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Dark Horse and Square Enix Team Up for The Art of Mana

Since the first game’s release in 1991, Square Enix has been dazzling fans worldwide with the fantastical and action-packed world of Mana. More than twenty-five years later, the magic of Mana still lives on and now Dark Horse Books and Square Enix are proud to present The Art of Mana

The first official art book of Square Enix’s hit Mana video game series, The Art of Mana collects more than twenty-five years’ worth of memories with over 200 pages featuring more than 400 illustrations from the original creative team along with detailed explorations of every character, original sketches, world designs, and much more. Presented in English for the first time, this beautiful collection is not to be missed.

The Art of Mana goes on sale January 28, 2019, and is available for pre-order. Be sure to pick up a copy of this 216-page art book for $39.99.

The Art of Mana

Final Fantasy XIV is Being Developed into a Live-Action Series

Final Fantasy XIV

Sony Pictures Television and Hivemind announced a new partnership with global video game powerhouse Square Enix to develop a first-of-its-kind, live-action adaptation of a beloved chapter from the blockbuster Final Fantasy series, which has sold more than 144 million units worldwide across three decades. 

The live-action television series will tell an original story set in the fantastic world of Eorzea, based on Final Fantasy XIV, the franchise’s blockbuster online role-playing game. Since it first debuted in 2013, the online title has continued to delight and amass millions of players around the world year over year and only further cemented Final Fantasy as one of the most storied and influential franchises in gaming history.

Inspired directly by the world and characters of the title’s fourteenth installment, the project will embrace the bold and genre-bending sensibilities of the revered and long-running Final Fantasy series as it explores the struggle between magic and technology in a quest to bring peace to a land in conflict. Filled with iconic hallmarks of the title’s revered mythology – magitek and beastmen, airships and chocobos – the forthcoming series will feature a mixture of new and familiar faces. Those will, notably, include the live-action debut of Cid – one of the games’ central and most beloved characters who has appeared in almost every installment of the franchise to date. 

Final Fantasy’s multibillion-dollar legacy is one of the most influential pieces of global pop culture of the past 30 years with a footprint that now encompasses all major home and handheld consoles, as well as toys, card games, manga, soundtracks, concerts and live events on three continents. The upcoming television adaptation represents a momentous new milestone for the franchise and will mark the first time a Final Fantasy world – and its many beloved inhabitants – will be realized in live action.

Jason F. BrownSean Daniel, and Dinesh Shamdasani of Hivemind will serve as Executive Producers on the series. Ben Lustig and Jake Thornton have been commissioned to write for the series and will also serve as Executive Producers.

Square Enix Reveals Marvel Avengers

During their E3 press conference, Square Enix revealed our first look at Marvel’s Avengers developed by Crystal Dynamics.

The game takes place on A-Day in San Francisco where the Avengers are opening a new headquarters. Something goes terribly wrong resulting in destruction and death and the Avengers are to blame. The Avengers are outlawed and five years later must come together when a new threat arises.

The game is both single player and co-op combining cinematic storytelling and action in an original story. You’ll play as Captain America, the Hulk, Thor, Black Widow, and Iron Man.

The game features four player co-op where you can “customize a growing roster of heroes.” You’ll play against new threats. Every new hero, in every region, will be delivered at no additional cost. No loot boxes. No pay to win scenarios.

Marvel’s Avengers is out for PS4, Xbox One, Stadia, and PC worldwide. “Awesome surprises” will be coming to the Playstation audience including early beta access and “unique benefits” to be revealed in the future.

The game comes out May 15, 2020.

Marvel’s Avengers Coming to PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Stadia

E3 is right around the corner and one of the most anticipated games is Marvel’s Avengers by Square Enix. Its been revealed that not only is the game coming to the PS4, Xbox One, and PC, but also to Google Stadia.

The revelation came fromt he game’s Twitter account where an image of the poster on the side of a building shows the four platforms.

We can also assume it won’t by coming to the Nintendo Switch based on this.

The game is the first of a multi-game partnership between Marvel and Square Enix. We’ll learn more about it very soon.

Final Fantasy Gets Two New Art Books from Dark Horse

The highly successful partnership continues to expand as Dark Horse and Square Enix offer two new Final Fantasy art books, Miniature Final Fantasy: No Adventure Too Large and FF DOT: The Pixel Art of Final Fantasy.

