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VIZ Media Debuts Yu-Gi-Oh! Omnibus Manga Editions

YuGiOh_Omni01_3DVIZ Media triples its dueling power as it announces the launch of Kazuki Takahashi’s Yu-Gi-Oh! manga series in a new 3-in-1 omnibus on February 3rd.

Published under the Shonen Jump imprint, Yu-Gi-Oh! 3-in-1, Vol. 1 is rated ‘T’ for Teens and will carry an MSRP of $14.99 U.S. / $16.99 CAN. It is the latest title to join VIZ Media’s extensive roster of 3-in-1 omnibus releases for some of manga’s greatest series. Future Yu-Gi-Oh! 3-in-1 editions will cover the entire 38-volume series and will be published quarterly for a total of 13 volumes.

Tenth-grader Yugi always had his head in some game – until he solved the Millennium Puzzle, an Egyptian artifact containing the spirit of a master gambler from the age of the pharaohs! Possessed by the puzzle, Yugi becomes Yu-Gi-Oh, the King of Games, and challenges evildoers to the Shadow Games…weird games with high stakes and high risks!

The games begin in the opening Yu-Gi-Oh! omnibus volume! Meet Seto Kaiba, master of the world’s most dangerous collectible card game. When Kaiba discovers that Yugi’s grandfather owns the incredibly rare “Blue-Eyes White Dragon” card, he will stop at nothing to get it…even if he has to duel with Yugi’s dark alter ego Yu-Gi-Oh! Then, out of the sands of Egypt, the mystic Shadi has come to test Yugi’s powers, which will give Yugi his greatest challenge yet. If he loses, his best friends will die!

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The long weekend is almost here! Hope everyone has a good one.

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Kotaku – ‘Swatter’ Gets Five Years Jailtime – Good.

The Beat – Marvel: Heed the cry—we need a new swimsuit special – Who wants to see this happen?

Kotaku – Manga Offers Smart Commentary on Modern Video Games – Might need to check this out.

The Outhousers – Not Satire: Jason Aaron to Write Comic Starring Thor’s Hammer – Well ok then.


Around the Tubes Reviews

CBR – Astro City #19

Comic Vine – Captain Marvel #11

Comics Alliance – Conan/Red Sonja #1

The Beat – Fables: The Wolf Among Us #1

CBR – Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen

Talking Comics – Star Wars #1

VIZ Media Acquires Junji Ito’s Fragments of Horror

VIZSignature-LogoVIZ Media expands its catalog of horror manga (graphic novel) titles with the acquisition of Junji Ito’s Fragments of Horror.

The title marks the creator’s return to the horror following an eight-year break from the genre, and it will receive a deluxe hardcover treatment for the North American release. Fragments of Horror will debut in the Summer of 2015 under the company’s VIZ Signature imprint, and is rated ‘T+’.

Fragments of Horror is the brand-new collection of delightfully macabre tales from the celebrated master of Japanese horror. An old wooden mansion that turns on its inhabitants. A dissection class with a most unusual subject. A funeral where the dead are definitely not laid to rest. Ranging from the terrifying to the comedic, from the erotic to the loathsome, these stories showcase Junji Ito’s long-awaited return to the world of horror.

Lantis Festival and Otakon Vegas adds Special Appearance by Hatsune Miku

Lantis-in-Las-Vegas-Hatsune-Miku-450The 2015 Anisong World TourLantis Festival has announced virtual singing superstar Hatsune Miku as a special guest to the Las Vegas artist line-up. The festival launches January 16th (Friday) and 17th (Saturday), 2015, at The Joint – Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.

Lantis Festival at Las Vegas has expanded to a large-scale event with a massive lineup of legendary anime song performers, including JAM Project, YOUSEI TEIKOKU, Sayaka Sasaki, Faylan, ChouCho, Yoko Ishida, and bamboo.

The 2-day Festival at The Joint – Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas is the beginning of the world tour celebration marking the Lantis label’s 15th anniversary, featuring seven powerful music artists, many of them making their American performance debut.

