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It’s a new week and we’ve got lots coming at you including going over Comic-Con@Home announcements and getting ready for the string of conventions to come! While the weekday begins, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web to start the day!

Book Riot – Manga Erotica: A Beginner’s Guide To Ecchi & Hentai – For those interested in learning.

Reviews

Atomic Junk Shop – Beatnik Buenos Aires
That Hashtag Show – Catwoman #33
Collected Editions – DCeased: Dead Planet
Atomic Junk Shop – Muhammad Ali: Kinshasa 1974
Atomic Junk Shop – Prison Earth

Muhammad Ali: Kinshasa 1974

Yen Press Announces Four New Series

Yen Press, LLC announced a slate of upcoming releases that includes manga (Banished from the Hero’s Party, I Decided to Live a Quiet Life in the Countryside and From the Red Fog) and light novels (Demon Lord 2099 and Chitose-kun Is in the Ramune Bottle). All announced titles are scheduled for January 2022 release.

Banished from the Hero’s Party, I Decided to Live a Quiet Life in the Countryside (manga)

Original Story by Zappon
Art by Masahiro Ikeno
Character Design by Yasumo

Despite being the bearer of the powerful Divine Blessing of the Guide, Red has been banished from the Hero’s party. Listless, he decides to head to the frontier and hatches a plan to spend his days working an easy apothecary job. Thus begins his new life!

Banished from the Hero’s Party, I Decided to Live a Quiet Life in the Countryside is a manga adaptation of the slice-of-life fantasy light novel, one of the latest fan favorites in a growing genre. An anime adaptation of Banished from the Hero’s Party, I Decided to Live a Quiet Life in the Countryside has been announced for an October 2021 release.

Banished from the Hero’s Party, I Decided to Live a Quiet Life in the Countryside (manga)

From the Red Fog

Story & Art by Mosae Nohara

England at the end of the nineteenth century. A string of gruesome incidents all lead back to a single boy who was born into a world where chaos, order, wealth, and poverty are all deeply intertwined. Guided by a deep solitude, what fate awaits him in the end?

From the Red Fog is a dark and compelling manga series with an art style that is as beautiful as it is unsettling. As a story that takes place in nineteenth-century England, From the Red Fog appeals to fans of historical fiction as well as those who have a taste for psychological horror manga, such as recent hits like Can’t Stop Cursing You and Your Turn to Die.

From the Red Fog

Demon Lord 2099 (light novel)

Story by Daigo Murasaki
Illustration by Kureta

Fused Era Year 2099—Shinjuku. The dazzling prosperity of this massive city-state conceals a lurid darkness just beneath its surface. It is here—in this megalopolis that represents the pinnacle of human development—where the legendary Demon Lord Veltol makes his second coming. To rule this brave new world, he will have to take hold of the future for himself!

Demon Lord 2099 is a riveting light novel series, filled with cyberpunk action and imaginative illustrations, that combines fantasy and science fiction. It stands out as a rising star in the world of light novels, having already won the prestigious Fantasia Grand Prize in its short time in circulation.

Demon Lord 2099 (light novel)

Chitose-kun Is in the Ramune Bottle

Story by Hiromu
Illustration by raemz

As far as normies go, it’s hard to beat Saku Chitose. The most popular kid in his high school? Check. An ironclad reputation that can even weather vicious online attacks? Check. A group of friends who are as attractive on the outside as they are on the inside? Check. But when a teacher asks Saku to help a student who has been shut away in his room for months reacclimate to school life, his perfect world will never be the same. What is this, some kinda normie harem story?

Chitose-kun Is in the Ramune Bottle is one of the most frequently requested and highly anticipated light novel releases of the year. This romantic comedy series won the Shogakukan Light Novel Award for Excellence in Japan and appeals to fans of school-life stories, such as My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, As I Expected.

Chitose-kun Is in the Ramune Bottle

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It’s new comic book day! What are you excited for? What do you plan on getting? Sound off in the comments below. While you’re waiting for your shop to open, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

Book Riot – The Best New Manga and Light Novels to Pick Up in 2021 – What would you suggest for this list?

