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SDCC 2023: VIZ Media celebrates Junji Ito with multiple panels

Ito-Verse

VIZ Media hosts two panels featuring manga horror icon and four-time Eisner Award winner, Junji Ito during San Diego Comic-Con 2023! VIZ Media is proud to co-sponsor these two panels alongside hosting Junji Ito’s largest North American exhibit. The exhibit features over 100 pieces of art! Also releasing this July is a new collection of ten tales celebrating Ito’s favorite antihero, Soichi!

WHAT, WHEN, WHERE:

  • Thursday 7/20 11:00am – 12:00pm @ San Diego Public Library – Horror at the Library: Junji Ito   
    Join Comic-Con Special Guest and legendary horror master Junji Ito (Uzumaki, Black Paradox) at the San Diego Public Library for a Q&A that’s sure to bring your nightmares to life.
  • Friday 7/21, 10:00 – 11:00am @ Room 6DE – PANEL: Welcome to the Ito-Verse: Junji Ito 
    Dive into the Ito-verse with the master of horror manga Junji Ito, as he discusses what inspires, drives, and horrifies him, all while drawing up something truly terrifying for his faithful, macabre-loving fans.
  • Thursday 7/20 – Sunday 7/23 @ Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
    Torrey Pines Rooms 1-2 – EXHIBIT: Welcome to the Ito-Verse: Junji Ito 
    Come help us celebrate the career of world-renowned creator Junji Ito. Walk among the cosmic and the macabre and lose yourself in the Ito-verse. With over 100 works on display, this will be the largest exhibition of Junji Ito’s work in North America.

Wolverine: Snikt feels like a bland regular Wolverine comic

Wolverine is the lone hope of the last remaining humans in a ruined dimension as they fight to survive against robotic organisms.

Story: Tsutomu Nihei
Art: Tsutomu Nihei
Color: Guru-eFX
Letterer: Cory Petit

Get your copy now! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Kindle
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Fist of the North Star Vol. 9 continues the over the top action we love

In a post-apocalyptic world, a wanderer appears out of the wasteland to bring justice. Ken bears seven scars upon his chest and holds the secret of a mysterious martial art known as Hokuto Shinken, the Divine Fist of the North Star!

Story: Buronson
Art: Tetsuo Hara
Translation: Joe Yamazaki
Touch-up Art & Lettering: John Hunt

Get your copy now! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Amazon
Kindle
Zeus Comics
Bookshop


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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wolverine Snikt

Wednesdays (and Tuesdays) 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

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

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

Brynmore #1 (IDW Publishing) – A new horror series from Steve Niles and Damien Worm? Yes please!

Creed: Next Round #1 (BOOM! Studios) – Taking place ten years after Creed III, Amara is now training looking to step outside of Adonis’ shadow.

Darkwing Duck #6 (Dynamite Entertainment) – If you enjoyed the classic animated series, don’t miss out on this new comic which continues the fun!

Fist of the North Star Vol. 9 (VIZ Media) – If you never read this manga series, this new edition is the perfect opportunity to see what you’ve been missing!

Local Man #5 (Image Comics) – Left brutally beaten, Local Man is being stalked by the true killer of Hodag!

The Quarry #1 (Scout Comics) – After a recent family tragedy, a boy sets out to purchase a Christmas tree with the help of his deceased big brother’s girlfriend, Katie.

Space Job #4 (Dark Horse Comics) – The series has been great with every issue. It’s not so much a Star Trek-spoof as a workplace comedy set in space.

Starfinder: Angels of the Drift #1 (Dynamite Entertainment) – The popular roleplaying game comes to comics!

Wolverine Snikt (VIZ Media) – Tsutomu Nihei takes in Wolverine in this new manga!

Around the Tubes

Spider-Man: India #1

It’s a new week and we’ve got a lot coming at you! While you start your Monday, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web to start the day.

CBR – Was a Marvel Comic Canceled After Being Seized at the USA/Canada Border – Hadn’t heard this one before.

ICv2 – Viz to Raise Manga Prices in 2024 – Ruh Roh Raggy.

