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Star Wars: The Legends of Luke Skywalker Brings the Force to Manga

Star Wars: The Legends of Luke Skywalker: The Manga

43 years after Star Wars: A New Hope hit theaters, the legendary space saga unfolds in the galaxy of manga thanks to the latest story in the Skywalker saga.

Packing in all the adventure that fans would expect from Star Wars, publishing and entertainment juggernaut VIZ Media, in collaboration with Lucasfilm, presents Star Wars: The Legends of Luke Skywalker: The Manga. 

Encounters with the elusive Jedi Luke Skywalkerhave mystified many in a galaxy far, far away. A cadre of renowned Japanese manga artists, Akira HimekawaHaruichiSubaruAkira Fukaya, and Takashi Kisaki, brilliantly capture and bring him to life in this literary piece. 

Star Wars and manga fans alike will delight in the storytelling and humor narrated in Star Wars: The Legends of Luke Skywalker: The Manga inspired by Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy award-winning author Ken Liu’s Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Detective Comics #1000 is the Top-Selling Comic of 2019 while Marvel Takes Top Publisher

DC the 80th anniversary of Batman‘s debut in Detective Comics #27 with its publication of Detective Comics #1000, the best-selling comic book published in 2019, based on total unit sales to comic book specialty retailers, according to Diamond Comic Distributors, the world’s largest distributor of comics, graphic novels, and pop-culture merchandise.

Featuring stories and artwork from creators such as Brian Michael Bendis, Geoff Johns, Paul Dini, Denny O’Neil, Scott Snyder, Neal Adams, Greg Capullo, and more, this oversized issue presented the best in Batman stories, spanning past, present, and future.

Annual comic book sales in the comic book specialty market increased in 2019 by nearly 4% over 2018 while graphic novel sales declined by 2%, for an overall increase in print over the previous year by 2.23%.

Marvel Comics was 2019’s top publisher in the comic book specialty market, with a 40.20% dollar market share and a 44.72% unit share. Marvel Comics’ top comic book for the year, Jonathan Hickman and Leinil Francis Yu’s X-Men #1, ranked #3. Overall, Marvel had seven titles in the top ten comics of the year, including Black Cat #1 at #4; Absolute Carnage #1, the first issue of Marvel Comics’ winter event, at #6; Marvel Comics #1000, a special issue celebrating the 80th anniversary of the publication of Marvel Comics #1 in 1939, at #7; Hickman and Pepe Larraz’s House of X #1, beginning Marvel’s X-Men relaunch, at #8; Powers of X #1 at #9; and War of the Realms #1 at #10.

DC was the comic book specialty market’s number two publisher in 2019 with a 29.29% dollar market share and a 30.74% unit market share. DC had two of the year’s top ten comics; in addition to Detective Comics #1000, DCeased #1 ranked #5 for the year. On the graphic novels chart, DC charted five titles; thanks to interest from HBO’s acclaimed adaptation, Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ Watchmen returned the top of the year’s sales charts. Also among the top graphic novels were Tom King and Mitch Gerards’ award-winning Mister Miracle at #5, Sean Gordon Murphy’s Batman: White Knight at #7, Alan Moore and Brian Bolland’s Batman: The Killing Joke at #9, and Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo’s Black Label title Batman: Damned at #10.

Image Comics was the year’s third largest comic book publisher with an 8.04% dollar market share and a 7.69% unit market share. Todd McFarlane’s Spawn #300, featuring contributions from Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo, Jason Shawn Alexander, J. Scott Campbell, and Jerome Opeña, was the year’s #2 comic book. Image Comics had four of the year’s top ten best-selling graphic novels, led by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples’ Saga Volume 1 at #2, followed by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda’s Monstress Volume 1 at #4, Kieron Gillen and Stephanie Hans’ Die Volume 1: Fantasy Heartbreaker at #6 and Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead Volume 31, the final volume of the series, at #7.

IDW Publishing was the year’s fourth largest publisher with a dollar market share of 3.55% and 3.29%. Their top ranked comic book for the year was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #100 which ranked #66 for the year.

With a dollar market share of 3.19% and a unit share of 2.33%, Dark Horse Comics was the year’s fifth ranked publisher. Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba’s Umbrella Academy Volume 1: The Apocalypse Suite, adapted to television by Netflix in 2019, was their best-selling graphic novel at #3.

BOOM! Studios was the sixth ranked publisher at 2.56%, and Dynamite Entertainment was seventh at 2.16%. Viz Media, Oni Press, and Titan Comics rounded out the top ten comic book publishers for 2019.

