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Halloween Edition: Talking Cosplay with Wreck-it Ronnie

Screams everyone! Welcome back as my Halloween-themed interviews continue to possess and terrorize the souls who are forever cursed to walk this earth. Here now we have a lovely cosplayer whose beauty and creativity come together to bring this treasure trove oasis from the City of Lights, Wreck-it Ronnie Cosplay. A lover of sun and endless blackjack tables, she is never short on cosplay wear and imaginative conversation through her social media Youtube channel.

Children of the night, please give a howling bloody-warm welcome to my next exclusive interview with the enchanting but never a fantasy, the brilliance of Las Vegas, cosplayer Wreck-it Ronnie Cosplay.


Raven: Welcome Wreck-It Ronnie. It is a pleasure to finally meet. Thank you so much for doing this interview.

Ronnie: Thank you for having me on this Special-Edition Halloween interview. I feel so. “Hauntingly Excited,” to do this!

Raven: Well, it’s a Treat we can all share. Oh, and by the way, BOO! Just Kidding (jk). 

As you may know before I begin to ask you my list of questions, I offer some words of advice, a ballad of encouragement when you find yourself at crossroads during your career, and in today’s world we all need inspirational words to make it through this. So here goes, “The trick is not to let people know how really weird you are until it’s too late for them to back out!” 

And now the moment we’ve all been waiting for, tell our readers all about yourself.

Ronnie: Hello! My name is Ronnie :) I am a cosplayer of 13 years and a nerd since birth. I have lots of experience in sewing, prop and armor building, wig creating and styling, modeling and photography, photo manipulation and composite creating, makeup and special effects, and acting (who would have guessed I was a theater kid).

I am Black-American, from Ohio but currently in the beautiful town of Las Vegas. My eyes and hair are both currently brown. I do not have any tattoos yet but I plan on getting some big, bright guro kawaii pieces as soon as I have the extra cash and find an artist I want to do it.

Raven: What can Trick O’Treaters expect to receive while knocking on the door of Ronnie?
Ronnie:
Mostly tricks. If a trick or treat happened this year I love getting horrifying decorations and pretending to be a prop that runs after kids once they get candy. I used to do it all the time and it’s hilarious (Obviously only if the kid isn’t too little so they can laugh it off).

Raven: I can speak for all, hoping to see those artistic tattoos, but what about any piercing? 

Ronnie: I used to have my ears gauged to 00 (but I’ve let them close up quite a bit although they’re still pretty stretched compared to a 14/16g); My ear double piercing and nose piercing have also since closed, but I do have my septum, belly button, and nipples pierced still!~

Raven: Inquiring minds want to know. Does Wreck-it Ronnie have any secret talents?

Ronnie: I wouldn’t say there are many talents I keep a secret: I’m an Aries sun Leo rising so if I have anything cool AT ALL I will not shut up about it ever lol. Uhmm. I can tie a cherry stem in my mouth if that counts? Lol. I can also hold my breath for (what I think is) an impressively long time.

Raven: See. Now there’s a talent we can all appreciate during this COVID 2020 season, Breathe Holding!

How tall are you and are you a pet lover? 

Ronnie: I am 5’6”, right-handed, and have a 9-year-old boxer named Rufus who I would die for. I also work at a pet hospital so it kinda comes with the territory. In my life, I have had 4 dogs, 6 cats, 5 birds, a hairless rat, 2 hamsters, a field mouse that I found, and tried to keep for a week before my mom found it, and 2 frogs.

Raven: Dear Lord! You owned your very own circus. Did you name it, Ringling Ronnie Circus!?

I hope I will never see your reaction to this, but what’s Your Biggest Pet Peeve?

Ronnie: My biggest pet peeve is people who chew with their mouth open lol I hate it so much.

Raven: If the Chucky Doll was real, who would you send it as a gag gift?
Ronnie:
Trump definitely–do your work little buddy.

Raven: Does your astrological sign reflect your personality?

Ronnie: I am an Aries sun, Taurus Moon, and Leo rising (so I’m vain and stubborn LOL)

Raven: How many states have you lived in and what’s your favorite state so far? 

