By Christopher Baggett

Viz Media has announced a strong Ito-Verse presence for San Diego Comic-Con weekend, including multiple appearances by Ito himself. 

Junji Ito will be hosting a Q&A on Thursday, 7/20 at the San Diego Public Library, kicking off a huge weekend for fans of the legendary horror author. On Friday, 7/21, Junji Ito will be hosting a Welcome to the Ito-Verse panel at SDCC itself. 

It’s all promotion for a new exhibit, which will be open from Thursday, 7/20 – Sunday, 7/23. The Welcome to the Ito-Verse exhibit will be open to the public at the Marriot Marquis and is the largest exhibition of his work that Junji Ito has ever done in North America.

Viz will also have a booth, #2813, located next to the Star Wars and Dark Horse booths. They’ll have a number of exciting exclusives, including a Junji Ito “Gyo” tapestry and an exclusive print.  

VIZ Media Sets Panel Schedule at SDCC 2023


WHO: VIZ Media is proud to host two panels featuring manga horror icon and four-time Eisner Award winner, Junji Ito! VIZ Media is proud to co-sponsor these two panels alongside hosting Junji Ito’s largest North American exhibit. The exhibit features over 100 pieces of art! Also releasing this July is a new collection of ten tales celebrating Ito’s favorite antihero, Soichi!


  • Thursday 7/20 11:00am – 12:00pm @ San Diego Public Library – Horror at the Library: Junji Ito   

Join Comic-Con Special Guest and legendary horror master Junji Ito (Uzumaki, Black Paradox) at the San Diego Public Library for a Q&A that’s sure to bring your nightmares to life.

  • Friday 7/21, 10:00 – 11:00am @ Room 6DE – PANEL: Welcome to the Ito-Verse: Junji Ito

Dive into the Ito-verse with the master of horror manga Junji Ito, as he discusses what inspires, drives, and horrifies him, all while drawing up something truly terrifying for his faithful, macabre-loving fans.

  • Thursday 7/20 – Sunday 7/23 @ Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
  • Torrey Pines Rooms 1-2 – EXHIBIT: Welcome to the Ito-Verse: Junji Ito

Come help us celebrate the career of world-renowned creator Junji Ito. Walk among the cosmic and the macabre and lose yourself in the Ito-verse. With over 100 works on display, this will be the largest exhibition of Junji Ito’s work in North America.

Feel free to stop by our booth at #2813 for some SDCC exclusive merch. See you there!!

Miss any of our earlier SDCC ’23 coverage? Find it all here!