2019 TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHERDOLLARSHAREUNITSHARE
MARVEL COMICS40.20%44.72%
DC29.29%30.74%
IMAGE COMICS8.04%7.69%
IDW PUBLISHING3.55%3.29%
DARK HORSE COMICS3.19%2.33%
BOOM! STUDIOS2.56%2.42%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT2.16%1.88%
VIZ MEDIA1.45%0.55%
ONI PRESS0.61%0.43%
TITAN COMICS0.60%0.49%
OTHER NON-TOP 108.34%5.47%

2019 TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

QTYRANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1DETECTIVE COMICS #1000$9.99JAN190542-MDC
2SPAWN #300$7.99JUN190014-MIMAGE COMICS
3X-MEN #1$4.99AUG190845-MMARVEL COMICS
4BLACK CAT #1$4.99APR190773-MMARVEL COMICS
5DCEASED #1$3.99MAR190464-MDC
6ABSOLUTE CARNAGE #1$7.99JUN190761-MMARVEL COMICS
7MARVEL COMICS #1000$9.99JUN190842-MMARVEL COMICS
8HOUSE OF X #1$5.99MAY190690-MMARVEL COMICS
9POWERS OF X #1$5.99MAY190703-MMARVEL COMICS
10WAR OF REALMS #1$5.99JAN190870-MMARVEL COMICS

2019 TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

QTYRANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1WATCHMEN TP$24.99JUN190614-MDC
2SAGA VOLUME 1 TP (MR)$9.99AUG120491IMAGE COMICS
3UMBRELLA ACADEMY VOL. 1: APOCALYPSE SUITE TP$17.99SEP108136DARK HORSE COMICS
4MONSTRESS VOLUME 1 TP (MR)$9.99APR160803-MIMAGE COMICS
5MISTER MIRACLE TP (MR)$24.99OCT180598DC
6DIE VOL. 1: FANTASY HEARTBREAKER TP (MR)$9.99MAR190080-MIMAGE COMICS
7BATMAN: WHITE KNIGHT TP$19.99JUL180733DC
8THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 31 TP (MR)$16.99JAN190186IMAGE COMICS
9BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE HC$17.99JUN190574DC
10BATMAN: DAMNED HC (MR)$29.99MAR190571DC

VIZ Media Will Publish Star Wars: The Legends of Luke Skywalker: The Manga

Star Wars: The Legends of Luke Skywalker: The Manga

VIZ Media adds the world-renowned Star Wars franchise to its publishing catalog with the acquisition of Star Wars: The Legends of Luke Skywalker: The Manga.

Star Wars: The Legends of Luke Skywalker: The Manga is scheduled for release in early 2020. The anthology will feature a collection of stories by a cadre of renowned manga luminaries that include Akira Himekawa, Haruichi, Akira Fukaya, Takashi Kisaki, and Subaru. Akira Himekawa created the bestselling The Legend of Zelda manga franchise, inspired by the classic Nintendo puzzle-solving, role-playing video games. Haruichi is the creator of Leia Organa: Ordeal of the Princess, an official Star Wars Line Webcomic based on the YA Novel, Leia: Princess of Alderaan by Claudia Gray.

Star Wars: The Legends of Luke Skywalker: The Manga is adapted from the hit Star Wars novel, Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi—The Legends of Luke Skywalker, written by the Nebula, Hugo and World Fantasy award-winning author Ken Liu.

For additional information on anime and manga titles available from VIZ Media, please visit viz.com.

NYCC 2019: VIZ Media Announces its Guests Including the Talent Behind Seis Manos and Castlevania

VIZ Media lines up a weekend of official panels and autograph sessions featuring the creative staff and voice cast from VIZ Media’s Seis Manos and Frederator Studios Castlevania at New York Comic Con 2019 (NYCC). NYCC takes place October 3rd–6th at the Javits Convention Center.

Get the latest news on upcoming anime, manga and video game releases during VIZ Media’s official panel, which will feature Frederator Studios Castlevania’s Creator, Writer and Executive Producer Warren Ellis and voice actors James Callis (voice of Alucard), Graham McTavish (voice of Dracula) and Alejandra Reynoso (voice of Sypha). Fans can dive even deeper into the hit series during the show’s official panel later that weekend, presented and hosted by VIZ Media, with additional appearances by director Sam Deats and asst. director Adam Deats. Fans will also have the opportunity to meet some of the special Castlevania guests during an NYCC autograph session.

VIZ Media’s first original animated property, Seis Manos, comes to New York Comic Con with a special screening of Episode 1 followed by a voice cast and staff Q&A session. Attendees can meet the Seis Manos guests, co-creator Alvaro Rodriguez (MacheteFrom Dusk Till Dawn: The Series), Jonny Cruz (Overwatch) and Angelica Vale (Jane The Virgin), in a special autograph session after the screening. Co-produced by Powerhouse Animation Studios, Seis Manos launches worldwide on Netflix October 3rd.

VIZ Media’s New York Comic Con 2019 Panels & Signings:

Friday, October 4th

5:15pm VIZ Media Official Panel with Special Guests from Frederator Studios CASTLEVANIA
Room 1A06

Join us as we talk about some of your favorite manga and anime. We’ll also be revealing big news, chatting with incredible guests and handing out prizes! The panel will feature CASTLEVANIA’s creator and writer Warren Ellis and voice actors James Callis (voice of Alucard), Graham McTavish (voice of Dracula) and Alejandra Reynoso (voice of Sypha).

7:00pm Warren Ellis Signing
NYCC Private Autograph Area*

Meet Warren Ellis, the Creator, Writer and Executive Producer of Frederator Studios CASTLEVANIA series for Netflix and receive a free poster.

