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Viz Media this Free Comic Book Day

VIZ Media is participating in the 2015 Free Comic Book Day with a special FREE Shonen Jump manga (graphic novel) sampler featuring action-packed previews of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 1 – Phantom Blood and Yu-Gi-Oh! The company’s all-ages Perfect Square imprint also participates with a FREE Pokemon Adventures X•Y manga sampler highlighting the latest series from the venerable hit entertainment brand.

Scheduled for Saturday, May 2nd at thousands of retail locations nationwide, Free Comic Book Day is an annual promotional campaign developed by the North American comic book industry to bring new readers of all ages and interests into independent comic book stores.

VIZ MEDIA SHONEN JUMP FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2015 SAMPLER

Check out the kinetic action of two smash hit titles from VIZ Media’s Shonen Jump imprint – JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE and YU-GI-OH!

Dive into the paranormal action saga, JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE (rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens), by creator Hirohiko Araki. The legendary manga series is now available in English for the first time, in a deluxe hardcover edition featuring color pages and newly-drawn cover art! JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE is a groundbreaking title, famous for its outlandish characters, wild humor and frenetic battles. A multigenerational tale of the heroic Joestar family and their never-ending battle against evil! Don’t miss the print debut of JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE: PART 1 – PHANTOM BLOOD, Volume 2 on May 5th; MSRP: $19.99 U.S. / $22.99 CAN.

Manga creator Kazuki Takahashi’s famed series, YU-GI-OH! (rated ‘T’ for Teens) depicts the fantastic adventures of tenth-grader Yugi, a boy who always had his head in some game – until he solved the Millennium Puzzle, an Egyptian artifact containing the spirit of a master gambler from the age of the pharaohs! Possessed by the puzzle, Yugi becomes Yu-Gi-Oh, the King of Games, and challenges evildoers to the Shadow Games…weird games with high stakes and high risks! Catch the print debut of the latest YU-GI-OH! 3-in-1 omnibus edition, Volume 2, on May 5th; MSRP: $14.99 U.S. / $16.99 CAN.

PERFECT SQUARE FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2015 SAMPLER

Sample the action, exotic locales and imaginative characters of the latest POKÉMON ADVENTURES manga series – POKÉMON ADVENTURES X•Y – based on the Pokémon X and Pokémon Y video games and the newest story arc for the popular entertainment property to join Perfect Square’s expansive catalog of POKÉMON manga and anime titles.

In POKÉMON ADVENTURES X•Y (rated ‘A’ for All Ages) some of your favorite Pokémon game characters jump out of the screen and into the pages of this action-packed comic! The new series is written by Hidenori Kusaka with artwork by Satoshi Yamamoto. Legendary Pokémon Xerneas and Yveltal’s battle against each other is destroying Vaniville Town. Can X and Y save the town and its residents?! Also catch a special bonus mini-feature of the original Pokémon ADVENTURES series as well as Pokémon ADVENTURES BLACK & WHITE!

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New Bravest Warriors Activity Book Arrives In May From VIZ Media

BravestWarriors-ThingsToDoodleAndDo-3DVIZ Media expands its catalog of Bravest Warriors titles with the release of a new activity book – Bravest Warriors: Things to Doodle and Do! – on May 5th.

Set for publication under the company’s Perfect Square imprint, Bravest Warriors: Things to Doodle and Do! contains a collection of games, activities and how-to drawing prompts inspired by the hit Bravest Warriors animated adventure series created by the Emmy Award-winning visionary Pendleton Ward.

Bravest Warriors: Things to Doodle and Do! will be released exclusively in-print and features artist Fawn Lau, who has worked on all of Perfect Square’s Bravest Warriors titles, along with a cover illustration and select interior artwork by renowned comic book artist Alan BrownBravest Warriors: Things to Doodle and Do! will carry an MSRP of $12.99 U.S. / $14.99 CAN.

