Artist / Writer
Yoshitoshi ABe is a Japanese graphic artist who works predominantly in anime and manga. He first gained fame in his work as a character designer on the avant-garde anime Serial Experiments Lain. He is also responsible for the concept and character design for the series NieA_7. He is the creator of the dōjinshi Haibane Renmei, which was also adapted into an anime.
He is a colleague and friend of Chiaki J. Konaka, with whom he collaborated on the series Serial Experiments Lain and Texhnolyze. He usually uses the romaji form of his name instead of the kanji, with the "B" in "ABe" capitalized, as a reminder of his early works, for which he used the pen name "AB".
ABe Yoshitoshi first began his career as a teen in Tokyo who was first recognized as a graffiti artist, who regularly got into legal problems with his art. His concepts for all his later works are said to be inspired by this time of his life and has projected a dark theme into his anime character designs.
Convention Guest Appearances
- AnimeFest 2019 - August 16-19, 2019 in Dallas, TX
- Taiyou Con 2019 - January 11-13, 2019 in Mesa, AZ 2018
- Crunchyroll Expo 2018 - September 1-3, 2018 in San Jose, CA 2017
- Retro Made In Asia 2017 - October 7-8, 2017 in Namur, Belgium 2014
- Anime Central 2014 - May 16-18, 2014 in Rosemont, IL 2011
- Anime Weekend Atlanta 2011 - September 30 - October 2, 2011 in Atlanta, GA 2009
- Sakura-Con 2009 - April 10-12, 2009 in Seattle, WA 2008
- Schoolgirls and Mobilesuits 2008 - September 26-28, 2008 in Minneapolis, MN 2006
- AnimeFest 2006 - September 1-4, 2006 in Dallas, TX 2004
- Canadian National Comic Book Expo 2004 - August 27-29, 2004 in Toronto, ON, Canada
- Animagic 2004 - July 23-25, 2004 in Koblenz, Germany
- Finncon / Animecon 2004 - July 10-11, 2004 in Jyväskylä, Finland
- Sakura-Con 2004 - April 23-25, 2004 in Seattle, WA 2003
- Anime Expo 2003 - July 3-6, 2003 in Anaheim, CA 2002
- Cartoonist Toulon 2002 - April 26-28, 2002 in Toulon, France 2001
- Anime Central 2001 - May 11-13, 2001 in Arlington Heights, IL 2000
- Otakon 2000 - August 4-6, 2000 in Baltimore, MD
17 confirmed guest appearances