Saturday, October 5th

1:00pm SEIS MANOS Screening with Special Guest Q&A
Room 1A06

Catch a special screening of SEIS MANOS, an upcoming Netflix Original Anime Series and a Q&A with special guests Alvaro Rodriguez (co-creator), Jonny Cruz (voice of Jesus) and Angelica Vale (voice of Garcia)!

2:30pm SEIS MANOS Voice Cast and Co-Creator Signing
NYCC Private Autograph Area*

Join the cast and crew of SEIS MANOS, including Alvaro Rodriguez, Jonny Cruz and Angelica Vale in a special signing session and receive a personally autographed SEIS MANOS poster. 

4:30pm  Frederator Studios CASTLEVANIA Creator and Voice Cast Signing
NYCC Private Autograph Area*

Meet Warren Ellis, Sam Deats, Adam Deats, James Callis, Graham McTavish and Alejandra Reynoso in this special signing session. 

6:30pm VIZ Media Presents Frederator Studios CASTLEVANIA Panel
Main Stage

Get an in-depth look into CASTLEVANIA, the hit Netflix Original Anime Series, with members of the cast and the creative team!  

*Tickets are distributed via pre-show lottery. Please see New York Comic Con’s Autograph Policy for more information.

NYCC 2019: VIZ Media Announces its Panels, Events, and Exclusives

VIZ Media invites New York Comic Con (NYCC) attendees to catch a fun series of panels, events, autograph sessions and retail exclusives available for purchase at the company’s booth in the Exhibit Hall throughout the weekend.

The Official Shonen Jump panel kicks off VIZ’s events on Friday and presents the latest from Team Jump. Later that evening, attendees can catch the VIZ Media Panel with special guests from Frederator Studios Castlevania, including Creator, Writer and Executive ProducerWarren Ellis and voice actors James Callis (voice of Alucard), Graham McTavish (voice of Dracula) and Alejandra Reynoso (voice of Sypha). Continue celebrating Castlevania on Saturday with an official panel and autograph session featuring the special guests.

Seis Manos

VIZ Media’s first original animated property, Seis Manos, debuts at NYCC with an autograph session and special screening of Episode 1 with a cast Q&A on Saturday. Transformers fans won’t want to miss The Evolutionary Art of Transformers, a panel celebrating 35 years of artwork from one of the world’s most beloved franchises. Transformers archivist and author Jim Sorenson will be signing autographs following the panel in the VIZ Booth (#1336).

Meanwhile the VIZ Originals imprint continues its participation in portfolio review sessions at New York Comic Con. Reviews will be conducted by Fawn Lau, Executive Editor for VIZ Originals.

In addition, the VIZ Media booth will offer a wide range of convention retail exclusives available for purchase. Attendees can also catch a variety of special giveaways as well as other fun in-booth activities.

Notable VIZ Media New York Comic Con 2019 Exclusives:

Each purchase comes with a special 2019 limited edition tote bag offered in two distinct designs: POKÉMON or SAILOR MOON (while supplies last)

  • MY HERO ACADEMIA & ONE-PUNCH MAN Manga Replicas – $15 each
  • NARUTO 20th Anniversary Poster – $50
  • NARUTO 20th Anniversary Skateboard Deck – $60
  • ONE-PUNCH MAN Enamel Pin – $10
  • SAILOR MOON: SAILOR STARS T-shirt – $20
  • SHONEN JUMP T-shirt – $30 ($25 when you show us your SJ app!)

VIZ Media 2019 New York Comic Con Panels & Signings:

Friday, October 4th

11:15pm Shonen Jump Official Panel
Room 1A10

Are you a fan of DRAGON BALL, ONE-PUNCH MAN, NARUTO, ONE PIECE or BLEACH? Hang out with Team SHONEN JUMP and get the latest developments on new series from Japan, all-time fan favorites and what we’re doing to bring you the world’s best manga!

5:15pm VIZ Media Official Panel with Special Guests from Frederator Studios CASTLEVANIA
Room 1A06

Join us as we talk about some of your favorite manga and anime. We’ll also be revealing big news, chatting with incredible guests and handing out prizes! The panel will feature CASTLEVANIA’s creator and writer Warren Ellis and voice actors James Callis (voice of Alucard), Graham McTavish (voice of Dracula) and Alejandra Reynoso (voice of Sypha).

7:00pm Warren Ellis Signing
NYCC Private Autograph Area*

Meet Warren Ellis, the Creator, Writer and Executive Producer of Frederator Studios CASTLEVANIA series for Netflix and receive a free poster.

Saturday, October 5th

1:00pm SEIS MANOS Screening with Special Guest Q&A
Room 1A06

Catch a special screening of SEIS MANOS, an upcoming Netflix Original Anime Series and a Q&A with special guests Alvaro Rodriguez (co-creator), Jonny Cruz (voice of Jesus) and Angelica Vale (voice of Garcia)!

2:30pm SEIS MANOS Voice Cast and Co-Creator Signing
NYCC Private Autograph Area*

Join the cast and crew of SEIS MANOS, including Alvaro Rodriguez, Jonny Cruz and Angelica Vale in a special signing session and receive a personally autographed SEIS MANOS poster. 