Holy Hardcore Hill Midgets! This book is so stuffed with stuff that it’s bad-doo crazy! Doodle! Butter Lettuce, Catbug, Little Danny’s Unitards. Do! Finger puppets, games, laugh at Little Danny’s Unitards. Quit spooning in the bouncy house and get to doodling! And doing! Note: This book does not contain unauthorized cashews. Country pork rinds, however, are another matter entirely.

New Pokemon from Perfect Square

PerfectSquare-LogoVIZ Media expands its Pokémon catalog with three new releases later this year. Set to be published under the company’s Perfect Square imprint, the Pokémon Black and White Box Set Vol. 3 will debut in September and will be quickly followed by the October publication of Pokémon Pocket Comics Vol. 2 and the Pokémon Adventures Manga Box Set Vol. 4.

Pokémon Black and White Box Set Vol. 3

MSRP: $25.99 U.S. / $29.99 CAN · Rated ‘A’ For All Ages · Available September 2015

Meet Pokémon Trainers Black and White! His entire life, Black has dreamed of winning the Pokémon League. Now he embarks on a journey to explore the Unova region and fill a Pokédex for Professor Juniper. White has an exciting career as the Trainer of a talented troupe of performing Pokémon. She dreams of making her Tepig Gigi a star! Together, Black and White continue on their journey… What surprising new Pokémon – and people – will they meet next?! Box Set comes with a POKÉMON mini-poster and contains Volumes 15-20 of the POKÉMON BLACK AND WHITE manga series.

 

Pokémon Pocket Comics Vol. 2: Legendary Pokémon

MSRP: $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN · Rated ‘A’ For All Ages · Available October 2014

A pocket-sized book jam-packed with four-panel comic strips featuring POKÉMON characters linked to the wildly popular Pokémon handheld video games along with extra story content and bonus information, POKÉMON vital statistics, trivia, puzzles, and fun quizzes!

 

Pokémon Adventures FireRed & LeafGreen / Emerald BOX SET

MSRP: $54.99 U.S. / $69.99 CAN · Rated ‘A’ For All Ages · Available October 2015

The newest POKÉMON ADVENTURES Manga Box Set contains Volumes 23-29 of the FireRed & LeafGreen and EMERALD story arcs along with a special mini-poster. Just as Green is about to meet her long-lost parents, they are sucked into a vortex created by a mysterious Pokémon! Red and Blue want to help, but first they must improve their battle skills. Then, the Three Beasts of Team Rocket are up to their old tricks again! Which former enemy will unexpectedly come to our friends’ aid…?

In the Emerald arc volumes, one of Team Rocket’s Three Beasts turns against its leader Giovanni and seeks to usurp his power. Silver learns a shocking secret about his family. Red and Mewtwo hazard a daring escape. And—whoa! The Team Rocket airship is about to crash-land! Then, in a battle between powerful Legendary Pokémon Mewtwo and Mythical Pokémon Deoxys, who will triumph…?!

Viz Media Announces The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

LegendOfZelda-LinkToThePast-3DVIZ Media brings back one of the most iconic video game characters of all time in celebrated graphic novel form with the release of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past on May 5th.

The original, widely acclaimed full-color graphic novel by manga legend Shotaro Ishinomori was inspired by the classic Nintendo game and will be available once again in a special single-volume print edition published exclusively by VIZ Media’s Perfect Square imprint. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past carries an SRP of $19.99 U.S. / $22.99 CAN.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past is based on the beloved, internationally bestselling video game originally released for Nintendo’s Super Nintendo Entertainment System. The comic book version by Shotaro Ishinomori was first serialized in Nintendo Power magazine and later collected into a graphic novel. Long out-of-print, this stunning, full-color edition is available once again for the first time in more than two decades!

Shotaro Ishinomori was one of Japan’s most prolific and revered comic book creators. Among his most popular works are Cyborg 009, Kamen Rider and HOTEL. In 2008, Guinness World Records named Ishinomori the world record holder for the “most comics published by one author” for creating more than 770 stories collected in a total of 500 volumes of manga. The Ishinomaki Mangattan Museum in Japan is dedicated to his works and legacy.

