UDON Entertainment Announces Street Fighter 2019 Pin- Up Special: Convention Editions

UDON Entertainment Announces Street Fighter 2019 Pin- Up Special: Convention Editions

UDON Entertainment is bringing the heat to Anime Expo and San Diego Comic-Con with two limited, special edition variant covers of the STREET FIGHTER 2019 PIN-UP SPECIAL! With stunning art by UDON veteran Rob 'Robaato' Porter, the two variant covers connect into a full picture with the ladies of Street Fighter facing off for a beach time brawl!

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The Art of Harley Quinn: The Creation of the DC's Infamous Female Icon

The Art of Harley Quinn: The Creation of the DC's Infamous Female Icon

This November, Insight Editions is publishing The Art of Harley Quinn, which delves into the creation and evolution of the fan-favorite character through exclusive interviews with the writers and artists who have brought Harley to life. 

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Dragon Soul Available in Print!

Dragon Soul is now available. 

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With a foreword from Dragon Ball voice actors Christopher Sabat and Sean Schemmel, Dragon Soul: 30 Years of Dragon Ball Fandom is an entertaining, inspirational, and enlightening celebration of the world’s greatest anime and manga’s 30th anniversary!  This book features 27 stories from professionals who created Dragon Ball, 81 stories from Dragon Ball fans in over 25 countries, 600 images of original artwork, collections, and cosplay, plus exclusive interviews, insights, and heartfelt tales about Dragon Ball's power to change lives.

Dragon Soul is the newest book by acclaimed Dragon Ball scholar Derek Padula, author of the #1 best-selling "It's Over 9,000!" book, the Dragon Ball Culture book series, webmaster of The Dao of Dragon Ball, and screenwriter of the live-action Dragon Ball Z: Light of Hope, forever changing how Dragon Ball fans view their favorite series.

Latest Naruto Novel - NARUTO: ITACHI'S STORY - DAYLIGHT - Debuts From VIZ Media

VIZ Media expand its library of popular NARUTO novels with the release of NARUTO: ITACHI’S STORY – DAYLIGHT on November 1st.

Naruto’s allies and enemies take center stage in these fast-paced adventures with each book focusing on a particular clan mate, ally, team…or villain. NARUTO: ITACHI’S STORY – DAYLIGHT will be available in print and digital editions. The novel was written by Takashi Yano and features original cover art by NARUTO creator, Masashi Kishimoto.

NARUTO: ITACHI’S STORY – DAYLIGHT

MSRP: $10.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN / $6.99 Digital · Available November 1st

Uchiha Itachi, four years of age. With the hell of war burned into his eyes, the boy makes a resolution: he will rid this world of all violence. The birth of Sasuke, meeting his friend Shisui, the academy, genin, chunin, and then the Anbu – Itachi races down the path of glory toward his dream of becoming the first Uchiha Hokage, unaware of the darkness that lies ahead…

Also don’t miss the first three books in the series of NARUTO novels – NARUTO: KAKASHI’S STORY, NARUTO: SHIKAMARU’S STORY and NARUTO: SAKURA’S STORY, available now in print and digital editions.

Manga author/artist Masashi Kishimoto was born in 1974 in rural Okayama Prefecture, Japan. Like many kids, he was first inspired to become a manga artist in elementary school when he read Dragon Ball. After spending time in art school, he won the Hop Step Award for new manga artists with his story, Karakuri. After considering various genres for his next project, Kishimoto decided on a story steeped in traditional Japanese culture. His first version of NARUTO, drawn in 1997, was a one-shot story about fox spirits; his final version, which debuted in Japan in Weekly Shonen Jump in 1999, quickly became the most popular ninja manga in the world. The series would also spawn multiple anime series, movies, novels, video games and more. Having concluded the series in late 2014, Masashi Kishimoto has kept himself busy this year with the side story, Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring, and writing the story for the latest NARUTO movie, BORUTO: NARUTO THE MOVIE, both of which focus on the title character's son, Boruto.

VIZ Media is the North American master licensor for NARUTO and publishes the bestselling NARUTO manga series in print and digitally and also distributes the NARUTO and NARUTO SHIPPUDEN anime series and feature films. Additional information on NARUTO is available at www.Naruto.com.

