Ah, I completely forgot about this thread! Shame it's not very active :/
Originally Posted by Endo Kana
I was there!! It was absolutely wonderful, I had such an amazing time. Very surprising as well. The main event took place on a concert stage, which usually terrifies most people, and of course the fact that every sentence had to be translated doesn't help, and yet Urasawa absolutely owned it. He was incredibly comfortable during the entire interview, gave interesting answer, made jokes, managed to interact with the (very large) audience despite the language barrier. By far the most surprising part was when the topic of music was breached, and it turns out he really is
a musician. He really did compose that famous song in 20th Century Boys, and he even played it for us! He had a guitar and a harmonica brought to him and he sang/played the entire thing, along with another Bob Dylan song. It was completely out of the blue, and utterly amazing, he has everything of a rock star.
It's a shame I didn't write a summary of what happened as soon as I got home because I don't remember everything that was said now, but he did give some interesting tidbits about the creation of 20th Century Boys and Monster, his debuts, the adaptations of his works & his work process. He also said some nice things of Moebius, who had recently passed away, which was surprising but lovely. Then he had a huge sheet and a marker brought up stage, and he drew the characters which were shouted at him by the audience. This is the only time I got to see him during the convention as the other conference was full and I didn't manage to get a signature (despite queuing for 3 hours twice :/) but it was great so I'm not that disappointed. I hope he'll be coming back. We really love him in France!
And yes, I very much agree he's the greatest mangaka alive.