VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES ACTIVITIES AND SPECIAL GUESTS FOR ANIME NYC 2018

Join VIZ Media For Premieres, Official Panels, Signing Events, As Well As In-Booth Activities And Retail Exclusives

 San Francisco, CA, October 19, 2018 — VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), a premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing, plans an exciting weekend of panels, premiere screenings, special guests, autograph sessions, events, and retail exclusives during Anime NYC 2018.

The Anime NYC convention and fan celebration takes place November 16th-18th at the Javits Convention Center in Manhattan. Tickets and additional information are available at: http://animenyc.com. VIZ Media will be located in Booth #635 in the Exhibit Hall.

This year, Anime NYC attendees are invited to attend the North American premiere of K: SEVEN STORIES “MEMORY OF RED – BURN – ” and the global premiere of K: SEVEN STORIES “Circle Vision – Nameless Song -”.  Special guests will appear at the K: SEVEN STORIES “Circle Vision – Nameless Song -” premiere, including Japanese voice actor Masakazu Morita, who portrays the character, Mishakuji Yukari, and K’s producer Go Nakanishi.

VIZ Media will also host an official SAILOR MOON panel that will feature several voice actors for the popular anime property including Stephanie Sheh (English Sailor Moon), Robbie Daymond (English Tuxedo Mask), Toru Furuya (Japanese Tuxedo Mask) and more! Attendees can also look forward to an official company panel, which will deliver the latest news on upcoming releases and newly acquired anime and manga titles.

The VIZ Media booth at Anime NYC will feature fun activities and premium giveaways each day of the show. Please check the daily booth schedule for activity times, including the SAILOR MOON SUPERS Pegasus Dream Chase. Participants are invited to search the Exhibit Hall for Sailor Guardians and the majestic Pegasus to receive a special prize during specified times.

The in-booth VIZ Media retail area will offer a variety of must-have convention exclusives. Each purchase comes with a special VIZ Media 2018 POKÉMON: SUN AND MOON limited edition tote bag.

Notable VIZ Media Anime NYC exclusives items include:

  • Japanese Manga Replicas – $15 each
  • SAILOR MOON SUPERS T-Shirt – $15
  • JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE – GOLDEN WIND Pin – $12
  • NARUTO SHIPPUDEN Hand-Numbered Poster – $50

Special preorder, prestreet, and gift with purchase items:

 JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE SET 3 Limited Edition Blu-ray Preorder – $65

  • SAILOR MOON SUPERS PART 2 Combo Pack with art card set – $55
  • ABARA: COMPLETE DELUXE EDITION Manga Prestreet – $30
  • WE NEVER LEARN Vol. 1 Manga Prestreet – $10
  • RAN AND THE GRAY WORLD Vol. 1 Manga Prestreet – $15
  • MY HERO ACADEMIA Vol. 16 Manga Prestreet – $10

VIZ Media Anime NYC 2018 Anime Premieres & Official Panels:

Friday, November 16th

3:15pm                         K: SEVEN STORIES “Memory OF RED – BURN -”

                                      Anime NYC Main Stage

Join VIZ Media for the exclusive North American premiere of K: SEVEN STORIES “MEMORY OF RED – BURN -.” Attendees will receive a special giveaway while supplies last!

Saturday, November 17th

2:15pm                Official VIZ Media Panel 

                             Panel Room 2

Catch the VIZ editorial team as they share thrilling tales of upcoming releases! The panel will feature special guests, trivia, prizes, and the latest. All attendees will receive a special giveaway item while supplies last.

 3:45pm                K: SEVEN STORIES “Circle Vision – Nameless Song -“ 

                             Anime NYC Main Stage

Join us for the global premiere of K: SEVEN STORIES “Circle Vision – Nameless Song -” that will be highlighted by special guests Masakazu Morita and Go Nakanishi. Catch insightful commentary a well as prize giveaways and an audience Q&A session.

Sunday, November 18th

12:45pm              Official SAILOR MOON Panel

                             Anime NYC Main Stage

Join members of the SAILOR MOON English and Japanese voice cast to celebrate all things SAILOR MOON! Get ready for exclusive announcements, and awesome prizes. All attendees will receive a special giveaway item while supplies last. Voice cast special guests include Stephanie Sheh (Sailor Moon), Robbie Daymond (Tuxedo Mask), and Toru Furuya (Japanese voice actor of Tuxedo Mask).

For additional information on anime and manga titles distributed and published by VIZ Media, please visit viz.com. Access photos of Anime NYC 2017 here (credit LeftField Media.)