For additional information on other manga titles published by VIZ Media, please visitwww.VIZ.com.

VIZ Media To Publish First-Ever POKÉMON COOKBOOK Later This Year

Tantalizes the taste buds of POKÉMON fans and home chefs everywhere as it announces plans to publish THE POKÉMON COOKBOOK: EASY & FUN RECIPES on December 6th. Arriving in time for the holidays, THE POKÉMON COOKBOOK: EASY & FUN RECIPES contains delectable and inventive recipes inspired by the best-selling Pokémon characters. Created by Maki Kudo, THE POKÉMON COOKBOOK will carry an MSRP of $14.99 U.S. / $17.99 CAN. Create a variety of delicious dishes that look like your favorite Pokémon characters—from desserts to pizza—with more than 35 fun, easy recipes. Make a Poké Ball sushi roll, Pikachu-style ramen or mashed “Meowth” potatoes for your next party, weekend activity or powered-up lunch box.

“This book offers fans a tasty way to celebrate POKÉMON with dozens of recipes inspired by the property’s many iconic characters,” says Beth Kawasaki, Senior Editorial Director for VIZ Media. “Filled with mouth-watering snacks, entrees and desserts, THE POKÉMON COOKBOOK is sure to become a fun and creative kitchen companion for families and foodies!”

POKÉMON is one of the most successful international entertainment franchises of all time. More than 275 million POKÉMON video game titles and over 21.5 billion Pokémon Trading Cards have been sold in more than 74 countries in addition to substantial publishing and merchandise sales. VIZ Media is the official North American distributor for a wide variety of POKÉMON home media releases including animated series and films and also publishes a variety of POKÉMON manga graphic novel series including Pokémon Adventures, Pokémon Adventures: FireRed & LeafGreen, Pokémon Adventures: Emerald, Pokémon Adventures: Diamond & Pearl/PLATINUM, Pokémon Adventures: HeartGold & SoulSilver, Pokémon Adventures: Black & White and POKÉMON X•Y.

UDON announces Dark Souls II: Design Works

With its renowned difficulty and gripping gameplay, Dark Souls is the action-RPG franchise that gamers love to hate! While most games reward your successes, Dark Souls punishes you for your failures, making for a grueling yet intensely rewarding experience like no other. Despite most adventurers barely surviving the original game, players clamoring for more got their wish with the equally challenging sequel, Dark Souls II. Now, UDON Entertainment is also following up its hugely successful Dark Souls: Design Works art book with another equally gorgeous artwork collection – DARK SOULS II: DESIGN WORKS!

Dark Souls II: Design Works collects all the chilling and haunting fantasy artwork behind the critically-acclaimed game in a prestigious hardcover tome. Featured inside are armor and weapon designs, character concepts, enemies, locations, rough sketches, an exclusive interview with the game's creators, and more. Completing the book is a bevy of concept material from all three chapters of the game’s DLC trilogy, “The Lost Crowns”.

With Dark Souls III just announced at E3 for an early 2016 release, there’s no better time to immerse yourself in the chilling artwork behind this landmark series.

Dark Souls II: Design Works will be available in stores in October 2015. 

 

GENE MAPPER Debuts In English From VIZ's Haikasoru Imprint

GENE MAPPER Debuts In English From VIZ's Haikasoru Imprint

VIZ Media’s Haikasoru literary imprint has announced the release of its newest title, the futuristic bio-thriller – GENE MAPPER – on June 16th. The novel about a deadly genetic threat to the world’s food supply was written by author Taiyo Fujii. It will be available for the first time in English in a print edition for $14.99 U.S. / $16.99 CAN. 

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VIZ Media To Release Red Girls: The Legend of The Akakuchibas

VIZ Media To Release Red Girls: The Legend of The Akakuchibas

RED GIRLS: THE LEGEND OF THE AKAKUCHIBAS will be available in print in an English edition from Haikasoru for $15.99 U.S. / $18.99 CAN. An eBook edition also will debut on April 21st for $9.99 (U.S. / CAN) for the Amazon Kindle, Apple’s iBooks Store, Barnes & Noble’s Nook Book Store, the Kobo eBooks Store, and the Google Play store.