Also available from VIZ Media is The Legend of Zelda Manga Box Set (rated ‘A’ for All Ages), which collects a separate manga (graphic novel) series created by Akira Himekawa. The set comprehensively collects ten manga adventures featuring Link and the popular video game world of The Legend of Zelda, including Ocarina of Time, Oracle of Seasons and Four Swords.

Yo-Kai Watch Comes to Viz’s Perfect Square

YO-KAI_Watch-LogoVIZ Media has announced the acquisition of a new manga (graphic novel) property – Yo-Kai Watch.

The supernatural comedy adventure series is inspired by the explosively popular YoKai Watch video game created by LEVEL-5 for the Nintendo 3DS and launched to wide acclaim in Japan in 2013. The Yo-Kai Watch manga will be published under the company’s Perfect Square imprint, written and drawn by Noriyuki Konishi under the guidance of the LEVEL-5 team. This September, the phenomenal franchise is finally coming to North America with the launch of the Yo-Kai Watch manga series, fueled as well by the debuts of anime and toy products around the same time.

Yo-kai, inspired by the yokai of Japanese folklore, are not ghosts or monsters or creatures. They can’t be seen by the human eye, but they’re everywhere, and whether they’re phantoms or everyday objects discovering their higher purpose, Yo-kai personalities are distinctly humanlike!

The Yo-Kai Watch manga will be rated ‘A’ for All Ages and will be available exclusively in print on a bi-monthly basis. In Japan, the series originally appeared in Coro Coro Comic magazine, published by VIZ Media parent company Shogakukan, and won both the 60th Shogakukan Manga Award in 2015 and the 38th Kodansha Manga Award in the Best Children’s Manga category in 2014.

Nathan Adams is just an average kid until the mysterious Whisper gives him a device that allows him to see what others cannot, Yo-kai of all shapes and forms!  Now, armed with the Yo-kai Watch, Nathan, Whisper and their new invisible friends embark on an all new supernatural adventure!

 

VIZ Media Previews the Upcoming Hello Kitty Graphic Novel Box Set

HelloKitty-02-DeliciousVIZ Media has a special treat for the ardent Hello Kitty fans and pop culture aficionados with the release in September of the first-ever Hello Kitty Graphic Novel Box Set.

Set to be published under the company’s Perfect Square imprint, the forthcoming Hello Kitty Box Set will contain all six Hello Kitty original graphic novels released to date and will come packaged in an illustrated slip case. The Hello Kitty Original Graphic Novel Box Set is rated ‘A’ for All Ages and will carry an MSRP of $39.99 U.S. / CAN.

Perfect Square’s Hello Kitty titles depict whimsical, full-color adventures of the iconic Sanrio character and her friends created by the talented artistic team of Jacob Chabot, Ian McGinty, Jorge Monlongo, and Giovanni Castro, along with an array of special guest artists featured in each edition.

The Hello Kitty Original Graphic Novel Box Set will contain the following titles:

HELLO KITTY: HERE WE GO!

Join Hello Kitty in her first comic book adventures as she explores an underground realm, moonlights as an international super spy, climbs the Himalayas, travels back in time, and discovers that sometimes, the best place to get away from it all is between the pages of a good book.

HELLO KITTY: DELICIOUS!

Hello Kitty is serving up some extra special treats! What’s on the menu? Something sweet, something spicy, and a pie that’s out of this world! Plus, Dear Daniel’s making dinner, but…you might want to make other plans. And Hello Kitty makes a new friend with a HUGE appetite!

HELLO KITTY: SURPRISE!

Expect the unexpected! A day at the beach is more than just fun in the sun. A mysterious egg holds a tiny secret. Mama and Papa have a few secrets of their own. And a quiet afternoon with a good book is more enchanting than Hello Kitty ever could have imagined!

HELLO KITTY: JUST IMAGINE…

Hello Kitty and her friends are letting their imaginations run wild—dreaming up rainy day adventures, inventing amazing machines and solving problems in the most inventive ways. When creativity and friendship combine, the possibilities are endless!

HELLO KITTY: WORK OF ART

Picture this: Hello Kitty and her friends are making music, producing plays, snapping photos, solving mysteries and…playing with dragons? Art is all around, and Hello Kitty and her friends know exactly where to find it!

