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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.

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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.

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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


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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

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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/.

Mezco and Others Contribute To Fangoria Charity Auction for Japan Relief

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Mezco and Others Contribute To Fangoria Charity Auction for Japan Relief

 Last March, Japan experienced one of the most overwhelming national tragedies on record.  In addition to the irreparable loss of life, the overall damage costs exceed $300 billion, marking the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami as the most costly natural disaster in the history of the world.  As such, many businesses and organizations across the world have come together to aid and support Japan in their time of crisis.  Fangoria, America’s #1 horror entertainment company, is proud to be a part of the relief effort.  Fangoria and friends have donated some of their products to be auctioned on eBay. 100% of all funds collected from the sales of the following items will go directly to the Red Cross.

Some of the highlights of the auction will be:

A Mez-Itz doll and autographed Living Dead Doll from WWW.MEZCOTOYZ.COM

A t-shirt, paperweight, and child-size straitjacket from WWW.OBSCURAANTIQUES.COM

Four autographed posters, two stickers, a CD, and a magnet from WWW.TOXICTOONS.COM

An activity book and a book of “deadtime stories” from WWW.TOXICTOONS.COM

Two T-Shirts designed by artist Eric Pigors at  WWW.TOXICTOONS.COM

A hand-drawn sketch by Gordon McAlpin and a signed copy of Multiplex: Enjoy Your Show from WWW.MULTIPLEXCOMIC.COM

A poster signed by artist Simon Bisley from WWW.BLACKDEATHFILM.COM

Two plushy zombie dolls and a plushy vampire doll from WWW.THINKGEEK.COM

A bloody bath set from WWW.THINKGEEK.COM

Two zombie books from WWW.THINKGEEK.COM

A gory candy set and brain mold from WWW.THINKGEEK.COM

A 24″ Super Shogun Storm Trooper from WWW.THINKGEEK.COM

A Star Wars Taun Taun sleeping bag from WWW.THINKGEEK.COM

An official replica of Darth Vader’s Lightsaber from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back from WWW.THINKGEEK.COM

Fangoria will be staggering the listings of the items over the next several weeks. Check the link below to see what items they have listed for the auction:


Adrian Tomine & D+Q Fundraiser For Japan; S&N Ozu Prints On Sale Wed 4/26/11

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In response to the devastating Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, Drawn & Quarterly and Adrian Tomine have teamed up to raise funds for relief and recovery in Japan. We are offering a set of exclusive prints featuring two of Tomine’s most elegant and evocative images, signed and numbered by the artist. Originally created as cover illustrations for the DVD release of the Yasujiro Ozu films The Only Son and There Was a Father, they are used here with the kind permission of the Criterion Collection and Shochiku Co. Ltd. These prints are not available anywhere else, and will be strictly limited to an edition of 50.

In addition to the two prints, all orders will include a small original sketch by Adrian Tomine, personalized to the name of the purchaser.

100% of proceeds will be donated to the Japan Society’s Earthquake Relief Fund.

Special thanks to Nocerino Editions for their exceptional printing and generous support of this project.

Set of two giclée prints, each on 190 gsm Moab Entrada Natural fine art paper using Epson Ultrachrome inks.
Paper size: 18″ x 24″
Image size: 14″ x 20″
Edition: 50.

Prints will be signed and numbered by Adrian Tomine in pencil, and shipped rolled in sturdy tubes.
Small original sketch will be mailed separately, personalized to the name of purchaser. (Sorry, but prints cannot be personalized.)

Price: $250 USA, $260 Canada, $250 elsewhere
Shipping is extra.


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It’s the weekend! I also have a headache, it’s not due to a crazy night out, it’s from the incessant playing of Rebecca Black’s damn Friday song. Seriously, it needs to be outlawed and it’s now officially the new Rick Roll. Here’s all the comic news that I found interesting in the last 24 hours.

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Lifehacker – A Comic Book Lover’s Guide to Going DigitalA good introduction.  It’d be nice to see more debates about consumer’s rights and ownership when it comes to digital comics.

Comic Book Resources – Wowio relaunches Spacedog as digital graphic novel imprintUm, k.

Arts Beat – Graphic Books Best Sellers: Dead (Again) Robin?Always interesting to see what the general public buys.

Bleeding Cool – Fundraising For Japan All Over The World Go and give now.

ICv2 – Can Anti-Piracy Enforcement Work?The shorter answer is no.

The Beat – Dude spends his free time making beautiful images of KandorI want, I want, I want.

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Graphic Novel News – Astro City Vol. 1: Life in the Big City

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It was a pretty quiet weekend for the comic book industry as everyone prepares for C2E2 (expect me, I won’t be there).  I’m expecting it to pick up as some announcements are made concerning what we’ll be seeing this summer.  Also, it’s NCAA tournament time!  The one time a year folks care about college basketball.  Good luck to everyone in their bracket.

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Bleeding Cool – Raising Money For Japan Through Art –  Artists are scrambling to help raise funds to benefit the victims of the earthquakes in Japan.

UGO – Rainn Wilson Smacks Superhero Films in the Face in Super – Not sure what to think about this upcoming movie.  Hoping it’s good.

Kotaku – Sunday Comics – Kotaku gathers some solid web comics.

Bleeding Cool – Hot Comics – The Four Image Contenders – Continuing to speculate on what comics you should sink some dollars into, here’s four possible contenders from Image.

2DX – PAX East 2011: Peering into The Darkness II – PAX East is over and a few folks have gotten a chance to check out the sequel to the Darkness video game.

Gundam Damage Photo Spreads After Quake, Actually from 2009

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First, our thoughts go out to all those affected by the earthquake.  The photo below quickly spread through online geekdom as evidence the giant Gundam statue was damaged in the quake.  The problem is the photo is from 2009.

By the looks of the picture the green robot probably knocked it over by the way it’s walking away from the scene.

From the original Flickr photo:

This photo was taken on July 14, 2009 using a Canon EOS 20D.

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