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SDCC 2019: eigoManga Reveals the First Squad – Moment Of Truth

eigoMANGA will showcase its productions at San Diego Comic-Con 2019. The publisher will be located at booth #1802 at the convention which takes place on July 18th–21st at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA.

eigoMANGA will present a preview of the manga and anime production of “First Squad: Moment Of Truth” at its booth. This critically acclaimed manga that has been produced into an award-winning anime feature film tells the story set in World War II about a supernatural team that fight against the Nazi’s secret army of undead warriors.

eigoMANGA will hold a workshop called “Learn Japanese to Read Manga and Watch Anime” on Thursday, July 18, at 6:30 in Room 2. Learn to understand, speak, and write basic Japanese from eigoMANGA’s team of native-born Japanese manga creators.

eigoMANGA will also hold two live manga workshops at Comic-Con International. On Friday, July 19 at 8pm in Room 11, eigoMANGA will present a “How To Draw Manga” workshop. eigoMANGA editors will hold a tutorial workshop to teach the fundamentals of manga illustration and storytelling. They will also be on hand to critique portfolios from up-and-coming artists. On Sunday, July 21 at 12pm also in Room 11, eigoMANGA will instruct a “Manga Tutorials for Kids” workshop. The workshop will be moderated by eigoMANGA’s team of manga artists and animators as they offer kids of all ages tutorials on manga illustrations and storytelling.

SDCC 2019: Tokyopop’s Exclusives and Panels

Tokyopop has revealed their exclusive merchandise available for purchase to collectors at San Diego Comic-Con 2019. Centered around their full-color manga-style comic, The Nightmare Before Christmas: Zero’s Journey, the limited edition items will delight fans of Tim Burton and Disney’s stop motion classic.

The Nightmare Before Christmas: Zero’s Journey was Introduced for Diamond Comics’ 2018 Free Comic Book Day with a prequel comic counted as issue #0 in the 20 issue comic series. Selling over 120,000 copies of the Free Comic Book Day debut to comic book stores across North America, the original story introduces new characters alongside fan favorites, and is written and created in house by the Tokyopop team.

When Jack Skellington’s faithful pet Zero gets lost in the woods, he finds himself accidentally sucked into the portal to Christmas Town. Alone and confused by this strange new world, he must get the help of the residents of Christmas Town to find his way back. And with their own holiday plans on hold, everyone in Halloween Town rallies behind Jack to mount a search for the faithful ghost pup. Will they be reunited in time to save both holidays?

Set in the wonderful world of THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS as created by Tim Burton, explore the magical realms of Halloween Town and Christmas Town through the eyes of Zero as he tries to find his way home in an unfamiliar world.

All exclusives are available in limited quantities at booth #4037 on the exhibition floor.

Zero’s Journey issue #0 (2019 convention exclusive variant)


Originally released for Free Comic Book Day 2018, this 2019 convention exclusive variant of The Nightmare Before Christmas: Zero’s Journey #0 features brand new cover art by Yishan Li.

Price: $20

Trick or Treat (2019 SDCC exclusive print)


This San Diego Comic-Con 2019 exclusive print features Kiyoshi Arai’s cover art from The Nightmare Before Christmas: Zero’s Journey issue #8.

12″x18″ with metallic ink highlights.

Price: $15

Poor Zero (2019 SDCC exclusive print)


This San Diego Comic-Con 2019 exclusive print features Kiyoshi Arai’s cover art from The Nightmare Before Christmas: Zero’s Journey issue #10.

12″x18″ with metallic ink highlights.

Price: $15

Here Comes Sandy Claws (2019 SDCC exclusive print)


This San Diego Comic-Con 2019 exclusive print features Kiyoshi Arai’s cover art from The Nightmare Before Christmas: Zero’s Journey issue #12.

12″x18″ with metallic ink highlights.

Price: $15

Halloween Heartache (2019 SDCC exclusive print)


This San Diego Comic-Con 2019 exclusive print features Kiyoshi Arai’s cover art from The Nightmare Before Christmas: Zero’s Journey issue #3.

12″x18″ with metallic ink highlights.

Price: $15

Tokyopop will also be selling non-exclusive prints from some of their most popular manga, a selection of titles from their International Women of Manga, Disney Manga, TOKYOPOP Classics and brand new lines, and will offer a button making station where attendees can select a button from a number of existing licenses, or design their own for purchase.

Several members of the team will be appearing in panels at the show, featuring special creative guests and announcements of new licenses.

Diversity in Manga, Thu 7/18 (12 – 1pm), Room 29AB

Many of us love manga, but sometimes we don’t see ourselves represented as often as we’d like – or even at all. Join TOKYOPOP for a discussion about the importance of increasing diversity in manga titles, and for a preview of upcoming International Women of Manga releases, plus giveaways!

