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NYCC 2018: Diamond Select Toys Returns!

New York Comic-Con is approaching, and Diamond Select Toys is prepping a massive presence at the show, with cases of advance prototypes, shelves of products for sale, a panel, two signings and an exclusive! Read on for details, and come see us at booth 1644!

Starting Thursday, Oct. 4, DST will offer an exclusive Minimate of the Battle Beast Desmodius, a fearsome black bat armed with a sword and glaive. Measuring approximately 2 inches tall, and featuring 14 points of articulation, it is fully interchangeable with all Minimates mini-figures. It will come packaged in a clear polybag with hangtag, and sell for $6.

DST’s panel and signings will happen on Saturday, Oct. 6, and feature designers Nelson X. Asencio (Marvel Gallery, Milestones, Premier) and Caesar (Marvel Gallery, DC Gallery), and sculptors Eli Livingston (Alien, Predator, Cthulhu) and Jean St. Jean (Classic Batman, Marvel Select, Premier). DST President Chuck Terceira will also be on hand for the panel from 12:00-1:00 in Room 1C03.

Following the panel, the designer signing will run from 1:30 to 2:30, and the sculptor signing will happen from 2:30 to 3:30, both at booth 1644. There will be free postcards on hand for them to sign, but fans are welcome to bring their own items, as well as purchase items in the DST store.

NYCC 2018: VIZ Media Details Plans and Special Guests

VIZ Media has released details for a weekend packed with panels, creator appearances, autograph sessions, special in-booth activities, retail exclusives, and anime screenings set to take place next month at New York Comic Con and Anime Fest @ NYCC X Anime Expo 2018.

This year, New York Comic Con takes place on October 4th – 7th at the Javits Convention Center in Manhattan and is the East Coast’s biggest pop culture convention. The annual event plays host to the latest and greatest in comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies, and television. VIZ Media will be located in Booth #1336 in the Exhibit Hall.

Anime Fest will also take place on October 4th – 7th at the city’s historic Pier 94. NYCC proudly teams up with Anime Expo, the nation’s biggest dedicated annual convention, to present a historic 4-day celebration of anime, manga, cosplay, J-Pop artists, food, and Japanese culture.

At both events, VIZ Media will welcome notable talent from the anime and manga spheres. Catch the creator of Radiant, Tony Valente; Sailor Moon/Boruto voice actor veteran, Amanda Miller; and BORUTO anime series voice actor, Colleen O’Shaughnessy for a variety of panels and autograph sessions.

Additional guests include Lord Gris, illustrator and character designer for The World Next Door video game and Adi Shankar, Executive Producer of the animated adaptation of Castlevania.

Also stop by VIZ Media booth #1336 for a variety of retail exclusives and advance releases. VIZ Media’s booth will also host various activities and giveaways throughout the con including a Dr. Stone arm sleeve, an exclusive MY HERO ACADEMIA poster and digital manga offer, as well as a special demo for The World Next Door video game, which is set for release in early 2019!

VIZ Media NYCC and Anime Fest 2018 Panels & Autograph Sessions

Thursday, October 4th

12:15pm VIZ Media Official Panel
Javits, Room 1A06

Come hang out with us and special guests, Tony Valente and Adi Shankar, as we share upcoming releases and other announcements!

2:00pm CASTLEVANIA Producer Signing
VIZ Media Booth

Meet Adi Shankar, the Executive Producer behind the hit animated adaptation of the Castlevania video game in an exclusive signing session.

3:30pm RADIANT Creator Signing
NYCC Autograph Area*

Come see Tony Valente, the creator behind the RADIANT manga, and receive a personalized signed art card.

Friday, October 5th

2:00pm ReedPOP and VIZ Media Present Tony Valente, Creator of RADIANT Panel
Anime Fest, Mirai Stage**

Hear from Tony Valente himself as he discusses his career and creative journey from pen to panel and from manga to anime!

3:30pm RADIANT Creator Signing
Anime Fest, Autograph Area**

Don’t miss your final chance to meet Tony Valente!