Limited VIP tickets are available for $125, which include:

  • Early Entry
  • VIP Laminate Pass
  • Lucky Bag with many exclusive goods from Japan unavailable in the U.S.
  • A High-Five session after the show

JAM Project, YOUSEI TEIKOKU, Sayaka Sasaki, Faylan, ChouCho, Yoko Ishida, bamboo, and special guest Hatsune Miku will perform each day of the January 16 & 17, 2015 concerts.

Additional Solo Performances by:

  • Hironobu Kageyama (JAM Project) – Friday, January 16
  • Masami Okui (JAM Project)- Friday, January 16
  • Yoshiki Fukuyama (JAM Project) – Friday, January 16
  • Masaaki Endoh (JAM Project) – Saturday, January 17
  • Hiroshi Kitadani (JAM Project) – Saturday, January 17

Advance tickets are $50.

Otakon Vegas to Host Prolific Artist Wendee Lee

WLeecardOtakon Vegas will host prolific artist Wendee Lee as a guest at Otakon Vegas 2015.

Wendee Lee has over 300 credits as a voice actress in anime, video games, and live action. She is best known for the role of Faye Valentine in the megahit classic Cowboy Bebop. She is also well known for the roles of Haruhi (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya), TK (Digimon Adventure), and Konata Izumi (Lucky Star). In addition, she has been ADR Director for anime including Bleach and Outlaw Star.

Wendee was born and raised in Southern California, living between San Francisco and Los Angeles as a child. She knew from a very young age that she would become an actress and began performing in theater and studying dance. By the time she was a teenager, she was a full time dancer and budding choreographer.

A lucky break turned into an audition and landed Wendee her first anime role in Robotech. She kept her day jobs, and continued working as a struggling actress and voice artist. A variety of part time jobs ensued, including working as a dance instructor, make-up artist, and choreographer.

Over time, her voice resume grew and afforded her the opportunity to branch into ADR script writing, adapting, and finally directing. It was difficult breaking into the all-male world of voice directors at the time, but Wendee found a way in and has gone on to direct numerous productions for network broadcast as well as many other major anime titles.

Now she has an extensive list of titles to her credit as voice artist, writer, adapter, and director and has had a number of theatrical as well as network releases all over the world. She works full time as an actress and director and loves the anonymity animation provides. She is still active in theatre and choreographs everything from lives shows to music videos. She lives with her musician husband in Southern California and collaborates with him musically while continuing to do the work she so loves in the world of animation.

Wendee Lee appears with assistance from Funimation, and will participate in a special Cowboy Bebop eventat Otakon Vegas 2015! Details on the event will be announced soon on Funimation.com and OtakonVegas.com.

Otakon Vegas 2015 will be held January 16-18 at the Planet Hollywood Casino in Las Vegas, NV.

Viz Launches Akira Toriyama’s Jaco the Galactic Patrolman

JacoTheGalacticPatrolman-GN-3DVIZ Media prepares to thrill manga (graphic novel) readers and fans of legendary creator Akira Toriyama with the launch of Jaco the Galactic Patrolman in print and digital on January 6th.

The complete-in-one-volume interstellar comedy will be published under the company’s Shonen Jump imprint. Jaco the Galactic Patrolman is rated ‘A’ for All Ages and will carry a print MSRP of $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN.

A digital version of Jaco the Galactic Patrolman also debuts on January 6th for $6.99 (USD/CAN) from VIZManga.com and through the VIZ MANGA App. The digital volume of JACO THE GALACTIC PATROLMAN can also be purchased through the Nook, Kobo, ComiXology, Kindle, iBooks and GooglePlay stores.

Manga legend and creator of Dragon Ball Z, Akira Toriyama, is back with the quirky comedy Jaco the Galactic Patrolman! Retired scientist Omori lives alone on a deserted island while continuing his research into time-travel. His quiet life is interrupted when galactic patrolman Jaco crash-lands and decides to move in with him. This agent from space claims to be elite, but sometimes it can be a little hard to believe. Can Jaco get along with the old man long enough to save the earth from a dangerous threat?

Lantis Anisong World Tour Presented in Conjunction with Otakon Vegas

Otakon Vegas will be working in conjunction with Lantis for the Anisong World Tour in Las Vegas.

