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A Man Earns $100,000 By Selling Fake Autographs of Mangaka

by dtshyk
May 3, 2009 6:12 PM | 22 Comments
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).

Rocket News
Yoshida Kenichi's official BBS

20 of 22 Comments Recent Comments

I need to start doing some of this.

May 5, 2009 4:54 AM by amayadori

i wanna be a business partner hehe, scratch that doing this myself

May 4, 2009 8:25 AM by Takuya-kun

llxwarbirdxll said:
Shancakeschan said:
Thats just dumb.
Dumb? He made a hundred thousand fucking dollars.

Agreed lol.
If it gets you rich, it's blatently a good idea^_^

May 4, 2009 3:31 AM by TiamatBunny

What bothers me the most, is that there are actually people who pay so much for an autograph on eBay... I wouldn't even think about it and assume that such a thing is fake in the first place...

I once saw and advertisement for a 'genie in a bottle' which should grant your wishes... yeah right! o_O

May 4, 2009 2:40 AM by Teddy

Recession, its having an effect on people. LOL.

May 4, 2009 12:13 AM by BasakaNZ

He should get sued.

May 3, 2009 10:26 PM by BlackAssassin

hahaha xD ah the world is crazy lately.

May 3, 2009 8:34 PM by magentaanbu

i think we need to steal his ideas

May 3, 2009 8:25 PM by Maora

Rub_my_Fanny said:
Everyone who's saying this guy is a dick is wrong.
That's how you're suppose to live life, hustla niggas, get paid.
And besides any one who would dish out that much dough for a manga artists autograph is a retard weeaboo.

May 3, 2009 8:22 PM by LucySky

Kira01 said:
Is this becoming a trend?

haha you know, i think i need to get in on this scheme too. lots of idiots out there man. 100k....that's like......100k too bad he got to it first, now people will pay least we can only hope.

May 3, 2009 7:46 PM by kisami

Is this becoming a trend?

May 3, 2009 7:44 PM by Kira01

Shancakeschan said:
Thats just dumb.
Dumb? He made a hundred thousand fucking dollars.

May 3, 2009 7:37 PM by llxwarbirdxll

Wow, that guy is a dick.

May 3, 2009 7:24 PM by Em_Leingod

you know, i gotta commend him for being creative in his quest to make money. its the idiots who would buy the autographs for that much money.

the guy just knows how to exploit the idiot people. dishonest ill give you that, but quite brilliant.

but like all dishonest people, he didn't know when to stop.

May 3, 2009 6:49 PM by kisami

Well imo ... that dude's one hell of a salesman :)) ... and its probably otaku stupidity run wild that made it possible for him ... you guys heard right ? even the moon was sold already on auction :)))) ...

probably gona get flamed :>

May 3, 2009 6:47 PM by DarknessAngel

This stuff goes on all the time in America and Europe as well as other countries. Something needs to be done about it. People are getting blatantly ripped off everywhere.
Hopefully this guy gets whats coming to him.

May 3, 2009 6:32 PM by 5hreddy

Thats just dumb.

May 3, 2009 6:30 PM by Shancakeschan

heeh?? money sure makes people goin crazy.

May 3, 2009 6:28 PM by virgo_sama

The fake autograph of Araki Hirohiko

and its original illustration drawn by a doujin artist

The fake autograph of Miyazaki Hayao

The fake autograph of Yoshida Kenichi

May 3, 2009 6:27 PM by dtshyk

Castrate him!
Tar and Feather him!
Burn him at the stake!

May 3, 2009 6:25 PM by Metty

It’s time to ditch the text file.
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