Reviews

Atomic Junk Shop – Black Phoenix Vol. 1
CBR – Captain America: Cold War Omega #1
Atomic Junk Shop – Danger and Other Unknown Risks
Atomic Junk Shop – Derborence: When the Mountain Fell
Collected Editions – The Joker Vol. 2
CBR – Marvel Voices: Pride 2023
CBR – Spider-Man: India #1

Spider-Man: Fake Red is a fun manga spin on the classic character

Yu’s new high school is kind of awful. He’s failing his classes and striking out socially. Everything changes when he finds one of Spider-Man’s costumes abandoned in an alleyway. At first, it’s fun to put on the costume and play hero, but when powerful enemies appear, Yu quickly realizes he’s out of his element. Still, with the real Spider-Man nowhere to be found, the city needs someone to save it…

Story: Yusuke Osawa
Art: Yusuke Osawa
Translation: Caleb Cook
English Adaptation: Molly Tanzer
Touch-up Art & Lettering: Evan Waldinger

Get your copy now! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Bookshop
Zeus Comics
Amazon
Kindle


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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

INTERTWINED LAST JEWISH DAUGHTER OF KAIFENG

Wednesdays (and Tuesdays) 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

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

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

Animal Castle Vol. 2 #2 (Ablaze) – The series has been a fantastic adaptation and take on the classic Animal Farm.

Battle Chasers #10 (Image Comics) – After such a delay, Battle Chasers is back after a Kickstarter promising its return. Joe Madureira isn’t providing art so without that, such a long time, and more, will the return be worth it?

Black Panther #1 (Marvel) – It’s a new era and new creative team for the character and the status quo is an intriguing one.

Captain America: Cold War Omega #1 (Marvel) – The event wraps up and we have no idea how it’ll shake out when it’s over.

Dead by Daylight #1 (Titan Comics) – The video game gets a comic adaptation.

The Ghost of Kyiv #1 (Tokyopop) – The war propaganda gets a comic series. It’ll be interesting to see how this gets spun.

Haunt You to the End #1 (Image Comics) – A ghost story set at the end of the world. The concept of ghost hunters plus an unstable time period should make for an interesting read.

Intertwined: Last Jewish Daughter of Kaifeng #1 (Fairsquare Comics) – In time for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month as well as Jewish American Heritage Month, fan-favorite series Intertwined is back with a 64 page special dedicated to the only Asian Jewish character in comics: the new Spirit of Water!

Klik Klik Boom #1 (Image Comics) – Meet Sprout, a mute assassin who communicates exclusively through polaroid pictures. Sprout is heading to New York City to avenge her grandfather’s muder.

Magic Planeswalkers: Noble #1 (BOOM! Studios) – A new set of releases that’ll take us to different realms in the Magic Multiverse from different creators and featuring different creators.

Night Fever (Image Comics) – A new graphic novel from Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips, and Jacob Phillips. Enough said.

Nuking Alaska (Graphic Mundi) – A graphic novel about the threat of nuclear war in the 80s.

Spider-Man: Fake Red (VIZ Media) – Yu’s new high school is kind of awful. He’s failing his classes and striking out socially. Everything changes when he finds one of Spider-Man’s costumes abandoned in an alleyway

Spider-Man India #1 (Marvel) – The cult favorite character gets a miniseries shining the spotlight.

Void Rivals #1 (Skybound/Image Comics) – Kicking off “The Energon Universe,” the comic is the official start of Transformers and G.I. Joe at Skybound!

Waller vs. Wildstorm #2 (DC Comics) – The first issue waw fantastic, again bringing together the Wildstorm universe with the DC Universe with Waller at the center doing her shenanigans.

WildC.A.T.s #8 (DC Comics) – The series has been so much fun delivering a new mix of the classic characters and really bringing them into the DC Universe.

Xino #1 (Oni Press) – A new sci-fi anthology series featuring some fantastic creators.

Underrated: The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time Part 1

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: the first part of the manga adaptation of Nintendo’s The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time.


