Usamaru Furuya TCAF 2011
Autograph Signing Session

In early May, highly touted Manga-ka Usamaru Furuya made an appearance at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival. Over the course of the 2 day event, which took place on the weekend of May 7th-8th, Furuya-san participated in autograph sessions, as well as a Creatorís Spotlight and Q & A Panel, hosted by festival director Christopher Butcher. His latest work to be translated and released in English, Lychee Light Club, is published by Vertical.

Vertical had a booth at TCAF this year to promote their catalog of current and upcoming Manga releases. The company is also working on releasing another work by the Manga-ka. Furuyaís, No Longer Human, which is based on a novel by Osamu Dazai, is set to be released sometime this Fall.

On the final day of TCAF, Usamrau Furuya was at the Vertical Booth signing autographs and greeting fans. FFOmake was there, and we have some great photos from the event.


Usamrua Furuya Enthusiastically Greets Fans at TCAF

It is always a treat to see Japanese guests fully enjoying themselves when they get an opportunity to interact with their overseas fans. That was most definitely the case at TCAF, as Manga-ka Usmarua Furuya participated in a couple of autograph sessions over the course of the weekend. I had a chance to get him to sign my copies of Genkaku Picasso and Lychee Light Club on the Saturday of the event. As I was getting my fan boy side sated, we spoke briefly about his past works, such as Shortcuts and Palepoili, as well as taking a moment to praise him for his extraordinary work on Genkaku Picasso. He also had a terrific translator accompanying him at TCAF. I found her very pleasant to talk with and she was very keen and helpful when it came to answering and translating any questions I had for Furuya-san.

Following his Spotlight and Q & A panel on Sunday, Usamrua Furuya made his way to the Vertical Booth, where he signed autographs and talked to fans. One fan in particular, made a peculiar request for an autograph illustration, which humored Furuya-san quite a bit, prompting him to pull out his iPhone and snap a picture of this final creation.

Here are some of the pictures FFOmake took at the event, we hope you enjoy them!



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Usamaru Furuya's Genkaku Picasso is available at:





- Saturday, July 23/2011





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