In Miniature Final Fantasy: No Adventure Too LargeFinal Fantasy fans can have a unique and adorable experience with beloved art from throughout the franchise as miniature photographer Tatsuya Tanka takes a whimsical approach to iconic scenes from the Final Fantasy series. 

Tanaka’s vibrant and cheerful miniature photography is showcased side-by-side with concept art that details the process of each photo’s creation. This 96-page hard cover tome catalogs fan-favorite moments captured from across the Final Fantasy series, followed by a longform interview with Tatsuya Tanaka himself. 

In FF DOT: The Pixel Art of Final Fantasy, experience the intriguing evolution of pixel art from the Final Fantasy series! Containing detailed sprite sheets that showcase the pixel composition of Final Fantasy’s beloved characters, highlighting tools used by the developers, and including a special interview with Kazuko Shibuya—the character pixel artist for the Final Fantasy series. FF DOT is an extraordinary 296-page hard cover art book that immerses readers into an iconic aspect of the Final Fantasy history and experience.

Miniature Final Fantasy: No Adventure Too Large arrives in comic shops and bookstores December 17, 2019 and FF DOT arrives a month later on January 28, 2020 for $24.99. Miniature Final Fantasy is available for pre-order for $19.99.

Miniature Final Fantasy: No Adventure Too Large
FF DOT: The Pixel Art of Final Fantasy

Graphic Policy Weekly Episode 2: Elections Matter

Welcome to the second episode of Graphic Policy Weekly, our new weekly show going over the biggest comic news out there.

On this episode:
Last week and this week’s comics!
Marvel’s X-Line Gets Another Revamp
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Atlas Comics is back!
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Square Enix gets in to publishing in the US
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Main story:
Elections and the policy spinning out of them impacts us every day but this past week has seen two big stories that impacts comics, games, toys, tv, and movies specifically. We talk about the Georgia abortion ban and the trade war with China.

Square Enix is Launching a U.S. Publishing Line for Comics, Books, and Art Books

Square Enix

This fall, the worlds of Square Enix are coming to comics, books, and art books. The video game publisher has announced a deal with Penguin Random House Publisher Services. They’ll bring iconic game properties like Space Invaders, Final Fantasy, and Tomb Raider to the American market under their own banner for the first time. Currently, some of these properties have comics and manga released from other publishers.

In Japan, Square Enix is more than a video company. They also release books, magazines, and manga, so it’s not a stretch for them to bring their material to the U.S. themselves.

The new line will launch this fall with one prose book, Final Fantasy XV: The Dawn of the Future, and three manga: Hi Score Girl, A Man and His Cat, and the complete edition of Soul Eaters.

ECCC 2019: Return to Luxendarc with The Art of Bravely Second: End Layer

Return to the enchanted world of Luxendarc with a collection of art that celebrates another critically revered entry in the Bravely series! Enjoy in-depth commentary from the game’s creative team, and explore detailed concept art from the ethereal sequel to Bravely Default in The Art of Bravely Second: End Layer.

Dark Horse Books is collaborating with Square Enix to present The Art of Bravely Second: End Layer, officially published in English for the first time! With over 250 pages, this faithful localization of the original Japanese text features gorgeous concept art, revealing production notes, and extensive commentary from the team behind Bravely Second. The second of two-volumes, this collection intimately explores the concepts and creativity from the next chapter in the fan-favorite Bravely series!

The Art of Bravely Second: End Layer goes on sale November 19, 2019.

The Art of Bravely Second: End Layer

Dark Horse and Square Enix Team for The Art of Bravely Default

Dark Horse Books is partnering with Square Enix to present The Art of Bravely Default, offered in English for the first time! This faithful localization of original Japanese content allows readers to explore the story and art behind the game, and features hundreds of pieces of concept art and conversational commentary directly from the creative team! The first of a two-volume series, this collection explores concepts and creativity from the first entry in the standalone Bravely series.

The Art of Bravely Default, follows our heroes journey through the fantastic world Luxendarc to awaken the four elemental crystals the keep their world in balance from all-consuming darkness and allows fans to experience the critically acclaimed Bravely Default in a whole new way.

The Art of Bravely Default HC goes on sale February 05, 2019 and is available for preorder at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. This gorgeous hardcover volume retails for $39.99.

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