Ronnie:  I have lived in 3 states and so far Nevada is doing it for me. I hate the cold and I belong in the desert. 

Raven: Do you speak or write any other languages that you know of? 

Ronnie: I am monolingual unfortunately but I took Spanish in school for like 4 years.

Raven: Is there a “Deep, Dark Secret,” you are willing to confess with us now?

Ronnie:  A deep dark secret hmm. I don’t like cheesecake, please don’t hate me for it LOL. 

Raven: If Ronnie owned a Time Traveling Machine, what US. History would she change?
Ronnie: All I’m saying is America would still belong to the natives.

Raven: To have this on record, can we dispel any myths or legends about the women from the Midwest? 

Ronnie: There’s not much to dispel, we’re all chain-smoking psychopaths (jk).

Raven: I knew it!

Raven: What makes you happy? 

Ronnie: A good meme is always a serotonin source for me, but I have a bit of a problem with retail therapy as well so buying things makes me happy. 

Raven: How does Ronnie keep her energy levels up while you’re being creative? 

Ronnie: I have a hard time keeping my energy up so I drink a lot of energy drinks but the focus is born from ADHD and hyper fixation. But that’s a double-edged sword because if I get fixated on something else I’ll drop a project almost entirely. 

Raven: Oh my, I feel for you. You should see the many unfinished Netflix shows I’ve saved. 

What’s your favorite Comic, Anime, Manga, graphic novel book you read or watch?

Ronnie: My top anime in no particular order: Kill la Kill, Naruto, Hunter X Hunter, Devilman Crybaby, and Promare (which is a movie but still counts).

I also really enjoy Square Enix games and a lot of the Mario franchise (I prefer platform games to fps) Horizon Zero Dawn and Uncharted are a couple of other titles I adored.~

Raven: What Halloween costume still scares you today?
Ronnie: I don’t think there is one specific, maybe the pig mask from SAW. I’m a huge horror fan so I don’t scare super easy.

Raven: Living out there in the desert, a camera is as necessary as sunscreen when facing those Alien encounters. What camera equipment do you use for personal/photoshoot sessions?

Ronnie: My camera used to mostly be my Canon T3i but smartphone cameras are so intuitive these days that I prefer to just shoot with that instead when I’m just shooting for myself.

Raven: If your life could be the life of an animation character, who would it be? 

Ronnie: Like if I could live in any world or be any character? If I could be any character I would be Miruko from My Hero Academia so I could be a kick-ass brown bunny girl. But if I had to pick a universe to live in I’d say maybe the Sanrio Universe because nothing bad ever happens there lol.

Raven: Wait a minute. There are Brown Kick-Ass Bunny girls?

Cosplayers own a host of wigs to portray a character. What’s number of Wigs do you own?

Ronnie: Currently I own 30ish wigs?? And maybe around 20 or so cosplays. I cycle through both a lot. I’ve probably owned over 100 each easily though. 

Raven: I’m almost positive that having a Walk-in Closet is a mandatory requirement for a cosplayer?

Ronnie: I do not have a walk-in closet. I wish I did. 

Raven: If Wreck-it Ronnie was on a Killing Spree, what music would be playing to keep it fun and loose?
Ronnie: Oh, definitely a
Tiny Tim soundtrack. Or maybe City Girls just to keep it fresh. [chop off  some heads, ‘Period!’]

Raven: As a young beautiful woman, what Nerdy or Geeky thing you love to do?

Ronnie: I love to read manga, watch anime, I play DnD, and go to ren faires. I play and stream video games, I cosplay and go to conventions and do panels on stuff, the works! 

Raven: Were you a shy or outgoing young girl growing up?

Ronnie: I was a lot more outgoing in my youth, I used to be an ENFP personality type but ever since college I’ve gotten INFP so not so much anymore!

Raven: You know so much about personality traits, I feel you are talking to my soul!

What got you into cosplaying?

Ronnie: I got into cosplaying from enjoying Naruto and spending hours going through google image results for it. I’d see cosplayers doing it back in the early 2000s and I wanted to try it too and eventually I made friends that wanted to do it with me!

Raven: Did you love to dress up?

