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SDCC 2019: Tokyopop Announces New Manga Including Horror and Three Boys’ Love Titles

Tokyopop unveiled the launch of a new horror manga series, as well as three new, single-volume boys’ love titles to be released in early 2020 at their San Diego Comic-Con 2019 panel. 

From Kaili Sorano, the creator of supernatural manga series Monochrome Factor, comes another action-packed occult story entitled Parham Itan: Tales From Beyond. It follows the mysterious adventures of two high schoolers, Yamagishi and Sendo, who accidentally find themselves entangled in occult conspiracies and a fantastical array of paranormal phenomenon plaguing their school, including a plant-faced monster that seems to be assimilating innocent victims around the area. With the help of an enigmatic paranormal investigator named Akisato, the two must set aside their many differences and work together to stop these preternatural perils from the world “beyond.” 

According to the artist, this new manga series is heavily inspired by H.P. Lovecraft’s Call of Cthulhu, as well as the tabletop role-playing game of the same title. Horror manga fans can look forward to the Lovecraftian monsters and mysteries of Parham Itan: Tales From Beyond in February 2020. 

Also launching in early 2020 are three more boys’ love titles, each in single-volume format. 

The first of the three, titled Dirty Darling, is authored and illustrated by boys love artist Gorou Kanbe. In it, a young man takes in and takes care of an unfortunate vagrant, helping him clean up and get back on his feet. A special relationship begins to blossom between the two unlikely companions in this bittersweet story of loss and love.

Also scheduled for early 2020 are Dekoboko Sugar Days by Atsuko Yusen and RePlay by Saki Tsukahara, both of which feature a romance between two young men who started out as childhood friends.

Dekoboko Sugar Days is a fun, lighthearted romance between main characters Yuujirou Matsukaze and Rui Hanamine, who have been close since the two of them were young. At that time, Yuujirou was the one who stood up for and took care of his adorable, soft-hearted friend. As it turns out, however, Yuujirou’s childhood dreams end up growing a little too big to handle — or, rather, too tall! At over six feet in height, the cheerful and happy-go-lucky Rui towers over his would-be protector… and still has no idea Yuujirou’s had a crush on him since they were kids! 

RePlay also features a couple who started out as close friends, but with a twist for sports-manga fans. Main characters Yuuta and Ritsu have been part of the same baseball club for years, but after being defeated in a local tournament over the summer, the two decide to quit the club and begin studying for the same university. Still, Yuuta finds himself unable to give up his lingering attachment to baseball. The one person who can truly understand him is Ritsu. 

Details on these upcoming 2020 Tokyopop manga releases are below.


Title: Parham Itan: Tales From Beyond, Vol. 1
Story/Art: Kaili Sorano
ISBN: 978-1-4278-6226-6
Rating: 13+
SRP: $12.99
Trim: 5″x7.5″
Pages: 176
Cover: Softcover
Release month: February 2020

Parham Itan: Tales From Beyond, Vol. 1

Title: Dirty Darling
Story/Art: Gorou Kanbe
ISBN: 978-1-4278-6225-9
Rating: 16+
SRP: $12.99
Trim: 5″x7.5″
Pages: 176
Cover: Softcover
Release month: January 2020

Dirty Darling

Title: Dekoboko Sugar Days
Story/Art: Atsuko Yusen
ISBN: 978-1-4278-6228-0
Rating: 16+
SRP: $12.99
Trim: 5″x7.5″
Pages: 256
Cover: Softcover
Release month: February 2020

Dekoboko Sugar Days

Title: RePlay
Story/Art: Saki Tsukahara
ISBN: 978-1-4278-6227-3
Rating: 18+
SRP: $12.99
Trim: 5″x7.5″
Pages: 192
Cover: Softcover
Release month: February 2020

RePlay

Otakon Teams with the Library of Congress for a Special Event

Anime for All,” a celebration of East Asian culture, mythology, pop culture and inspiration, will be held Thursday, July 25 through Friday, July 26, in the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street S.E., Washington, D.C. The film screening — along with a collection display of rare Japanese graphic art, a panel discussion on the emergence of Japanese hip-hop and a live Studio Ghibli performance — will showcase the evolution of Japanese storytelling traditions that have been transformed into modern forms of expressions and overall pop-culture fandom. 

The events are free and open to the public. Tickets are available for some of the “Anime for All” activities, but are not required. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit this event-ticketing site for more information and to secure your ticket. Entry is not guaranteed. 

Fans of anime, manga and Japanese pop culture have much to explore in the Library’s collections. The Prints and Photographs Division contains over 2,500 Japanese woodblock prints from the Edo Period through the 21st century. The Asian Division’s collection is the largest repository of Japanese-language materials outside of Japan, totaling 1.2 million monograph volumes with a rare book collection exceeding 5,900 items dating as far back as the 8th century. The Serials and Government Publications Division houses over 140,000 comic books, including treasures such as the rare early English-language editions of “Astro Boy,” “Macross” and “Ultraman.”

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)

AVAILABLE FROM THURSDAY 7/18 WHILE SUPPLIES LAST.

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)

AVAILABLE ON THURSDAY 7/18 WHILE SUPPLIES LAST.

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)

AVAILABLE ON FRIDAY 7/19 WHILE SUPPLIES LAST.

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)

AVAILABLE ON SATURDAY 7/20 WHILE SUPPLIES LAST.

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)

AVAILABLE ON SUNDAY 7/21 WHILE SUPPLIES LAST.

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.

Reviews

Newsarama – Batman #74
CBR –
Batman Universe #1
AIPT! –
The Flash #74
Newsarama –
Giant-Size X-Statix #1
Newsarama –
Invisible Woman #1
AIPT! –
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:

JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE SET 4: DIAMOND IS UNBREAKABLE Part 1

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.

POKÉMON THE SERIES: DIAMOND AND PEARL COMPLETE SEASON

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:

BEASTARS

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?

DAYTIME SHOOTING STAR

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.

Review

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.

Reviews

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

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