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NYCC 2021: Millimages and Ox Eye Media expand Molang into Comics

Ox Eye Media has partnered with French animation studio Millimages to expand the popular character Molang into a series of comic books, board games and puzzles in 2022.

Originally created as an online emoticon in 2010 by South Korean illustrator Hye-Ji Yoon, a chance encounter between Hye-Ji and Millimages resulted in a Molang animated television series. The series became an overnight hit, broadcasted in over 190 territories.

Radiating kawaii cuteness, Molang is all about friendship, spreading love, happiness, and positivity. Molang has no nationality, is ageless and gender-neutral, and values taking care of the planet. Now, Molang’s universal language of good vibes will be felt in comics, games, and puzzles.

Molang

Court Rules Against Apple in Fortnite Lawsuit. Will In-App Purchases Return to comiXology?

Fortnite

In a decision that is sure to be appealed, a U.S. District Court judge ruled in favor of Epic Games in its lawsuit against Apple. The lawsuit was over Apple’s requirement that they get 30% of the revenue from purchases made within apps on their site. The fight began over Epic’s game Fortnite, a massive revenue generator.

In 2020, Apple removed Fortnite from the iOS store after Epic offered a discount on V-Bucks purchased outside of the App store. The move was in response to Apple collected 30% of profits made from purchases on Apple devices. Epic filed a lawsuit against Apple in August 2020 as well as an awareness campaign #FreeFortnite.

Here’s the key part of Judge Yvonne Gonzalez-Rogers’ decision:

The Court, having considered the evidence presented at the bench trial in this matter and consistent with its findings of fact and conclusions of law, HEREBY ORDERS as follows:

1. Apple Inc. and its officers, agents, servants, employees, and any person in active concert or participation with them (“Apple”), are hereby permanently restrained and enjoined from prohibiting developers from (i) including in their apps and their metadata buttons, external links, or other calls to action that direct customers to purchasing mechanisms, in addition to In-App Purchasing and (ii) communicating with customers through points of contact obtained voluntarily from customers through account registration within the app.

The Judge felt that while it isn’t an issue of monopoly, Apple’s requirement is anticompetitive.

In 2022, Apple can no longer require purchaes in games or apps on Apple devices to go through Apples’ App Store. That opens up developers to have their own marketplaces. The injuction takes place December 9 unless a higher court intervenes. Epic also filed a similar lawsuit against Google in July 2021 which will be interesting to see how that plays out.

In recent days Apple had already loosen restrictions when it came to purchases due to a class-action lawsuit as well as an antitrust investigation in Japan.

Why is this relevant to comiXology and comic fans?

In 2014, comiXology announced they were changing their purchasing process where digital comics would have to be bought through the comiXology website. It was speculated that Apple’s cut of the purchases was the reason for the change.

Now, will we see a shift by comiXology back to easier purchasing on Apple devices after this latest decision? There’s some key signs to watch for that might be in the works but with the court decision still having a chance for appeal, don’t expect changes any time soon.

Yen Press Announces 13 New Releases for February 2022

Yen Press has announced a slate of upcoming releases that includes manga (Cross-Dressing Villainess Ceclia Sylvie; Nanami Minami Wants to Shine; The Fiancée Chosen by the Ring; The Wolf Never Sleeps; Run on Your New Legs; Catch These Hands!; Mizuno & Chayama;and Bungo Stray Dogs Woof!), novels (The Holy Grail of Eris; The Vexations of a Shut-In Vampire Princess; Warlords of Sigrdrifa Rusalka; and Josee, the Tiger and the Fish), and the second TTRPG release from Yen On (Goblin Slayer Tabletop Roleplaying Game). All announced titles are scheduled for February 2022 release.

Cross-Dressing Villainess Cecilia Sylvie (manga)

Original Story by Hiroro Akizakura
Art by Shino Akiyama
Character Design by Dangmill

Cecilia has been reincarnated as the villainess of a dating sim who is fated to die no matter the route. If she becomes a Shrine Maiden candidate (only girls are chosen), she’ll absolutely wind up dead. No question about it. To avoid this fate, Cecilia decides to cross-dress as a man…She will do whatever it takes to achieve a peaceful and carefree life, but if her guise ever slips, it’s game over! Based on the light novel by Hiroro Akizakura!