About VIZ Media, LLC

Established in 1986, VIZ Media is the premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing. Along with its popular digital magazine WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP and blockbuster properties like NARUTO, DRAGON BALL, SAILOR MOON, and POKÉMON, VIZ Media offers an extensive library of titles and original content in a wide variety of book and video formats, as well as through official licensed merchandise. Owned by three of Japan’s largest publishing and entertainment companies, Shogakukan Inc., Shueisha Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media is dedicated to bringing the best titles for English-speaking audiences worldwide.

Valiant and Groupees Announce the Biggest-Ever VALIANT UNIVERSE Digital Bundle – Available Today!

Valiant Entertainment is excited to announce that it has joined forces with Groupees, a unique online and mobile platform for distributing media with real-time social features, for the launch of a brand new, DRM-free, pay-what-you-want digital bundle of Valiant comics – the biggest ever offered in Valiant’s history!

Starting today on October 16th, hundreds of Valiant’s critically acclaimed titles – from inspiring creators like Joshua Dysart (Unknown Soldier), Matt Kindt (Mind MGMT), Paolo Rivera (Daredevil), Jody Houser (Doctor Who), Robert Gill (Batgirl), Roberto de la Torre (Iron Man), and many more – will be available for purchase on the Groupees website for the next two weeks at pay-what-you-want prices! A portion of the proceeds from all sales will support Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, a non-profit organization that protects the First Amendment rights of the people who make, read, sell, and teach comics.

Customers can pay a minimum of $5 or more to unlock the ORIGINS tier of comics which includes Volume 1 trades of FAITH, BLOODSHOT (2012), HARBINGER, UNITY, and SHADOWMAN (2012), plus THE VALIANT and BOOK OF DEATH!

Paying at the $10 ESSENTIALS tier level will unlock another new crop of critically acclaimed first volumes and single issues, including HARBINGER RENEGADE, X-O MANOWAR (2017), WRATH OF THE ETERNAL WARRIOR, THE DEATH-DEFYING DOCTOR MIRAGE, SECRET WEAPONS #0, HARBINGER WARS 2: PRELUDE #1, and more – plus everything unlocked in the ORIGINS tier for a combined retail value of $172!

At the next level, customers can unlock the VALIANT tier for a minimum of $20 and obtain entire runs of FAITH, HARBINGER, UNITY, WRATH OF THE ETERNAL WARRIOR, and much more – plus everything from the ORIGINS and ESSENTIALS tier, for a combined value of $526!

And then, for $500 at THE UNIVERSE tier, fans can snag a full set of Valiant’s entire digital comic collection – a $1,812 retail value for just over a third of the cost!

The highest contributor to the Groupees Bundle will receive a free VALIANT VIP PASS to New York Comic Con 2019 – including two NYCC badges, preferred seating at all of Valiant’s panel presentations throughout the weekend, a deluxe tour of Valiant Headquarters, and dinner with members of Valiant’s hardworking and talented staff! (Travel and lodging costs are not included.)

PLUS: As more bundles are sold, the campaign will also feature surprise bonus STRETCH GOALS that unlock even more free content for contributors at every single level!

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Valiant Entertainment to offer this amazing deal to comic book fans,” said Thomas Brooke, Founder of Groupees. “We like to think of our bundle promotions as unique celebrations for our community and fans of comics, and this Valiant Universe bundle is a remarkable example and tribute to Valiant’s commitment to giving back to its fans and the industry.”

The Valiant Universe Groupees Bundle will run for two weeks and ends on October 30th, so don’t miss out – head to Groupees.com/valiantuniverse for an amazing lineup of comics!

About Valiant Entertainment

Valiant Entertainment, a subsidiary of DMG Entertainment, is a leading character-based entertainment company that owns and controls the third largest library of superheroes behind Marvel and DC. With more than 80 million issues sold and a library of over 2,000 characters, including X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Harbinger, Shadowman, Archer & Armstrong, and many more, Valiant is one of the most successful publishers in the history of the comic book medium. Valiant consistently produces some of the most critically acclaimed comics in the industry and has received numerous industry awards and accolades, including a Diamond Gem Award for Comic Book Publisher of the Year. For more information, visit Valiant on FacebookTwitterTumblr, Instagram, and ValiantEntertainment.com. For Valiant merchandise and more, visit ValiantStore.com.

About Groupees

Groupees is a unique online and mobile platform for distribution of digital media, including games, comics, ebooks and music, with real-time social features so users can share their passions with like-minded people from around the World. Based in Portland, OR, USA, the Groupees team spans continents and includes passionate professionals with backgrounds in games, music, social media and technology.

