VIz announces many new acquisitions including Dragon Ball Super, Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt and more

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With Anime Expo in the rearview mirror many new manga titles have been announced and Viz has a bunch, including new Mobile Suit Gundam and Dragon Ball titles and omnibus editions for some of their classic titles. Here’s the complete list:   New VIZ Signature Acquisition:   MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM THUNDERBOLT · Available Fall 2016 […]

C2E2: Viz Media Announces Amano, Miyazaki, and New Streaming Line-up

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Viz media announces new Yoshitaka Amano and Hayao Miyazaki art books, in addition to picking up Terra Formars and JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure for their streaming collection.

Wal-mart may set up their own graphic novel sections

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Despite the jitters everyone is having about the Big Two’s periodical publishing programs, as we reported the other day, graphic novels did pretty well in 2015, with sales up 22% in bookstores. Calvin Reid follows up on this sanguine report with an interview with Diamond Book Distributions Kuo Yu Liang, who says
2016 will probably be their best year ever.:

The Beat’s Best Comics of 2015

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The Comics Beat’s staff votes on the best Comic Books and Graphic Novels of the year.

NYCC ’15: Viz panels, exclusives and ninja activities

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We’ve already told you about all the Naruto/Masashi Mishimoto excitement at this year’s NYCC, but VIz has some other stuff planned, as well, including a NARUTO Ninja mission at Booth #1346 — pick up your stealth headband at the booth and go on a special mission around the show floor. Also exclusives: Exclusive NARUTO items!  […]

“Death Note” Creators Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata Announce “Platinum’s End”

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  You, me, and everyone into manga around 2006 should remember Death Note, the fantastic psychological thriller about a bored teenage genius outwitting the police and a reclusive detective as he reshapes the world one murder at a time.  Following the series’ conclusion, creators Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata went on to create the light-hearted Bakuman, […]

NYCC ’15: Here’s Naruto creator Masashi Kishimoto’s schedule

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Masashi Kishimoto, creator of Naruto is making his first public appearance ANYWHERE at this year’s New York Comic Con, and while many of his events are already sold out, you can still pick up a raffle ticket at the Viz Booth #1346 between 10:00am and 1:00pm on Thursday October 8th for a chance to win […]

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. […]

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.