Cross-Dressing Villainess Cecilia Sylvie is a fun-filled manga that stands out as an excellent example of isekai stories taking place in the world of otome games—a rising trend in the genre! The light novel is scheduled for a November 2021 release by Yen On.

Cross-Dressing Villainess Cecilia Sylvie (manga)

Minami Nanami Wants to Shine

Original Story by Yuki Yaku
Art by Bana Yoshida
Character Design by Fly

Everyone wants to shine, and high schooler Minami Nanami is no exception. One day, she reaches a turning point, and her mother introduces her to the modeling industry. There, she discovers a whole new world, but nothing is ever that simple…

Hot on the heels of the hit light novel series Bottom-Tier Character Tomozaki comes this spin-off manga written by the original author, Yuki Yaku, and starring the beloved Minami! Due to the popularity of the Winter 2021 anime adaptation, many fans are eagerly anticipating the release of this spin-off manga series focusing on a fan-favorite character.

Minami Nanami Wants to Shine

The Fiancée Chosen by the Ring (manga)

Original Story by Jyun Hayase
Art by Yue Matsuyuki
Character Design by Yasuyuki Torikai

Noblewoman Aurora has a deep love…for embroidery! Even during fancy dinner parties, she’s usually more interested in admiring the gowns of the ladies than trying to win the affections of men. But at one such party, her peaceful night is shattered by a single mysterious ring…

The Fiancée Chosen by the Ring is a manga adaptation based on a hit web novel. The series mixes traditional fantasy elements, such as palace intrigue and handsome young princes, with a shojo twist to present an irresistible work that appeals to fans of series such as Fiancée of the Wizard and I’m the Villainess, So I’m Taming the Final Boss.

The Fiancée Chosen by the Ring (manga)

The Wolf Never Sleeps (manga)

Story by Shien BIS
Art by Gonbe Shinkawa
Character Design by Taga Kiichi

Seeking strength and glory, the adventurer Lecan challenges monster and maze alike. Until one day, he finds a mysterious black hole…leading to another world! But even there, the path of the “One-Eyed Wolf” remains unchanged. The only question is—can he survive this new world?

The Wolf Never Sleeps is a manga based on a web novel by Shien BIS, the creator of the light novel series King of the Labyrinth, published by Yen On. This manga series is centered around a tough and gritty protagonist who takes on a variety of fantasy and JRPG-style challenges, making it greatly appealing to the large following of Goblin Slayer.

The Wolf Never Sleeps (manga)

Run on Your New Legs

Story & Art by Wataru Midori

After the loss of his left leg, Kikuzato’s dream of becoming the ace striker on the high school soccer team comes to an end…permanently. But endings are always followed by beginnings—and so, with a prosthetic leg, Kikuzato finds a new dream. He’s going to become a track star and win gold at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics! A sixty-meter race in Shibuya is only the first step…

Run on Your New Legs delivers an experience unlike any sports manga since Takehiko Inoue’s Real was published over a decade ago. It possesses the fun of challenge and competition that has made the genre so popular in recent years, but as a story centered around an athlete who is adapting to life with his new prosthetic leg, this manga depicts a unique experience not often covered by media.

Run on Your New Legs

Catch These Hands!

Story & Art by murata

One day, Takebe, a former delinquent trying to leave that part of her past behind for good, runs into her high school rival, Soramori. The two fight for the first time in years and, being desperately out of practice, Takebe loses—leaving her no choice but to accept Soramori’s request to start dating her?!

From artist murata, who possesses an art style that is both unique and completely adorable, Catch These Hands! is an excellent new addition to the Yen Press lineup of yuri manga! Yuri fans will find a lot to love in this manga series filled with comedic moments, slice-of-life storytelling, and irresistible romance.

Catch These Hands!

Mizuno & Chayama

Story & Art by Yuhta Nishio

In a small town where water and tea are the residents’ livelihood, tensions are rising between a major tea company and the opposition party, who insist the company is polluting the water. Mizuno, whose father is the leader of the opposition party, and Chayama, the only daughter of the tea company’s owners, aren’t allowed to talk to each other—but even so, they continue to meet in secret…

Mizuno & Chayama is a dramatic yuri series involving two characters, one who is the daughter of a tea company and another who is the daughter of a party that opposes it, caught in a Romeo & Juliet story. This latest work by After Hours creator Yuhta Nishio is an emotional tale complemented by beautiful artwork.

