There has been a strong suspicions against a man who put up his collections of the autographs of popular Mangaka for Yahoo Auction. Yoshida Kenichi (the character designer of "Eureka Seven
") confirmed that all the autographs claimed to be Yoshida's were fake. According to Rocket News, most of the items put by the man are likely to be shams.
A 2channel user found out that one of the fake autographs of Toriyama Akira
was an imitation of an illustration drawn by Nakatsuru Katsuhiro, the character designer of Dragon Ball Z
The fake autograph (right) and its original illustration (left)
He sold the fake autographs of Tezuka Osamu
, Oda Eiichiro
, Araki Hirohiko
, Sadamoto Yoshiyuki
, Miyazaki Hayao
etc. and earned about 10 million yen (approx. $100,000).
Yoshida Kenichi's official BBS