Ronnie: I’ve always been into dress up but I didn’t care about fashion at all until college. 

Raven: What’s cosplay outfit is your favorite? 

Ronnie: My favorite cosplays to wear are the really big intricate builds that impress folks, but there’s a similar yet different kind of love for cozy cosplays that you can party and trek the con in.

Raven: During a Zombie infestation, you managed to access a car dealership, what sort of car would you use to escape from them?
Ronnie: Maybe a Prius? Something with hella mileage and pickup because running out of gas is like the number one zombie trope and I would hate to fall into it.

Raven: I’ve noticed that all of your photos are fantasy characters. Is that your favorite? Have you ever done or will do, Gothic, Dark, or something else?

Ronnie: I kind of makeup OCs and do a lot of fashion looks. Most all characters are fantasy unless they were a real person, I haven’t ever cosplayed a real person although I probably could? I guess there hasn’t been a real person I wanted to dress as I suppose. 

I have done gothic and dark looks in the past but I very obviously prefer pink and pastel color palettes now. If you can believe it, I had a whole emo/scene phase in which I wore almost exclusively black and hated pink, LOL.

Raven: I like pink very much, Lois (from Superman, the movie).

Raven: Which is sexy to go to a Halloween party, a female Werewolf, or a female Vampire?
Ronnie: Yes. Both. I can’t choose. I wasn’t even Team Jacob or Team Edward in middle school. I was Team they should kiss each other instead.

Raven: Do the characters you select are a reflection of your personality or Is it the personality of the characters you want to become?

Ronnie: I do tend to pick characters to cosplay for one of 3 reasons: 1. We-vibe on a personality level, like I see myself in them. 2. I just really like the design, sometimes I won’t even watch/play/read the source material, I’ll just like character design and want to make it, or 3. I have a friend(s) cosplaying from a series and I want to join in and get/make the costume to join since I love group cosplays. 

Raven: What sort of makeup style do you use when cosplay?

Ronnie: I do lots of different kinds of makeup from glamour to horror but I’d say I do mostly glamour because it’s a lot of fun and less messy usually.

Raven: Should cosplayers select characters that best compliments their body type (Skinny Large, or In-between) or just go with the flow?

Ronnie: Cosplayers should cosplay whoever they want as long as they are doing it respectfully and not painting/editing themselves to look like other races (e.g. race facing).

Raven: What sort of cosplay outfit would Ronnie wear during an Alien Invasion in Las Vegas?
Ronnie: I did an “area 51” group last year at Dragoncon with some friends, so probably that, a holographic bodysuit and my pink demoniacs!

Raven: Since the Pandemic, what do you miss the most about cosplaying? 

Ronnie: I still cosplay even in the pandemic, but I do miss going to conventions with friends and getting tipsy in hotel lobbies in costume! 

Raven: I’ve noticed you’re into Memes? What exactly is that?

Ronnie: Memes are shared humor across the internet. Usually inside jokes to an extent but often just jokes in their own right. I always appreciate a good joke. 

Raven: Is taking photos of my toes a Meme?

When Ronnie has time to chill, what does she enjoys doing? Do you have any special projects or outfits in the works right now fans expect to see soon?

Ronnie: I started an OnlyFans and started trying to wane down my work hours to accommodate building that, I have fallen back in love with just zhuzhing up more in general. 

Raven: If you have a chance to become a mutated Hero or villain, who would you become?
Ronnie: Does Miruko still count for this one? Because yes. If not, Squirrel Girl has a pretty sweet power.

Raven: How has your lifestyle changed since moving to Las Vegas? 

Ronnie: I have had to adjust to a 3 hour time zone difference between myself and most of my family/friends and adjust from having 4 seasons to like, 1 and a half (also the extreme heat is no joke but NGL I love it.) 

Raven: What are the positives/negatives? 

Ronnie: Positives: It’s warm, there’s lots to do and lots of opportunities, it’s beautiful. Cons: I miss a lot of my friends back home, that’s mostly it. 

Raven: How comfortable are you when you video blogging yourself to the public?