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Nick Offerman and John Hodgman Join the BookCon Lineup

Nick Offerman and John Hodgman Join the BookCon Lineup

oday BookCon announces that Offerman, along with John Hodgman (Resident Expert at “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”) and a soon to be announced special guest will take the stage on Saturday, May 30, adding to a lineup of power-packed panels showcasing the hottest talent in books and entertainment.

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Young Adult Authors Take Center Stage at Book Con 2015

Young Adult Authors Take Center Stage at Book Con 2015

BookCon, a fan event that fuses pop culture and books , today announced that ten of the biggest names in young adult (YA) books will take the stage on Saturday, May 30, bringing an unparalleled YA presence to this year's event. 

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VIZ Media Releases Gorgeous Art of Princess Mononoke Edition

VIZ Media’s Studio Ghibli Library imprint celebrates the work of iconic Japanese film director Hayao Miyazaki and his famed animation studio. The imprint has collected and released a substantial catalog of full-color art books, film comics, children’s picture books and other releases for Studio Ghibli films such as Princess Mononoke, Howl’s Moving Castle, Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, and The Wind Rises. THE ART OF PRINCESS MONONOKE · MSRP: $34.99 U.S. / $39.99 CAN ·

Available August 26th This new hardcover edition features insightful interviews, concept sketches, character art and finished animation cels from the critically acclaimed fantasy action film by Oscar-winning director Hayao Miyazaki. Released in 1997, Princess Mononoke was the first Hayao Miyazaki film to break into the American mainstream. The journey from initial idea to the big screen is captured here in stunning detail and also includes a look at Miyazaki’s original concept art and the use of computer graphics technology in the film’s production. “We are very proud to expand our Studio Ghibli imprint with THE ART OF PRINCESS MONONOKE and invite devoted fans and serious collectors to savor the gorgeous artwork and updated translation it features,” says Masumi Washington, Senior Editorial Director. “PRINCESS MONONOKE was a groundbreaking achievement for Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli and became the film that firmly established him on the international stage. THE ART OF PRINCESS MONONOKE is a beautiful testament to this creative visionary and his unique film.”

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VIZ Media Announces Novel Tie In Release For Tom Cruise's Edge Of Tomorrow

VIZ Media’s Haikasoru literary imprint supports the upcoming release of the gripping sci-fi action film, Edge of Tomorrow with the release of an official movie tie-in novel on April 29th. The new EDGE OF TOMORROW paperback release will carry an MSRP of $7.99 U.S. / $9.99 CAN. The book features a cover with the official movie poster featuring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt in their title roles from the film. The EDGE OF TOMORROW novel was written by Japanese author Hiroshi Sakurazaka, and was previously published as ALL YOU NEED IS KILL.

The Haikasoru imprint has also announced the May 6th release of the ALL YOU NEED IS KILL official graphic novel adaptation. Written by Haikasoru editor and noted sci-fi author, Nick Mamatas, and featuring full-color artwork by popular comic book artist Lee Ferguson (Green Arrow, Miranda Mercury), the new graphic novel offers a single-volume retelling of the original ALL YOU NEED IS KILL novel that inspired the EDGE OF TOMORROW movie. The graphic novel carries an MSRP of $14.99 U.S. / $17.99 CAN, and features an oversized North American graphic novel trim size of 6 5/8" x 10 ¼”. An eBook edition will also be available worldwide for $8.99 (U.S. / CAN) for the Amazon Kindle, Apple’s iBooks Store, Barnes & Noble’s Nook Book Store, and the Kobo eBooks Store. North American fans can also access the graphic novel digitally on the VIZ Manga App as well as through VIZManga.com.

The Edge of Tomorrow feature film is slated for U.S. release from Warner Bros. Pictures on June 6th, and will be presented in 3D and 2D in select theaters, and 3D IMAX. The movie is directed by Doug Liman and stars Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt and Bill Paxton.

The story is set in the future when aliens called Mimics invade. Keiji Kiriya is just one of many recruits shoved into a suit of battle armor called a Jacket and sent out to kill. But he dies on the battlefield after only a few minutes, only to be reborn each morning to fight and die again and again. On his 158th iteration, he gets a message from a mysterious ally – the female soldier known as the Full Metal Bitch. Is she the key to Keiji's escape or his final death?