Mizuno & Chayama

The Holy Grail of Eris (light novel)

Story by Kujira Tokiwa
Illustration by Yuunagi

Connie is a young noblewoman whose only standout quality is her sincerity. Maybe that’s why she loses her fiancée and gets framed for a crime in the span of one night. Just as all hope seems lost, the ghost of an infamous villainess who was executed years ago possesses her and clears her name. With her incomparable charisma and intelligence, the spirit of Scarlet Castiel turns the tables in the blink of an eye. In return, Connie insists that she help uncover the truth surrounding her new benefactor’s untimely death and a conspiracy that continues to this very day!

The Holy Grail of Eris is a breath of fresh air in the light novel category. In addition to being an intriguing fantasy story told from the point of view of a female protagonist, it is one of the few mystery light novels that have made their way into the English-speaking world.

The Holy Grail of Eris (light novel)

The Vexations of a Shut-In Vampire Princess (light novel)

Story by Kotei Kobayashi
Illustration by riichu

Shut-in vampire Terakomari, or Komari for short, awakens from her slumber to find she’s been promoted to a commander of the army! The thing is, though, her new squad has a reputation for being violently insubordinate. And although Komari was born to a prestigious vampire family, her hatred of blood has made her the picture of mediocrity—scrawny, uncoordinated, and inept at magic. With the odds stacked against her, will the help of her trusty maid be enough for this recluse to blunder her way to success?

The Vexations of a Shut-In Vampire Princess is a fun and comedic light novel series following an inept protagonist thrown into a fiery situation! This hilarious and adorable tale is a throwback to beloved vampire comedies, such as Chibi Vampire, as well as newer series focused on leaders with quirky challenges, such as The Eminence in Shadow.

The Vexations of a Shut-In Vampire Princess (light novel)

Warlords of Sigrdrifa Rusalka

Story by Tappei Nagatsuki
Illustration by Takuya Fujima
Character Design by WAR WINGS CLUB

The arrival of mysterious invaders known only as the Pillars threatens to wipe out all of civilization. Humanity’s last hope rests in the hands of the Valkyries, young women bequeathed with supernatural aircrafts by the god Odin to send the Pillars back whence they came! A sky-high fantasy from the author of Re:Zero! 

Warlords of Sigrdrifa Rusalka is the first of two light novel series that are the basis of the Fall 2020 anime series Warlords of Sigrdrifa. As a story told by Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- creator Tappei Nagatsuki, this light novel will appeal greatly to the large following of fans of the iconic series.

Warlords of Sigrdrifa Rusalka

Josee, the Tiger and the Fish (novel)

Story by Seiko Tanabe

Unable to get around without a wheelchair, doll-like Josee leads a solitary, housebound existence. But when she meets her new live-in caretaker, a recent college graduate named Tsuneo, everything in her life is upended. Josee, the Tiger and the Fish depicts the fragile, strangely erotic relationship that blossoms between these two young people. In addition to the title story, this collection also includes seven short tales centering on working women and the myriad of loves and partings throughout their lives.  

Josee, the Tiger and the Fish is a beloved short story originally published in Monthly Kadokawa in 1984. Since its initial publiciation, it has been widely celebrated and adapted into live-action films in Japan and Korea. In 2020, it was made into an anime film. The original short story now makes its way to the English-speaking world, along with seven other short stories that are equally brilliant.

Josee, the Tiger and the Fish (novel)

Bungo Stray Dogs: Woof! (manga)

Original Story by Kafka Asagiri
Art by Neco Kanai
Character Design by Sango Harukawa

From the pages of Bungo Stray Dogs comes a new series about the peaceful everyday lives of the cast…only now the Armed Detective Agency and Mafia characters are mini?! This cozy gag manga about the cute adventures of Atsushi and crew brings a different charm from the original!

Bungo Stray Dogs: Woof! is a fun gag spin-off of Bungo Stray Dogs, a manga series that has had a resurgence in popularity in the past year. This hilarious spin-off manga was the basis of the anime Bungo Stray Dogs Wan!, which aired in the Winter 2021 season to the delight of fans who were eager for more content.