Ronnie: I have always been public to some degree I had AIM and Yahoo! Chat since I was maybe 6 and started making YouTube videos as soon as the platform launched so I’m super comfortable with crowds. I’m way more nervous in one on one interactions. I was a theater kid! We have no fear! 

Raven: If Ronnie was asked to stay the night at a haunted house till morning, what sort of incentive would she demand after the ordeal?
Ronnie: Ronnie would not. Ronnie is too black for that, LOL.

Raven: When not doing a photoshoot, what photos do you take with your camera? 

Ronnie: 90% of my camera roll is me I’m not even gonna front. I do save a large number of memes and take pictures of cute pets at work as well though!

Raven: So since coming out to Las Vegas, you became your own Paparazzi? Well, goodnight everyone!

When Ronnie has time to chill, what does she enjoy doing?

Ronnie: I enjoy watching tv, playing video games, and napping~ 

Raven:  Do you have any special projects or outfits in the works right now fans expect to see shortly?

Ronnie: I am currently working on a collaboration with Blerdcon and Afropunk for Planet Afropunk on the weekend of October 23rd, I am working on a collab with Lagoon Out Photography as well as an Onyx the Fortuitous/Bowser the Director (of whom I’ve made a couple of video collabs with already on his YouTube if you want to check them out!) 

Raven: If a Witch Book of spells were made available for you, what spell would you use?
Ronnie: I have had one available to me before and I refused to mess with it because I didn’t wanna play around and hex myself and that decision stands.

Raven: Any advice you want to give to those inspiring bloggers or cosplayers out there?

Ronnie: To newbies, I say make sure to get a planner and write down what you want to get accomplished related to blogging/cosplaying each day/week and you’ll be there in no time if you stick to it. 

Youtube is now the holy grail of tutorials for anything you’d want to make, and promote, promote, promote!

Raven: Yes! That’s what she said, Promote yo Stuff!

And the most important question to this entire interview, Can I get a hug?

Ronnie: Take this big ol’ snuggle~ xoxo

Raven: That’s it! Thank you so much Wreck-it Ronnie for sharing just a piece of a very beautiful world you live in. It’s in Tha Books!

Ronnie: Thank you Raven for having me do this interview. Happy Halloween Everyone! 

Raven: If I could ask one more question and ask where can anyone find more of Wreck-it Ronnie on the internet?

Ronnie: Sure thing! You can find more of my treats at these following websites: My Linktr.ee

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Yen Press Announces 11 New Manga and Light Novels at NYCC Metaverse

Yen Press revealed their slate of upcoming titles during a virtual panel yesterday at the New York Comic Con Metaverse.

Acquisitions included the manga titles, Hana-chan and the Shape of the World, Please Put Them On, Takamine-san!!, In Another World With My Smartphone, Can’t Stop Cursing You, Sex Education 120%and Love of Kill.

New light novels acquisitions include Durarara!! SH, Yokohama Station SF, and Hazure Skill: The Guild Member with a Worthless Skill Is Actually a Legendary Assassin. The light novel and manga adaptation of Bofuri: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, So I’ll Max Out My Defense rounds out the newest titles to join Yen Press’ catalog.

Get the details on the titles below!

Durarara!! SH

Story by Ryohgo Narita
Illustrations by Suzuhito Yasuda

In the sequel series to the urban fantasy Durarara!!, Yahiro Mizuchi has come to Tokyo in the hopes of starting a new life (and maybe seeing the Headless Rider), but the famous Dullahan hasn’t been seen in half a year—and neither has anyone who’s gone to find her!

Durarara!! SH is a sequel series of the legendary Durarara!!, the most well known work by Ryohgo Narita, the creator of Baccano! and Dead Mount Death Play. With Durarara!! standing out as one of the most beloved franchises of the past decade, one that helped launch light novels in the West, Durarara!! SH is a highly anticipated release by the most passionate of light novel readers.

Durarara!! SH

Hana-chan and the Shape of the World

Story and Art by Ryotaro Ueda

It’s the story of a girl. A girl who lives in the country. A girl encountering fragments, both bitter and sweet, of the world around her. It’s the story of the shape of her world.