4:30pm Frederator Studios CASTLEVANIA Creator and Voice Cast Signing
NYCC Private Autograph Area*

Meet Warren Ellis, Sam Deats (director), Adam Deats (asst. director), James Callis, Graham McTavish and Alejandra Reynoso in this special signing session. 

6:30pm VIZ Media Presents Frederator Studios CASTLEVANIA Panel
Main Stage

Get an in-depth look into CASTLEVANIA, the hit Netflix Original Anime Series, with and incredible lineup of guests, including CASTLEVANIA’s creator and writer Warren Ellis, director Sam Deats, asst. director Adam Deats and voice actors James Callis (voice of Alucard), Graham McTavish (voice of Dracula), Alejandra Reynoso (voice of Sypha) and Ade M’Cormack (voice of Isaac)!

Sunday, October 6th

TRANSFORMERS: A VISUAL HISTORY

11:00am The Evolutionary Art of Transformers Panel
Room 1A06

Join TRANSFORMERS: A VISUAL HISTORY author Jim Sorenson, Hasbro Global Director of Publishing Michael Kelly, artists Livio Ramondelli and Andrew Griffith, and other special guests as they celebrate 35 years of artwork from one of the world’s most beloved franchises.

1:00pm TRANSFORMERS: A VISUAL HISTORY Writer Signing
VIZ Media Booth #1336

Transformers archivist and author Jim Sorenson visits the booth for a signing session.

*Tickets are distributed via pre-show lottery. Please see New York Comic Con’s Autograph Policy for more information.

NYCC 2019: VIZ Celebrates 20 Years of Naruto

Naruto 20th

VIZ Media will mark the 20th anniversary of Naruto with a national brand campaign, the Year 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.

VIZ Media Reveals September’s Anime and Manga Releases

This month, science fiction fans are invited to dive into the home media release of Infini-T Force, the superhero-action series that unites the four legendary heroes Gatchaman, Polimar, Casshan, and Tekkaman. All twelve episodes of the series will be available in one blu-ray set.

In partnership with The Pokémon Company International, the Pokémon: Black & White Movie Collection home media release arrives with four feature films that will delight Pokémon fans of all ages. 

New publishing debuts for September kick off with the Assassination Classroom Complete Box Set, which collects Yusei Matsui’s hit action comedy about a tentacled teacher with superpowers and a heart of gold.

VIZ Signature debuts for the month include Cats of the Louvre, the latest masterpiece from Eisner Award–winning creator Taiyo Matsumoto. No Guns Life is a cyberpunk series in which the protagonist’s head is replaced with a giant gun… and his memories erased. In the action-packed comedy The Way of the Househusband, a former yakuza legend desires to walk the straight and narrow. Finally, Levius debuts as a complete hardcover edition of the science fiction action series about cyborg arena fighters.

New Home Media Releases for September:

INFINI-T FORCE: THE COMPLETE SERIES

Blu-ray MSRP: $44.98 U.S. / $52.99 CAN · Available September 10th 

When an interdimensional attack plunges the defiant, thrill-seeking teen Emi into a city-wide assault, a band of mysterious heroes from lost worlds appears to save her. But it seems both heroes and villains have their sights on The Case, a magical object with transmutational powers, currently in Emi’s possession! Only the combined strength of Gatchaman, Casshan, Polimar and Tekkaman could be enough to stop the man known as “Z” from destroying not only Emi’s world, but countless others.

INFINI-T FORCE: THE COMPLETE SERIES

POKÉMON: BLACK & WHITE MOVIE COLLECTION

Blu-ray MSRP: $24.98 U.S. / $29.99 CAN · DVD MSRP: $19.98 U.S. / $24.99 CAN Available September 17th  

Sets each contain the following four POKÉMON animated feature films on two Blu-rays or two DVDs:

POKÉMON THE MOVIE: BLACK—VICTINI AND RESHIRAM and POKÉMON THE MOVIE: WHITE—VICTINI AND ZEKROM

When Ash and his friends enter a battle competition in Eindoak Town, they meet the Mythical Pokémon Victini, who becomes their newest friend. But disaster strikes when the misguided wanderer Damon seizes Victini for his own plans! Can Ash prove himself a hero and earn the help of the Legendary Reshiram—or Zekrom—to rescue Victini and save Eindoak Town? Two legends…and two versions of the story! Follow them both in POKÉMON THE MOVIE: BLACK—VICTINI AND RESHIRAM and POKÉMON THE MOVIE: WHITE—VICTINI AND ZEKROM! It’s twice the Pokémon adventure!

POKÉMON: BLACK & WHITE MOVIE COLLECTION

POKÉMON THE MOVIE: KYUREM VS. THE SWORD OF JUSTICE 

Ash and Pikachu, along with their friends Iris and Cilan, are on a train headed to the next stop on their journey. From the train, Ash spots an injured Pokémon they don’t recognize. They’re planning a rescue when the train is attacked by the Legendary Kyurem! The Mythical Pokémon Keldeo is on a mission, to rescue its friends—Cobalion, Terrakion, and Virizion, the Legendary Pokémon known as the Swords of Justice—from Kyurem’s icy clutches. But Kyurem has other ideas, and when it transforms into Black Kyurem or White Kyurem for greater power, things look grim!

