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Fairy Tail’s Hiro Mashima Returns with Edens Zero this November

For more than a decade, Fairy Tail has been one of the best-loved manga series in the world. When the curtain finally lowered on the series with its 63rd manga volume, released in English in early 2018, its popularity was at its peak. But fans won’t have to wait long for more from its dynamic and prolific creator Hiro Mashima, whose brand new manga, Edens Zero, will see its first volume released in print in November 2018.

The Kodansha Comics industry panel at New York Comic Con 2018 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center included details of the release plan. The series, which brings Mashima’s epic storytelling to bear on a galaxy-spanning sci-fi adventure, has already seen a digital release, but the print volumes are highly anticipated.

Mashima’s readers were also excited to hear about new releases from the acclaimed artist’s past, coming to English for the first time. Hiro Mashima’s Playground, clocking in at nearly 400 pages, will contain a variety of fantastical short stories. What makes it a “must have” is the inclusion of the original short story that would become the juggernaut Fairy Tail. A rare look at the artistic process of one of the world’s top comics artists as well as a fun and funny collection in its own right, Hiro Mashima’s Playground will be released Oct. 30 in print and digital formats.

Also coming to print Oct. 23 is Fairy Tail: Lightning Gods, a single-volume spinoff about fan-favorite dragon slayer Laxus. This standalone volume concludes a series of character-focused spinoffs that has included Fairy Tail: Twin Dragons of Saber Tooth and Fairy Tail: Rhodonite.

NYCC 2018: Kodansha Announces New All-Ages and Teen Manga for 2019

At their industry panel at New York Comic Con, top-ranking graphic novel publisher Kodansha Comics announced two exciting upcoming all-ages manga, perfect for teen and adult readers as well as parents introducing kids to manga for the first time.

Beginning in April 2019, Kodansha will release Kamome Shirahama’s Witch Hat Atelier. The lushly-illustrated story of a girl who longs to be a witch in a magical society that keep telling her she doesn’t have what it takes placed No. 6 in a prestigious manga industry poll in Japan last year, and it is likely to be one of the most-anticipated new series in the English-speaking market, appealing to fans of Studio Ghibli and Disney films. Shirahama is known in the United States for her exquisitely-detailed variant covers featuring on comics from DC Comics, Marvel Comics, and other publishers.

July will bring Vol. 1 of Magus of the Library, a story about a poor boy swept away by a kind library mage and the (literal) magic of reading. In a lushly-detailed fantasy world reminiscent of Arabian Nights, the Great Library is the center of learning in the world, and its librarians are capable of magnificent feats of magic. In a small village far from the main Library, a poor little elf boy struggles against bullies who call him “Knife-Ears.” His only solace: the books that he sneaks out of the village’s tiny branch library. When a librarian from the Great Library arrives, he’s dazzled by her knowledge and glamor. Their meeting will change his life and begin the adventure he’s always dreamed of.

NYCC 2018: Kodansha Announces new Printing of Akira Plus New Titles for 2019

At New York Comic Con 2018, Kodansha Comics announced the return of the top-selling manga release of 2017, the Akira 35th Anniversary Box Set, along with an exciting slate of new series for release in the coming fall and 2019.

Since becoming one of the top-ticket comics releases during last year’s holiday shopping and winning two Eisner Awards at San Diego Comic-Con 2018, the new box set release of Katsuhiro Otomo’s seminal Akira had become widely unavailable. But the publisher announced that, as of this week, the set is back in stock and available for purchase again, just in time for this year’s gift-buying season. December 2017 marked the 35th anniversary of the debut of the manga, while this year is the 30th anniversary of the influential anime film.

One of the largest English-language graphic novel publishers in the world, Kodansha also presented some of its new releases for 2019, starting with O Maidens in Your Savage Season, the manga debut of the award-winning screenwriter and director Mari Okada (anohanaMaquiaMobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans). In collaboration with acclaimed manga artist and illustrator Nao Emoto (Forget Me Not), Okada crafts a funny, dramatic, and deeply resonant coming-of-age story about a girls’ high school literature club confronting the terrifying specter of puberty.

The imprint also announced the print release of I’m Standing on a Million Lives, which had been a digital-first release. Ninth-grader Yusuke Yotsuya is a loner and he likes it that way. But one day, he and two female classmates are suddenly sent to another world, where they must work together to battle for their lives. But he’s been reincarnated as a farmer! How is someone who’s only ever wanted to be left alone supposed to be a hero? This original fantasy manga features a story by Naoki Yamakawa and art by Akinari Nao.

The publisher then presented several manga that tie into current or upcoming anime series.Boarding School Juliet by Yousuke Kaneda, an action romance about star-crossed lovers from two boarding schools that are bitter rivals, will see its first volume released in print this month, the same month its anime adaptation will premiere. It was previously released in digital formats. The Seven Deadly Sins: Seven Days, a two-volume prequel to the manga that became a Netflix Original Series, saw its first volume released this month and will conclude with Vol. 2 in November.