Progressive.org – How the U.S. Used Comics as Propaganda Abroad – Some interesting history.

Reviews

Nerds and Beyond – Bubble
Talking Comics – Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Tea Time #1
Atomic Junk Shop – The Strange Disappearance of Barnabas Jones

Bubble

LibraryPass and Yen Press Announce Digital Access for Libraries and Schools Through Comics Plus

Yen Press, Comics Plus

LibraryPass, Inc. has announced a distribution agreement with Yen Press to make a selection of their digital catalog available to libraries and schools through Comics Plus. With Comics Plus, readers can access thousands of digital comics, graphic novels, and manga through their school or library—with unlimited simultaneous access for online and offline reading.

Yen Press will be adding more than 100 titles to Comics Plus, featuring dozens of original titles and popular licenses of interest to readers young and old.

Founded in 2006, Yen Press has quickly risen to become one of the largest and most prolific publishers of manga and original graphic novels in North America, including popular series like Kingdom Hearts, Maximum Ride, and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children: The Graphic Novel. JY was founded as a middle-grade imprint in the fall of 2017 and includes the acclaimed Awkward and Brave graphic novels by Svetlana Chmakova, as well as brand new JY releases, such as Kyle’s Little Sister by BonHyung Jeong.

Udon announces Persona 5: Mementos Mission Volume 1 Manga

The Persona 5: Mementos Mission manga series is ready to steal your heart!  Following the success of the highly popular Persona 3 and Persona 4 manga series, UDON Entertainment has announced the release of Persona 5: Mementos Mission Volume1. A side adventure to the ATLUS video game, this all-new, 3-volume manga mystery series features the cast of Persona 5 and is written and illustrated by Rokuro Saito. The attempted poisoning of an influential CEO, suspicious happenings at a local doctor’s clinic, sketchy job requests at a back-street military shop: follow high schooler and phantom thieves leader Ren Amamiya, AKA Joker, as he tackles a series of mysterious incidents together with his trustworthy friends and the famous high school detective, Goro Akechi!

UDON is excited to partner with Barnes & Noble to release an exclusive edition of Persona 5: Mementos Mission Volume 1! Featuring brand new cover art made specially for this edition by Rokuro Saito and an exclusive fold-out mini poster, the Barnes & Noble exclusive edition will ONLY be available in store and online at barnesandnoble.com. Fans of ATLUS’ iconic Persona 5 series will not want to miss out on this special edition!

The Persona 5: Mementos Mission Volume 1 standard cover and Barnes & Noble Exclusive editions will be released on December 7,2021 and are available for pre-order now.

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Blade Runner 2029 #5

Hope everyone has had a safe and relaxing 4th of July. We’re kicking off the week with the usual news and reviews from around the web.

ALA – Booklist’s Guide to Graphic Novels in Libraries – Our own Logan has a contribution in this!

Book Riot – Manhwa vs Manga: What’s the Difference? – For those that want to know.

Reviews

Atomic Junk Shop – After the Rain
That Hashtag Show – Blade Runner 2029 #5
That Hashtag Show – Catwoman Annual 2021
Atomic Junk Shop – Grande Odalisque
Collected Editions – Planet of the Apes Omnibus

Kodansha Announces New Manga, Premium Editions, and Box Sets Coming in Spring 2022

Kodansha has given fans a glimpse of all the amazing new print manga, premium editions, box sets, and more coming in Spring 2022.

The Seven Deadly Sins: Four Knights of the Apocalypse

By Nakaba Suzuki

Release Date: Spring 2022

The newest manga from Nakaba Suzuki, which continues the adventures in the world of The Seven Deadly Sins! This series can be read on its own or as part of The Seven Deadly Sins‘ experience!

