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Marvel Reveals New Covers by Marvel’s Voices: Identity #1

On August 25th, Marvel will celebrate its most legendary Asian superheroes in Marvel’s Voices: Identity #1! The latest in a far-reaching lineup of one-shots designed to uplift marginalized voices and celebrate the diversity of Marvel Comics’ characters and creators, Marvel’s Voices: Identity #1 will be a thrilling collection of uplifting adventures starring Shang-Chi, Jubilee, Silk, Jimmy Woo, Ms. Marvel, Wave, Silhouette, Armor, and Silver Samurai. This highly anticipated issue will also boast a series of exciting new variant covers by an all-star lineup of artists including Peach Momoko’s spellbinding take on Nico Minoru, a gorgeous depiction of Marvel’s greatest fighter by InHyuk Lee, a celebration of some of mutantkind’s greatest stars by Uncanny X-Men artist Philip Tan, and covers by Mashal Ahmed and Rian Gonzales with a main cover by Jim Cheung.

Writers include Gene Luen Yang, Christina Strain, Maurene Goo, Greg Pak, Sabir Pirzada, Alyssa Wong, Jeremy Holt, and Ken Niimura. Artists include Marcus To, Jason Loo, Lynne Yoshii, Crees Lee, Mashal Ahmed, Whilce Portacio, Alti Firmansyah, and Ken Niimura.

Check out all six covers now and visit Marvel.com for a special sneak peek at the stories that await you when Marvel’s Voices: Identity #1 hits stands on August 25th!

Yen Press Announces Ken Niimura’s Never Open It: The Taboo Trilogy

Yen Press has announced Never Open It: The Taboo Trilogy by acclaimed artist Ken Niimura, widely known for works such as I Kill Giants, Henshin, and Umami.

Never Open It: The Taboo Trilogy is a collection of three stories from Ken Niimura that are rooted in well-known Japanese folk tales, such as Urashima Taro and The Crane Wife. Each story delves into the concept of the taboo, asking questions such as “Why are these rules meant to be followed?” and “Who and why sets these rules?” Taking inspiration from the Japanese folk tales told to Ken Niimura as a child and combining them with his unique and captivating art style, Never Open It: The Taboo Trilogy is a must read graphic novel for fans of beautiful literary comics.

Never Open It: The Taboo Trilogy includes Ken Niimura’s Never Open It, Empty and The Promise. The trade paperback and ebook edition are scheduled for October 2021 release.

Never Open It: The Taboo Trilogy

Umami is Collected on Panel Syndicate

Haven’t had a chance to read Ken Niimura‘s delicious adventure cooking series Umami? Now’s your chance to get it in one monster sized 259 page volume collecting all first 8 issues. You can pay-what-you-want to get the digital comic at Panel Syndicate now!

Follow Uma and Ami as their culinary journey across a strange land in a quest for fun, knowledge and salt turns into the most unlikely friendship…

Umami Starters

Umami’s Season Finale is Available at Panel Syndicate

The 42-page season finale of Umami by the legendary talent of Ken Niimura has arrived at Panel Syndicate for whatever price you want to pay!

Ami amd Uma finally manage to escape from the guards, though this comes at a high price for Uma… Everything they’ve shared so far has brought them closer in ways they could never have imagined.

However, this feeling of safety will not last long. Their friendship, bravery and skills will soon be put to the test by a menace that threatens the entire Kindgdom…

After a first season full of thrills and adventure, our favorite culinary duo will be back soon with more delicious adventures… The journey is just about to begin!

Umami #7 is Out Now on Panel Syndicate

Well, what do you know? Summer’s here and along has brought the newest issue of Ken Niimura‘s yummy series, Umami!

The Commissioner’s guards are trying to apprehend Leon for a crime he didn’t commit, but they are not just after him – they also want to capture our friends!
Uma and Ami cook up some special dishes in order to escape, but just when they thought they were going to get away… things get a little messy! Will they end up thrown in jail??

The tasty adventures of our two favorite cooks continue at Panel Syndicate for whatever price you want to pay! Don’t miss it!

Umami #6 is Out Now on Panel Syndicate

Another month, another issue of our favorite cooking comic-book series, Umami! While Ami reminisces about her final exam, Leon, an attractive and charismatic merchant, appears on the scene.

However, the encounter turns bitter with the arrival of some guards. What do they want? Are our friends in danger?

Stay by their side and let the genius of Ken Niimura guide you through these and many other mysteries!

This 33-page digital comic book is now available at panelsyndicate.com for whatever price you want to pay!

I Kill Giant’s Ken Niimura’s Umami #5 is Out Now on Panel Syndicate

On Friday, March 23rd, the release of the film I Kill Giants will introduce a new audience to the acclaimed graphic novel by writer Joe Kelly and co-creator and illustrator Ken Niimura, that inspired the film. The film’s release, in theaters, On Demand, and Digital HD, promises to bring new attention to the career of International Manga Award-winning and Eisner Award-nominated artist Ken Niimura. Today, ten years after the original release of the I Kill Giants comic book, Niimura is currently creating a wonderful, whimsical ongoing webcomic, Umami, which is published in monthly installments on Panel Syndicate. Food and cooking comics are all the rage in Japan, where Niimura currently lives, and Umami offers something new for American audiences.

Umami presents the story of a kingdom in trouble, and two cooks that are going to save the day using their cooking skills. It’s a crazy adventure story that combines high-fantasy, cooking, and lots of absurdity. Niimura charmingly illustrates the adventures of two girls, Uma and Ami. Uma is a cheerful and determined girl from a remote village, who always has an amazing dish ready to solve any problem… if only she wasn’t such a disaster. Ami is the future king’s chef, stickler and extremely proud, whose aim in the kitchen is to achieve the best taste following traditional techniques and recipes. Despite their many disagreements, together they’re an explosive team and no obstacle stands in their way. But how could anybody imagine that the destiny of the entire kingdom — complete with warriors, dragons, and beasts — would depend on their culinary skills?

Umami is hand-drawn and inked in a distinctive black and white style by Niimura and, like his art for I Kill Giants, is an evolution of the western comics and ‘80s and ‘90s adventure-style manga. Umami is available on Panel Syndicate in English & Spanish and fans pay what they want to read the stories. The fifth issue is out now on Panel Syndicate.

Umami #4 is Now Available at Panel Syndicate

The incredible Ken Niimura seems hell-bent on showing us how to put out an amazing MONTHLY comic book and one that’s pay what you want too!

In Umami #4, a mysterious sinkhole has opened up destroying part of the village of Ponte.

The villagers believe it was caused by an earthquake, but Uma knows something that the rest can’t even begin to imagine…

Find out more in ther 33-page digital comic book now available at Panel Syndicate for whatever price you want to pay!

I Kill Giants Gets a Poster

Opening March 23, I Kill Giants is based on the beloved comic from Joe Kelly and Ken Niimura. The fantasy story focuses on a young girl’s escape from her real world troubles. Directed by Anders Walter, with the story by Kelly, it stars Zoe Saldana, Imogen Poots, Madison Wolfe and Sydney Wade.

Umami #3 is Out Now on Panel Syndicate

Panel Syndicate‘s adventure cooking series by the amazingly talented Ken Niimura is back!

After realizing they could end up eaten by the bandits, Uma and Ami continue preparing their special soup to try and convince the bandits to give them back their freedom.

But an unexpected event puts our heroines’ new friendship in danger…

Find out more in Umami #3! The 29-page digital comic book now available for whatever price you want to pay!

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