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VIZ Media & Simon & Schuster Renew Manga Sales And Distribution Partnership

OnePunchMan_GN01_coverVIZ Media, LLC and Simon & Schuster have announced the renewal of their longstanding sales and distribution partnership in both the United States and the United Kingdom.

Simon & Schuster has been the exclusive distribution partner of VIZ Media manga titles (graphic novels) for the United States and Canadian markets since 2004, providing a range of retail and wholesale distribution services including warehousing, fulfillment, customer service, and accounts receivable collection for VIZ Media’s substantial library of titles. The company manages distribution for all of VIZ Media’s imprints including Shonen Jump, Shonen Jump Advanced, Shojo Beat, Shonen Sunday, Perfect Square, VIZ Signature, Studio Ghibli Library and Haikasoru.

Since September 2007, Simon & Schuster UK has been the exclusive distributor of VIZ Media titles across several international territories including Great Britain, Ireland and South Africa, and the fast-growing Indian market via Simon & Schuster India.

Which are the Best Comics of 2015?

We’re keeping track of all of the “Best Of” lists for 2015, but overall, where do all of this years’ releases stand? Which comics stand out as the best of the best?

Below is all of those lists combined and sorted by the top books (how many times they’re mentioned) and then if there’s a tie, by rankings and alphabetically. There’s also a column with the “ranking” of the book if a list had such a thing.

This list combines regular series, limited series, trade paperpacks, and graphic novels, so it’s not a completely fair comparison, after all some people just reviewed one or the other, but it’s pretty clear which releases have stood out this year.

This will be updated as more lists are added to the tally.

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The Daily Dot – Amazon sells out of ‘Preacher’ comic books after AMC trailer debut – Not too shocking. Those folks flipping out due to content in 3…2…1…

Kotaku – Chris Brown’s ‘Zero’ Artwork Sure Looks Familiar – Yes. Yes it does.

Kotaku – One-Punch Man Shows Why Manga Will Always Matter – Worth us checking this out?

ICv2 – Is the Subscription Model for Digital Comics Inevitable? – Already a few different options are out there!


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CBR – Grayson #13

CBR – Polar: Eye for an Eye

CBR – Rick & Morty #7

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It’s new comic book day tomorrow. We’ll have previews and some reviews up before and our picks in a few hours, but what’s everyone excited for? While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

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CBR – Man allegedly kills ‘zombie’ friend, blames ‘The Walking Dead’ – Calls to ban the show in 3…2…1…

Engadget – SXSW cancels online harassment panel, because of harassment – Sigh.

South China Morning Post – UN envoy calls on Japan to ban extreme child manga porn – Well ok then.


Around the Tubes Reviews

CBR – Astro City #28

CBR – Clean Room #1

CBR – Cognetic #1

CBR – Karnak #1

The Outhousers – Two Brothers

Duel Art Art Book Spotlights the Original Creator of Yu-Gi-Oh!

Duel ArtBefore it became one of the world’s longest running and most popular trading card games, the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise began as a manga by Kazuki Takahashi. Duel Art: Kazuki Takahashi Yu-Gi-Oh! Illustrations collects the stunning color artwork of the series’ original creator from throughout the property’s history.

Within the prestigious hardcover book, fans will find magazine covers, card artwork, rare illustrations, and rough concepts. Readers will also be treated to creative process breakdowns, and an exclusive interview with Kazuki Takahashi-sensei himself.

After 13 years in North America, Yu-Gi-Oh!’s popularity shows no signs of slowing. Any fan of the trading card game, manga, or animated series will want Duel Art: Kazuki Takahashi Yu-Gi-Oh! Illustrations in their collection.

Duel Art: Kazuki Takahashi Yu-Gi-Oh! Illustrations is in stores now.