POKÉMON THE MOVIE: GENESECT AND THE LEGEND AWAKENED

A vast Pokémon habitat amid the hustle and bustle of the big city seems like the perfect new home for a group of five Genesect. The arrival of these Mythical Pokémon quickly becomes a problem, though: their nest threatens the city’s power supply, and they keep attacking those who approach it. When the Genesect are joined by the Legendary Pokémon Mewtwo—who sympathizes due to its own origins—things only become worse, and the confrontation quickly rages out of control. Can Ash and friends stop these two powerful Pokémon before they destroy the city?

New Publishing Releases for September:

ASSASSINATION CLASSROOM COMPLETE BOX SET

By Yusei Matsui
MSRP: $189.99 U.S. / $249.99 CAN · Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens 
Available September 3rd

The complete bestselling Assassination Classroom series is now available in a boldly designed, value-priced box set! Includes all 21 volumes of this unique tale of a mysterious, smiley-faced, tentacled, superpowered teacher who guides a group of misfit students to find themselves—while doing their best to assassinate him. Action-packed, hilarious, and heartwarming, this title is famous for moving fans to tears through their laughter… Includes an exclusive, full-color, mini “yearbook” filled with images of favorite characters in different art styles and contexts (previously unreleased in the English editions).

ASSASSINATION CLASSROOM COMPLETE BOX SET By Yusei Matsui

CATS OF THE LOUVRE

By Taiyo Matsumoto
MSRP: $29.99 U.S. / $39.99 CAN · Rated ‘T’ for Teens 
Available September 17th    

The world-renowned Louvre museum in Paris contains more than just the most famous works of art in history. At night, within its darkened galleries, an unseen and surreal world comes alive—a world witnessed only by the small family of cats that lives in the attic. Until now…

CATS OF THE LOUVRE

NO GUNS LIFE

By Tasuku Karasuma
MSRP: $12.99 U.S. / $17.99 CAN · Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens
Available September 17th      

After the war, cyborg soldiers known as the Extended were discharged. Juzo Inui is one of them, a man whose body was transformed, his head replaced with a giant gun! With no memory of his previous life—or who replaced his head and why—Inui now scratches out a living in the dark streets of the city as a Resolver, taking on cases involving the Extended.

NO GUNS LIFE

THE WAY OF THE HOUSEHUSBAND

By Kousuke Oono
MSRP: $12.99 U.S. / $17.99 CAN · Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens 
Available September 17th      

A former yakuza legend leaves it all behind to become your everyday househusband. But it’s not easy to walk away from the gangster life, and what should be mundane household tasks are anything but!

THE WAY OF THE HOUSEHUSBAND

LEVIUS

By Haruhisa Nakata
MSRP: $34.99 U.S. / $46.99 CAN · Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens
Available September 17th    

It’s the 19th century, and the world has entered the Era of Rebirth, recovering from the devastating flames of war. The sport of mechanical martial arts has galvanized the nations. Cybernetically augmented fighters turn their blood into steam and their bodies into brutal fighting—and killing—machines. Young Levius is one of those arena battlers, hell-bent on winning in order to simply survive.

LEVIUS

VIZ Media Previews the New Video Game Release – Garden Story

VIZ Media has announced Garden Story, a new single-player social simulator and adventure RPG scheduled to launch in Spring 2020. Garden Story is developed by Picogram, and co-published by Rose City Games, developers of VIZ Media’s The World Next Door and Cat Lady games.

In Garden Story, players take on the role of Concord, the newly appointed village guardian. There’s lots to keep this helpful adventurer busy; not only do your neighbors need assistance, but a mysterious Rot has also seeped into the foundations of the once flourishing island. Fortunately, Concord won’t be working at this alone. Help your friends with their struggles, and they’ll help you through yours. Balance caring for the environment, exploring new regions, and fostering new friendships as you solve puzzles and help restore the Grove to glory!

VIZ Media’s Anime and Manga Releases in July 2019

The home media debut of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Set 4: Diamond is Unbreakable will be available as a special Limited Edition Blu-ray set and DVD set; Diamond is Unbreakable continues the multigenerational tale of the Joestar family with Josuke Higashikata. In partnership with The Pokémon Company International, Pokémon The Series: Diamond and Pearl Complete Season also arrives on DVD and includes all 51 episodes of Ash’s adventures in the Sinnoh region.

New manga publishing debuts for July include the indie darling Beastars, a high school drama in which animal students grapple with the very human issues of prejudice and discrimination. The new Shojo Beat series Daytime Shooting Star centers around a love triangle that develops when a high school girl is torn between a boy in her class and her teacher.

