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Yoshitaka Amano

Artist / Graphic Designer / Mangaka

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Yoshitaka Amano is a Japanese artist, character designer, illustrator and a theatre and film scenic designer and costume designer. He first came into prominence in the late 1960s working on the anime adaptation of Speed Racer. Amano later became the creator of iconic and influential characters such as Gatchaman, Tekkaman: The Space Knight, Hutch the Honeybee and Casshan. In 1982 he went independent and became a freelance artist, finding success as an illustrator for numerous authors, and worked on many best selling novels such as The Guin Saga and Vampire Hunter D. He is also known for his commissioned illustrations for the popular video-game franchise Final Fantasy.
Since the 1990s Amano has been creating and exhibiting paintings featuring his iconic retro pop icons in galleries around the world, primarily painting on aluminium box panels with acrylic and automotive paint. He is a 5 time winner of the Seiun Award, and also won the 1999 Bram Stoker Award for his collaboration with Neil Gaiman, Sandman: The Dream Hunters.
Amano's influences include early Western comic books, art nouveau, and Japanese woodblock prints. In early 2010, he established Studio Devaloka, a film production company.



Convention Guest Appearances:
   Katsucon 2000 - February 11-13 in Arlington, VA
   New York Anime Film Festival 2000 - October 6-8 in New York, NY
   AniZona 2005 - March 25-27 in Phoenix, AZ
   Metrocon: Amano's World 2006 - October 14-15 in Tampa, FL
   Oni-Con 2006 - October 20-22 in Houston, TX
   Nippon / Worldcon 2007 - August 30 - September 3 in Yokohama, Japan
   New York Anime Festival 2008 - September 26-28 in New York, NY
   FanExpo Canada 2010 - August 27-29 in Toronto, ON
   Kawaii Kon 2012 - March 16-18 in Honolulu, HI
   New York Comic Con 2012 - October 11-14 in New York, NY
   Paris Manga & Sci-Fi Show 2015 - October 3-4 in Paris, France
   Anime Expo 2016 - July 1-4 in Los Angeles, CA
   ANI:ME 2016 - October 27-29 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
13 guest appearances

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