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It was new comic book day yesterday! What’d you all get? What’d you enjoy? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below! While you think about that, here’s some comic news from around the web.

CBR – Japan’s First Black-Owned Anime Studio Should Be on Every Fan’s Radar – Definitely need to check this out.

The Beat – A pair of long-time Seattle-area comic book stores are closing up shop – This isn’t surprising and there’s probably many more to come.

Board Game Today – Freedom Five, A Sentinel Comics Board Game Coming from Arcane Wonders and Greater Than Games – This sounds pretty cool.

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Civil_War_II_0_CoverThe weekend is almost here! Who’s going to see Captain America: Civil War in its third week? What other geeky things are you all doing? Sound off in the comments!

While you decide on what you’re doing, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

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10 Rules for Drawing Comics – Benjamin Marra’s 10 Rules – Solid rules to follow.

Kotaku – Doom‘s Got A Reference To A Comic Book Meme From 1996 – Well ok then.

The Guardian – Why the Punisher’s Netflix series will need more than big guns  – Yes. It. Will.

Japan Today Insight – What is the Origin of Comic Books in Japan? – No idea if this is right, but interesting info.

Montgomery News – Comics In The Classroom: How one Wissahickon teacher uses comic books to connect with his students – Awesome to see this!


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Comic Attack – Black Panther #2

The Beat – Civil War II #0

CBR – Civil War II #0

Newsarama – Best Shots Rapid-Fire Reviews: Spider-Man #4, Future Quest #1, Archangel #1, More

WowBox Unboxing and Tasting! We try the Japanese Candy and Snack Box

WowBox is a mystery box delivering Japanese candy and snacks to your door step each month. There’s three different types of boxes and three different levels.

We not only open up and show off January’s “Original Fun & Tasty” box, but we also do a taste test of the various goodies inside.

You can order your own box and get some tasty food yourself.

You can get a 10% off your purchase. Use the code S-QIJSPTUD at the check out section of the WOWBOX website. This discount expires on February 29, 2016

MogMog provided Graphic Policy with a FREE box for review.

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The weekend is here! I’m spending it reading comics, playing some Heroclix, and maybe watching How to Train Your Dragon 2. What’s everyone else doing?

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Kotaku – Two Men Arrested for Allegedly Stealing…320 Yu-Gi-Oh! Cards – Explain that one to your cell mate.

CBR – DC President Diane Nelson Says Female Representation a Priority – Good to hear.

Bleeding Cool – Marvel Comics To Be Paid A Million Dollars To Turn Captain Citrus Into A Man – Hand. Forehead. Slap.

CBLDF – What Does Japan’s New Child Porn Law Mean for Manga and Anime? – Actually a difficult issue one way or another.


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CBR – Astro City #13

IGN – Miracleman Book 1

CBR – The United States of Murder Inc. #2


Japan To Tax Foreign Downloads Starting Next Year

japanese-moneyFans of digital downloads that live in Japan, will have to pay a little bit more starting in 2015. As reported by Nikkei digital content like music, e-books, apps, game downloads, comics, etc., from foreign servers will have a consumption tax added. Physical goods imported into Japan are already taxed, this will do the same for foreign downloads.

The argument is similar to the battles over taxing digital goods here in the United States. It is argued that by purchasing digital goods or those online are automatically cheaper because there is no tax, in essence a built in discount. In Japan, downloads from domestic Japanese servers are taxed. Japanese merchants have complained for years, just as American brick-and-mortar stores also have complained.

Here in the United States there is a massive lobbying effort to change this with retailers focusing on states and the federal government to pass legislation to collect taxes from customers.

Just a heads up for our readers in Japan, expect to pay more for your digital comics and manga starting in 2015.

(via Kotaku and GamePolitics)

Walt Disney Japan Announces Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers!

Marvel_Disk_Wars_The_AvengersWalt Disney Japan has announced that it will produce the first Japanese Marvel animated television series targeted at boys 6-12 years old. Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers will premiere nationwide on terrestrial television in spring 2014.

In an all out battle instigated by Loki, most of Earth’s super heroes and villains have been trapped inside disks—a new technology originally developed as portable security devices for capturing and securing villains around the world.

The Avengers team up with a group of teens to reclaim the scattered disk, and using their special abilities and techniques (waza), thwart Loki’s evil schemes to save the Earth from ultimate destruction.

Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers will be produced by Nerima-ku, Tokyo-based Toei Animation Co., Ltd., which has produced multiple successful animated series for kids in Japan. Taito-ku, Tokyo-based Bandai Co., Ltd., which has a highly successful track record with major titles, will be responsible for character merchandising. The three companies will collaborate in creating a fully localized Japanese series as well as providing a lineup of attractive products and merchandise targeting the boys market.

This series launch is a focus to deliver content specific to local tastes and sensibilities.

Previously Marvel in conjunction with Madhouse produced Marvel Anime which saw four series consisting of twelve episodes that featured Iron Man, Blade, the X-Men and Wolverine. That was aimed at a difference audience than this. There has been rumors of more of that series to come.

marvel disk wars the avengers

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The weekend is over and a new week has begun. What things are folks looking forward to?

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CBLDF – Japanese Editor Arrested for Distributing Obscene Images – Rally to help this person!

The New York Times – Sharing the Wealth as a Comic Book Goes to Hollywood – Great read and to see in the industry.

Fox – Why Jesus and comic books need each other – Um, no, neither needs either.

Entertainment Weekly – Darryl ‘DMC’ McDaniels reinvents himself as a comic book mogul, superhero – Ok then.

