Weekly Shonen Jump and Kodansha join Comixology

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Digital manga—more available than ever before. Both Weekly Shonen Jump and Kodansha have just joined Comixology and the Kindle store. The digital Weekly Shonen Jump makes such favorites as One Piece, Bleach, Blue Exorcist available on the same day as the Japanese release throughout North America, the U.K., Ireland, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. […]

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Naruto creator Masashi Kishimoto is finally leaving his house—and has two signings for NYCC

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Masashi Kishimoto, creator of the 205,000,000 copies in print Naruto comic, will be making an extremely rare appearance at this year’s New York Comic Con with two special signings—one at Books Kinokuniya and one at the Tribeca outpost of Barnes and Noble. It’s not only Kishimoto-sensei’s first appearance in the US, it’s also his first con appearance ever. And probably one of the few times he’s left his house during the 18-year run of the international smash hit.

We’re kidding a little about the leaving the house bit, but as we’ve mentioned here many times in the past, manga creators can lead a pretty monastic lifestyle, even with the help of assistants. Since Naruto ended last year, he’s been busy with various manga about Boruto, Naruto’s son, and also writing the Naruto movie, but hopefully he’s been enjoying some time off.

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SDCC ’15: Viz Media and Perfect Square: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

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  By Nick Eskey Nintendo has a number of popular game franchises that have evolved and grown into rich stories and mythologies. None though come close to the world of “Legend of Zelda.” Ever since the game first appeared on original Nintendo Entertainment System, it has since enjoyed an appearance on every subsequent Nintendo console […]

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Brad Woods named CMO at Viz

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Former Dreamworks SVP Brad Woods has joined Viz Media as Chief Marketing Officer. Woods also has Mattel and Warner Bros. on his resume. At Viz he’ll oversee strategies for expansion into multiple channels. Inaddition to it’s well known print manga products. Viz also has streaming, online, film, TV and many other home entertainment branches, so hiring a veteran exec to look at all this stuff is a good move.

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Can you smell what Junji Ito has cooking? A deluxe version of horror classic Gyo

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A seaside town is haunted by a terrible, terrible stench—and soon much more in Junji Ito’s classic horror manga GYO. Originally published in Japan in 2001 (and in English in 2003), Viz is bringing it back in a deluxe 400-page edition in April, with a new cover design and full-color endpapers. Ito is one of […]

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Entertainment Round-Up: Suicide Squad, Deadpool, and Sam Hamm Returns!

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Smith and Robbie talk Suicide Squad, Reynolds teases fans, and Hamm adapts a Japanese short story

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Manga master Junji Ito’s Fragments of Horror from Viz

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Junji Ito! Junji Ito! Junji Ito! Japanese horror master Ito has been avoiding the genre of his greatest triumphs—Uzimaki, Tomie, Gyo— for eight years, but he has a new book out, and Viz will bring it to the US next year: Fragments of Horror, a new collection of short horror tales to be published under […]

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Tomorrow: Publishers Weekly Webcast on how Comics are Finding New Audiences

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Want to find more about how graphic novel publishers are approaching the massive changes in comics readership and marketing now underway?

Then fire up your computer tomorrow at 1 pm EST for a webcast with these industry experts.

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31 Days of Halloween: Junji Ito does Pokemon

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I know we’ve been slacking a bit with 31 Days due to the horrors of New York Comic-Con, but it’s full sped ahead to the pumpkins now. And here is the best thing you will hear today, tomorrow or possibly in a lifetime: Japanese Horror master Junji Ito Is doing a Pokemon collaboration.

Yeah that’s right. The creator of Uzumaki, Museum of Terror, the Long Hair in the Attic and much more, is doing POKEMON.

The news was announced in Japan as a “Collaboration,” you know, like Tokidoki doing Marvel, except terrifying and unspeakable. It’s called “Kowapoke,” which means “Scarypoke” and a single phone wallpaper image has been released thus far. That’s Banette, cute little Banette, admittedly not the nicest Pokemon, now all Kowapoke’d up. T-shirts are being given away in Japan now because life is unknowable and terrifying.

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NYCC ’14: Viz offers exclusives and Takeshi Obata

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The BIG big manga news at New York Comic COn is the appearance of Takeshi Obata, creator of Bakuman, Death Note and All You Need is Kill, the manga adaptation of the recent film that had the wrong title. It’s exciting that so many huge manga-ka are coming to America. To celebrate, Viz has a ton of exlcusives and special at the show so get your manga fix at their booth, with Princess Mononoke, Helly Kitty and Death Note.

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Neon Alley adds more Sailor Moon, Naruto Shippuden, Bleach, etc.

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Neon Alley’s Viz’z free streaming media platform, is adding a bunch of choice Sailor Moon,  Sailor Moon Crystal, Bleach, Naruto Shippuden, and Ranma 1/2 episodes, which you can see in the release below. You can stream these via the Neon Alley site and on mobile and gaming platforms via Hulu and Hulu Plus. The site has been […]

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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 […]

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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.

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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.

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The Beat Podcasts! More To Come: A New Con for New York Conflicts with Two Existing Cons

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Straight from the offices of Publishers Weekly, it’s More to Come! Your podcast source of comics news and discussion starring The Beat’s own Heidi MacDonald. In this week’s podcast the More to Come Crew – Heidi “The Beat” MacDonald, Calvin Reid and Kate Fitzsimons – discuss Special Edition, the new New York comics-only show from […]

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Who Sold What?: New York Times Graphic Novel Bestsellers 2013

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It’s a new year, and what better time to take a look back at what happened in 2013? Regular readers of The Beat know me as the comic BOOK guy.  I’m a bookseller, a librarian, a comics evangelist, and, yes, a seeker of the esoteric.  So that means while people (and websites) cover the comics […]

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