Your Guide to Hiro Mashima events in NYC, October 5-8

— UPDATED September 27: 10/6 KINOKUNIYA EVENT ADDED —

With Fairy Tail, one of North America's (and the world's!) all-time best-selling manga, nearing the end of its historic run, it's the perfect time to celebrate and reflect on Hiro Mashima’s accomplishments with the man himself and all his fans in New York City October 5 through 8! Back in July we announced Mashima-sensei was going to be a Guest of Honor at New York Comic Con—now here's all the deets on how to see him in action for this rare Stateside appearance!

And be sure to check out our full lowdown on Kodansha Comics (booth #2109) events including Fairy Tail con exclusives we'll be selling and giving out at New York Comic Con 2017!

— Thursday October 5 —

Hiro Mashima: The Magical World of Fairy Tail 
Head to Japan Society’s beautiful auditorium for an intimate evening chat with Mashima-sensei. Hear about Fairy Tail’s origins and its creator’s struggles and triumphs over the years, then enjoy a Q&A followed by reception with the Fairy Tail localization team. Chance to win a special gift from Mashima-sensei!
when 6:30 p.m.
where Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street
how to get tickets $30/$25 Japan Society members, seniors & students. Get tickets at the Japan Society website.

— Friday October 6 —

Celebrate Fairy Tail: Live Sketch and Q&A
Glimpse in person Hiro Mashima's creative process! Mashima-sensei will be drawing live and engaging in an off-the-cuff chat with his fans in this one-of-a-kind appearance. Attendees will get a special gift!
when 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
where New York Comic Con, Javits Center, Main Stage
how to get tickets 2 options:

(1) Sign up for NYCC's Pre-Show Lottery. Lottery signup starts Thursday September 14 at 2 p.m. Eastern Time and ends September 25 at 5 p.m. Winners will be announced Friday September 28 at 5 p.m.
(2) Go to the 1C Queue Hall the morning of October 6 and tap your badge to reserve a seat. More details on NYCC's Main Stage Seating Process here.

Signing and sketch
Recipients will get a signed shikishi with a personalized sketch from one of the world’s most popular manga-ka!
when 4 to 5:30 p.m.
where New York Comic Con, Javits Center, Autograph Hall
how to get tickets Only available through NYCC's Pre-Show Lottery process. Lottery signup starts Thursday September 14 at 2 p.m. Eastern Time and ends September 25 at 5 p.m. Winners will be announced Friday September 28 at 5 p.m.

[NEWLY ADDED EVENT—JUST ANNOUNCED!] Kinokuniya signing and sketch
Come to Kinokuniya Bookstore New York to meet and get a signed sketch from Hiro Mashima! Special after-hours admission will be given to wristband holders to attend.
when 8:30 to 10 p.m.
where Kinokuniya Bookstore New York, 1073 6th Avenue
how to get tickets Visit the Kinokuniya website for instructions on how to get tickets. Sign-up lottery takes place September 28-October 3.

— Saturday October 7 —

Celebrate Fairy Tail: A Chat with Hiro Mashima
Mashima looks back on his manga career and what went into his uniquely long-running masterwork. Brought to you in partnership with Funimation. Attendees will get a special gift!
when 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
where New York Comic Con, Hammerstein Ballroom, 311 West 34th Street
how to get tickets Seats are available to NYCC attendees only on a first-come first-served basis, as people arrive at Hammerstein Ballroom. Click here for more info about the queue and seating process.

Signing and sketch
Recipients will get a signed shikishi with a personalized sketch from one of the world’s most popular manga-ka!
when 2 to 3:30 p.m.
where New York Comic Con, Javits Center, Autograph Hall
how to get tickets Only available through NYCC's Pre-Show Lottery process. Lottery signup starts Thursday September 14 at 2 p.m. Eastern Time and ends September 25 at 5 p.m. Winners will be announced Friday September 28 at 5 p.m.

— Sunday October 8 —

Funimation booth signing and sketch
Come to the Funimation booth (#542) in your favorite Fairy Tail cosplay! Recipients will get a signed shikishi with a personalized sketch from one of the world’s most popular manga-ka.
when 10:15 a.m. to 12 p.m.
where New York Comic Con, Javits Center, Funimation booth #542
how to get tickets Some tickets will be given out at the "Celebrate Fairy Tail" panel on Saturday, October 7 at Hammerstein Ballroom. More tickets will be given out the morning of Sunday, October 8 10:00 a.m.  at the Funimation booth (#542), right before the signing and sketch.