Lantis Records, the world’s largest label for anime song artists, presents “Anisong World Tour ~ Lantis Festival” on January 16 and 17th , 2015 at The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, NV. The Lantis Festival brings 7 major artists to spread their Anisong circle to U.S. fans.

Lantis Festival World Tour is scheduled to start in 2015 across 6 cities. The U.S. show will kick off their world tour as “the circle of Anisong” that connected all of Japan goes overseas to deliver the heat of Anisong througout the world.

Many of these artists have appeared independently at other Otakorp events. JAM Project has previously appeared at Otakon (2008), and with Faylan at Otakon Music Festival (2012); Yoko Ishida appeared at Otakon (2002); and Sayaka Sasaki appeared at the inaugural Otakon Vegas (2014).

The show dates are:

Tick prices are:

VIP Tickets: $125 (limited quantity)

  • VIP Pass
  • Early Entry
  • Lucky bags
  • High-touch session with all artists after show

Advance tickets are $50.

The event will take place at The Joint – Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, NV.

Otakon Vegas 2015 will be held January 16-18 at the Planet Hollywood Casino in Las Vegas, NV.

Viz Media Launches Naoki Urasawa’s Master Keaton Manga Series

VIZ Media delivering celebrated manga creator Naoki Urasawa’s tense post-Cold War detective suspense – Master Keaton – on December 16th.

The 12-volume manga (graphic novel) series has never been released in English before, and each volume will receive a deluxe treatment featuring approximately 18 pages of full-color artwork. Master Keaton was created and drawn by the award-winning manga artist Naoki Urasawa with story co-produced by Hokusei Katsushika and Takashi Nagasaki. It will be published quarterly under the company’s VIZ Signature imprint and will be rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens and carry an MSRP of $19.99 U.S. / $22.99 CAN.

Master Keaton introduces Taichi Hiraga Keaton, an archeology professor and part-time insurance investigator known for his successful and unorthodox methods of investigation. The son of a Japanese zoologist and an English noblewoman, educated in archaeology at Oxford and a former member of the SAS, Master Keaton uses his knowledge and combat training to uncover buried secrets, thwart would-be villains, and pursue the truth. The manga series was originally published in Japan between 1988 and 1994 in Big Comic Original magazine and also inspired a popular 39-episode anime adaptation.


Sushio Heads to Otakon Vegas

Otakon Vegas is welcoming Animator, Character Designer, and Animation Director, Sushio to Otakon Vegas 2015.

Sushio’s work has been featured in numerous critically acclaimed anime titles such as Diebuster, GURREN LAGANN, Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt from GAINAX, and ONE PIECE THE MOVIE, Baron Omatsuri and the Secret Island, the Ojamajo Doremi series from Toei Animation and many more. He has also worked as a Key Animator on many series and movies including Evangelion: 1.0, 2.0, and, 3.0, FLCL, and Redline.

This would be his first visit to Las Vegas, to promote his latest work as Character Designer and Chief Animation Director for the smash hit anime series, KILL la KILL. Sushio appears courtesy of Aniplex USA.

Otakon Vegas 2015 will be held January 16-18 at the Planet Hollywood Casino in Las Vegas, NV.


Otakon Vegas Announces Guests, Steve Blum, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, Lisa Ortiz

LOrtizcardOtakorp has announced a wave of guests for Otakon Vegas 2015. Voice actors Lisa Ortiz, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, and Steve Blum will all be guests at the show.

Lisa began her career as the high elf Deedlit in Record of Lodoss War. Since then, she has gone on to record dozens of anime series, audiobooks, video games, and films, as well as eventually moving behind the microphone as a producer, director and adapter. Her work has appeared in film festivals and on television. She can currently be heard as Fletchling, the Gym leader Korrina, and Oshawott in Pokemon, Rina in Time of Eve, Anna in Berserk, Mini in RoboCar Poli, Ogakai in Dungeon Hunter 4, Lotus Hanazoe in Yugioh GX, as well as roles in Gangstar 3. Her directing and producing work includes mobile games for The Dark Knight Rises, Iron Man 3, and Littlest Pet Shop. She is President of Noise of O Productions, and currently resides in NYC, with her fabulous felines Fitz and Stan.

