Viz joins Comixology

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After a long wooing period, Viz has finally joined Comixology. Viz has its own ebook portal for manga and so was no stranger to digital, despite the difficulties inherent in getting Japanese material on digital. However now some 500 titles are available via the Comixology paltform.  Among them some of the world’s most popular comics […]

RIP: Courtney Utt

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Designer Courtney Utt, who was responsible for some of Viz’s most distinctive covers, passed away recently at the age of just 37 following a long battle with brain cancer. You can see much of Utt’s work here.

Viz announces NEW Urasawa in English – MASTER KEATON

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Naoki Urasawa is probably the greatest living genre cartoonist. Sorry ya’ll but it’s all true. Combining dense, suspenseful plotlines with thrilling, heart stopping artwork that never sacrifices character, he’s just the master. He’s even won an Eisner Award.Works in English, all published by Viz include MONSTER, PLUTO and 20th CENTURY BOYS. And now, MASTER KEATON, an early (pre-Monster) work from 1988 about a heroic insurance investigator who goes around using his archaeological skills to solve mysteries. SOLD. The series was co-written by Hokusei Katsushika and Takashi Nagasaki.

31 Days of Halloween: Akira Toriyama’s COWA! and seven other new digital series from Viz

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Viz had been plugging along with its digital comics available via Viz.Com and their app they just announced eight new series. Including one by DragonBall Z’s Toriyama about a cute half vampire were-koala. That guy is a frickin’ genius. Prices run from $6.99 to 13.99 Here’s the whole list. AISHITERUZE BABY, Vol. 1 Rated ‘T’ […]

NYCC ’13 The Beat Podcasts! More To Come NYCC Interviews 1

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Straight from the convention booth of Publishers Weekly at New York Comic Con, it’s More to Come! Your podcast source of comics news and discussion starring The Beat’s own Heidi MacDonald. In part one of our NYCC special interview coverage, Calvin Reid speaks with Leyla Aker, v-p of publishing at Viz Media, about news on […]

SDCC ’13: Marvel teases Marvelman at lunch and more from IDW, DC and Titan

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David Gabriel announced a bunch of stuff, including Origins II, Deadpool vs Carnage, and saying “We have not forgotten” Miracleman. Also, more original graphic novels are coming—orders on the first one, by Warren Ellis and Mike McKone, have been greater than on Hawkeye. Titan ran through a list of its upcoming books with trailers. including […]

SuBLime announces new titles

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Celebrating one year of publishing, Viz’s SuBLime yaoi imprint has announced a slew of new titles: six new titles and 11 debuting volumes. With manga still in the doldrum in the US, it’s good to see one imprint hanging in there—the appeal of boy’s love manga is still going strong. And who can resist a book called PRETTY MEN FIGHTING DIRTY?

Uglydolls finally get their own graphic novel line from Viz

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The long-running Uglydoll franchise, which was one of pioneers of the whole “designer toy” category, are finally getting their own graphic novel line, which will be published by Viz as part of the Viz Kids imprint. The line will launch in Summer 2013

SDCC 12: Viz offers free ice cream and SHONEN JUMP ALPHA

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It’s PR but it includes FREE ICE CREAM. And LUFFY. We glimpsed the brand new Viz booth last night and it looks spectacular.

Webcomic alert: DR. SLUMP by Akira Toriyama

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Best known for his hectic DRAGONBALL series, Akira Toriyama is probably one of the most successful cartoonists of all time. His first big hit was DR. SLUMP, a slapstick humor strip about an inventor who creates a little girl robot who is hopelessly naive about the world.

Hijinks ensue. Hijinks that anyone who likes FAMILY GUY will appreciate. This is not sophisticated humor but it is energetic, wildly imaginative cartooning at the highest level. It’s also world building in the classic McCloudian-approved way, with the setting of Penguin Village, like Springfield or Mr Roger’s Neighborhood, a friendly place filled with colorful characters.

VIZ names Ken Sasaki as President and CEO

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Some moves at the top for VIZ, as Ken Sasaki moves into the role of president and CEO as Hidemi Fukuhara moves up to the role of Vice Chairman for VIZ Media.

Sign up for Viz app and get one Volume 1 free

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Viz Media is running a nice promotion: new users can download their free app for iPad, iPhone or iPod and, after registering for an account, download a free volume 1 manga of your choice.

Digital NARUTO precedes print from Viz

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ICv2 catches the fact that two volumes of NARUTO will be released digitally before the print edition. Vol. 54 and Vol. 55 will be available as part of the shift to Weekly Shonen Jump Alpha, the digital weekly that’s replacing the print edition. The availability window is pretty steep — NARUTO Vol. 54 is available now; the print version drops January 3.

It’s just a scheduling anomaly but it is still startling to see one of the world’s best selling comics available in digital first.

Urasawa’s MONSTER debuts on Netflix streaming

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A growing body of comics observers have jumped on the bandwagon for Naoki Urasawa as the best genre cartoonist currently working with his layered, dynamic storytelling. But not everyone has gotten the religion! His 21st CENTURY BOYS is currently coming out from Viz, but with 15 volumes in print it could be a bit daunting to jump into. For those who prefer a video introduction, MONSTER, based on the manga of the same name, just began streaming from Netflix. The 74-episode series deals with Dr. Kenzo Tenma and his efforts to stop an insane killer whose life he saved as a boy.

Notes from all over

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Updates on Viz, Frazetta, Gaiman and all new stuff too!