Junji Ito

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Junji Ito made his professional manga debut in 1987 and since then has gone on to be recognized as one of the greatest contemporary artists working in the horror genre. His titles include Tomie and Uzumaki, which have been adapted into live-action films; Gyo, which was adapted into an animated film; Fragments of Horror, adapted into an animated series; and the short story collections Shiver and Frankenstein, with all works having been published in English by VIZ Media. Other works of Ito’s in English include Dissolving Classroom, published by Vertical Inc., and Junji Ito’s Cat Diary: Mon & Yu, published by Kodansha Comics. Ito’s influences include classic horror manga artists Kazuo Umezu and Hideshi Hino, as well as authors Yasutaka Tsutsui and H.P. Lovecraft.

Junji Ito’s newest short-story collection, Smashed: Junji Ito Short Story Collection, will debut in spring 2019 in conjunction with his appearance at The Toronto Comic Arts Festival.

Junji Ito is one of the official TCAF 2019 Poster Artists. A printed poster featuring his illustration will be made available for sale at TCAF 2019, and any remaining copies will be sold online afterwards.