As an actress, Mary portrayed Major Motoko Kusanagi in Ghost In The Shell Innocence, Solid State Society and Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex for which she won the American Anime Award for Best Actress. You can also hear her as the Female Crusader in Diablo III: Reaper of Souls, Kurutsu in Ghost in the Shell Arise, Mrs. Maheswaran in Steven Universe, Sei in Alpha Protocol and Nora in Final Fantasy XIII. Some of her other popular roles are Cornelia in Code Geas. Kurenai from Naruto, Julia from Cowboy Bebop, Zanpakuto from Bleach, Helba and Bordeau from .hack, Jagura from Wolf’s Rain, Nuriko in Fushigi Yuugi and Caroline from Vampire Hunter D.

MEMcGlynncardMary is directing Penn Zero: Part Time Hero for Disney XD premiering in 2015 starring Thomas Middleditch, Adam Devine, Alfred Molina and Larry Wilmore. She is also directing Naruto: Shippudenwhich just reached its 500th episode! She has directed the 6 Naruto Movies as well as Naruto and Naruto Shippuden the series for which she received the 2008 SPJA award for best director. Among her many other directing credits are Cowboy Bebop the series, Cowboy Bebop: Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door,Tenkai Knights, Digimon Fusion, Wolf’s Rain, Digimon Tamers, the movie Appleseed and was a co-writer for the American adaptation of Metropolis. She also directed the original animated series Boing The Play Ranger and Gormiti: Lords of Nature.

Mary Elizabeth has had the great honor of singing the music of Akira Yamaoka for the movies Julia Xand Silent Hill as well as the games: Silent Hill 3, The Room, Origins, Shadows of the Damned and Silent Hill: Shattered Memories and Book of Memories which she also voice directed.

SBlumcardWith literally hundreds of V/O credits to his name, “Veteran Voice Monkey” Steve Blum is best known as the voice of Spike Spiegel from Cowboy Bebop, Wolverine from several incarnations of X-Men (animated movies, games, The Wolverine and The X-Men TV Series, The Super Hero Squad Show, X-Men Anime and more), Orochimaru, Zabuza, and others from Naruto, Green Goblin from the Spectacular Spider-man series, Heatblast, Vilgax and Ghostfreak from Ben 10, Grayson Hunt (Bulletstorm), Grunt (Mass Effect 2 and 3), Zoltan Kulle from Diablo 3, Abathur from Starcraft 2:Heart of the Swarm, Tank Dempsey (Call of Duty), Killer Croc from Arkham Asylum, Oghren (DragonAge), Vincent Valentine (Final Fantasy VII), Leeron (Guren Lagann), Jamie from Megas XLR, Storm Troopers and many others in most of the Star Wars games, The voice of 7-11, dozens of Digimon and a gigantic list of other characters from Anime, Video Games, TV and Film. In 2012, Steve was inducted into the Guinness Book of World records as Most Prolific Voice Actor in Video Games – appearing in almost 300 games! Recently, you can find him on the Emmy award-winning Transformers: Prime, playing the sometimes delusional but always deadly Decepticon, Starscream, and as Heatwave on the action-packed, kid-friendly, Transformers: Rescue Bots. Also as Devil Dinosaur on HULK: Agents of SMASH, several characters on Ultimate Spider Man, Ben 10: Omniverse, the Regular Show, Doc McStuffins, Uncle Grandpa, Wander over Yonder, Tenkai Knights, and as the terrifying anti-bender Amon on the hit series Avatar: The Legend of Korra.

And after 4 years off the air, thanks to tremendous fan support, Steve once again takes the helm of the great star cruiser Absolution, reprising his role as TOM the robotic host of Cartoon Network’s Toonami on Adult Swim.

Look for him as Zeb Orrelios in the incredible new series Star Wars: Rebels on Disney XD. And this fall, Steve is Dare to be Square as Shoe and Sparky in Laika’s new feature film: The Boxtrolls.

Otakon Vegas 2015 will be held January 16-18 at the Planet Hollywood Casino in Las Vegas, NV.


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