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 […]

Naruto Report Card

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ICv2 wraps up the first month of NARUTO’s assault on the graphic novel sales charts: On the eve of the release of the second three-pronged barrage of Naruto volumes it appears that the first wave of Naruto titles has fared well during its first four weeks in the market. Naruto Vols. 16, 17, and 18 […]

DEATH NOTE: The Official PR

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PR: VIZ Media, one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, has licensed the Shonen Jump DEATH NOTE anime series to Adult Swim for domestic broadcast beginning Saturday, October 20 at midnight (EST) on the network’s popular Adult Swim block of programming. New episodes will follow each week thereafter. […]

DEATH NOTE to Adult Swim

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Anime News Networkreports that manga/anime sensation DEATH NOTE, will begin airing on Adult Swim beginning at midnight October 20th. The tale of a teen who fights evil with a death-dealing notebook has already been a worldwide hit in manga, anime, live action and novelized form. [Via Blog@]

Viz gets right to live action DEATH NOTE film

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PR: VIZ Pictures, an affiliate of VIZ Media LLC that focuses on Japanese live-action film distribution, has announced that it has licensed from Nippon Television (NTV) the North American theatrical and DVD distribution rights to the live-action feature film DEATH NOTE and its sequel, DEATH NOTE: THE LAST NAME, based on the DEATH NOTE anime […]

Viz’s Liza Coppola

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ICv2 continues it’s series of interviews with newsmakers with Viz Sr. VP Liza Coppola: What are you looking at for 2008 in terms of your manga output versus 07? For 2008, we’re looking at the same number of titles. What we’re looking at doing is really honing down the titles, and it’s not going to […]