It’s new comic book day! What’s everyone excited for? What do you plan on getting? Sound off in the comments below. While you wait for shops to open, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.
VIZ Media will mark the 20th anniversary of Naruto with a national brand campaign, theYear of Naruto, launching at the upcoming New York Comic Con 2019 (NYCC). The beloved action/adventure franchise has become synonymous with Japanese pop culture and exemplifies the massive international popularity of anime and manga.
To celebrate Naruto’s manga origins and kick off the Year of Naruto, VIZ Media will debut one-of-a-kind, limited edition manga-inspired products at NYCC. The exclusive items available to North American fans for the first time include an official Naruto skateboard deck by Hypland and a hand-numbered, exclusive poster with hologram details featuring Naruto in various stages of his evolution, from a ninja-in-training, all the way to a full-fledged Hokage.
VIZ Media’s Year of Naruto campaign will continue throughout 2020 and will feature a wide range of yet-to-be announced officially licensed brand activations. These include video games, events featuring pop-up installations, panel discussions and other special live programming, and an array of product activations and collaborations with top global lifestyle brands.
Gecco Corp. has revealed that Naruto, Sasuke and Sakura mark the start of their line of Naruto Shippuden 1/6 Scale Busts.
Naruto and Sasuke measure 13.5cm with Sakura measures 13cm and the retail price are $44.99. They’re scheduled for release some time between November and December 2019.
Sculpted by Shin Tanabe, the busts are painted by Katsushige Akeyama.
This bust collection features 3 ninjas at a time (three-man cell) from “Naruto Shippuden.” Naruto, Sasuke and Sakura mark the start of this exciting series.
The characters are recreated in 1/6th scale, a statue size Gecco excels at. This scale is the perfect size to capture the sensitive facial expressions, atmosphere and to sculpt every single detail of the costume without compromise.
While the “Bust Format” is utilized to pursue both affordable and collectible item, the body cut lines are thoroughly calculated to make the characters even more attractive.
VIZ Mediahas announced exciting new digital content for Shonen Jump with the launch of Samurai 8: The Tale of Hachimaru. Chapter 1 is available now for the highly-anticipated series by famed Naruto creator, Masashi Kishimoto, who teams up with his longtime assistant artist Akira Okubo. Samurai 8 debuted in English with a 72-page opening chapter on May 12th, the same day it launched in Japan. New chapters will be available to English readers for FREEon a weekly basis and via the Shonen Jump app.
Additional just-added manga content now available in the Shonen Jump digital vault includes fan-favorite series JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, Parts 1-3 (Phantom Blood, Battle Tendency, and Stardust Crusaders), Golden Kamuy (Rated ‘M’ for Mature and web-only), and One-Punch Man. Readers can access free Shonen Jump digital chapters and unlock the Shonen Jump digital vault or with the Shonen Jump app for iPhone, iPad and Android-based devices.
The Shonen Jump app experience has been enhanced with a new “Continue Reading” row on the app’s Home screen. This added feature allows users to instantly access their latest chapter read. Now manga fans can easily keep track of where they left off reading across any given series.
A Shonen Jump Vault Membership (only $1.99 per month) grants readers seamless access to a substantial and continually updated digital archive that currently features more than 10,000 manga chapters from over 100 series – almost every ongoing and completed Shonen Jump series published in English.
Naruto (classic) – 220 episodes (Seasons 1-5), subtitled
One-Punch Man – complete 12-episode series, subtitled
Vampire Knight – 26 episodes (Seasons 1-2), subtitled and dubbed
Verizon’s go90 is a free social entertainment platform that makes it easy to discover, view and share content from the most beloved networks, distributors and brands in digital entertainment across every screen. Viewers can stream original shows, live sports and more, with over 1,500 hours of go90 originals and 25,000 of live and linear programming.
Be on the lookout for Naruto’s exclusive variants, like Naruto in empowered Sage Mode (available only at GameStop), and Naruto in super-empowered Six Paths Sage Mode (exclusively at Hot Topic)!
Collect them all the Pop! Anime: Naruto Shippuden this February.
This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links and make a purchase, we’ll receive a percentage of the sale. Graphic Policy does purchase items from this site. Making purchases through these links helps support the site.
VIZ Media continues to expand its library of popular Naruto novels with the release of Naruto: Itachi’s Story – Daylight on November 1st.
Naruto’s allies and enemies take center stage in these fast-paced adventures with each book focusing on a particular clan mate, ally, team…or villain. Naruto: Itachi’s Story – Daylight will be available in print and digital editions. The novel was written by Takashi Yano and features original cover art by Naruto creator, Masashi Kishimoto.
Uchiha Itachi, four years of age. With the hell of war burned into his eyes, the boy makes a resolution: he will rid this world of all violence. The birth of Sasuke, meeting his friend Shisui, the academy, genin, chunin, and then the Anbu – Itachi races down the path of glory toward his dream of becoming the first Uchiha Hokage, unaware of the darkness that lies ahead…
New Pocket Pops! are arriving now! Pick up Naruto‘s eponymous ninja, Hatsune Miku the singing synthesizer, Attack on Titan‘s hot-headed Eren Jaeger, or hoverboarding Marty McFly from Back to the Future!
Add these fun little companions to your keys so you can Pop! and lock it! These new Pocket Pop! Keychains are out in August from Funko.
Pocket Pop Keychain: Naruto
Pocket Pop Keychain: Vocaloid – Hatsune Miku
Pocket Pop Keychain: Attack on Titan – Eren Jaeger
Pocket Pop Keychain: Back to the Future – Marty McFly