New Home Media Releases for July:

JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE SET 4: DIAMOND IS UNBREAKABLE Part 1

Limited Edition Blu-ray & Standard Edition DVD Sets
Blu-ray MSRP: $69.99 U.S. / $81.99 CAN · DVD MSRP: $39.99 U.S. / $51.99 CAN
Available July 2nd

It’s 1999, and Jotaro Kujo has just arrived in the idyllic Japanese town of Morioh—only this time, he’s not hunting DIO and his henchmen. His search for the illegitimate child of Joseph Joestar has brought him face-to-face with Josuke Higashikata, a Stand-wielding, butt-kicking high schooler who happens to be afraid of turtles. But behind Morioh’s tranquil facade is an invisible evil slowly eating away at the peace and well-being of its residents. Bizarre happenings are becoming commonplace, and the Joestar clan must rise to the occasion if they and the town of Morioh are to survive.

POKÉMON THE SERIES: DIAMOND AND PEARL COMPLETE SEASON

DVD MSRP: $44.98 U.S. / $52.99 CAN · Available July 30th

If Gary Oak is headed for the Sinnoh region, then Ash Ketchum won’t be far behind! Ready to take on the Sinnoh League, Ash brings along Pikachu and meets up with Brock in Sinnoh, where the pair of Trainers are soon joined by a third—Dawn, a novice Pokémon Coordinator determined to follow in the footsteps of her mother. Both Ash and Dawn struggle with their respective paths, but it’s easy for them to make new friends, gaining new Pokémon like Turtwig and Piplup.

New Publishing Releases for July:

BEASTARS

by Paru Itagaki
MSRP: $12.99 U.S. / $17.99 CAN / $8.99 Digital · Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens
Available July 16th    

At a high school where the students are literally divided into predators and prey, friendships maintain the fragile peace. Who among them will become a Beastar—a hero destined to lead in a society naturally rife with mistrust?

DAYTIME SHOOTING STAR

by Mika Yamamori
MSRP: $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN / $6.99 Digital · Rated ‘T’ for Teens
Available July 2nd   

After arriving in Tokyo to live with her uncle, Suzume collapses in a nearby park when she remembers once seeing a shooting star during the day. A handsome stranger brings her to her new home and tells her they’ll meet again. Suzume starts her first day at her new high school sitting next to a boy who blushes furiously at her touch. And her homeroom teacher is none other than the handsome stranger!

DC Bounces Back in May to Challenge Marvel in Unit Share as May Improves on April

After a brutal April, May was an improvement for the comic industry in month to month gains. DC Comics challenged Marvel in a close race for top unit share while Marvel continues to dominate the dollar share according to data Diamond Comic Distributors released today.

Comics, graphic novels, and toys all improved in double digits in May 2019 versus April 2019. Comics improved 15.6% in dollars and 14.51% in units. Graphic novels improved 50.97% in dollars and 44.63% in units. Together, they improved 24.51% in dollars and 16.35% in units. Toy sales continue to be the story of 2019. For the month, thy improved 27.91% in dollars and 46.27% in units.

Compared to the same time last year, comics and graphic novels are generally down while toys have still improved. Comics in May 2019 are down 7.81% in dollars and down 4.30% in units compared to May 2018. Graphic novels improved 5.36% in dollars but down 5.36% in units. Combined, comics and graphic novels are down 4.15% in dollars and 4.38% in units. Toys are up 40.65% in dollars and 40.25% in units compared to May 2018.

In May 2018, DC shipped 8 more comics and one more graphic novel compared to April 2018 while Marvel shipped 12 more comics and one more graphic novel. Compared to the same month in the previous year, DC shipped 14 less comics and 3 more graphic novels. Marvel shipped 26 more comics and and 6 less graphic novels. 16 comic more titles and 17 more graphic novels shipped for all publishers. in May 2019 versus May 2018.

The year to date is mixed. Comics are down 0.45% in dollars and down 5.12% in units. Graphic novels are down 1.21% in dollars and 5.94% in units. The two together are down 0.66% in dollars and 5.18% in units compared to the same point last year. Toys though are up 23.04% in dollars and 30.09% in units.

Marvel Comics was May’s top publisher with a dollar share of 40.46% (-5.05) and a unit share of 39.75% (-10.95). DC placed second with a 28.22% dollar share (+2.49) and a 38.58% unit share (+12.69). In third was Image Comics with a 6.88% dollar share (-1.05) and a 5.53% unit share (-2.07). Dark Horse Comics ranked fourth with a 3.78% dollar share (+0.87) and 2.19% unit share (+0.27), followed by IDW Publishing with a 3.61% dollar share (+0.35) and a 2.98% unit share (+0.22), then BOOM! Studios with a 2.21% dollar share (-0.25) and a 1.76% unit share (-0.99), VIZ Media with a 1.84% dollar share (+0.77) and a 0.65% unit (+0.25) share, and Dynamite Entertainment with a 1.78% dollar share (+0.07) and a 1.50% unit share (-0.03). Oni Press and Titan Comics again make the top ten list while Valiant Entertainment and Aftershock Comics fell off from previous month’s listing.