About Comic Book Legal Defense Fund

Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is a non-profit organization protecting the freedom to read comics! Our work protects readers, creators, librarians, retailers, publishers, and educators who face the threat of censorship. We monitor legislation and challenge laws that would limit the First Amendment. We create resources that promote understanding of comics and the rights our community is guaranteed. Every day we publish news and information about censorship events as they happen. We are partners in the Kids’ Right to Read Project and Banned Books Week. Our expert legal team is available at a moment’s notice to respond to First Amendment emergencies. CBLDF is a lean organization that works hard to protect the rights on which our community depends. Please support our important work! http://cbldf.org

Iron Fist Cancelled, DC Universe Mixed Reviews, and Guardians of the Suicide Squad?

 

 

 

1 1 Venom (2018) Sony $35,700,000
2 2 A Star is Born (2018) WB $28,000,000
3 N First Man Uni. $16,500,000
4 N Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween Sony $16,225,000

Even with a 55% drop in revenue Venom still tops the Box Office.  I am surprised, not surprised when you look at the other movies in the Top 5.  Although I am at a loss because I figured more people would be interested in First Man and that is not a good start when it comes to making a film pulling in only 16 Million when it cost over 60 million to make.

The Iron Fist was not as Immortal as he though. Even though I didn’t think it was that bad and Season 2 was a dramatic improvement over Season 1 Netflix has announced it will not be renewing Iron Fist for a 3rd season.  That’s pretty sad because I liked the direction it was going.  But it makes sense since Disney is launching its own streaming service why keep putting money into Netflix’s pocket when they could have exclusive content for its own streaming service.  The status of Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, or Punisher is unknown but maybe we can get a Daughters of the Dragon or a true Heroes for Hire Series on the new streaming network?  Remember Daredevil premieres soon and it is the best of all the Netflix shows so I don’t see any announcements about that anytime soon.

DC Universe Streaming Service has premiered Titans and I am hearing mixed reviews.   Some good, some bad I plan on letting a few more episodes premiere before I jump into it and give my review.  Hopefully there will be some good new animated features available on the platform too.

The premise of the Suicide Squad comic book is to give criminals a chance at redemption by performing mission for a Top-Secret Government Black OPS Squad.  So how ironic is it that Warner Bros on the tail of Disney firing James Gunn as director of Guardians of the Galaxy hire him to helm Suicide Squad 2.  The internet masses are saying Disney’s loss is Warner Bros gain but is it enough to help get the DCEU (are we still calling it that?) on track?  They now seem to be concentrating on more second-tier characters like Ava Duvernay directing the New Gods and going all in for SHAZAM and hyping up the Joker origin film starring Joaquim Phoenix.

We are less than a month away from my fund-raising live stream on YouTube and Twitch in support of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals so make sure you tune in on November 3rd.  Also remember to like share and follow on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and as always find my content and more on GoingFullNerd.com

 

 

IDW’s Show-Stopping New York Comic Con Highlights

In Case You Missed It: IDW, Top Shelf, and Black Crown
Share the News from “The City That Never Sleeps”

SAN DIEGO, CA (October 8, 2018) – With all the exciting news coming out of 2018’s New York Comic Con, even the most devoted IDW fan may have missed a news bite or two! For your enjoyment, we are proud to share the latest updates from IDW and its imprints!

IDW Publishing Launches 20-Year Anniversary with Ambitious IDW 20/20 Comic Book Initiative

In January 2019, the weekly IDW 20/20 event explores Ghostbusters, Jem and the Holograms, My Little Pony, Star TrekTM, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, revealing startling revelations of fan-favorite characters from 20 years into the future — or past!

“A special anniversary like this is an excellent chance to celebrate our achievements – and even more importantly, look to the future,” says Greg Goldstein, IDW’s President and Publisher. “We’re fortunate to have great partners and creators, to share in the celebration — and to have these five sets of characters that have helped place IDW at the center of the pop culture universe!” FULL STORY.

Star Trek: The Original Series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager Collide for the First Time in Star Trek: The Q Conflict

The beloved crews of four Star Trek™ incarnations will be pitted against one another in IDW’s mind-blowing miniseries, Star Trek: The Q Conflict. Debuting in January, this epic six-part event features the writing team of Scott and David Tipton (Star Trek: The Next Generation – Mirror Broken) and art by David Messina (Star Trek: Countdown).

“This is the biggest Star Trek series ever, spanning starships, centuries, and galaxies!” says co-writer Scott Tipton. “All of Starfleet’s most legendary officers join together for the first time against some of the greatest threats they’ve ever faced!” FULL STORY.

