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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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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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. Heidi MacDonald Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]