In total, DC had six titles in the top ten including the top comic of the month, DCeased #1. They also took second place with Doomsday Clock #10 and #3 with Batman: Last Knight on Earth #1. Batman focused comics made up four of DC’s six titles while the top two were “event” focused. Marvel Comics had four titles in the top ten: Gerry Duggan and Mike Deodato’s Savage Avengers #1 ranked #4, Marvel’s top comic of the month. Among the premier publishers, Image Comics‘ The Walking Dead #191 ranked #27; Dark Horse Comics‘ Stranger Things: Six #1, a prequel to the Netflix series, ranked #82; BOOM! Studios‘ Firefly #6 ranked #98; Dynamite Entertainment‘s Red Sonja and Vampirella Meet Betty & Veronica #1, a crossover with Archie Comics, ranked #107; and IDW Publishing‘s Transformers #4 ranked #156.

Lauren Myracle and Issac Goodhart’s Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale, an original graphic novel from DC’s DC Ink imprint, was May’s best-selling graphic novel. DC had two entries in the top ten with the other being DC Super Hero Girls: Spaced Out ranked #6. Dark Horse Comics had three titles in the top ten: The Umbrella Academy volumes 1 and 2 ranked #2 and #4 respectively, and The Legend of Korra Part 1: Ruins of Empire ranked #8. Image Comics had four titles in the top ten: Skottie Young and Jorge Corona’s Middlewest Book 1 ranked #3, East of West Volume 9 ranked #5, Rat Queens Volume 6 ranked #9, and Saga Deluxe Edition Volume 3 ranked #10. Marvel had one entry in the top ten, Al Ewing and Joe Bennett’s The Immortal Hulk Volume 3: Hulk in Hell ranked #7.

VIZ Media’My Hero Academia: School Briefs Volume 1 was May’s best-selling book.

1000 Toys’ Hellboy: Standard Version 1/12-Scale Figure was May’s best-selling toy. Funko’s PREVIEWS Exclusive POP! Marvel: Spider-Punk Vinyl Figure ranked #2 for the month. Diamond Select Toys had four products in the top ten, led by the Marvel Select: Rogue Action Figure at #3. DC Collectibles had three products in the top ten; their top-selling product, the DC Cover Girls: Wonder Woman by Joëlle Jones Statue, ranked #5.

Paizo Publishing’s Starfinder RPG Beginner Box, an introductory set to the space opera role-playing game, was May’s best-selling game product. Also, Hasbro’s Dungeons & Dragons: Stranger Things Edition, the best-selling game of April, remained in the top ten at #10 for the month.

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHERDOLLARSHAREUNITSHARE
MARVEL COMICS40.46%39.75%
DC COMICS28.22%38.58%
IMAGE COMICS6.88%5.53%
DARK HORSE COMICS3.78%2.19%
IDW PUBLISHING3.61%2.98%
BOOM! STUDIOS2.21%1.76%
VIZ MEDIA1.84%0.65%
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT1.78%1.50%
ONI PRESS0.84%0.56%
TITAN COMICS0.67%0.49%
OTHER NON-TOP 109.72%9.72%

 COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

 DOLLARSUNITS
MAY 2019 VS. APRIL 2019
COMICS15.60%14.51%
GRAPHIC NOVELS50.97%44.63%
TOTAL COMICS/GN24.51%16.35%
TOYS27.91%46.27%
MAY 2019 VS. MAY 2018
COMICS-7.81%-4.30%
GRAPHIC NOVELS5.36%-5.36%
TOTAL COMICS/GN-4.15%-4.38%
TOYS40.65%40.25%
YEAR TO DATE 2019 VS. YEAR TO DATE 2018
COMICS-0.45%-5.12%
GRAPHIC NOVELS-1.21%-5.94%
TOTAL COMICS/GN-0.66%-5.18%
TOYS23.04%30.09%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHERCOMICS SHIPPEDGRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPEDMAGAZINES SHIPPEDTOTALSHIPPED
MARVEL COMICS118360154
DC COMICS6033093
IMAGE COMICS3823061
IDW PUBLISHING3718055
DARK HORSE COMICS2230052
VIZ MEDIA045045
BOOM! STUDIOS2213035
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT194023
TITAN COMICS106218
ONI PRESS95014
OTHER NON-TOP 1015119027368
TOTAL48640329918

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1DCEASED #1$3.99MAR190464-MDC
2DOOMSDAY CLOCK #10$4.99JAN190585-MDC
3BATMAN: LAST KNIGHT ON EARTH #1 (MR)$5.99MAR190458-MDC
4SAVAGE AVENGERS #1$4.99MAR190757-MMAR
5THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS #5$4.99MAR190495-MDC
6AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #21$3.99MAR190831-MMAR
7THE IMMORTAL HULK #17$3.99MAR190845-MMAR
8BATMAN #70$3.99MAR190487-MDC
9BATMAN #71$3.99MAR190489-MDC
10AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #22$3.99MAR190835-MMAR

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1DCEASED #1$3.99MAR190464-MDC
2BATMAN: LAST KNIGHT ON EARTH #1 (MR)$5.99MAR190458-MDC
3DOOMSDAY CLOCK #10$4.99JAN190585-MDC
4THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS #5$4.99MAR190495-MDC
5SAVAGE AVENGERS #1$4.99MAR190757-MMAR
6THE IMMORTAL HULK #17$3.99MAR190845-MMAR
7AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #21$3.99MAR190831-MMAR
8WAR OF REALMS #3$4.99MAR190765-MMAR
9WAR OF REALMS #4$4.99MAR190773-MMAR
10BATMAN #70$3.99MAR190487-MDC