The Road to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Landmark #100 Issue Begins with Blockbuster City at War Storyline

City at War, which echoes the famous TMNT storyline from the Mirage Publishing days, is our epic tale leading to our oversized issue #100,” says Group Editor Bobby Curnow. “This storyline will be the culmination of all the story points we’ve laid since issue #51, and in many ways, since the very beginning of our saga.”

New York City will be plunged chaos as four factions wrestle for control. At the center of it all, the Turtles face difficult decisions on how to be true to their individual selves and morals, while still keeping their family together against insurmountable odds.

IDW Publishing Kicks Off Sonic The Hedgehog’s Season Two with Extra-Length #13 Issue

IDW announced at NYCC that Sonic The Hedgehog #13 will be an extra-length issue to bring readers up to speed leading into their second year of publishing. “Year two is going to be huge for Sonic,” says editor David Mariotte. “We are upping the stakes with more villains, more adventures, and a new threat that’ll loom over the whole 2019 calendar!”

To start, Sonic takes a break after the momentous Battle of Angel Island. When Tails receives a mysterious tip that a friend has disappeared, he and Sonic race off into a brand-new adventure that’ll put them face-to-face and nose-to-nose with some old foes!

Indie Comics Auteur Michel Fiffe Takes Command with All-New G.I. Joe: Sierra Muerte Miniseries

IDW welcomes Michel Fiffe, creator of the critically-acclaimed Copra, to bring his auteur style to G.I. Joe. Written, drawn, lettered, and colored by Fiffe, G.I. Joe: Sierra Muerte will debut in Spring 2019 as a gritty-yet-colorful account of Hasbro’s iconic G.I. Joe team’s quintessential mission.

“I wanted to give all of my favorite players a chance to shine in their own unique ways,” says Michel Fiffe. “By creating the entire package, I tap into the personalized core of this classic cast: love and loss, combat and cunning, cheap laughs and high stakes.” FULL STORY.

Black Crown’s “Geek Boy Meets Punk Ghost” Series Gets a Second Arc in February with Punks Not Dead: London Calling

Writer David Barnett and artist Martin Simmonds return with an all-new five-issue series, immediately following the events of Teenage Kicks! “I tried everything to prevent another riotous, three-chord apocalypse — sword, guitar, telepathy, and even the trusty old red pen failed to stop them. They are back!” says editor Shelly Bond.

As Barnett reveals, “In Punks Not Dead: London Calling, Fergie and Sid will take the anarchy bandwagon to the capitol in search of one errant father and find one city-sized glue-bag overflowing with monsters, mayhem and millennial angst!” FULL STORY.

Belzebubs, the Wildly Popular Heavy Metal Webcomic, Debuts as a Grim, Goofy, Gorgeous Hardcover in February

Top Shelf proudly announces Belzebubs, featuring the irresistible cartooning of J.P. Ahonen (Sing No Evil). Relatable slice-of-life humor meets over-the-top occult antics and references from metal music to Lovecraftian horror, making Belzebubs a devil of a good time.

Belzebubs is a “true kult mockumentary” focusing on the everyday challenges of family life: raising kids, running a small business, and making time for worship. Except the kids are named Lilith and Leviathan, the business is a black-metal band, and the worship… isn’t exactly aimed upstairs. FULL STORY.

Sensational Cartoonist Kyle Baker Writes Marvel Action: Black Panther

At New York Comic-Con’s “IDW Publishing: The Big Scoop” Saturday panel, Editor-in-Chief John Barber announced that critically acclaimed creator Kyle Baker will helm the all-new Marvel Action: Black Panther comic book series debuting in January 2019.

Lose yourself in the technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda and the adventures of its monarch, the Black Panther! Responsible for defending his people and the world from threats, T’Challa gets plenty of help (and playful sibling sass) from his genius sister Shuri. The latest entry in IDW’s ongoing program of Marvel comics aimed at middle-grade readers!

Two Latinx Kids Battle Supernatural Threats in Red Panda & Moon Bear, by Jarod Roselló!

Red Panda & Moon Bear are the defenders of their community! Together, these brave siblings rescue lost cats, scold bullies, and solve mysteries… but lately, those mysteries have been extra mysterious. It’ll take all their imagination and new friends to handle the spooks, supervillains, alien invaders, and time warps driving their whole world crazy!

In his first book for young readers, Cuban-American cartoonist Jarod Roselló presents a whimsical and tender-hearted adventure, packed with Saturday-morning adventure and glowing with Caribbean sunshine. FULL STORY.