TOKYOPOP Presents: Manga for Everyone, Sat 7/20 (6 – 7pm), Room: 28DE

Manga is for everyone, and TOKYOPOP’s goal is to bring the magic of manga to all comic book fans, whether they’re manga veterans or new to the world of Japanese style comics. This panel will be an opportunity to show curious fans what’s coming up this year and beyond from TOKYOPOP, how we’re expanding our Disney Manga licenses for kids, bringing diversity into the world of manga from our International Women of Manga line, and both resurrecting classic titles for collector editions and bringing new manga over from Japan.

The Making of Zero’s Journey, Sun 7/21 (4 – 5pm), Room: 29AB

Join the team behind The Nightmare Before Christmas: Zero’s Journey graphic novel series to learn about the comic’s creative process! We’ll be talking about the film that started it all, how it inspired this new story and what it’s like working with such an influential property. And stick around after the Q&A for a giveaway!

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Batman Universe #1

The weekend is almost here and we’re focused on San Diego Comic-Con prep! Lots to do with only a few days to get it done! While we scramble, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Kotaku – What One Ton Of Manga Looks Like – A lot?

CBLDF – Love Is Love: An Inside Look At the Banning of an LGBTQ+ Comic – Sigh.

Hill Country News – Leander Public Library abruptly cancels appearance of popular comic authorcough Bullshit cough

KDVR – Meet Betty Pages: Denver’s comic-book selling drag queen– This is awesome and amazing and we can’t love this enough.


Newsarama – Batman #74
Batman Universe #1
The Flash #74
Newsarama –
Giant-Size X-Statix #1
Newsarama –
Invisible Woman #1
Unnatural #11
Newsarama –
Vox Machina: Origins II #1
Newsarama –
Wolverine and Captain America: Weapon Plus #1

ComiXology and Kodansha Comics Make Sailor Moon Available Digitally in English for the First Time Ever

Sailor Moon Eternal Edition

comiXology and Kodansha Comics have announced the global English-language digital debut of one of the all-time most beloved manga series with Sailor Moon Eternal Edition.

Experience Naoko Takeuchi’s Sailor Moon as never before with Kodansha Comics’ digital edition, available now on Kindle and comiXology. This launch marks the first official digital English-language release of the fan-favorite Sailor Moon series and coincides with the debut of digital releases in other languages worldwide, including Japan.

Sailor Moon Eternal Edition volumes 1-4 are now available to read digitally for purchase on Kindle and comiXology, with future volumes to be released with the print releases. Begun last September, these definitive Eternal Editions feature all-new cover illustrations by creator Naoko Takeuchi and newly revised translations. Each volume is about 300 pages.

Teenager Usagi is not the best athlete, she’s never gotten good grades, and, well, she’s a bit of a crybaby. But when she meets a talking cat, she begins a journey that will teach her she has a well of great strength just beneath the surface and the heart to inspire and stand up for her friends as Sailor Moon!

VIZ Media’s Anime and Manga Releases in July 2019

The home media debut of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Set 4: Diamond is Unbreakable will be available as a special Limited Edition Blu-ray set and DVD set; Diamond is Unbreakable continues the multigenerational tale of the Joestar family with Josuke Higashikata. In partnership with The Pokémon Company International, Pokémon The Series: Diamond and Pearl Complete Season also arrives on DVD and includes all 51 episodes of Ash’s adventures in the Sinnoh region.

New manga publishing debuts for July include the indie darling Beastars, a high school drama in which animal students grapple with the very human issues of prejudice and discrimination. The new Shojo Beat series Daytime Shooting Star centers around a love triangle that develops when a high school girl is torn between a boy in her class and her teacher.

New Home Media Releases for July:


Limited Edition Blu-ray & Standard Edition DVD Sets
Blu-ray MSRP: $69.99 U.S. / $81.99 CAN · DVD MSRP: $39.99 U.S. / $51.99 CAN
Available July 2nd

It’s 1999, and Jotaro Kujo has just arrived in the idyllic Japanese town of Morioh—only this time, he’s not hunting DIO and his henchmen. His search for the illegitimate child of Joseph Joestar has brought him face-to-face with Josuke Higashikata, a Stand-wielding, butt-kicking high schooler who happens to be afraid of turtles. But behind Morioh’s tranquil facade is an invisible evil slowly eating away at the peace and well-being of its residents. Bizarre happenings are becoming commonplace, and the Joestar clan must rise to the occasion if they and the town of Morioh are to survive.


DVD MSRP: $44.98 U.S. / $52.99 CAN · Available July 30th

If Gary Oak is headed for the Sinnoh region, then Ash Ketchum won’t be far behind! Ready to take on the Sinnoh League, Ash brings along Pikachu and meets up with Brock in Sinnoh, where the pair of Trainers are soon joined by a third—Dawn, a novice Pokémon Coordinator determined to follow in the footsteps of her mother. Both Ash and Dawn struggle with their respective paths, but it’s easy for them to make new friends, gaining new Pokémon like Turtwig and Piplup.

