SDCC 2015 Photo: Kazuki Takahashi & Comic-Con’s Inkpot Award

August 19, 2015 at 6:17 pm | Posted in Other Stuff, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 3 Comments
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Image removed. See update below.

Kazuki Takahashi is a real person and not an imperceptible, mythic deity. If anyone doubts this, let the rumors be shattered. San Diego Comic Con today published a photo gallery of this year’s recipients of the Inkpot Award on its website. All 25 recipients are pictured, including the beloved creator of Yu-Gi-Oh!.

Kazuki Takahashi was presented with the Inkpot Award at the end of his SDCC 2015 panel, where he delighted fans with an interview and presented new details about the upcoming Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions movie. Fans were not allowed to take photos or videos at the panel.

Since 1974, SDCC’s prestigious Inkpot Award has honored “individuals for their contributions to the worlds of comics, science fiction/fantasy, film, television, animation, and fandom services.” Today, SDCC also updated its complete list of recipients of the award with 2015’s honorees.

Update (October 15, 2015): A representative from the company that helped bring Kazuki Takahashi to the U.S. has requested that his photo be removed. “Comic-Con has removed the Inkpot Award pic of Sensei Takahashi from its official site, as it was never approved to be posted,” she said. “[W]e want to honor his request to not post any photos.”

This is disappointing, but if the photo was posted without Takahashi’s authorization, then I support the decision not to share it. Guests agree to come to conventions like SDCC with the expectation that organizers and attendees will respect their wishes. If they see otherwise, they will view that as a sign of disrespect and won’t want to accept future guest invitations, which is a lose-lose for everyone. So, if you have also posted Takahashi’s photo elsewhere, please consider taking it down. Be kind and respectful to the man who has given us so much.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! at San Diego Comic Con 2015 – Master Post


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  1. *gasp* A recent photo of Takahashi!

    I like that he’s wearing a Yu-Gi-Oh! shirt, hehe.

  2. Love the shirt!

  3. Oh Gosh a recent photo ! Congrats for the Inkpot !!

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