Hana-chan and the Shape of the World is a unique addition to the growing category of slice-of-life manga, one that features a loveable female protagonist, a stylized art style and a story reminisicent of Yotsuba&!Hana-chan and the Shape of the World is complete in one volume.

Hana-chan and the Shape of the World

Please Put Them On, Takamine-san!

Story and Art by Yuichi Hiiragi

The student council president, Takane Takamine, is a beauty beyond compare, and she would normally never associate with a friendless nobody like Koushi Shirota. After seeing her undressed, however, he’s forced to become her walking “closet” as she changes underwear throughout the day. But Takamine’s stripping isn’t merely to tease—it’s the key to unleashing her time-bending powers!

Please Put Them On, Takamine-san! is a spicy romantic comedy manga that puts a sexy spin on popular science fiction tropes, one that appeals greatly to fans of the best-selling Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai looking for more of an edge.

Please Put Them On, Takamine-san!

In Another World With My Smartphone

Story by Patora Fuyuhara
Art by Soto and Eiji Usatsuka

Due to God having a bit of a clumsy accident, Touya Mochizuki is killed and reincarnated in a medieval fantasy world, along with his smartphone…? His easygoing, wondrous journey through another world starts here!

In Another World With My Smartphone is a manga adaptation of the light novel series that inspired the hit anime. The ongoing series puts a fun twist on the ever popular isekai genre.

In Another World With My Smartphone

Yokohama Station SF

Story by Tatsuyuki Tanaka
Illustrations by Yuba Isukari

In a future where Yokohama Station covers most of the island of Honshu, there are two ways of life-inside the station and outside. Life within the station is strictly controlled, and those who fail to follow the rules are expelled to the harsher world outside. When one of these exiles receives a temporary ticket to go into the station, he’s also given a mission to find the leader of a group determined to free humanity.

Yokohama Station SF is a dystopian science fiction novel that has enjoyed best-seller status in Japan. An epic tale that is complete in one volume, Yokohama Station SF is a must-read for fans of Japanese science fiction novels.

Yokohama Station SF

Can’t Stop Cursing You

Story by Kensuke Koba
Art by Natsuko Uruma

Those who make contracts with devils gain the power to curse others to death. Their mortal enemy: the Curse Detective Kiyoharu Saeyama, who uses traces of the curses left on their victims to uncover the identities of these sick killers. Let this deadly, paranormal game of psychological warfare begin!

Can’t Stop Cursing You is an edgy and suspenseful manga series that features a stylish and often gruesome art style. A relatively new series that is quickly gaining traction in Japan, Can’t Stop Cursing You is a welcome addition to the ever popular category of psychological thriller manga.

Can’t Stop Cursing You

Sex Education 120%

Story by Kikiki Tataki
Art by Hotomura

Gym teacher Tsuji-sensei has one mission: help with Japan’s terrible modern sex education standards. The problem is, her students barely know their birds from their bees! Between a girl who already has a girlfriend, a hard-core BL lover, and a girl who only cares about cats, Tsuji-sensei has her work cut out for her.

Sex Education 120% is a school life manga that takes a comedic and sexy approach to discuss the topic of sex education. Led by an eccentric cast of characters all with their own lovable quirks, Sex Education 120% answers all the questions one would ask (and might not know to ask!) on a very important subject.

Sex Education 120%

Hazure Skill: The Guild Member with a Worthless Skill Is Actually a Legendary Assassin

Story by Kennoji
Illustration by KWKM

Roland is the world’s greatest assassin, he’s a man who’s taken a worthless skill and made it so powerful that he managed to kill the greatest demon lord that’s ever lived. He could live out the rest of his days as a wealthy and famous man, but instead chooses…an exceedingly normal life working at an adventurer’s guild?! For someone as exceptional as Roland, aiming for a normal life won’t come easy, however…

Hazure Skill: The Guild Member with a Worthless Skill is Actually a Legendary Assassin is an adventurous fantasy light novel series that is growing in popularity. The light novel series features popular RPG elements and a protagonist who shows himself to be a reluctant hero, an increasingly popular element seen in some of today’s hottest light novel series.