In 2009, ALL YOU NEED IS KILL served as the launch title for Haikasoru, a unique imprint developed by VIZ Media dedicated to publishing the most compelling contemporary Japanese science fiction and fantasy for English-speaking audiences. New York Times best-selling author John Scalzi declared ALL YOU NEED IS KILL to be a novel that, "reads fast, kicks ass, and keeps on coming," and it has proven to be one of Haikasoru's most popular titles. Sakurazaka's other novels include Characters (co-written with Hiroki Azuma) and SLUM ONLINE, which was published in English by Haikasoru in 2010.

“Live…die…repeat. ALL YOU NEED IS KILL / EDGE OF TOMORROW delivers a nightmarish, action-packed spin on reliving one’s own triumphs, and failures,” says Nick Mamatas, Editor, Haikasoru. “Catch the original story that inspired the gripping movie with the official movie tie-in edition and in the Western comic book mode with the ALL YOU NEED IS KILL official graphic novel. Both of these debuts are perfect reads leading up to the highly anticipated theatrical debut of Edge of Tomorrow this summer!”

"The ALL YOU NEED TO KILL graphic novel stays very true to the original source novel," says Joel Enos, editor for the new comic. "We made a conscious effort to create something unique that could stand on it's own away from both the original novel, the film and the upcoming manga, but would nicely complement and pay respects to all three! Lee's retro-futuristic art style especially puts ALL YOU NEED TO KILL as a comic into it's own orbit!"

Author Hiroshi Sakurazaka was born in Tokyo in 1970 and published his first novel, Modern Magic Made Simple, in 2003 with Super Dash Bunko, a popular young adult light novel imprint. There are now seven volumes in the series, and it was adapted as a manga in 2008 and became a television anime series in 2009. His 2004 short story, "Saitama Chainsaw Massacre," also won the 16th SF Magazine Reader's Award. Sakurazaka published All You Need Is Kill with Super Dash Bunko in 2004 and earned his first Seiun Award nomination for best of the year honors in Japanese science fiction. In 2010, Sakurazaka started an experimental digital magazine AiR with fellow author Junji Hotta. He remains one of Japan's most energetic writers of both light novels and adult science fiction.

Haikasoru’s Nick Mamatas is the author of several novels, including The Damned Highway (with Brian Keene) and Love is the Law. His short fiction has appeared in Asimov's Science Fiction, Tor.com, Weird Tales, and numerous other venues. He's also written comics for Media Blasters and the Squid Works! Collective and has been nominated for the Hugo, World Fantasy, Bram Stoker, and Shirley Jackson awards.

Artist Lee Ferguson has worked in comics since 2001, when he broke in at Marvel on the 9/11 Heroes tribute book, followed by work on the company's X-Men titles. Since then, he's worked at DC, IDW, and Dynamite, while also putting out Freak, his creator-owned project from Image Comics. His newest book is The Many Adventures of Miranda Mercury, co-created with Brandon Thomas and published through Archaia Comics. In 2012, Miranda Mercury was on YALSA’s Best Graphic Novels for Teens list and was also nominated for four Glyph Awards, including Best Artist.

For more information on EDGE OF TOMORROW / ALL YOU NEED IS KILL and the Haikasoru imprint, please visit www.haikasoru.com.


15th Anniversary Of Battle Royale With New Releases

VIZ Media’s Haikasoru literary imprint commemorates the 15th Anniversary of the original debut of one of the most controversial works of modern Japanese literary fiction with the release of BATTLE ROYALE: REMASTERED and the BATTLE ROYALE SLAM BOOK: Essays on the Cult Classic Novel by Koushun Takami.

BATTLE ROYALE: REMASTERED features a brand new translation of the smash hit near-future dystopian thriller along with new cover art by Tomer Hanuka and an afterword by author Koushun Takami. The BATTLE ROYALE SLAM BOOK presents an insightful collection of essays by some of the most important writers of popular fiction on the impact of the novel, related films and manga series on pop culture and the controversy and continuing social debate that has surrounded BATTLE ROYALE ever since its release.