Alan Robert Unveils Ultra-Violent Beauty of Horror Claymation to Promote Ghosts of Christmas Coloring Book

To celebrate the Halloween release of The Beauty of Horror: Ghosts of Christmas coloring book, bestselling creator Alan Robert has teamed up with visionary animator Trent Shy to produce a must-see, Claymation massacre set in The North Pole.

“Trent and I are both huge horror fans and love practical gore effects,” says Robert. “Trent’s ability to take my 2D drawings and adapt them into the 3D space is truly mind-blowing. He really put his own creative stamp on it and created something visually stunning. It’s like an R-rated homage to A Nightmare Before Christmas.” FULL VIDEO.

DC Universe and The State of DC Comics Live Action and Cartoons

Aquaman Trailer – They dropped a new Aquaman Trailer this week and it was straight fire.  Special effects: on point, dialog: so far so good, Black Manta Special Effects: Hot fire, Classic Aquaman costume:  Priceless.  Warner Bros entertainment gets dogged out regularly for either being too dark or too funny.  This trailer has me actually excited for a character that has gotten the short end of the stick for years since the days of the Superfriends.  Even though Justice League treated him like a drunken surfer dude I hope we get the Aquaman portrayed during Grant Morrisons run on JLA confident and bold.

Why Should I subscribe to DC Universe Streaming? – Currently I have Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, On Demand through my Cable TV provider, and various other streaming or pay per view.  Marvel/Disney is getting ready to create one and Warner Bros has DC Universe.  At NYCC They announced the lineup of original content and that’s what I am really looking for.  Digital Comics and old school stuff don’t interest me because I have DVD’s, and Blu-Ray hell I still have a working VHS Player to see old school stuff I have collected over time.

  • Titans – A New take on the Teen Titans is getting mixed reactions every time they show something new from it. The latest revelation that Starfire will get a comic book accurate costume still has many of us on the fence. This is besides the internet trolls hating on the actress.
  • Young Justice: Outsiders – This alone can be the difference maker. It will at least make me subscribe until all episode’s air and hit it with a prompt unsubscribe unless the rest of the offerings are banging.
  • Doom Patrol – Set photos look good but honestly DC can barely get their premiere characters right in live action so to use these guys who barely had a following in comics is a risk.
  • Swamp Thing – Same thing I said about Doom Patrol holds true for Swamp Thing. I know I am old enough to remember the movie from 1982 with Adrienne Barbeau.  For you young people she was pre-internet attractive and the draw for the original movie.
  • Stargirl – She made a live action appearance on the CW TV shows so my question is who thought she would make a good show…IJS. Need more information before I make judgement.
  • Harley Quinn – This animated feature is WB Animations answer to Deadpool with breaking the fourth wall. I really think we may be suffering from Harley overload but that actually happened during Suicide Squad.  What I do know is it isn’t for kids and Kaley Cuoco from the now cancelled after 12 seasons Big Bang Theory is her voice.

No Secret Wars, No Spider-Man, but We are Venom

 

 

OK Sony I see what you have done and I am not mad at you.  A few months ago, I saw the Venom trailer and like the rest of the internet I was outraged. No venom in the initial trailer, then the CGI looked rubbery, and it gave an R-rated vibe and ended up PG-13.

What we get is an alternate origin story with subtle nods to the Marvel comics that inspired this movie.

Comic book fans:  You can really take or leave this movie.  It is really is hard to watch a Venom origin story without Spider-man involved for those of us long time fans we know that Venom was closely intertwined with Spider-man and it is hard for us to accept one without the other.

I had to clear aside this bias and remember my comic book roots about alternate earths and timelines to enjoy this flick.  Some things remain the same, Eddie Brock is/was a douche he messed up and Venom rolled in and took advantage.

At many times it felt like parts of the story development was skipped and by the time we were actually having to be filled in after the fact.  The special effects were much better than the teaser and follow on trailer and the action was intense.

Sony took the safe route but in doing so left out so much and still has me wishing they would just completely abandon their Marvel contract so Marvel Studios can just do their thing with crossovers and multiple characters.

Overall though I enjoyed this movie and it took until the mid-credit scene to make me want a second film…but I wont spoil it for now.

Venom gets a 3.8 borderline 4 out of 5 with a caveat.  Don’t break your neck for premium showings or prime time showings.  This is an enjoyable matinee.  Language is rough and definitely not for kids and though not overly graphic I could see them making an uncut version for Blu-Ray that could easily have been a hard R.

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