Hazure Skill: The Guild Member with a Worthless Skill Is

Love of Kill

Story and Art by Fe

She’s a professional hitman. And he…is also a professional hitman. And she’s his target. Caught in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse, will she fall first…or will he?

Love of Kill is a thrilling manga series filled with intriguing action and romance. Originally a webcomic that has enjoyed success for years, Love of Kill is a dramatic and compelling romance story unlike any manga seen in the West.

Love of Kill

Bofuri: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, So I’ll Max Out My Defense (light novel)

Story by Yuumikan
Illustrations by Koin

When it comes to the VRMMO NewWorld Online, Kaede Honjou isn’t your run-of-the-mill greenhorn gamer. Forgoing a typical stat allocation for her Great Shielder, Maple, she pumps all her points into defense from the get-go! Her reasoning? “I don’t want to get hurt.” With no magic, agility, or strength to speak of, this walking fortress will have to get creative to beat the baddies early on. But little does she know that her pure-stat build will propel her to chaotic new heights that even the game admins couldn’t account for!

Bofuri: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, So I’ll Max Out My Defense is the light novel series that inspired the hit anime that stands out as one of the most popular of 2020. Led by an adorable and endearing protagonist, this series excellently combines action, comedy and ever popular RPG elements to tell a story that appeals to a wide audience.

Bofuri: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, So I’ll Max Out My Defense (light novel)

Bofuri: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, So I’ll Max Out My Defense (manga)

Story by Yuumikan
Art by Oimoto
Original Illustrations by Koin

When Kaede Honjou agrees to try out VRMMO gaming with her best friend from high school, her inexperience and “I don’t want to get hurt” outlook cause her to max out her defense points—leaving her with no attack points to speak of! Luckily for her, the game’s mod system is diverse enough that a little creativity boosts her special abilities to heights beyond the game admins’ wildest imaginations…Will this noob become a new star in NewWorld Online?!

The Bofuri: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, So I’ll Max Out My Defense manga does an amazing job portraying the events of the highly-anticipated light novel series in an art style that is just as adorable as its protagonist. This manga adaptation appeals greatly to fans of the upcoming light novel series as well as the hit anime.

Bofuri: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, So I’ll Max Out My Defense (manga)

Kodansha Comics Goes Day-and-Date on comiXology Unlimited

Kodansha Comics

Kodansha Comics – home to manga series, including Card Captor Sakura: Clear Card, Attack on Titan, The Drops of God, Shaman King – is expanding its availability on comiXology, the leading digital comics service. Starting this month,comiXology will release new chapters of ongoing fan-favorite manga like Attack on Titan, EDENS ZERO, The Ghost in the Shell: The Human Algorithm, and more, same-day-as-Japan!

Manga fans can now read even more Kodansha Comics series at no additional cost or for purchase on comiXology and Kindle, giving readers maximum flexibility. To see new and recent manga chapter debuts visit comiXology.com. Today’s announcement follows Archie Comics’ recent day-and-date debut in comiXology Unlimited.

Members of comiXology Unlimited can access over 25,000 comics, graphic novels and manga for $5.99 a month with a 30-day free trial.

Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness is coming from Tokyopop

Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness

Tokyopop has announced their release of a manga-style graphic novel to accompany the Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness CG animation, as revealed at their New York Comic-Con Metaverse panel.

A survival horror franchise, Resident Evil has been a favorite of gamers since its first launch in 1996, and the series has sold over 100 million units cumulatively. With 2021 marking the 25th anniversary, Capcom and TMS Entertainment recently announced original CG animated series is exciting news for horror fans, and the graphic novel series will follow protagonists Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield in an adaptation of the CG animation.

Yen Press Announces New Manga and Light Novels

Yen Press has announced a quartet of upcoming titles that include notable new manga and light novel releases.

The new acquisitions include When a Magician’s Pupil Smiles and Goblin Slayer Side Story II: Dai Katana and the light novel series and manga adaptations of I Was a Bottom-Tier Bureaucrat for 1,500 Years, and the Demon King Made Me a Minister.