New Publishing Releases for July:


by Paru Itagaki
MSRP: $12.99 U.S. / $17.99 CAN / $8.99 Digital · Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens
Available July 16th    

At a high school where the students are literally divided into predators and prey, friendships maintain the fragile peace. Who among them will become a Beastar—a hero destined to lead in a society naturally rife with mistrust?


by Mika Yamamori
MSRP: $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN / $6.99 Digital · Rated ‘T’ for Teens
Available July 2nd   

After arriving in Tokyo to live with her uncle, Suzume collapses in a nearby park when she remembers once seeing a shooting star during the day. A handsome stranger brings her to her new home and tells her they’ll meet again. Suzume starts her first day at her new high school sitting next to a boy who blushes furiously at her touch. And her homeroom teacher is none other than the handsome stranger!

What’s Michael? FatCat Collection Coming to Dark Horse in January 2020

In 1997, What’s Michael? arrived at Dark Horse with its very first English translation. Now, the New York Library Award series returns to print with its first-ever English collection in What’s Michael? Fatcat Collection Volume 1!

Described as “Japan’s version of Garfield, Heathcliff, and Krazy Kat all rolled into one,” Makoto Kobayashi‘s What’s Michael?, the original cat manga, mixes slice-of-life cat reality with out-of-this-world cat fantasy into one tasty dish of laughter!

What’s Michael? FatCat Collection Volume 1 contains the out-of-print original What’s Michael? Volumes 1- 6. The 520-page oversized collection includes the out-of-print volumes Michael’s Album, Living Together, Off the Deep End, A Hard Day’s Life, Michael’s Favorite Spot, and Michael’s Mambo.

What’s Michael? FatCat Collection Volume 1 arrives in comic shops on January 29, 2020, and bookstores February 11, 2020.

What’s Michael? Fatcat Collection Volume 1!

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It’s supposed to get hot here this weekend at GP HQ. We’ll be taking advantage of air conditioning while reading some comics. What geeky things will you all be doing? Sound off in the comments.

While you wait for the weekday to end and the weekend to begin, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

IGN – Batman Writer Reveals Reason for Early Comic Series Exit – Wait, clickbait sites were wrong about this?

The Beat – Will comics ever get a union? Sasha Bassett plans to find out – What do you all think?

Arlington Now – ‘Cowboy Bebop’ Star Headlines ‘Blerdcon’ in Crystal City Next Month – A nice convention in DC to check out.

CBR – Marvel’s Avengers: Square Enix Stands By Character Designs – They’re…. not good.


Comics Bulletin – Ran and the Grey World Vol. 1

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Thumbs #1

It was new comic book day yesterday. What’d everyone get? What’d you like? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments.

Kotaku – Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 Brings The Satisfying Superhero Lineup – Can’t wait to play this game!

CBLDF – Comics, Manga, Neil Gaiman, and More Banned in KS Prisons – Boooo.


Talking Comics – Black Cat #1
Comics Bulletin –
Black Hammer/Justice League: Hammer of Justice #1
Talking Comics –
The Incredible Hulk: Last Call #1
Thumbs #1

Anime Fest @ NYCC x Anime Expo is Back in October

ReedPOP has announced that Anime Fest @ NYCC x Anime Expo will be coming back for its second year! Anime Fest 2019 is a celebration for all things anime. Located just a block away from the Javits Center during New York Comic Con (October 3-6, 2019) it will be the NYCC home for exclusive and intimate anime panels and signings, interactive and immersive experiences, after hours parties, and a place to geek out and connect with other fans in.

This year features improvements on last year’s experience. Here are the details:

  • VENUE CHANGE: Anime Fest has moved from the Pier to the Hudson Mercantile in order to bring the event closer to the heart of show.  A big part of coming out to NYCC is planning ahead and the distance between locations and venues is important. NYCC already houses an amazing amount of anime content and this puts #AFNYCC right back into the middle of the action.
  • GUESTS & CONTENT: ReedPOP has worked to be more in sync with our other NYCC events so you’ll find more anime throughout all of the programming. In addition, Anime Fest will have exclusive panels and signings so fans can get up close and personal with talent. ReedPOP is working with Anime Expo to make sure the content this year is the best representation of anime content at NYCC in previous years.
  • TICKETS: The panels and signings with talent will be separately ticketed events. The other cool thing this year is that the 1st floor of Hudson Mercantile will function as an Anime Fest HQ. This community hub will be open to both NYCC badge holders and Anime Fest ticket holders alike, featuring interactive and immersive experiences and opportunities to connect with other fans.

Shojo Creator Bisco Hatori is a Guest of Honor at Anime Expo 2019

VIZ Media welcomes manga creator Bisco Hatori as an official Guest of Honor at this year’s Anime Expo

The creator of bestselling Shojo Beat manga such as Ouran High School Host Club, Millennium Snow, and her current series, Behind the Scenes!!, will have a dedicated panel and participate in an autograph session and other special fan events that are scheduled to take place during Anime Expo. Times, dates, and additional details on Bisco Hatori’s first professional appearance in North America will be announced soon.

Anime Expo is North America’s largest dedicated anime/manga fan convention and takes place July 4th–7th at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, CA. VIZ Media will be located on the main convention floor in Booth #2206.

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