ISBN: 978-1927925416
DETAILS: 128pg, 8.25×11.75″, Full Color, Hardcover
MSRP: $39.99 USD

Review: Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles


In relation to xxxHolic, we have the sister series Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles with equally convoluted plot lines like its fellow running series. Unlike the noodle branded series xxxHolic, Tsubasa ran from 2003 to 2009, at least the original series did. It does have a current running sequel called Tsubasa World Chronicle: Nirai Kanai-hen. This manga did something that changed how CLAMP did their storytelling, it allowed them to reuse old characters from previous stories and manga. The manga was released in America by Del Rey Manga and the anime was licensed by Funimation Entertainment. The series seemed to be popular for the most part, though there was much complaint over the complicated plotline.

The series follows Syaoran Li, previously from Cardcaptor Sakura, Princess Sakura, Kurogane, and Fai D. Flowright. Also annoying mascot character Mokona Modoki. The four are able to travel to other dimensions due to wishes they make with Yuko from xxxHolic. This is all because Sakura’s spirit has taken form and spread out like feathers across many dimensions and Syaoran has to make it right and return all the feathers to her, or she will die. Our other two Kurogane and Fai have similar wishes to one another. Kurogane just wishes to return home, while Fai wishes never to return to his own world. Thus begins the multi-dimensional adventure that could make or break these characters. It also allowed for CLAMP to show new and different sides of past characters because of the different world and dimension aspect.  Such as two of the main characters.

Syaoran Li is the adopted son of a late archeologist in the Kingdom of Clow. He is also Princess Sakura’s childhood best friend. He continued his father’s work up until the incident with Sakura’s soul/memories scattering. He fights predominantly with his legs, which is important, trust me. He is also in love with Sakura, oh so shocking, but can’t admit it because she is a princess. He makes a big sacrifice when agreeing to the terms of Yuko’s wish, but he does it for Sakura. Ah, young love. This causes him to go on a search across dimensions to save Sakura’s life, despite the heartbreak it will bring him.

Sakura is the princess of Clow and is sort of… Dull? Like, she’s interesting, but in comparison to her Cardcaptor counterpart I don’t find her as intriguing. She’s also in love with Syaoran, her childhood friend, and planned on telling him, but was unable to as her memories scattered before she could. This leaves her in a near death state for a few chapters. She doesn’t do a whole lot really from what I remember, like she starts to do things, but at times it felt like she was just there for Syaoran’s angst fest.

Kurogane is a ninja from the world of feudal Japan where he served under Princess Tomoyo, who sent him away. This was done mostly because he really liked fighting and was often jumping the gun in favor of violence. He gives up he most precious item, a sword, to try and find his way home. Though after bonding with the group, his wish may change a bit. He is often too serious for his own good and that gets him teased by Fai.

Fai D. Flowright is a magician from the country of Celes. Without any direct help from anyone else, Fai travels to Yuko with the wish to not return to his country. He has to give up his magic for this wish to occur, well technically the seal that helps him keep his magi under control. His the lighthearted good natured character, who is hiding more than he lets on. He cares deeply about all the others in the group, so much so that he starts caring about himself less and less.

There’s a whole bunch of other characters, some original some not, but really a majority of the time they’re either rehashed characters from past mangas or from xxxHolic. This isn’t bad, but at points it feels mostly like its applauding longtime CLAMP fans.  Then the original characters all start to feel like cop-outs at times as well, like an easy way out for a corner they may have written themselves into. It always feels like they could have done something more.

The art style is much like its sister in that everything is long and people aren’t supposed to bend like that. However, it actually works for this manga, because it doesn’t have the same jarring affect that xxxHolic did, rather it’s more subtle and allows the reader to adjust. The manga was originally serialized in Shonen Magazine. The only time the art doesn’t work is probably in the anime and that’s because in comparison to other works by CLAMP it felt stiff in the animation and dull. The colors were really dull and not at all near as whimsical as it could have been for the story they had. Bee Train who produced that anime are best known for .hack//Sign, which also had an unfortunate lackluster style to it for such an amazing plot. The anime was released in 2006, which was a bit of a less than impressive time for animation, like with Pandora Hearts to name one. This isn’t necessarily bad, but it doesn’t feel like the animation flowed nearly as much as the manga did. It felt like it was trying to do something, but it just doesn’t hold up today.