When a Magician’s Pupil Smiles

Story and Art by Chisaki Kanai

Ouka Namae, a magician’s pupil, is incapable of feeling emotion. That is…he’s almost incapable. There is one particular circumstance when his feelings rise to the surface, but the scenario that unleashes them is too dark to even contemplate…

When a Magician’s Pupil Smiles is a dark supernatural manga that was originally published as a digital exclusive by Yen Press. This upcoming print edition collects the entire series in a single omnibus edition.

When a Magician's Pupil Smiles

Goblin Slayer Side Story II: Dai Katana, Vol. 1 (manga)

Story by Kumo Kagyu
Art by Aoki Shogo
Original Illustrations by lack

Not a soul knows how the death and destruction started. Only one thing is certain-it came from the north. Deep within the Dungeon of the Dead is where the the Demon King resides and the only hope humanity has of defeating this great evil rests on the shoulders of a handful of adventurers. This tale of Sword Maiden’s past smells of ash and sounds like the ringing of bare steel.

Goblin Slayer Side Story II: Dai Katana is a manga adaptation of the upcoming light novel release. A spin-off of the ever popular Goblin Slayer that delves into the past of the legendary Sword Maiden, this manga appeals greatly to fans of the series.

Goblin Slayer Side Story II: Dai Katana, Vol. 1 (manga)

I Was a Bottom-Tier Bureaucrat for 1,500 Years, and the Demon King Made Me a Minister (light novel)

Story by Kisetsu Morita
Illustrations by Benio

In this spinoff story of I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level, enjoy Beelzebub’s misadventures in her early days as the demon Minister of Agriculture, after she was promoted from entry-level office worker right to the top!

I Was a Bottom-Tier Bureaucrat for 1,500 Years, and the Demon King Made Me a Minister is a spin-off of I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level, a slice-of-life fantasy that has been rapidly growing in popularity with an anime adaptation on the horizon. As a spin-off that focuses on the past hijinks of fan-favorite character Beelzebub, this series further builds upon the fun and fantastical world that many have grown to love.

I Was a Bottom-Tier Bureaucrat for 1,500 Years, and the Demon King Made Me a Minister (light novel)

I Was a Bottom-Tier Bureaucrat for 1,500 Years, and the Demon King Made Me a Minister (manga)

Story by Kisetsu Morita
Art by Meishi Murakami
Original Illustrations by Benio

In this spinoff story of I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level, enjoy demon Minister of Agriculture Beelzebub’s adventures in the days before she met Azusa. After refusing promotions for 1500 years, how did she make it from entry-level office worker right to the top?

Like the manga adaptation of I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level, the manga adaptation of I Was a Bottom-Tier Bureaucrat for 1,500 Years, and the Demon King Made Me a Minister does an amazing job portraying the hilarious events and characters from the pages of the light novel series, all in a cute art style that fans are sure to love.

I Was a Bottom-Tier Bureaucrat for 1,500 Years, and the Demon King Made Me a Minister (manga)

Sword Art Online Gets a Platinum Box Set

Sword Art Online Platinum Collector’s Edition

Yen Press has announced the acquisition of the Sword Art Online Platinum Collector’s Edition, a deluxe limited edition box set of the iconic Sword Art Online light novel series written by Reki Kawahara with illustrations by abec.

Spanning twenty volumes of Sword Art Online, this special boxed set includes exclusive prints and a poster featuring gorgeous art by abec! With two beautiful collector’s edition volumes, this boxed set is an absolute must-have for fans of the series!

For nearly a decade, Sword Art Online has been one of the most beloved franchises in the world of light novels, manga and anime. This deluxe box set appeals greatly to passionate fans of the series as well as collectors of limited edition offerings, such as the Spice and Wolf Anniversary Collector’s Edition and the PandoraBox: Limited PandoraHearts Collection previously released by Yen Press.

Sword Art Online Platinum Collector’s Edition is on sale December 22. Pre-orders are available now on YenPress.com.

Sword Art Online Platinum Collector’s Edition

King of Eden Amps up Manga Horror in Time for Halloween

King of Eden Vol. 1

Entire villages are going up in flames across the globe, with the same man left standing at the scene every time. Meanwhile, rumors abound of a highly contagious virus where those infected fly into a blind rage, killing anything and everything that crosses their path. As the death toll rises, agencies from nations around the world get together, looking for answers-How are these incidents connected? Who is that man?