Released in 1998 on the Nintendo 64, The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time was lauded for years as The Best Game Ever. In many ways the game remains highly revered and fondly thought of by those who played it upon its release. By the time I had finally bought an N64 in 2000, the game was often listed as the Must Have game for the console in the videogame magazines of the time (this was still when information was still largely spread through print rather than on the internet). Although I was exposed to considerably less hype for the game than I would be had the internet been around when I picked it up, there is no denying that the game had a reputation of being one of a handful of games worth buying the console for.

Amazingly, it lived up to the hype.

Despite the game having been surpassed in visual quality and scope over the decades that have followed (including by its own sequels), it remains very high on my Best Game Ever list. Mostly because of the impact it had on me and the influence it continues to have – there is a reason I prefer action RPGs over shooters – but also because it remains a very good game in its own right.

When I had the opportunity to pick up the manga adaptation of the game, I did so without a second thought. Split into two volumes published by Viz Media, and written and drawn by Akira Himekawa (a collaboration of two women A. Honda and S. Nagano), the edition I have reads from the right to left – meaning the manga is presented in its original form with English translation. I was oddly happy about that because it meant that Link remained a lefty in the story, rather than him being a right handed swordsman if the booked had been flipped to read left to right.

If you’ve played the game itself, then you’ll be more than familiar with the story – or at least the bones of it. Akira Himekawa have modified the things that wouldn’t work as well in print as they do in a game (the Great Deku Tree dungeon is much shorter here than when I played it, but the story doesn’t suffer at all for the modification), and they’ve also handled the tough challenge of giving the essentially blank slated Link a personality whilst still feeling familiar to those of us who were (are still?) slightly obsessed with the game remarkably well.

As a person who doesn’t read manga in its original form much, this is a fantastic way for me to get used to reading the pages starting on the right, because for the most part I know the story, so I don’t mind having to concentrate on where my eyes should be going – as an introduction to manga, this is as ideal for me; a story I already love about one of the games that epitomizes my childhood. The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time Part 1 might not be everybody’s gateway, but as a comic book fan dipping their toes into the world of manga, this is a pretty underrated starting point. Because most comic book based videogame adaptations tend to be less than stellar.

Which isn’t the case with this. So if you want to start reading manga, but don’t know where to begin… maybe look for a volume that has some common ground with an interest you already have.


Join us next week when we look at something else that is, for whatever reason, Underrated.

Tatsuki Fujimoto Before Chainsaw Man 22-26 shows off more of the creator’s earlier works

See the origins of the mad genius who created Chainsaw Man! This short story manga collection features Tatsuki Fujimoto’s earliest work. It’s rough, it’s raw, and it’s pure Tatsuki Fujimoto!

Story: Tatsuki Fujimoto
Art: Tatsuki Fujimoto
Translation: Amanda Haley
Letterer: Sabrina Heep

Get your copy now! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Zeus Comics
Bookshop
Amazon
comiXology/Kindle


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Weekly Preview! Comics, Graphic Novels, and lots of Manga!

There are a lot of comics coming out every week to be covered. Check out some of what we’ll be reviewing and this is only the beginning!

This week’s reviews include:

  • Chicken Devils #3 (AfterShock)
  • Demon Sword Master of Excalibur Academy Vol. 2 (Yen Press)
  • The Executioner and Her Way of Life Vol. 2 (Yen Press)
  • Hungry Ghost (First Second)
  • I’m Quitting Heroing Vol. 2 (Yen Press)
  • Is it Wrong to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon: Familia Freya Vol. 1 (Yen Press)
  • K On Shuffle Vol. 1 (Yen Press)
  • My Gently Raised Beast Vol. 2 (IZE Press)
  • Returners Magic Should Be Special Vol. 2 (Yen Press)
  • Sugar Apple Fairy Tale Vol. 1 (Yen Press)
  • Sunbeams in the Sky Vol. 1 (Yen Press)
  • What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim Vol. 1 (Yen Press)
  • The Witch and Knight Will Survive Vol. 1 (Yen Press)

Not shown:

  • Frank Miller Presents: Pandora #4 (Frank Miller Presents)
  • Tatsuki Fujimoto Before Chainsaw Man 22-26 (VIZ Media)
  • The Walking Dead Deluxe #61 (Skybound)

Already reviewed:


First Second, Yen Press, and AfterShock provided Graphic Policy with FREE copies for review

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