Bungo Stray Dogs: Woof! (manga)

Goblin Slayer Tabletop Roleplaying Game

Adaptation by Tadaaki Kawahito and Group SNE
Story by Kumo Kagyu
Character Design by Noboru Kannatuski
Editorial Supervison by Jun Yasuda.

The Adventurers Guild has a long list of quests for you and your party: rescuing young maidens from ritual sacrifice, quashing a heretical ceremony in ancient ruins, and locating lost treasures within a crypt teeming with skeletons and specters! In this tabletop RPG set in the world of the Goblin Slayer series, you’ll find faithful reproductions of the various races and classes taken straight from the novels.

Goblin Slayer Tabletop Roleplaying Game is the second TTRPG release from Yen On. As a light novel property largely inspired by RPG tropes, Goblin Slayer is the perfect property to center a TTRPG around. This game will surely delight both fans who have loved Goblin Slayer for years and new fans ready to enter the world for the first time!

Goblin Slayer Tabletop Roleplaying Game

Renegade Game Studios Reveals the EC Comics Panic #1 Jigsaw Puzzle

EC Comics Panic #1 Jigsaw Puzzle

Renegade Game Studios announced that they’ll be making puzzles based on classic EC Comics art. The game publisher has revealed the EC Comics Panic #1 Jigsaw Puzzle!

This jigsaw puzzle features art from the EC Comics’ controversial comic with art by Albert B. Feldstein. As a result of the cover story, Panic was banned from sale in the state of Massachusetts, and later EC Comics offices were raided by New York City police!

This beautiful jigsaw puzzle features the cover art and is comprised of 1000 precision-cut pieces! Pre-order your copy today!

Features:

  • Unique and evocative art from artist, Albert B. Feldstein.
  • High quality materials sharp edges for a satisfying connection for correct pieces.
  • One of 5 Puzzles in the EC Comics Puzzle Series.
  • 1000 pieces, 50 cm x 70 cm, APPROX. 19.7″x27.6″

Unboxing: Unmatched: Deadpool

A cross-post from our sister site Board Game Today

The off the wall antics of Deadpool comes to Unmatched with the most unique expansion release yet. The miniature is fantastic and deck is beyond unique in its look and mechanics!

Mondo and Restoration Games Unmatched: Battle of Legends is a tactical combat game pitting unlikely opponents against each other. Pick a hero, location, and get your deck ready to battle it out!

Check out what’s inside and get your copy with the link below!

You can order yours directly from Mondo and get 10% off with the code “BGT”


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Unboxing: CMON Comics – Vol. 1

CMON is known for its over-the-top Kickstarters but the publisher has used the platform for an interesting project. They have taken some of their popular properties and brought them to the world of comics… with a board game tie-in too.

Zombicide, Cthulhu: Death May Die, and Zombicide: Invader each has gotten a graphic novel and of course a tie-in for their respective games as well.

We open up the package to show off the three graphic novels and boxes for the games. We’ll do a further unboxing of the game materials at a later date.

Kill 6 Billion Demons Vol. 4: King of Swords Delivers Hair-Raising Sword Fights and Deadly Tournaments

Fan-favorite cartoonist Tom Parkinson-Morgan is back with a new chapter of the popular Kill 6 Billion Demons in Vol. 4: King of Swords out this August from Image Comics.

In the fourth chapter of this series—adapted for print from the successful webcomic Kill 6 Billion Demons—heir to the multiverse Allison Ruth must grapple with the limits to her own strength as she enters the world’s deadliest multiversal fighting tournament in a desperate struggle against the god-king Solomon David.

This beloved webcomic series also has a RPG tie-in by Parkinson-Morgan and an ever-expanding universe of characters and lore. Kill 6 Billion Demons blends heavy metal influences with French fantasy comics’ style and is perfect read for fans of Dungeons & Dragons. The series has built a cult following online through a top Patreon campaign before being published by Image Comics.

Kill 6 Billion Demons, Vol. 4: King of Swords (ISBN: 978-1534319134, Diamond Code JUN210189) will be available on Wednesday, August 4 and in bookstores on Tuesday, August 10.