Sound wise, I’ve only heard the dub, and it isn’t bad? Though it is set in this weird area of time for Funimation where they were trying out new lead voice actors and it could have worked. Still, it always could have been worse. Still, this series does suffer because the studio wasn’t sure where to go, at least at times that’s what it appeared to be. Syaoran was voiced by Jason Liebrecht who in the past as played Lavi from D.Gray-man, this was one of his more prominent roles. There’s also Christopher Sabat who played Kurogane, who you might know for his role in Dragon Ball Z as Vegeta and Piccolo. Sabat here really shines, as he often does within his roles. The music in the series was done by Yuki Kajiura who is known for her work in many of the .hack series, Pandora Hearts, and Puella Magi Madoka Magica. She’s great here with her near ethereal music full of perfectly placed bell chimes and we see it in her current works today. There’s also a dubbed movie called The Princess of the Country of Birdcages. Ultimately though, the anime is an easier time for those who wouldn’t like the constant screaming with Watanuki.

This series isn’t bad, it just feels like it was all over the place at times. The anime is tough to get through because it doesn’t get you to care, at least it didn’t for me, but the manga… Oh man, although the manga can be a mountain to get through it is very good. It does get convoluted at times, but other than that, it is good. It could be better. Like I said with xxxHolic, while this may not be the series to do it with, CLAMP is definitely worth looking into, they have a whole slew of series that may tickle one’s fancy. Still though, it doesn’t have near the amount of pull that its sister does. Tsubasa suffers because it almost feels like it’s trying too hard at times to be edgy and full of twists.

Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles: 6/10

NYCC 2015: Lone Wolf 2100 Returns for Monthly Series

From screenwriter Eric Heisserer and artist Miguel Sepulveda comes Lone Wolf 2100, a reimagining of Kazuo Koike’s classic manga Lone Wolf and Cub set in the not-too-distant future.

AD 2100: A devastating manmade plague is turning the human race into cannibalistic monsters known as the Thrall. But there is hope: young Daisy Ogami’s blood holds the secret to a cure—if Itto, her android protector, can get her to a place where it can be extracted!

Lone Wolf 2100 #1 (of 4) is in stores January 6, 2016, from Dark Horse Comics.

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NYCC 2015: VIZ Media Announces Plans & Activities

NYCC15-VIZMedia-Giveaway-SailorMoonRVIZ Media prepares a full slate of fun activities, insightful panel discussions and special promotional giveaways for the upcoming 2015 New York Comic Con.

New York Comic Con takes place October 8th – 11th at the Javits Convention Center in Manhattan and is the East Coast’s biggest pop culture convention. The annual event plays host to the latest and greatest in comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies, and television.

VIZ Media will exhibit at New York Comic Con in Booth #1346

This year, attendees are invited to join VIZ Media as it welcomes famed NARUTO manga creator, Masashi Kishimoto, for his first-ever official U.S. professional appearance. Fans can catch the legendary creator for a unique NYCC panel discussion about his smash hit series and his evolution as a manga artist on Thursday October 8th. Kishimoto also will offer opening remarks to introduce the hot new BORUTO: NARUTO THE MOVIE anime feature film, on which he served as the Executive Producer, at a very special premiere screening on Saturday, October 10th.

To help celebrate the unprecedented visit, the VIZ Media booth will be the host of the NARUTO Ninja Mission. Fans pick up a headband from the booth, and must use ninja stealth and speed to complete a special mission; only a true ninja can collect an NYCC exclusive reward. The booth will also have a special display of two costumes from the recent Live Spectacle Naruto stage adaptation, courtesy of Nelke Planning, the company that produced the show.

Manga and anime fans are also invited to attend the VIZ Media official company panel discussion happening on Friday, October 9th to glean the latest news on new title acquisitions and exciting developments on other current properties. Fans also will not want to miss a VERY special premiere screening event on Friday October 9th that will present the debut of brand new VIZ Media anime title. Stay tuned for more details on this title!

SAILOR MOON fans can join VIZ Media’s official SAILOR MOON panel on Sunday, October 11th for all the latest news on the legendary anime adventure as well as the new SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL series.