The Seven Deadly Sins: Four Knights of the Apocalypse

Island in a Puddle

By Kei Sanbe

Release Date: Spring 2022

The new manga series from Kei Sanbe, the master of suspense behind Erased, plunges an innocent young boy into Tokyo’s criminal underworld, as he fights to keep his younger sister alive, and to return his soul to his own body!

The tiny apartment where Minato lives may as well be an isolated island in the middle of the ocean. Despite still being in elementary school, it falls on his shoulders to care for his little sister Nagisa, who never stops asking when their mother will make one of her infrequent visits home. On one of those visits, their mother takes them to an amusement park, only to give Minato some cash and leave them on a Ferris wheel… but as the wheel reaches the top, lightning strikes, and, instead of his sister, Minato sees the corpse of a woman… and, reflected in the glass looking back at him, an unfamiliar and menacing face!

Island in a Puddle

A Galaxy Next Door

By Gido Amagakura

Release Date: Spring 2022

The new sweet and wild romantic comedy from the creator of the hit manga and anime about food and family, Sweetness & Lightning! A desperate manga artist, called on to support his two young siblings, meets a new art assistant. But her arrival isn’t just a small step, it’s a giant leap…

Since his parents died, manga artist Ichiro has barely scraped by, forced to support his two younger siblings on just a middle school education. He doesn’t even have time to learn how to use a computer, which forces him to keep wrestling with pen and paper. When his art assistants quit to strike out on their own, on top of juggling deadlines, family, and the constant fear of losing his job, Ichiro feel close to a total breakdown. But then a new assistant pops into Ichiro’s life, and his prospects immediately start to brighten! She’s an incredible artist, she always finishes on time, and she’s beautiful, to boot! But she also seems to know an awful lot about him, and, soon, she makes a confession that bends Ichiro’s mind beyond the confines of Earth…

A Galaxy Next Door

Phantom of the Idol

By Hijiki Isoflavone

Release Date: Spring 2022

The story of a lazy male idol, ready to quit (or get fired), and the peppy poltergeist who brings him back from the brink, and rocketing to the heights of stardom! This madcap musical comedy is perfect for fans of My Dress-Up Darling, Kiss Him, Not Me! and Horimiya.

Yuuya, one half of the boy pop duo ZINGS, may be the laziest performer in the Japanese music industry. His partner is out there giving 110% every night (and, thankfully, he’s quite popular), but Yuuya’s half-assed, sloppy dancing, and his frankly hostile attitude toward the audience, has the fans hating him and his agent looking for any excuse to cut him loose. The career of a pop idol just isn’t the path of easy leisure and adulation Yuuya expected…

After a particularly lifeless concert appearance, Yuuya meets a girl backstage. She’s dressed to the nines in a colorful outfit, she’s full of vim and vigor, and all she wants from life is to perform. There’s just one problem: She’s been dead for a year. This is the ghost of Asahi Mogami, the beloved singer whose time on the stage was tragically cut short, unless… If ghosts are real, is spirit possession really that much of a stretch?

Phantom of the Idol

Wandance

By Coffee

Release Date: Spring 2022

A boy named Kaboku sees a girl named Wanda dance, and suddenly burns with a need to join in. With its thrilling scenes of Japanese hip-hop dance and quirky, charming characters, this is a new, inspirational manga for fans of coming-of-age stories like Blue Period and Your Lie in April. Get up and join the Wandance!

Kaboku has always just gone with the flow, marching in step to the drumbeat of the expectations of those around him: parents, school, plans for the future. It feels predictable, safe, and… empty. But one night, Kaboku’s at school late, and he happens on a girl alone, moving wildly, turning a blank space of concrete into a canvas. This is Hikari Wanda, a member of the hip-hop dance club. Kaboku is immediately smitten, but the road to stepping out of his shell is a long one. The club is almost entirely girls, and they’re all, well, way better than him. What’s ahead is unknown, and that’s terrifying, but it also means, for the first time in Kaboku’s life… a taste of freedom.

