Where will you find Naruto, the nation’s #1 comic, at NYCC? Why at Viz!
VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, announced a bevy of activities, events and new anime and manga offerings for all the hot properties fans are excited about at the 2007 New York Comic-Con show.
VIZ Media will have a large presence on this year’s show floor, with an expansive booth filled with a photo sticker booth that will allow visitors to pose with their favorite anime and manga characters from popular series like BLEACH, NARUTO, ABSOLUTE BOYFRIEND, INUYASHA and with the SHOJO BEAT mascot ‘Moko’. A series of interactive video games and activities including Mattel’s Ninja Academy Game, based on NARUTO, and TOMY’s NARUTO: Ninja Council 3 for the Nintendo DS, will also be available for fans to play.
An expanded retail area will offer a vast selection of VIZ Media manga and anime titles, including the manga exclusives of DRAGON DRIVE, MILLENIUM SNOW, SHAKUGAN NO SHANA (manga and novel), and POKéMON MYSTERY DUNGEON: GINJI’S RESCUE TEAM. Convention goers will also be able to purchase the latest volumes of BLEACH, NARUTO, DEATH NOTE, BEAUTY POP, FULLMETAL ALCHMEMIST, NAOKI URASAWA’S MONSTER, INUYASHA and more before they hit the stores. VIZ Media will also offer buyers a multitude of opportunities for free gifts including anime and manga novelties, cell phone holders, hats, t-shirts, and more with specific purchases.
VIZ Media will draw fans’ attention with a special at show sneak peek of two DEATH NOTE promotional trailers, available on a one-time-only basis for cell phone downloads exclusively during the New York Comic-Con show. The first trailer will be available Saturday, February 24th, and the second on Sunday, February 25th. Visitors should come to VIZ Media’s booth #619 to download the content to their Bluetooth-enabled cell phone or to get a code to enter through their participating cellular service provider. Standard text message and other phone charges will apply.
A special theatrical screening of VIZ Media and VIZ Pictures’ critically acclaimed quirky romantic comedy TRAIN MAN: DENSHA OTOKO will be held on Friday, 2/23 at 4:00pm. The recently released DVD of TRAIN MAN: DENSHA OTOKO will also be available in the retail area and will include a special poster with purchase.
A variety of panel discussions are also scheduled that will offer insight on upcoming VIZ Media releases and Q&A sessions with convention goers. The VIZ Media Manga Panel will be held Friday, 2/23 at 5:00pm and an Anime Panel will commence on Saturday, 2/24 at 3:00pm. VIZ Media executives are also scheduled to participate in a variety of other discussions including panels on comics publishing, an editors buzz forum, capturing female readers, manga trends, and kid’s comics. Check the VIZ Media booth for the full schedule.
“VIZ Media looks forward to supporting and participating in the 2007 New York Comic-Con in a variety of capacities,” states Jane Lui, Manager, Tradeshows & Conventions, Public Relations for VIZ Media. “Manga and anime are becoming a larger component of the overall comics industry in North America, and VIZ Media is pleased to continue to play a major role at important events like the New York Comic-Con. We welcome the opportunity to use Comic-con as a platform to announce and preview many highly anticipated titles like NARUTO, DEATH NOTE and MÄR and to meet the many dedicated fans.”
VIZ Media is also a major sponsor of the ICv2 Graphic Novel Conference taking place on February 22 in Room # 1E02 at Jacob Javits Center. The conference, open to trade for a separate fee (register at www.newyorkcomiccon.com), will examine and discuss the exploding growth of the manga and graphic novel genres across North America. Several industry luminaries will participate, including Liza Coppola, Senior Vice President of Marketing for VIZ Media.