

1073 Avenue of the Americas, NY, NY 10018

Kinokuniya Bookstore New York partners with VIZ Media and New York Comic Con to welcome ASSASSINATION CLASSROOM author and artist Yusei Matsui for a special appearance at Kinokuniya Bookstore during New York Comic Con on October 7th. Special after-hours admission will be given to wristband holders. Customers must buy a volume from the ASSASSINATION CLASSROOM series on the day of the event to get a wristband that allows entry to the signing that evening (store opens at 10 am).

Yusei Matsui at Barnes & Noble Tribeca Book Store

Saturday, October 8th, 7:00pm

97 Warren St., NY, NY 10007

Please join VIZ Media as it welcomes Yusei Matsui for a special signing for ASSASSINATION CLASSROOM as part of NYCC Presents! This event will be limited to 100 customers only. Interested fans must purchase a volume of ASSASSINATION CLASSROOM at Barnes & Noble Tribeca location on the day of the event to attend. A wristband will be given upon purchase which will guarantee entry to the event. Only one book and one shikishi per person will be signed and personalized.

Yusei Matsui was born in Saitama Prefecture, Japan and has been drawing manga since he began elementary school. His favorite manga series include Bobobo-bo Bo-boboJoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, and Ultimate Muscle. Matsui honed his skills while working as an assistant to manga artist Yoshio Sawai, creator of Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo. In 2005, Matsui debuted his first original manga, Neuro: Supernatural Detective, in Weekly Shonen Jump. In 2007, Neuro was adapted into an anime series. In 2012, ASSASSINATION CLASSROOM began serialization in Weekly Shonen Jump. ASSASSINATION CLASSROOM is published in North America by VIZ Media.

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