Kill 6 Billion Demons, Vol. 4: King of Swords

Vault Announces World of Darkness: Crimson Thaw, a Vampire: The Masquerade Event

Vault Comics has announced World of Darkness: Crimson Thaw, a multi-property World of Darkness event that spins out of Vault’s smash hit Vampire: The Masquerade comic book series. In World of Darkness, there is more lurking in the shadows than just vampires, and this event will shine a light on just what else hides in the night.

The World of Darkness: Crimson Thaw event will be told by a murderers row of the best comic creators working today. The series is written by Jim ZubTim SeeleyBlake HowardTini Howard, and Danny Lore, drawn by Julius Ohta, colored by Addison Duke, lettered by Deron Bennett, and designed by Tim Daniel. The series will feature covers from legendary horror artists Aaron Campbell and Joshua Hixson.

In World of Darkness: Crimson Thaw, Cecily Bain has become everything she never wanted as The Prince of the Twin Cities. But her rule over a fractured, backbiting vampire court is interrupted by an intruder—something big, hairy, and full of teeth. For over a century, werewolves of the Twin Cities have protected their blessed places from threats both physical and spiritual. When vampires under Cecily rule move in on one of these precious sites, it’s a declaration of war, one that Tyrell ‘the Stainless’ Stinar and his ferocious pack will avenge at any cost.

The three-issue event will launch in September 2021. Making the series even tastier for fans of Vampire: The Masquerade, each issue of World of Darkness: Crimson Thaw will include exclusive gaming material for Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition of the tabletop RPG from Renegade Game Studios, allowing players to actually play the events of the series in their own games.

Warhammer 40K’s Sisters of Battle Come to Marvel in a New Series

After the success of last year’s Warhammer 40,000 Marneus Calgar comic book series, Marvel and Games Workshop’s exciting collaboration will continue this August with Warhammer 40,000: Sisters of Battle #1! Written by Torunn Grønbekk with art by Edgar Salazar, this latest team-up will delight those familiar with the popular tabletop game phenomenon and serve as a perfect introduction for newcomers to the grim future of the 41st millennium that has captured the imagination of millions of fans around the world! The new series will tell an all-new action-packed adventure of the sisterhood of warriors known as the Adepta Sororitas.

A squad of Adepta Sororitas, led by Canoness Veridyan arrive on planet Siscia to retrieve a lost Inquisitorial acolyte and put down a heretical uprising. As Novitiate Ghita’s first mission with her Order gets underway, what should be an easy mission turns into something much worse, as an unknown force deep within the subterranean city of the planet rears its ugly head! It’s no-holds-barred action, mystery, and daemons galore as the all-female fighting force lets bolters blaze and flamers scorch in this all-new saga!

Show your faith and fervor to the Emperor by joining Marvel Comics for the start of the next phase of Warhammer comics when Warhammer 40,000: Sisters of Battle #1 hits stands on August 18th!  Check out the cover by Dave Wilkins.

Warhammer 40,000: Sisters of Battle #1

Mondo Announces Unmatched: Deadpool Plus Poster and Enamel Pin

Last year, Mondo and Restoration Games announced an entire Marvel line for Unmatched, the head-to-head miniatures skirmish game system for two to four players. When Deadpool learned of the plans, he decided he needed to be the first hero out of the gate.

Unmatched: Deadpool contains a sculpted hero miniature, health dial, and 31 cards. The expansion can be used with any full set in the Unmatched system; which announced four upcoming sets featuring Marvel heroes earlier this year. 

Unmatched: Deadpool is on sale now at MondoShop.com with a retail price of $18.00.

Unmatched: Deadpool

The April Pool’s Day drops continue with the 11am Central drop of the brand-new Deadpool poster by artist Justin Harder from Claus Studios, the artist behind the end credits illustrations of 2016’s Deadpool.

Deadpool by Justin Harder goes on sale today at 11am Central over at Mondo’s The Drop.

Justin Harder Deadpool poster

Finally, Deadpool’s hilarious Marvel Zombies alternate universe doppelganger “Headpool” is the subject of the latest in a long line of Mondo enamel pins featuring Marvel Comics characters.

The Headpool pin is on sale now at MondoShop.com.

Headpool Enamel Pin
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