Media Release — VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in North America, rolls into the Big Apple with a robust schedule of events, special booth appearances, insightful panel discussions and promotional giveaways for the 2013 New York Comic Con, taking place October 10th-13th at the Jacob Javits Convention Center.
New York Comic Con is the East Coast’s biggest and most exciting popular culture convention and plays host to the latest and greatest in comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies, and television. More information on New York Comic Con is available at: http://www.newyorkcomiccon.com.
The VIZ Media booth (#1944) on the main show floor will be a continual hub of activity throughout the convention. Visitors may sign up for newsletters on the latest manga and anime releases and receive a free NARUTO SHIPPUDEN or ONE PIECE poster, a random exclusive Weekly Shonen Jump button AND a 2013 New York Comic Con TIGER & BUNNY collectible card pack. Other free giveaways throughout the weekend include full color posters, bookmarks, manga samplers, kids’ original comic samplers, and much more!
Fans can also sign up for an annual membership to the WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP digital manga magazine that features the latest manga chapters of multiple series released simultaneously with Japan! Subscribe for a show rate of only $19.99 a year and receive a special “Vulcan The Divine” YU-GI-OH! trading card and a glow-in-the-dark button along with 48 digital issues of the world’s best selling manga magazine.
Over 140 manga series are now available digitally from the VIZ Manga App and VIZManga.com. Booth visitors will be able to check out the extensive content, demo WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP, and preview over 1,700 volumes right at your fingertips!
Anime fans are invited to sample Neon Alley, VIZ Media’s innovative 24/7 uncut anime channel. Let the Neon Alley team know how you like to watch anime and walk away with a complementary VIZ Media tote bag and a 30-day free trial membership! Don’t miss the exciting Fall Season running now that features hot anime series such as RANMA ½, PUELLA MAGI MADOKA MAGICA, MAGI and REVOLUTIONARY GIRL UTENA. Also test your gaming skills with Neon Alley and win fun prizes including glasses, t-shirts and more! Every participant will win a premium.
And for fans that need to keep in touch throughout the convention, VIZ Media invites attendees to charge phones and digital devices with lightning speed at the BEN 10 OMNIVERSE charging station, where they also can learn about the company’s exciting series of original graphic novels inspired by the hit animated show.
VIZ Media New York Comic Con Panels & Special Events Include:
Friday October 11th
3:00PM – 4:00PM Panel: Weekly Shonen Jump Podcast –
Live Recording! (Room 1A23)
Meet the team behind the English-language edition of Weekly Shonen Jump and be part of a live podcast recording! Bring your toughest SJ questions for the editors and your own manga knowledge for a chance to win some awesome prizes in our trivia challenge!
4:15PM – 5:15PM Panel: VIZ Media (Room 1A15)
Join the VIZ Media staff for a presentation all about the latest in manga and anime! We’ll be talking about the latest news, upcoming releases and other cool announcements from our publishing and animation teams.
5:30PM – 6:30PM Panel: RANMA ½ (Room 1A23)
From the legendary manga creator, Rumiko Takahashi, RANMA ½ is the manga and anime series that ignited a passion for these mediums in North America. With its wacky hi-jinks and crazy comedic action, the characters and stories of RANMA have resonated with generations of fans. Join the VIZ Media manga and anime teams as they discuss the history of this legendary title and the process of re-launching the new Right-to-Left manga editions as well as releasing the anime series for the first time on Blu-ray and digital.
Saturday October 12th
2:30PM – 3:30PM UGLYDOLL Signing & Photo Op
(VIZ Media Booth #1944)
Meet UGLYDOLL® artist Ian McGinty and Uglydoll Big Toe at the VIZ Media booth and get an exclusively signed free poster!
4:15PM – 5:15PM Panel: Writing for Kids of All Ages: Perfect Square
Perfect Square is dedicated to delivering “squarely perfect storytelling” for kids and kids at heart. That means any age comics reader can enjoy new content with beloved characters starting with the youngest readers to the most seasoned true comics fan. Discussing the importance of what it means to make age-appropriate comics that everyone can enjoy are the highly-acclaimed writers for Perfect Square including Brian Smith (writer VOLTRON FORCE, MONSUNO, MAX STEEL; former DC & Marvel editor), former Marvel editors Sebastian Girner (writer MONSUNO) and Cory Levine (writer MONSUNO, BEN 10: OMNIVERSE), B. Clay Moore (writer MAX STEEL, BEN 10: OMNIVERSE), Jacob Chabot (writer/artist HELLO KITTY), Corin Howell (writer/artist BEN 10: OMNIVERSE) and Tom Pinchuk (writer MAX STEEL). The panel will be moderated by Perfect Square’s editorial team: Beth Kawasaki, Joel Enos and Traci Todd.
8:00PM – 9:00PM Panel: VIZ Anime, Featuring Neon Alley
This panel is all about anime! Learn about the latest and greatest projects, announcements and releases from the VIZ animation team as well as what’s in store for our 24/7 streaming anime channel, Neon Alley.
Sunday October 13th
12:15PM – 1:15PM Panel: ALL YOU NEED IS KILL: Adapting An
Adaptation (Room 1A15)
First came author Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s mind-bending novel, which is published by VIZ Media’s Haikasoru imprint in the U.S. Now ALL YOU NEED IS KILL delivers a double-whammy of being adapted both into a major motion picture (Edge of Tomorrow starring Tom Cruise) and a full-length graphic novel edition. Join the VIZ Media editorial team behind the novel and comic to learn how it all came together and what’s next for this science fiction juggernaut.
Thursday October 10th
6:45PM – 7:45PM Screening: RANMA ½ (Room 1A06)
Catch the classic martial arts action adventure comedy that has thrilled generations of anime Fans! Ranma Saotome never thought a martial arts training mission to China would turn out like this! Due to an unfortunate accident at the cursed Chinese training ground Jusenkyo, when Ranma and his father get splashed with cold water, papa turns into a giant panda and male Ranma becomes a buxom young woman! Hot water reverses the effect, but only until the next time! Constantly chased by battle-happy martial artists and lovesick suitors of both sexes, what’s a half-boy, half-girl martial artist to do?
Saturday October 12th
7:45PM – 9:45PM Film Premiere: BERSERK: THE GOLDEN AGE ARC III – THE ADVENT (Room 1A22)
Watch the dubbed epic conclusion to the dark medieval fantasy movie trilogy BERSERK: THE GOLDEN AGE ARC! It’s been a year since Griffith’s imprisonment by the Kingdom of Midland. Once praised as the saviors of the Midland, The Band of the Hawk has been on the run and is on the brink of breaking apart. Much to everyone’s surprise, Guts returns to the Hawks and the search for Griffith begins!
Additional information on titles available from VIZ Media is available at www.VIZ.com.
About VIZ Media, LLC
Headquartered in San Francisco, California, VIZ Media distributes, markets and licenses the best anime and manga titles direct from Japan. Owned by three of Japan’s largest manga and animation companies, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media has the most extensive library of anime and manga for English speaking audiences in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland and South Africa. With its popular digital manga anthology WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP and blockbuster properties like NARUTO, BLEACH and INUYASHA, VIZ Media offers cutting-edge action, romance and family friendly properties for anime, manga, science fiction and fantasy fans of all ages. VIZ Media properties are available as graphic novels, DVDs, animated television series, feature films, downloadable and streaming video and a variety of consumer products. Learn more about VIZ Media, anime and manga at www.VIZ.com.