4:00pm RWBY Creative Talent Signing
VIZ Media Booth

Meet members of the RWBY creative team and receive a signed RWBY poster.

Saturday, October 6th

11:00am SHONEN JUMP Panel
Javits, Room 1A10

Hang out with your SHONEN JUMP pals and awesome guests including the voice of Boruto, Amanda Miller, and Cho-Cho, Colleen O’Shaughnessey.

12:30pm BORUTO: NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS English Voice Cast Signing
NYCC Autograph Area*

Catch the voice of Boruto, Amanda Miller, and Cho-Cho, Colleen O’Shaughnessey, in this signing session!

4:00pm THE WORLD NEXT DOOR Signing
VIZ Media Booth

Stop by and meet illustrator Lord Gris, character designer for THE WORLD NEXT DOOR video game, and receive a signed art card!


4:00pm SHONEN JUMP Fun & Ninja Games Panel
Anime Fest, Main Stage**

Laugh it up with the U.S. Editors of WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP as they face off against special guests behind some of our favorite titles in a fun game or two!

5:45pm BORUTO: NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS English Voice Cast Signing
Anime Fest, Autograph Area**

An encore chance to meet BORUTO voice actors Amanda Miller and Colleen O’Shaughnessey at Anime Fest!

Javits, Room A10

View the special U.S. premiere of LOST SMALL WORLD, an all-new anime work set in the mesmerizing world of K!

Sunday, October 7th

1:00pm SAILOR MOON Voice Actor Signing
Anime Fest, Autograph Area**

JUPITER POWER MAKE UP! Meet Sailor Jupiter’s English voice actor, Amanda Miller, and receive a personalized signed poster.

1:30pm K Anime Marathon Screening
Anime Fest, Mirai Stage**

Catch three works from the K: SEVEN STORIES series, which includes SIDE: BLUE, SIDE: GREEN, and LOST SMALL WORLD.

1:30pm THE WORLD NEXT DOOR Signing
VIZ Media Booth

Another opportunity to meet artist Lord Gris!

*NYCC official signings are ticketed before the event. Get more information.

**Anime Fest badges are required; this is a separate ticketed event located at Pier 94.

New York Comic Con Announces Key Dates for Tickets

New York Comic Con has sent an update about this year’s show to individuals. Here’s what you need to know:

Fan Verification Confirmation Email – By the end of the day on May 9th, fans with accounts from 2016 and 2017 will get an email to confirm their account details. Individuals who plan on purchasing tickets must confirm their account details by May 30th or the Fan Verification profile will be deleted and you will not be able to participate in the presale.

NYCC Badge Presale – Only verified fans from 2016 and 2017 will be eligible and it will take place Sunday, June 10.

Fan Verification Opens – If you want to purchase a badge and don’t have a previous profile, this will open on Wednesday, June 13.

Fan Verification Closes – Make sure you do the above before this date. That’s Sunday, July 8th.

NYCC Badges on Sale – All verified fans are eligible for this which takes place Sunday, July 15th.

Underrated: Single Day Conventions

This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week: Single Day Conventions.

If you’re reading this then I have no doubt that you’ve heard of the cons that run across multiple days, but on the off chance I’m wrong take a few minutes to google San Diego Comic Con, New York Comic Con or C2E2 as an example of those multiday conventions. Now the three that I’ve mentioned are also well known for having a ton of industry reveals emerging from the various panels, as well as an imperial fuckton of guests and exhibitors all competing for your attention and money.

These major conventions are usually full of a great expansive mass of humanity pouring over comics and, let’s be frank, pop culture in all its lovely various forms that can be both exhilarating and incredibly overwhelming. They are a place for thousands of fans to gather and share a love of all things geek, but can often be tough to navigate, expensive and very crowded – and sometimes they may not be the best place for a person to experience their first con – which is where the smaller single day conventions can often be the unsung gems of the comics world (at least on paper) by allowing fans to get a feeling of what a con is like, albeit on a much smaller scale.