Joining these anime tie-ins is a broad variety of strong standalone titles. From Yoko Nogiri, the author of the bestselling shojo That Wolf-Boy Is Mine!, comes Love in Focus, about a teenage girl who moves away to a high school where she can nurture her talent for photography, learn to grow past personal loss, and build new relationships in her dorm. Like Wolf-Boy, the series is four volumes long, with the first debuting in March 2019.

The harem comedy Quintessential Quintuplets, about a super-smart student called upon to tutor five rambunctious, identical quintuplets, will debut in print in January 2019 after an initial digital release.

Finally, Kodansha Comics also previewed Gleipnir, the debut series by artist Sun Takeda, a compelling, sexy, and brutal action sci-fi series about a teenage girl searching for a sister who became a monster, and a boy with the strange power to turn into a ragged beast with a zipper down his back and a compartment on the inside just big enough for her body. With devilishly incongruous cute and violent art, Gleipnir will appeal to fans of the cute horror aesthetic of Five Nights at Freddy’s and the work of Jhonen Vasquez. Vol. 1 is coming March 2019.

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The weekend is almost here! While you count down the work day and wait for the weekend to begin, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

The Beat – Crime Wave: Erik Larsen and other Creators Turn to Twitter After Rash of NYCC Thefts – If anyone knows anything, please reach out.

ICv2 – WarnerMedia Gets in on the Direct-to-Consumer Streaming Action – What’s one more service to spend money on?

The Hollywood Reporter – Scarlett Johansson Lands $15 Million Payday for Black Widow Movie – Well deserved.

Publisher’s Weekly – Asian-Pop Makes Big Showing at New York Comic Con 2018 – It’ll be interesting to see what impact this has elsewhere.

 

Review

Talking Comics – Doomsday Clock #7

Eaglemoss Adds WWE and the Wizarding World to Their Collection

Eaglemoss Hero Collector, designers, manufacturers and publishers of high-quality collectibles from across the many worlds of pop culture adds two new popular universes to their roster – each revealed to the public this past weekend at New York Comic Con.

Shown for the very first time at NYCC was the WWE Championship Collection, a comprehensive magazine and statue collection showcasing the greatest superstars in the history of the WWE. Featuring Champions from every era, including Superstars The Rock, John Cena, The Undertaker, AJ Styles, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, Triple H, Finn Bálor and many more, each expertly sculpted polyresin statue presents the superstar in a fixed pose on a base and has been produced at 1:16 scale (approximately 4-1/2 to 5 inches tall). The accompanying magazine features a history of the superstar and chronicles their championship reign, greatest matches and top rivalries. This new collection will be available beginning in early 2019 via subscription, through select specialty retailers and online in the Eaglemoss Shop.

Also joining the Hero Collector lineup is the Wizarding World Figurine Collection, launching in Novmeber 2018. Bringing together characters from the entire Wizarding World, including the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts film franchises, this officially authorized collection features the most famous witches, wizards and magical creatures. Every figurine is meticulously sculpted in a classic pose at 1:16 scale and cast in a specially formulated resin. Each also comes with a guide to the character, profiling their magical adventures and how they fit into the Wizarding World.

NYCC 2018: Presidential Candidate Andrew Yang Talks Comic Conventions and Politics

Conventions are becoming a regular location for folks to get political. This year’s San Diego Comic-Con saw numerous groups registering voters. So, how odd would it to see a Presidential candidate at one? New York Comic Con had a visit from 2020 Presidential candidate Andrew Yang, a first.

Andrew’s platform is centered around the idea of providing a “Freedom Dividend” – a form of universal basic income (UBI) – to every American adult. It’s a concept that’s been seen in pop culture like Star Trek and The Expanse.

Andrew has been endorsed by technology futurists like Y Combinator founder, Sam Altman, as well as labor leaders like former head of the SEIU, Andy Stern.

He’s a big sci-fi and comics fan (particularly of Star Trek and the Marvel Universe) and is heading to the convention this week to meet the attendees and build support.

Listen in and find out what it’s like to campaign at a comic convention and what we can learn from comics.

You can learn more at Yang 2020.

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It was new comic book day yesterday! What’d you get? What’d you like? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below. While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Kotaku – Jesse Jackson’s 1988 Presidential Campaign Lives On In South Korea – Well ok then.

CBR – DC’s Secret Six in the Works as TV Series at CBS – That’s an interesting station for the series…

Newsarama – Top Cow and Skybound’s The Darkness, Nailbiter, Think Tank, Thief of Thieves in Development for TV – Is anything not being developed at this point?

Publisher’s Weekly – A Record 250,000 Fans Mob New York Comic Con 2018 – That’s a lot of people.

The Beat – The Winners and Losers of New York Comic Con 2018 – Agree? Disagree?

The Comichron – Heroes in Crisis leads first reorder chart for October – Remember, no one wants to read events. That’s why they top the charts.

 

Reviews

The Beat – Bastard

Newsarama – Murder Falcon #1

Comics Bulletin – Sparrowhawk #1

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