Media Release — VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest publisher, distributor and licensor of manga, graphic novels and anime in North America, announces the return of the whimsical Japanese character sensations – MAMESHIBA – for a brand new original graphic novel adventure in MAMESHIBA: ENCHANTED!, featuring stories by James Turner and artwork by Jorge Monlongo.
MAMESHIBA: ENCHANTED! is rated ‘A’ for All Ages and debuts today from VIZ Media’s Perfect Square imprint with an MSRP of $6.99 U.S. / $7.99 CAN. A digital version of MAMESHIBA: ENCHANTED for the Apple iPad® and iPad® Mini is also available for download from the Perfect Square App for $4.99 U.S. / CAN.
In ENCHANTED–the third graphic novel featuring the cute bean-dogs from Japan–there’s magic in the air! Cranberry Bean is under a spell, Edamame’s kitchen is haunted, and Sword Bean is protecting the newest members of the Mameshiba family: Babyshiba! It’s all fun and games until someone upsets a magic tortoise!
“We’re going out with a bang in our last MAMESHIBA volume! We’ve got ghost hunters, tributes to comic great Jack Kirby and author Jane Austen, and…a tutu,” says Traci Todd, Senior Editor, Children’s Publishing. “The story and art team of James Turner and Jorge Monlongo have really raised the bar this time, and we’re so thrilled with the results.”
Perfect Square is VIZ Media’s new comprehensive publishing imprint aimed at kids and kids at heart with a focus on delivering comics, manga, graphic novels and other children’s books with an emphasis on strong storytelling, eye-popping graphics, empowering themes, and a dash of irreverence, that captures the imagination of a whole new generation.
MAMESHIBA writer James Turner started making comics as soon as he was able to hold a pencil, and he has been spouting a nonsensical whirlwind of monsters, robots and talking vegetables ever since. His acclaimed web comic ‘The Unfeasible Adventures of Beaver and Steve’ won tens of thousands of followers online, and his anthropomorphic crime fighting team, “The Super Animal Adventure Squad,” appeared weekly in the pages of the children’s comic, DFC.
Jorge Monlongo is a renowned comics and book illustrator and game designer who blends traditional and digital techniques. His work has been featured in several prominent magazines, including Rolling Stone.
Additional details on Perfect Square are available at www.PerfectSquare.com.
For more information on MAMESHIBA other titles from VIZ Media, please visit 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, Australia, New Zealand 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.