HELLO KITTY: IT’S ABOUT TIME

Let the good times roll! It’s time for beach parties, dance contests, last-minute birthday gifts and time machines! Plus, journey inside a cuckoo clock and much, much more! Past, present or future, Hello Kitty and her friends are having a blast!

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

IMPERIUM_001_VARIANT_MULLERWednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Brett

Top Pick: Imperium #1 (Valiant) -Toyo Harrada has a vision for the world. He’s taken over a small country, and is gathering his Harbingers to shape the world, by force if he has to. This series has been one of my most anticipated of 2015 since Valiant announced it as part of their Valiant Next line, and it is as good as I expected.

Ant-Man #2 (Marvel) – The first issue was full of heart and humor. I’m hoping the second is just as good.

The Bunker #9 (Oni Press) – This twisted time travel story looks at fate and destiny and whether you’ll ensure you come out on top no matter how many it kills. Each issue has been amazing adding bits and pieces to the mystery as much as it reveals answers. One of my favorite comics on the market.

The Goon: Once Upon a Hard Time #1 (Dark Horse) – Taking place after Occasion of Revenge, the witch coven thinks they’re close to controlling the town. Once upon a Hard Time is a climactic miniseries that has major consequences for the Goon and his supporting cast. If you’re a Goon fan, you can’t miss this.

Lady Killer #2 (Dark Horse) – Josie’s life grows more complicated than ever. She has her family and the fact she’s an assassin. How can she do it all and balance her work and home life? The first issue was fantastic.

Matt

Top Pick: Nameless #1 (Image Comics) – Grant Morrison is my favorite writer in comics and Chris Burnham’s viciously violent art is always an incredible treat. Them together on a creator-owned horror series at Image is all kinds of perfect.

Hawkeye #21 (Marvel) – Matt Fraction is such an astounding writer that the only substantial problem with his comics nowadays is that they get delayed so much. But Hawkeye, the book that catapulted his particularly powerful presence in the current comics realm, is coming back this week with an issue that kicks off the end to his quirky,p, excellent run.

Saga #25 (Image) – Saga is back, with a double-sided cover celebrating its 25th issue! ‘Nuff said.

Superman #38 (DC Comics) – Not only does this issue end Geoff Johns and John Romita Jr.’s first arc on Superman together, but it promises a new costume design and a new superpower for Superman. I’m game!

Swamp Thing #39 (DC Comics) – Charles Soule’s amazing, epic run on Swamp Thing is coming to a close next month, and the stakes sure are high given the end of issue #38. Swamp Thing is my favorite DC book at the moment, so I’m gonna savor every detail of these last few issues.

Nevada

Top Pick: Banksy: You Are an Acceptable Level of Threat – Updated Edition (Carpet Bombing Culture) – I remember Banksy’s paintings appearing all over New Orleans post-Katrina. Some were preserved, some painted over right away; all were amazing. They sparked a heated debate around NOLA: vandalism or art? Would vandalism inspire a cool book like this? Discuss.

Hello Kitty: It’s About Time (Viz Media/Perfect Square) – During these cold winter days under gray skies I could sure use a little Hello Kitty for a dose of bright sweetness. It really is about time!

Hollywood Zombie Apocalypse #2 (Zenescope) It’s Oscar time and what could be better than a Hollywood zombie throw-down? I’m a fan of parody, too, so turn the zombies loose on the red carpet! Wonder who the zombies will be wearing this year . . .

Mr. Natural #3 (Kitchen Sink Press)Mr. Natural versus the devil? I’m there. Plus I can’t wait to see what havoc Mr. Natural will wreak in the confines of a mental hospital Hey ho, indeed!

Southern Dog TPB (Action Lab Entertainment/Action Lab: Danger Zone)I’m a fan of Universal’s Wolf Man movies, and shapeshifters from True Blood to Grimm so I’m really looking forward to this!