Although I don’t make a point to travel to every con I can get to regardless of size, the smaller ones do have some advantages the larger ones don’t.

  • Firstly it’s highly unlikely you’ll be overwhelmed at the size of the convention. By their very nature these events aren’t geared toward an army of fans which means that you’ll be able to swing a cat if you so choose [editor’s note: Don’t swing a cat].
  • The admission is usually pretty cheap.
  • Because the cons are smaller, and usually in small to medium sized cities and towns, more often than not it is easier to find parking spaces near the venue itself.
  • You can see everything on offer (if you have the time). Although there is always the chance that what’s on offer for you to buy isn’t great, even then you’ll never leave thinking that you missed the best buy of the con because you didn’t go down every aisle.
  • They can often have the feel of a craft fair about them as exhibitors who can’t afford to travel to larger events can show their products. I picked up an interesting modge podge display piece that had pages from an old comics pasted over a block of wood for a friend at a con last year (that I never took a photo of).
  • They’re often put together out of love and not always for a profit.

I’m aware that the smaller cons have a drastically different flavour than the larger cons  and while that flavour may or may not be to your liking, I’ve noticed that there really aren’t as many folks talking about the smaller cons in general verses the industry giant ones (granted for obvious reasons), and I wanted to express some love for the single day conventions that we don’t always talk about after we attend – myself included.

That’s all for this week folks. Join us next week when we talk about something else that falls under the Underrated banner in the comic book world.

Deathbed, Motherands, “Milk Wars,” and Eternity Girl Joins DC’s Young Animal and Vertigo

The Vertigo/DC’s Young Animal panel at New York Comic Con brought interesting news for each of the imprints.

Vertigo writers John Ridley and Tim Seeley shared new details about their series, while creative teams Si Spurrier & Rachael Stott and Joshua Williamson & Riley Rossmo announced their projects being released this winter.

Motherlands, from writer Si Spurrier and artist Rachael Stott, is a sci-fi series set in a future where universe-hopping bounty hunters are the new celebrities. A spotlight-shunning hunter named Tab finds herself in a race for her greatest prize yet, but to ID her target she’ll have to work with her fiercest rival and the most famous bounty hunter of all time—her mother. The six-issue series launches January 31.

Deathbed, from writer Joshua Williamson and artist Riley Rossmo, follows a former adventurer turned recluse who has re-emerged 20 years later. When reporter Valentine Richards is hired to get his story, she soon finds herself in an insane world of violence and supernatural adventure. The six-issue series begins February 21.

Plus, the weird and popular DC’s Young Animal imprint, curated by My Chemical Romance’s frontman Gerard Way, continues to expand its list of titles and announced the remaining DC/DC’s Young Animal crossover issues. Doom Patrol artist Nick Derington discussed his work on the series, with writer Steve Orlando sharing more details for the first issue of “Milk Wars,” and new series writer Magdalene Visaggio giving an early look at her upcoming project:

Milk Wars” will mash up DC’s Young Animal with characters from the DC Universe, beginning with a Justice League/Doom Patrol Special from Orlando and Way, followed by Shade, The Changing Girl/Wonder Woman Special, Mother Panic/Batman Special, Cave Carson/Swamp Thing Special and Doom Patrol/Justice League Special. The weekly crossover adventure begins January 31.

Eternity Girl, the new miniseries from Eisner and GLAAD-nominated writer Magdalene Visaggio and Eisner award-winning artist Sonny Liew follows Caroline Sharp, a former secret agent who can’t die. Her only solution? Destroy the universe first. This six-issues series launches March 2018 from DC’s Young Animal.

A First Look at Constantine

First Look! New York Comic Con attendees received a first look of Constantine, an all-new animated digital series from Warner Bros. Animation and Blue Ribbon Content following DC’s popular comic book character John Constantine (voiced by the live-action series star Matt Ryan), a seasoned demon hunter and master of the occult. Armed with an arcane knowledge of the dark arts and a wicked wit, he fights the good fight. With his soul already damned to hell, he’ll do whatever it takes to protect the innocent. With the balance of good and evil on the line‎, Constantine uses his skills to face the supernatural terrors that threaten our world and send them back where they belong. After that, who knows…maybe there’s hope for him and his soul after all.