Wandance

Welcome Back, Alice

By Shuzo Oshimi

Release Date: Spring 2022

Yohei, Kei and Yui are childhood friends and things get complicated when Yohei witnesses Kei and Yui in an intimate moment. But when Kei unexpectedly moves away and returns a few years later to reunite in high school, he seems to be a bit different.

Welcome Back, Alice

Devil Ecstasy

By Shuzo Oshimi

Release Date: Spring 2022

Noboru Kusakabe is an 18-year-old virgin college student who developed a trauma for big breasts. Desperately wanting to lose his virginity, Noboru and his friend discover a mysterious brothel called “Devil Ecstasy”. Although he was nervous about his first experience, Noboru is thrilled by a beautiful girl with small breasts named Meruru who holds a scary secret about the brothel!

Devil Ecstasy

Sensei’s Pious Lie

By Akane Torikai

Release Date: Spring 2022

Misuzu Hara is a 24-year-old high school teacher. Her peaceful days of instructing her students begin to change with the advent of her friend Minako’s fiancé, Hayafuji. What happened between them?

A dramatic story about sexual inequalities that lie between men and women.

Sensei’s Pious Lie

Blackguard

By Ryo Hanada

Release Date: Spring 2022

A new dark fantasy from the creator of Devils’ Line, Ryo Hanada.

The world is suddenly overrun by monsters called “shojo” and anyone who is bit by one is infected with a mysterious virus, which turns them into the same being. To defeat the shojo, humans live in “aerial cities” and formed units called “guards”. Nanao Minami, also known as the Blackguard, fights but without regard for his own life. What is his motivation and why does he want to die so readily?

Blackguard

Tezuka New Omnibus Editions – Apollo’s Song, Princess Knight, Ode to Kirihito

By Osamu Tezuka

Release Date: Spring 2022

From the Harvey Awards Hall of Fame inductee creator

Classic Osamu Tezuka titles are back in print in an all new format
Each title will now be one volume, complete omnibus editions for the first time ever!
New covers created by renowned designer Peter Mendulsund

Tezuka New Omnibus Editions – Apollo’s Song, Princess Knight, Ode to Kirihito

The Shining Sea

By Koji Suzuki

Release Date: Spring 2022

A young woman who attempted suicide by drowning has lost her memory. Her lover, a young man, is on a pelagic tuna fishing boat. What happened between them? From renowned author Koji Suzuki, the creator of the Ring series.

The Shining Sea

AKIRA: Art of Wall

By Katsuhiro Otomo

Release Date: Spring 2022

A UNIQUE ARTIFACT: Reproduction of an art project inspired by AKIRA and carried out with the involvement of the original creator.

RARE COLLECTIBLE: AKIRA is one of the most important and popular manga ever published, and official merchandise based on this property is vanishingly rare.

HUGE FRANCHISE: The complete, $200 box set published by Kodansha in 2017 is the #1 best selling ISBN ever published by the imprint by net dollars.

AKIRA: Art of Wall

Yen Press Announces Five New Series

Yen Press has announced a slate of upcoming releases that includes manga (Spy Classroom and Toilet-bound Hanako-kun, Vol. 0), light novels (Dragon and Ceremony and My Happy Marriage) and an artbook (Visions 2021__Illustrators Book). All announced titles are scheduled for December 2021 release.

Spy Classroom (manga)

Original Story by Takemachi
Art by SeuKaname
Character Design by Tomari

The golden age of the military has passed, and war is now carried out by spies. Klaus, an agent with a perfect record but a difficult personality, has formed a special team to carry out an “impossible” mission with a 90% failure rate. Problem is…the ones he’s chosen are a bunch of pretty girls with no experience!?

Spy Classroom is a manga adaptation of the highly-anticipated light novel from Yen On. Filled with action, comedy and fan-favorite light novel tropes, Spy Classroom puts a twist on the spy story genre that has taken the world of manga and light novels by storm!