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1UNDER THE MOON: A CATWOMAN TALE TP$16.99JAN190554DC
2THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY VOL. 1: THE APOCALYPSE SUITE TP$17.99SEP108136DAR
3MIDDLEWEST BOOK 1 TP (MR)$9.99MAR190092-MIMA
4THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY VOL. 2: DALLAS TP$17.99DEC098005DAR
5EAST OF WEST VOL. 9 TP$16.99FEB190059IMA
6DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: SPACED OUT TP$9.99JAN190555DC
7THE IMMORTAL HULK VOL. 3: HULK IN HELL TP$15.99FEB190998MAR
8LEGEND OF KORRA PART 1: RUINS OF EMPIRE TP$10.99JAN190482DAR
9RAT QUEENS VOL. 6: INFERNAL PATH TP (MR)$16.99MAR190119IMA
10SAGA DELUXE EDITION VOL. 3 HC (MR)$49.99MAR190127IMA

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1AMAZING SPIDER-MAN OMNIBUS VOL. 4 HC$125.00NOV181004-MMAR
2SAGA DELUXE EDITION VOL. 3 HC (MR)$49.99MAR190127IMA
3AMAZING SPIDER-MAN BY J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI OMNIBUS VOL. 1  HC$125.00NOV181006MAR
4THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY VOL. 1: THE APOCALYPSE SUITE TP$17.99SEP108136DAR
5UNDER THE MOON: A CATWOMAN TALE TP DC INK$16.99JAN190554DC
6THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY VOL. 2: DALLAS TP$17.99DEC098005DAR
7EAST OF WEST VOL. 9 TP$16.99FEB190059IMA
8SIX DAYS: THE INCREDIBLE STORY OF D-DAY’S LOST CHAPTER HC$24.99FEB190468DC
9ABSOLUTE BATMAN: THE BLACK MIRROR HC$99.99AUG180594DC
10BATMAN: WHITE KNIGHT HC$29.99JAN198939DC

TOP 10 BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEITEM CODEVENDOR
1MY HERO ACADEMIA: SCHOOL BRIEFS VOL. 1 SC$10.99FEB192175VIZ
2LULU IS A RHINOCEROS$16.99FEB188267WIC
3DOCTOR WHO: SCRATCHMAN HC$23.99DEC181681PEN
4OVERLORD VOLUME 10 HC (MR)$20.00MAR192224YEN
5BLOODBORNE: OFFICIAL ARTWORKS SC$44.99MAR172148UDO
6TALES OF THE LOST CITADEL PROSE ANTHOLOGY SC$15.99JAN193197GRE
7THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOL. 141 SC$14.95FEB191942SAN
8AVENGERS ENDGAME: OFFICIAL MOVIE SPECIAL HC$19.99JAN192125TTN
9DOCTOR WHO: 13 DOCTORS 13 STORIES SC$17.99DEC181677PEN
10DOCTOR WHO: THE WOMEN WHO LIVED HC$23.99FEB188707PEN

TOP 10 TOYS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANKDESCRIPTIONITEM CODEVENDOR
1HELLBOY: STANDARD VERSION 1/12-SCALE FIGUREMAY189233100
2POP! MARVEL: SPIDER-PUNK VINYL FIGURESEP188215FUN
3MARVEL SELECT: ROGUE ACTION FIGURESEP182338DST
4MARVEL GALLERY: SPIDER-MAN COMIC PVC FIGURESEP182341DST
5DC COVER GIRLS: WONDER WOMAN BY JOELLE JONES STATUEOCT180633DC
6DARK KNIGHTS METAL: BATMAN THE DAWNBREAKER STATUEOCT180626DC
7MARVEL SELECT: JUGGERNAUT ACTION FIGUREJUN101512DST
8DC GALLERY METAL: THE RED DEATH PVC FIGUREOCT182228DST
9ONE-12 COLLECTIVE: MARVEL: BLADE ACTION FIGUREMAR188185MEZ
10BATMAN BLACK & WHITE STATUE: WHITE KNIGHT JOKER BY SEAN MURPHYNOV180600DC

TOP 10 GAMES BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANKDESCRIPTIONITEM CODEVENDOR
1STARFINDER RPG BEGINNER BOXFEB193069PAI
2CRITICAL ROLE: TAL’DOREI CAMPAIGN SETTING HCJUN173357GRE
3THE EXPANSE RPG HCNOV182869GRE
4MY HERO ACADEMIA CARD GAMEJUL183082S7
5STARFINDER RPG: CORE RULEBOOK HCJUN173371PAI
6PATHFINDER PAWNS BESTIARY BOXFEB168541PAI
7TOME OF BEASTS HCJUN168476PAI
8THE EXPANSE RPG: GAME MASTERS KIT HCNOV182870GRE
9PATHFINDER RPG: CORE RULEBOOK POCKET EDITIONAPR168770PAI
10DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: STRANGER THINGS EDITIONJAN198565HAS
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