Executive produced by David S. Goyer, Greg Berlanti, and Sarah Schechter, the series, which will premiere on CW Seed, is produced by Butch Lukic, written by J.M. DeMatteis, and directed by Doug Murphy.

Around the Tubes

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

Around the Tubes

WABC-TV – NYPD: Man leaps through window after stealing comic book in Times Square – Someone drew the line at $4.99.

The Beat – NYCC ’17: It’s official – new record attendance set with 200,000 tickets sold – That’s a hell a lot of tickets.


Around the Tubes Reviews

CBR – Dark Nights: Metal #3

The Capeless Crusader – The Family Trade #1

The Capeless Crusader – Fighting American #1

Talking Comics – Slots #1

New York Comic Con 2017: Alterna Comics Reveals 2018 Newsprint Lineup

As part of their New York Comic Con announcements, Alterna Comics introduced readers to 13 new titles that will be debuting in 2018.  The comics will all be part of their newsprint line, with the vast majority of cover prices set at $1.50.*

*The only title that will be priced at $1.99 will be THE FEAR DIARIES due to the 56 page size of the one-shot.

Go West created by Garrett GunnStan YakSean Forney, and Hde, is coming to comic shops in January 2018. One part Death Wish, one part True Grit, Go West will be a 3 issue mini-series.


Sonitus created by Cody SousaDan SheppardCecilia Lo ValvoDee Cunniffe, and Dezi Sienty is coming to comic shops in February 2018. Focusing on supernatural horror elements, Sonitus reunites most of the CROAK creative team and will be a 3 issue mini-series.

The XII created by Patrick TraheyLuis Suárez, and Martín A. Pérez is coming to comic shops in February 2018.  Fans of survival thrillers will enjoy The XII. Mapped out as an initial 6 issue mini-series; there are tentative plans to continue the story with another mini-series in 2019/2020.

Tinseltown created by David Blake LucarelliHenry Ponciano, and Hde is coming to comic shops in March 2018.  Loosely based on the experiences of one of the first female cops in the early days of Hollywood, Tinseltown combines action, drama, and mystery over the course of a 5 issue mini-series.

Zero Jumper created by Patrick Mulholland is coming to comic shops in March 2018.  A time travel story that’s heavy on sci-fi fantasy elements, Zero Jumper will be a 4 issue mini-series.

The Fear Diaries created by Garrett GunnNicolas Touris, and Hde is coming to comic shops in May 2018.  This 56 page all ages one-shot mixes elements of Toy Story and Legend.

Cyko KO! created by Robert Feldman is coming to comic shops in July 2018.  This three issue mini-series centers around Cyko KO (pronounced “psycho Kay-OH”) and his insane adventures on Super Earth.  This series combines elements of Scooby Doo, Madman, Venture Bros., and The Tick.

Eden created by Eric Henson is coming to comic shops in July 2018.  This four issue mini-series is one part Star Wars and one part Guardians of the Galaxy. If you’re a fan of sci-fi, fantasy, and adventure… then this one’s for you.

Blood Realm created by Robert Geronimo is coming to comic shops in August 2018.  This 4-part series will feature 3 issues in each mini-series over the course of 2 years.  An epic fantasy adventure story, Blood Realm is perfect for fans of Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones.

Binary Gray created by Chris CharltonRowel RoqueAnthonie Nemo Wilson, and Brant Fowler coming to comic shops August 2018.  This six issue mini-series centers around a man that can control all aspects of modern technology.  His newfound powers get him into a world of trouble though when a corporation puts a price on his head.

Exilium created by Benjamin SlabakSalo FariasMarc SintesCarlos Jobani, and Hde is coming to comic shops in August 2018.  The six issue mini-series will see humans joining forces with a race of aliens against a common intergalactic enemy.

Midnight Mystery created by Bernie Gonzalez is coming to comic shops in October 2018.  This twelve issue anthology horror series focuses on the various cases of a paranormal private investigator.

