A little bit on PLUTO

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Over at Comics Worth Reading, Ed Sizemore reviews PLUTO: URASAWA x TEZUKA, Volume 1, the mash-up reimagining of Astro Boy by Naoki Urasawa, master of the psychological thriller. PLUTO is the first great comic we’ve read in 2009, and if you find the idea of Astro Boy cloying, don’t worry. Imagine David Fincher remaking Pinocchio […]

VIZ launches SF line

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Via PR: Viz has announced a new line of SF/fantasy books. The initial rollout includes The Lord of the Sands of Time by Issui Ogawa, All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, ZOO by Otsuichi, and Usurper of the Sun by Housuke Nojiri. We are loathe to guess where anything Japanese is concerned, but […]

PLUTO! URASAWA!

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More here. BTW, Viz has broken the comics industry wide open, debuting their incredible YELLOW BAGS at this show. Demand is high.

CAT-EYED BOY rocks!

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We will not be the only blogger this week to deny the greatness of Kazuo Umezu’s Cat Eyed Boy ! No sir. Not when Jakala, Dacey, Welsh and Mautner are doing it. No sir. Cat-Eyed Boy is disturbing and creepy and wonderful. Big ups to Viz for bringing it out in this sturdy, handsome two-volume […]

Hm…

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We just received this secret message from Viz….

Manga report: Felipe Smith in Morning 2; Viz’s new line

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How cool are American cartoonists? So cool that they are publishing them in Japan! Felipe Smith (MBQ) will have a monthly series starting in Morning 2 next month. (The ads for it are reproduced above, courtesy of Ed Chavez who writes: His manga is going to be on the cover of the June 21 issue […]

NYCC: Viz — 1365

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Viz will not have a booth at the show but they have a manga lounge and a lot of movie screenings and panels, one featuring Stan Lee, although it is press only. VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, has announced its plans […]

Stan and Hiroyuki Takei announce team up

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Stan Lee really is EVERYWHERE. Details of ULTIMO, his manga collaboration with Shamen King creator Hiroyuki Takei will be announced at New York Comic-Con. The announcement will be press only, although some fans can win seats at the panel. The series debuts the same day, April 18th, with a 32 page prologue in the first […]

SLAM DUNK preview

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Viz has a 32 page preview of Takehiro Inoue’s SLAM DUNK up to read. You should. Via John Jakala, who compares the current translation to the one from Gutsoon a few year’s back.

Boy dies in Naruto-related accident

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Codey Porter, 10, has died after playmates buried him headfirst in a sandbox — an act inspired by Naruto’s ability to bury himself in the ground. Despite the tragic and horrible circumstances — his friends buried him in fun and didn’t realize he was really in trouble when he began struggling — the initial news […]

Viz debuts nine

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Viz has announced officially nine new titles for the second quarter, GUN BLAZE WEST, HARUKA: BEYOND THE STEAM OF TIME, NIGHTMARE INSPECTOR: YUMEKUI KENBUN, B.O.D.Y, FAIRY CUBE, THE RECORD OF A FALLEN VAMPIRE, ROSARIO+VAMPIRE, GIMMICK! and CAT EYED BOY. Most of these have been up on Amazon for a while, but the most interesting (to […]

O’Malley covers SHOJO BEAT

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Bryan Lee O’Malley unveils his cover for SHOJO BEAT and reveals several other cool things inside the magazine. Can you say “watershed”? But will the little girls like it? Technorati Tags: Ameri-manga, Bryan Lee O’Malley

Takehiko Inoue interview, Part 2

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In the world of manga, Takehiko Inoue is a mega-superstar. His basketball manga SLAM DUNK was so successful it made he sport itself more popular in Japan. It’s sold over 100 million copies worldwide and has been voted the #1 all-time manga. VAGABOND, telling the legend of swordman Miyamoto Musashi has also been a smash […]

Inoue at Kinokuniya

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Yesterday we were lucky enough to be invited to a press junket for Viz’s new edition of Slam Dunk, and we got to interview Takehito Inoue himself. Slam Dunk–a basketball themed manga that once ran in Raijin magazine, but is coming back in the American Shonen Jump–has sold a mere 100 million copies world wide […]

Downloading update: Viz, Harlequin

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A couple of notes on downloadable content. ICv2 had an interesting chat with Viz’s Senior Vice President of Strategy and Business Development, Dan Marks, who talks about Viz present and possible future forays into downloading manga and anime. Part 1 Part 2 Marks points out the big differences between Japan and the US, in large […]

Viz and Naruto top charts

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Viz sends out PR trumpeting the success of their “Naruto Nation” event — NARUTO is 1, 2 and 3 on the Bookscan GN schart: VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, has announced that NARUTO manga volumes 16, 17 and 18 occupied the […]