Spy Classroom (manga)

Dragon and Ceremony (light novel)

Story by Ichimei Tsukushi
Illustration by Enji

To fulfill his master’s last request, half-human wand craftsman Ix must repair a staff belonging to a girl named Yuui. There’s just one problem—in order to mend the staff’s core, Ix must obtain the heart of a dragon, the last of which supposedly died out 1,000 years ago. Running up against a strict time limit before his contract expires, Ix must somehow find a long lost dragon and repair the wand all by summer’s end.

Dragon and Ceremony is a fantasy light novel series with a compelling premise and excellent world building. It has stood out as a highly anticipated series among light novel fans due to the excellent storytelling and beautiful illustrations.

Dragon and Ceremony (light novel)

My Happy Marriage (light novel)

Story by Akumi Agitogi
Illustration by Tsukiho Tsukioka

Born to a noble family, Miyo is raised by her abusive stepmother and married off to Kiyoka, a soldier so heartless his prior fiancées fled within three days into their engagement. With no home to return to, Miyo slowly starts to open her heart to her cold and pale husband-to-be, despite their rocky introduction… This might just be her chance at finding true love and happiness.

Combining an irresistible supernatural story, filled with drama and romance, with breathtaking illustrations, My Happy Marriage is a light novel series that has all the charm and appeal of shojo manga. My Happy Marriage is a welcome addition to light novel fans who have been eager for more great works of romantic slice-of-life.

My Happy Marriage (light novel)

Visions 2021__Illustrators Book

Edited by pixiv Inc

Here are the “VISIONS” of 170 frontline illustrators. Compiled by pixiv, this artbook features the newest and best works of illustrators making a splash in the industry!

The Japanese online art community pixiv has been widely known and respected worldwide for providing artists with a platform to showcase great illustrations and comics. Visions 2021__Illustrators Book is the first major English-language release of pixiv’s prolific collection of illustrations and is a must-have for the growing community of art book collectors.

Visions 2021__Illustrators Book

Toilet-bound Hanako-kun, Vol. 0

Story & Art by AidaIro

Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun takes on the theme of the school ghost story of Hanako-san. All three chapters of Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun from its original short-term serialization in the monthy magazine G Fantasy are now available in one book. What’s more, the author’s extremely rare debut series, The Lovely Living Dead, is also included. This starting point has plenty of talent which drives the next era!

Toilet-bound Hanako-kun, Vol. 0 gives fans the chance to experience the amazing manga and art of creator AidaIro that was made before the serialization of their best-selling series. With the art book AidaIro Illustrations: Toilet-bound Hanako-kun releasing this November, this winter season is looking great for passionate fans of everyone’s favorite ghost story!

Toilet-bound Hanako-kun, Vol. 0

Ablaze Reveals 2 Manga Titles for August and September

VERSUS FIGHTING STORY

by writer Izu and artists, Madd and Kalo
Releases August 18th

The first manga dedicated to the world of e-sports competition!

Whether you’re a beginner or a combat game specialist, you’ll enjoy taking a dive into the heart of the competition in this humorous adventure and its gallery of colorful characters!
Officially endorsed by Capcom and the fighting game community, featuring genuine Street Fighter characters, and produced in the vein of the best sports shonen, readers are invited to discover the e-sport spirit as they have never seen it before.

VERSUS FIGHTING STORY

CRUELER THAN DEAD

by Tsukasa Saimura and Kozo Takahashi
Releases September 29th

Inspired by Katsuhiro Otomo (Akira), The Walking Dead, Romero classics, and new zombie films like 24 Hours LaterCrueler Than Dead delights in the meticulous detail of decomposed flesh, with a wicked and hungry eye…evoking a modern vision of a zombie world that is terrifying and tension filled.

CRUELER THAN DEAD

Review: Fist of the North Star Vol. 1

In an postapocalyptic world, a wanderer appears out of the wasteland to bring justice. Ken bears seven scars upon his chest and holds the secret of a mysterious martial art known as Hokuto Shinken, the Divine Fist of the North Star!

Story: Buronson
Art: Tetsuo Hara
Translation: Joe Yamazaki
Touch-up Art & Lettering: John Hunt

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