Feast or Famine created by Dave SwartzJoseph Cooper, and Micah Myers is coming to comic shops in November 2018.  Parallel dimension versions of Nikola Tesla and Albert Einstein team-up to save the universe and end up unlocking a secret that will have repercussions across time and space.

Graphic Policy Radio Talks New York Comic Con, Comics, and More on Demand!

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Graphic Policy Radio is back to discuss all the latest comic news! It’s been a bit since both Brett and Elana have been on the show together and they’re catching up on New York Comic Con and more. Expect discussion about Marvel and Northrop Grumman, NYCC, the latest comic news, and so much more in a potluck episode that’ll take you through a whirlwind of geekdom.

New York Comic Con 2017: VIZ Media Announces New Manga

VIZ Media announced a variety of notable new publishing acquisitions during its official panel event held this past weekend at New York Comic Con 2017.

The new acquisitions set for release in 2018 include the fairy tale-inspired fantasy adventure, Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle, as well as impressive Perfect Edition releases for Naoki Urasawa’s two-time Eisner award winning manga series, 20TH Century Boys, and its sequel, 21ST Century Boys. The Perfect Editions offer 2-in-1 omnibus releases of both series and will feature new cover art by Naoki Urasawa.

Also scheduled for release in 2018 will be a pair of One Piece Color Walk art books that each feature bold color images and character illustrations from the world’s most popular manga series presented in hardcover box set editions. Finally, VIZ Media also announced Amigurumi: San-X Crochet Patterns, a craft book featuring designs for a host of popular San-X characters like Rilakkuma, Sentimental Circus, and more!

Additional information on each of these titles will be announced in the near future.

Rated ‘T’ for Teens · Debuts Summer 2018

Sshhh! Princess Syalis is trying to get a good night’s sleep. Some shut-eye. Forty winks. Catch some Z’s. Long ago in olden times when people and demons lived together in—well, disharmony, really – a demon king kidnaps a human princess and imprisons her in his castle. Bereft, the princess’s subjects beat their chests in anguish…until a hero arises to spearhead Project Rescue Our Princess! While waiting for her knight in shining armor, what’s an imprisoned princess to do …? Teddy-bear guards with bat wings are all very well, but her dungeon cell is bo-o-o-ring! So, she decides to wile away the long hours by sleeping. Now if only she could get comfortable…and didn’t suffer from insomnia…


Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens · Debuts Fall 2018

The PERFECT EDITION presents a 2-in-1 bind-up of Naoki Urasawa’s two-time Eisner award winning manga series.

Humanity, having faced extinction at the end of the 20th century, would not have entered the new millennium if it weren’t for them. In 1969, during their youth, they created a symbol. In 1997, as the coming disaster slowly starts to unfold, that symbol returns. This is the story of a group of boys who try to save the world.


Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens

War is over. The Friend is dead. Mankind no longer faces the threat of extinction. Peace has finally come to Tokyo… Or has it? The mystery still remains. Nobody knows who the Friend was and where he came from. The only clue is hidden deep within the memories – the memories of the hero Kenji. It is time to open Pandora’s Box to discover what is left at the bottom.


Debuts Summer 2018

Color images and special illustrations from the world’s most popular manga, ONE PIECE! This compendium of the first three Color Walk art books features 300+ pages of beautiful color art and conversations between creator Eiichiro Oda and other famous manga artists.


Debuts Summer 2018

Color images and special illustrations from the world’s most popular manga, ONE PIECE! This compendium of three Color Walk art books features 300+ pages of beautiful color art and conversations between creator Eiichiro Oda and other famous manga artists.


Debuts Summer 2018

Featuring Rilakkuma, Sentimental Circus and more!

Amigurumi are cute crocheted stuffed animals from Japan. Combine amigurumi with San-X and you get the most adorable crocheted characters! This book of patterns with full-color photographs will show you how to make characters like Rilakkuma and friends, Tarepanda, Sumikko Gurashi and more, plus their accessories.


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