Stop by the VIZ Media Booth (#1346) for an array of show exclusive products in the retail area, and also take part in a variety of fun convention activities and special promotional product giveaways of manga samplers, full-color posters, postcards, and more! Attendees can try their luck at the VIZ Media prize wheel for a chance to win exclusive goodies from many fan favorite series, or get a SAILOR MOON tiara and show off each person’s inner Guardian.

VIZ Media 2015 New York Comic Con Events & Panel Discussions:

VIZ Media Presents: An Evening with Masashi Kishimoto

Thursday, October 8th, 5:30PM – 6:30PM   

Main Stage 1-D

The creator of the global phenomenon known as NARUTO makes his first appearance outside Japan! The legendary Kishimoto Sensei will discuss his career and creative process and answer questions about his work. Attendees will also have a chance to win some very special prizes. This panel of a lifetime is brought to you in partnership with the Japan Foundation.


VIZ Media Official Panel

Friday, October 9th, 12:15PM – 1:15PM   

Room 1A24

Hang out with the VIZ Media crew as they talk about your favorite titles, make exciting announcements and show off exclusive first looks!


VIZ Media Special Premiere Screening

Friday, October 9th, 6:45PM – 7:45PM   

Room 1A05

Join VIZ Media for a very special surprise from the world of anime that’s so fresh, we can’t even tell you what it is yet!


VIZ Media Presents: BORUTO: NARUTO THE MOVIE Premiere

Saturday, October 10th, 11:30AM – 2:00PM       

Hammerstein Ballroom – 311 W. 43th St.

Masashi Kishimoto, creator of Naruto, makes his Executive Producer debut and will introduce the North American English-subtitled premiere of the most anticipated Naruto movie yet! Naruto Uzumaki protects the Hidden Leaf Village as the 7th Hokage, while Boruto, his troublesome son resents his father’s responsibilities that take his time away from him. Seeing this, Sasuke takes Boruto under his wing, while Sasuke’s only daughter, Sarada, dreams of being Hokage one day. This Panel of a lifetime is brought to you in partnership with the Japan Foundation.

Come early – the first 100 attendees in line for BORUTO: NARUTO THE MOVIE will get to attend a special Saturday signing session at 10am with Masashi Kishimoto!


VIZ Media SAILOR MOON Official Panel

Sunday, October 11th, 2:30PM – 3:30PM   

Room 1A18

Everyone’s favorite Guardian of Love and Justice is back! The VIZ Media SAILOR MOON team brings you all the can’t-miss news on the legendary anime series, as well as the all-new SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL.

Dark Horse to Debut Danganronpa Manga

Dark Horse has announced the publication of a four-volume series of the critically acclaimed Danganronpa.

Inspired by the Danganronpa video game series and based on the anime of the same name, the Danganronpa manga is a quirky, fun, weird, and dynamic take on the high-school battle royal genre.

Each year, the elite Hope’s Peak Academy selects only the most gifted and talented students to enroll…plus one ordinary student, chosen by lottery. Makoto Naegi is that lucky person—or so he thought! When he shows up for class, he finds the elite students are a bizarre cast of oddballs under the ruthless authority of a robot teddy bear principal, Monokuma. The bear lays down the school rules: the only way out of Hope’s Peak is to not only murder another student…but get away with it, as every murder is followed by a tribunal where the surviving students cross-examine each other!

Danganronpa is in stores March 16, 2016.


Dark Horse to Release I Am a Hero Manga in April

Kengo Hanazawa’s award-winning zombie-survival manga I Am a Hero begins at Dark Horse in early 2016. This nail-biting page-turner is sure to leave readers on the edge of their seats!

This realistically drawn international bestseller takes us from initial small battles for survival to a huge body-horror epidemic that threatens all of humanity. Each Dark Horse omnibus volume will collect two of the original Japanese books.

The zombie apocalypse has never been more surreal. A mentally unhinged manga artist witnesses the beginning of a zombie outbreak in Tokyo, and he’s certain of only two things: he’s destined to be the city’s hero, and he possesses something very rare in Japan—an actual firearm!

I am a Hero Omnibus Volume 1 is in stores April 6, 2016. You can pre-order it now.

I Am a Hero 2



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