And most importantly…can the massacres be stopped before humanity is doomed?

King of Eden is new visceral new work is written by Takashi Nagasaki is the acclaimed co-author (along with famed creator Naoki Urasawa) of Monster, 20th Century Boys, Master, Keaton, Billy Bat and Pluto and being published by Yen Press. With stunning artwork by SangCheol Lee, King of Eden demonstrates a rare and flawlessly executed collaboration between Korean and Japanese creative forces.


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Kodansha Reveals the Shaman King and Spinoff Series On Sale Dates

Shaman King

After a brief production delay, Kodansha USA Publishing and comiXology Originals have announced that they will digitally release all 35 volumes of the original Shaman King series on October 6, 2020, exclusively on comiXology and Kindle.

This release of Shaman King will include the final three volumes never before published in English, completing this foundational shonen-action series in English for the first time ever and featuring brand-new cover art from the creator Hiroyuki Takei himself. These volumes will be available to read digitally, as part of the comiXology Originals line of exclusive content. These titles can be read upon release at no additional cost for members of Amazon Prime via their Prime Reading benefit, Kindle Unlimited, and comiXology Unlimited, and will also be available for purchase on Kindle and comiXology.

It was also announced today, that the Shaman King spinoff series will also be making their English-language digital debut, following the re-release of the original Shaman King series. The first spinoff, Shaman King Zero will be available October 13, 2020, with Shaman King: Flowers available October 20, 2020Shaman King: Red Crimson, available October 27, 2020, and Shaman King: Super Star available December 8, 2020All Shaman King spinoff series will be available to purchase and read across Amazon Kindle, BookWalker, comiXology, Apple Books, Google Play, Rakuten Kobo, Nook, and izneo.

My Broken Mariko is Out in October from Yen Press

Yen Press has announced an emotional new manga release about a close friendship between two young women and the devastating impact of suicide as one of them struggles to understand the sudden loss of her best
friend.

My Broken Mariko by Waka Hirako will debut digitally and also in print as a deluxe, hardcover edition on October 20th .

The title exemplifies josei manga, which is characterized by mature storytelling, unique artwork and its appeal to older female readers.

Tomoyo Shiino has stood by her friend Mariko through years of abuse, abandonment, and depression. However horrific her circumstances, their friendship has been the one reassuring constant in Mariko’s life—and Tomoyo’s too. That is, until Tomoyo is utterly blindsided by news of Mariko’s death. In life, Tomoyo felt powerless to help her best friend out of the darkness that ultimately drove her over the edge. Now, Tomoyo is determined to liberate Mariko’s ashes for one final journey together…to set free her dear, broken Mariko.

My Broken Mariko

Yen Press Acquires The Pro Wrestling Manga – New Japan Academy

Yen Press has acquired the manga series New Japan Academy, an action-packed and comedic manga series featuring stars from New Japan Pro-Wrestling by artist HIROKU. and consultation by New Japan Pro-Wrestling.

It’s the stars of New Japan Pro-Wrestling as you’ve never seen them before! Teenager Tetsuya Naito is aiming for the top of New Japan Academy, but in order to be the champion, he’ll have to face formidable students like “Rainmaker” Kazuchika Okada and the “Once-in-a-Century Talent” Hiroshi Tanahashi. Luckily for Naito, he has his boys in Los Ingobernables de Japon on his side! No matter the odds, Naito’s motto remains the same: tranquilo.

With the rise in worldwide popularity of New Japan Pro-Wrestling, the manga New Japan Academy is a highly-anticipated release by the many passionate fans of the pro-wrestling promotion and the stars within it. A story told from the point of view of Tetsuya Naito, one of the most popular pro-wrestlers in the world due to his tenure at both New Japan Pro-Wrestling and Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL), New Japan Academy shows fan-favorite wrestlers like they’ve never been seen before!

New Japan Academy, Vol. 1 is scheduled for an October 2020 release exclusively on digital platforms.

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