BATTLE ROYALE: REMASTERED is available now from Haikasoru as a print-only release for $16.99 U.S./ $19.99 CAN, while the BATTLE ROYALE SLAM BOOK is offered in print for $14.99 U.S./$16.99 CAN, as well asan eBook edition for $7.99 (U.S. / CAN) for the Amazon Kindle, Apple’s iBooks Store, Barnes & Noble’s Nook Book Store, and the Kobo eBooks Store.

Haikasoru publishes some of the most compelling contemporary Japanese science fiction and fantasy stories for English-speaking audiences, and is the first imprint based in the U.S. dedicated to Japanese science fiction and fantasy in translation.

BATTLE ROYALE: REMASTERED, by Koushun Takami · MSRP: $16.99 U.S. / $19.99 CAN · Available Now!
Koushun Takami’s notorious high-octane thriller is based on an irresistible premise: a class of junior high school students is taken to a deserted island where, as part of a ruthless authoritarian program, they are provided arms and forced to kill one another until only one survivor is left standing. Criticized as violent exploitation when first published in Japan—where it then proceeded to become a runaway best seller—Battle Royale is a Lord of the Flies for the 21st century, a potent allegory of what it means to be young and (barely) alive in a dog-eat-dog world. Made into a controversial hit movie of the same name, Battle Royale is already a contemporary Japanese pulp classic, now available in a new English-language translation.


BATTLE ROYALE SLAM BOOK: Essays on the Cult Classic Novel by Koushun Takami · MSRP: $14.99 U.S. / $16.99 CAN · Available Now! 
Koushun Takami’s Battle Royale is an international best seller, the basis of the cult film, and the inspiration for a popular manga. And fifteen years after its initial release, Battle Royale remains a controversial pop culture phenomenon. Join New York Times best-selling author John Skipp, Batman screenwriter Sam Hamm, Philip K. Dick Award-nominated novelist Toh EnJoe, and an array of writers, scholars, and fans in discussing girl power, firepower, professional wrestling, bad movies, the survival chances of Hollywood’s leading teen icons in a battle royale, and so much more!

“BATTLE ROYALE: REMASTERED delivers a new translation of the cult classic the occasion of its 15thAnniversary and presents a prime opportunity to revisit this gripping story, or dive into it for the very first time,” says Haikasoru editor Nick Mamatas. “The BATTLE ROYALE SLAM BOOK is the first-ever English language release to examine the property’s cultural impact from an array of acclaimed writers. We invite readers to discover both of these riveting new releases from Haikasoru!”

Koushun Takami was born in 1969 in Amagasaki near Osaka and grew up in Kagawa Prefecture of Shikoku (the fourth largest island in Japan), where he currently resides. After graduating from Osaka University with a degree in literature, he worked for a newspaper company, Shikoku Shinbun, for five years, reporting on politics, police reports, and economics. Also, he attended Nihon University’s liberal arts correspondence-course program and acquired an English teaching certificate for junior high and high school.

Battle Royale, completed after Takami left the newspaper company, was his debut work and his only novel published so far. With its publication in Japan in 1999, it received widespread support and became a best seller. Battle Royale was serialized as a comic, made into a feature film in 2000, and has been translated into more than ten languages. Since its initial release, Battle Royale continues to be a cult favorite in Japan and internationally.


Pokémon Visual Companion: The Ultimate Guide to Pokémon

Hey Otakus and Geeks readers and Pokemon fans. We have some cool news for you. DK will release a book entitled Pokemon Visual Companion. This book packs the Pokémon world between its covers with amazing artwork, fascinating facts, and comical anecdotes. The book will introduce you to many of the brave, sneaky, interesting, and prominent people in the Pokémon world. You will see what it takes to become a Pokémon Trainer (a human that makes Pokémon and human partnerships his or her priority) a Contest Coordinator, and a Pokémon breeder.
 
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Features (9781465403926, $16.99, 7.5” x 9.5”, 208 pages):

  • The ultimate reference to key characters, famous battles, and important places.
  • Every region up through Unova is covered, including events, people, and Pokémon.
  • Trace Ash’s journey and get to know his Pokémon, friends, and travel companions, as well as villains and rivals throughout the Pokémon world!
  • Learn the powerful life lessons that Pokémon teaches!