Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto! Dark Horse Comics is proud to announce the first of its creator lineup for San Diego Comic-Con 2011! Tsuneo Goda, creator of beloved NHK mascot turned cultural icon Domo, will make an exclusive appearance at the largest comic book and popular arts convention in the world on Saturday, July 23rd.
“Spotlight on Tsuneo Goda,” to be held at 1:30pm in Room 5AB, will feature the creator discussing the birth of Domo, Domo’s presence in Japan and Goda’s expertise in puppet animation. Following the discussion, Goda will be on hand to sign Dark Horse Comics’ exclusive Domo Qee figure at the Dark Horse booth #2615 at 3:30pm.
Beginning his career directing television commercials, Goda soon found success with animation when he developed Domo for Japanese public broadcaster NHK. Domo’s unique look and personality quickly catapulted the character into one of the Internet’s biggest sensations. As the reigning poster child for personalized, user-generated content, Domo has found a home within the online community with hundreds of thousands of fan-made images, websites and videos posted to websites such as YouTube, Facebook and Flickr, among others.
Now more than a decade later, the lovable fuzzy brown creature’s cult status continues to grow with product flying off retail shelves as well as a popular Facebook game called “Planet Domo” available at http://apps.facebook.com/planetdomo.
In addition to Domo, Goda’s other work includes the film Komaneko, which is highly praised at film festivals around the world, and PLUG, the New World, a project with Nissan Motors. He is also a prominent illustrator of children’s books.
About Dark Horse Comics
Since 1986, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. The company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent like Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Neil Gaiman, Gerard Way, and comics legend Will Eisner, Dark Horse has developed such successful characters as the Mask, Timecop, and SpyBoy. Additionally, its highly successful line of comics and products based on popular properties includes Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan, Emily the Strange, Tim Burton, Trigun, Serenity, and Domo. Today Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic-book publisher in the US and is recognized as one of the world’s leading publishers of licensed comics material.