Japan’s Miss Universe a Comic Nerd

originalYukimi Matsuo is representing Japan in the Miss Universe competition. She’ll not only be representing Japan, but also us comic geeks around the world. Matsuo not only loves manga, she draws it as well.

The 25 year old was named Miss Universe Japan and has a noble purpose to not just represent her nation in the Miss Universe Pageant, but also as she has said:

The reason why I entered this competition is because I want to tell the world about Japanese manga.

Matsuo has yet to break big in the manga world, but she has done some local manga work in Mie Prefecture.

You can check out some of her work below.

manga1 manga2(via Kotaku)

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It’s the weekend, yay! It’s a long weekend for me, double yay!  Here’s the news to keep you busy.


GamePolitics – Minecraft to Go Dark in Protest of SOPA, PIPA

GamePolitics – Six Senators Urge Harry Reid to Slow Down on PIPA Vote Plans

GamePolitics – Good Old Games Comes Out Against SOPA, PIPA

GamePolitics – Anti-SOPA Petition Aimed at EA Hits 120K Signatures

GamePolitics – Firefall Maker Plans SOPA Blackout Protest Jan. 18

Kotaku – PC Game Cancels E3 Appearance as SOPA Protest, Shutting Down Beta for 24 Hours

Kotaku – Sega Responds to SOPA Question Like a Heartless Robot, Apologises Like Funny Human

Mashable – Victory for SOPA Opponents: DNS Blocking Struck From Bill

TechCrunch – Victory for SOPA Opponents: DNS Blocking Struck From Bill


Around the Blogs:

CBLDF – Japanese Censors Discuss Banning Comics for “Making Kids Gay” – Bring this fight.

Kotaku – Get a Glimpse at an Elseworlds Batman in the Cancelled Gotham by Gaslight Game – Looks pretty cool.

VIZ Media To Release Art For Hope Digital Art Anthology In December

Official Press Release

Innovative Art Book Created In Partnership With Autodesk To Benefit Japanese Disaster Recovery; Exhibit Of Artwork Also Takes Place In Las Vegas At Autodesk University

VIZ Media has announced the upcoming debut of ART FOR HOPE, a limited edition digital art book anthology created in partnership with Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) to benefit Architecture for Humanity. The anthology will be available for a limited time, from December 1, 2011 to May 31, 2012, for $4.99 through VIZManga.com and the VIZ Manga App for iPad®, iPhone® and iPod® touch. 100% of VIZ Media’s net proceeds will support Architecture for Humanity’s ongoing disaster reconstruction efforts in Japan. To learn more about these rebuilding projects, please visit: www.ArchitectureForHumanity.org.

Each of the 40 artists participating in the ART FOR HOPE anthology used Autodesk® SketchBook® digital paint and drawing software applications in some way to create original pieces for the anthology. The artists, both professional and amateur, hail from around the world and from diverse fields, and range in style from the realistic to the fantastic, each illustrating the theme of “Hope.” Notable contributors include Eisner Award and Harvey Award winner Rob Guillory, Harvey Award winner Lark Pien, muralist Sirron Norris, and MAMESHIBA artists Jorge Monlongo and Gemma Correll.

Selections from ART FOR HOPE will also be exhibited at the Autodesk annual user conference, Autodesk University, taking place at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, NV from November 29th to December 1st. Access to the exhibit is free to the public within the Creative Studio a unique hands-on space to celebrate the creative spirit and showcasing a variety of Autodesk software and products. More information on the exhibit and conference is available at:


VIZ Media and Autodesk are very proud of and grateful to the following artists for their contributions to the ART FOR HOPE digital art anthology:

Janet Alvarado                                   Don’t Lose Hope

Asuka 111 (Patipat Asavasena)          Hope

Azure                                                 Untitled

Greg Baldwin of CreatureBox              Sheltered

Alan Bay                                            A Little Piece of Hope

Drew Blom                                         Calvin Hedge and the Iron Golem

Steve Boura                                       Bright Future

Carsten Bradley                                 A Wish for You

Matthew Britton                                 Regrowth

Veronica Casson                                 The Guest Room

Geikou Chen                                      Rainbow Bridge to Tomorrow

Gemma Correll                                   Pierre, le Chat Français

Kalii Delarosa                                     The Rainbow in the Rain

Conrado Hernan Villa Gil                     Untitled

Dave Guertin                                     First Flight

Rob Guillory                                       Hope

Rodolpho Langhi                                A New Sunrise

C. Lijewski                                          Light Side of Dark

Chris Lui                                            Birds of a Feather

Holly Mongi                                        Good Morning, Friend

Jorge Monlongo                                  The Sprout and the Bean

Brian Muelhaupt                                 Ojizo-sama

Shaun Mullen                                     Kodama (Tree Spirits)

Susan Murtaugh                                Enduring Beauty

Ray N.                                                Deliverance

Joe Ng                                               Rise Above the Storm

Sirron Norris                             Kibou

Jacques Pena                                     Love

Luis Peso                                            Gathering Hope

Lark Pien                                            Wishes, Dreams

Kyle Runciman                                   Ready to Roll

Francesco Salvati                               DEAR HOPE

Janet Shaw                                        The Hope of Japan

Brad Silverman                                   Dancing Dragon

Joseph Strachan                                 Flight of the Phoenix

James Turner                                     Never Give Up

Colie Wertz                                        Sea Turtle

Pinar Yalcin                                        Beam of Light

John Yandall                                                One Little Sign

Jim Zub                                              Seed Starter

For more information on the ART FOR HOPE project, please visit www.VIZ.com/artforhope.

For more information on VIZ Media digital initiatives, please visit VIZManga.com or www.VIZ.com/apps/.

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