 

The Return of Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past to Viz

LegendOfZelda-LinkToThePast-3DVIZ Media has announced the return of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past for the first time in more than two decades. The celebrated full-color graphic novel adaptation of the classic Nintendo game returns in a special single-volume edition scheduled for May release under the company’s Perfect Square imprint.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past is a unique adaptation of the internationally bestselling video game originally released for Nintendo’s Super Nintendo Entertainment System. This comic book version by manga and anime legend Shotaro Ishinomori was first serialized in Nintendo Power magazine and later collected into a graphic novel in 1993. Long out of print, this stunning, full-color graphic novel is now available once again for the first time in more than twenty years!

Also available from VIZ Media is The Legend of Zelda Manga Box Set, which collects a separate manga series created by Akira Himekawa. The set collects ten manga adventures featuring Link and the popular video game world of The Legend of Zelda, including Ocarina of Time, Oracle of Seasons and Four Swords.

Viz Media’s Perfect Square Launches LBX (Little Battlers Experience)

VIZ Media delivers sci-fi battle robot action in a BIG way with the launch of the new manga series – LBX (Little Battlers Experience). The action kicks off in the first two volumes of the series from the company’s Perfect Square imprint on November 4th. Future volumes will each be released on a bi-monthly basis.

LBX (Little Battlers Experience) is a hot new action/sci-fi/mecha property based on the LBX video game, a series of role-playing action games created by Level-5, with manga, an anime, and planned forthcoming toys and games debuting this fall.

Created by Hideaki Fuji, the LBX (Little Battlers Experience) manga series is rated ‘A’ for All Ages. Volumes 1 and 2 will be released on November 4th and will be available will a print MSRP of $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN each.

Welcome to the world of Little Battlers eXperience! In the near future, a boy named Van Yamano owns Achilles, a miniaturized robot with super strong power. But Achilles is no ordinary LBX. Hidden inside him is secret data that Van must keep out of the hands of evil at all costs.

In Volume 1, “The New Dawn Raisers,” Van loves Little Battlers eXperience, also known as LBXs, the hottest toy in present-day 2050. And it’s kind of cool that his dad invented them! But now a secret organization is coming after Van to procure the secrets that might be hidden inside his own LBX robot, Achilles!

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Viz Media Celebrates 30 Years of Voltron

Voltron-30thAnnvBook-3D-smVIZ Media takes readers on an exciting journey to explore the history and legacy of Voltron, the legendary giant robot anime series that marks the 30th Anniversary of its original North American broadcast premiere.

Voltron: From Days of Long Ago, A 30th Anniversary Celebration examines the entire Voltron universe and the property’s notable impact on pop culture and will be released in-print on October 28th from the company’s Perfect Square imprint. The hardcover oversized edition will carry an MSRP of $29.99 U.S. / $34.99 CAN.

A digital version of Voltron: From Days of Long Ago, A 30th Anniversary Celebration also will launch on October 28th for $14.99 U.S. / CAN from the Perfect Square App, which has titles available for the Apple iPad and iPad Mini. The Perfect Square App is available from the iTunes store. Readers also will be able to find a digital version for the NOOK, Kindle Fire, and Kobo eReaders, as well as in the iBooks and GooglePlay Stores.

Thirty years ago, Voltron: Defender of the Universe hit the airwaves, and the world hasn’t been the same. Now, Voltron: From Days of Long Ago chronicles the story of Voltron and its cultural relevance, taking a detailed look at the story behind the show and the many related toy releases, the mythology of both Lion Force and Vehicle Voltron (with a nod to Albegas), and concludes the exciting Voltron Force saga. This new book is truly for fans, by fans: authored by Brian Smith, a former Marvel Comics editor and writer for Perfect Square’s Voltron Force series of original graphic novels, Marc Morrell, co-host of the official “Let’s Voltron!” podcast, and Joshua Bernard, founder of CollectionDX, a popular website devoted to covering the world of Japanese toys, action figures and pop culture; with a bonus Voltron comic written by Smith and illustrated by Jacob Chabot, artist on the Voltron Force series; with a foreword by Jeremy Corray, former Creative Director of World Events Productions, the company behind the classic Voltron TV series.

 

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