Limited “AX edition” of 256-page art book B/W will be sold before its U.S. release.


Acclaimed manga artist and illustrator Acky Bright will make his debut appearance at Anime Expo 2023 as a Guest of Honor.


Acky will perform a four-day live drawing event at a dedicated booth (#ANX-LA1) in the ANNEX area of Kentia Hall. It will be a breathtaking experience as he improvises and creates artwork on two large canvases.


The booth will also feature the sale of new merchandise, including AX limited items. A wide range of products will be available, such as hoodies, t-shirts, posters, and limited-edition shoes that can only be purchased at the event.


WATCH: Acky Bright at Anime Expo 2023 (Trailer)


In addition, fans will be able to purchase an advance copy of Acky’s 256-page art book B/W before its U.S. release, featuring the artist’s portraits, sketches, and designs. B/W will be available with a limited edition cover created just for Anime Expo.

On the second day of the convention, he will host a panel titled “Acky Bright’s Live Drawing Magic: The 3 Decks Challenge” at Room 411 (limited to 250 participants).


In the first part of the program, he will engage in the “3 Decks Challenge,” where the audience will choose a theme and create an original character based on randomly selected item cards from the deck (such as occupation, personality, or random items). The second part of the panel will feature an exciting raffle party, including exclusive Anime Expo items from Acky, his new art book, signed posters, 5 shikishis featuring the Anime Expo mascot character, and more! (With 25 items available for 250 attendees, the odds of winning are 1 in 10!)


In addition, there will be multiple autograph sessions held during Anime Expo where fans can have the rare opportunity to meet the artist in person.



Anime Expo 2023

Saturday, July 1 through Tuesday, July 4, 2023


Acky Bright event schedule


Day 1: Saturday, July 1, 2023


Kinokuniya Autograph Session @ Kinokuniya Booth (#3700)


Day 2: Sunday, July 2, 2023


AX Autograph Session @ The Guest of Honor Autograph Area


Panel “Acky Bright’s Live Drawing Magic: 3 decks challenge” & Raffle Extravaganza! @ Room #411


Day 3: Monday, July 3, 2023


AX Autograph Session @ The Guest of Honor Autograph Area


Day 4: Tuesday, July 4, 2023

Charity Auction @Room: Community Stage



About Acky Bright:

Acky Bright is a highly acclaimed manga artist and illustrator, renowned for his captivating “kawakakkoii” style drawings that pay homage to the golden age of Japanese manga and anime.


With an impressive portfolio spanning both domestic and international projects, Acky has left an indelible mark on the industry. Collaborating with esteemed Japanese media companies, he has crafted mesmerizing manga and character designs. Notably, since 2020, he has also lent his exceptional talents to renowned American companies such as DC Comics and Hasbro. His highly anticipated comic book KNIGHT TERRORS: ANGEL BREAKER will be released this July from DC Comics.


In 2021, Acky embarked on a groundbreaking partnership with BMW of Germany, where he conceptualized and brought to life a manga series inspired by a real-life esports professional team. The following year, his artistic prowess shone through in his meticulous character designs and artwork for the Japanese adaptation of the immensely popular German novel WOOD WALKERS. Additionally, Acky’s creative endeavors extended to the realm of art toys, collaborating with esteemed Chinese company 52TOYS.


Demonstrating his versatility as an artist, Acky has mastered the art of live drawing, enchanting audiences worldwide with his awe-inspiring performances on large canvases. From Tokyo to Los Angeles and New York, his captivating live drawing exhibitions have mesmerized fans. Building on his immense popularity, Acky has been honored as a Guest of Honor at Anime Expo 2023, where he will captivate attendees with his remarkable live drawing performance.


Furthermore, Acky’s art book “B/W” (PIE International) was released to widespread acclaim last year and continues to captivate art enthusiasts in Japan. Building on its resounding success, the book is now poised to captivate a global audience. It made its much-anticipated debut in Asia in January 2023, immersing readers in Acky’s mesmerizing world of art. The book is set to be released in Europe in August and in the United States in October, ensuring that art aficionados worldwide can experience the brilliance of Acky’s work.


In addition to his extraordinary achievements, Acky has been entrusted with the remarkable task of creating the official coloring book for NETFLIX’s sensational Korean drama Squid Game (Penguin Random House). This highly anticipated project is scheduled for release in September 2023.


Prepare to be spellbound as Acky Bright continues to push the boundaries of manga artistry, leaving an indelible mark on the world stage.


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For more information, please contact:
David Cirone
Resonance Media