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Yusei Matsui, creator of the hit sci-fi comedy manga “Assassination Classroom,” will appear in October at New York Comic Con for a series of events and autograph sessions.
Published in North America by Viz Media, the action-packed series debuted in 2012 in Japan, telling the story of a class of misfits determined to kill their new teacher — an alien octopus with bizarre powers who has just destroyed the moon and will do the same to Earth … unless his students can stop him. Making the scenario even more complicated, it turns out he’s the best teacher they’ve ever had.
Crime | Two brothers in Florida have been arrested in the theft of about $30,000 worth of comic books from their grandparents. Nicholas and Robert Mason of Milton, Florida, were charged Thursday with grand theft and 16 counts of dealing in stolen property after police say they sold the comics in repeated trips to local shops, telling retailers the collection had been left to them by their late grandparents, who owned a comic store themselves. However, only part of that was true: Their grandparents did own a comic store, but they’re very much alive, and have been banking on the collection for their retirement. [WEAR TV]
The Pokémon Cookbook isn’t, as you may have feared, a collection of culinary horrors detailing how to prepare your favorite pocket monsters, but rather more than 35 recipes inspired by the blockbuster franchise. And it’s coming to North America this winter.
Viz Media will publish Maki Kudo’s The Pokémon Cookbook: Easy & Fun Recipes, which details how to create delectable dishes ranging from a Poké Ball sushi roll to Pikachu-style ramen and mashed Meowth potatoes. Presumably Meowth isn’t one of the ingredients.
Manga | Viz Media announced it has licensed three Naruto novels, three novels based on the manga series Tokyo Ghoul, and the Gangsta manga spinoff Gangsta.: Cursed. Two of the Naruto novels, Naruto: Itachi’s Story – Daylight and Naruto: Itachi’s Story – Midnight, are prequels to the main series, and they are being adapted into anime in Japan under the title Naruto Shippūden: Itachi Shinden-hen: Hikari to Yami (Naruto Shippūden: The True Legend of Itachi Volume ~Light and Darkness~). Shin Towasa’s Tokyo Ghoul novels, Tokyo Ghoul: Days, Tokyo Ghoul: Void, and Tokyo Ghoul: Past, follow the characters at different times not covered in the manga. Gangsta.: Cursed is the story of Marco Adriano, one of the characters in the main Gangsta manga. [Anime News Network]
Viz Media will collect Tomie, first published work of Japanese horror master Junji Ito, in a deluxe hardcover edition. While his later series Uzumaki and Gyo are well known in North America, Tomie has been out of print for years.
Debuting in 1987, the horror manga centers on Tomie Kawakami, a femme fatale who can seduce virtually any man, frequently driving them into murderous rage. Often the victim is Tomie herself, who regenerates again and again, and spreads her curse to other victims.
Manga | Kodansha Comics has announced seven new titles for fall, including Attack on Titan: Lost Girls, a manga adaptation of the Attack on Titan spinoff novel that gives the backstory of the characters Annie Leonhart and Mikasa Ackerman; Cells at Work, a shonen manga in which the white blood cells and neurons battle disease; and The Prince in His Dark Days, a gender-switching version of The Prince and the Pauper in which a poor girl takes the place of a rich boy. [Kodansha Comics]
Publishing | Viz Media has struck separate agreements that will expand the number of manga titles it sells at Walmart and bring its books to Best Buy for the first time. Under the Walmart deal, bestsellers Tokyo Ghoul, Pokeman, One Punch Man and the new Naruto one-shots will be available in more than 2,000 of the retailer’s locations across the United States. Under the Best Buy agreement, two Naruto titles and Assassination Classroom will be packaged with their respective anime and featured in floor displays at 687 locations. [Publishers Weekly]
If you thought that after 15 years Masashi Kishimoto was truly done with the world of Naruto, think again.
It was announced over the weekend that Kishimoto will write and draw a Boruto one-shot manga, featuring the son of Naruto, and supervise a new Boruto series written by Ukyō Kodachi (Boruto: Naruto the Movie) and drawn by Naruto assistant Mikio Ikemoto.
Manga publisher Viz Media has issued a statement reaffirming its stance on digital piracy following the arrests in Japan of four men accused of illegally uploading a chapter of One Piece to a scanlation website.
Police in Japan say a delivery company employee stole a copy of Weekly Shonen Jump while it was en route from the printer to the retailer and sold the magazine to three other men, who then uploaded the comic to an English-language pirate site. Here’s Viz’s statement:
Auctions | A rare drawing of Tintin by Hergé from the 1936 book The Blue Lotus was sold at auction Monday in Hong Kong for $1.2 million. The black-and-white illustration, which depicts Tintin and Snowy being pulled in a rickshaw through the streets of Shanghai, is the only original piece from the book that remains in private hands. [BBC News]
Digital comics | With Naruto creator Masashi Kishimoto appearing this week at New York Comic Con, Viz Media is launching a dedicated Naruto app that will offer a chapter of the series every day for free (each chapter will be free for seven days). The app will sync with the VizManga digital comics platform, and users who buy one or more volumes of Naruto on either digital service this month will also get a bundle that includes the original pilot chapter Kishimoto created for the series, plus editors’ notes, chapter reviews and fan art. Viz is also offering discounts individual volumes throughout the month of October, with the first five volumes selling for $1.99 each. [Crunchyroll]
If you’re among the thousands of Naruto fans hoping to get Masashi Kishimoto’s autograph during his appearances in October at New York Comic Con and New York Super Week, Viz Media has announced what you’ll have to do.
In his first-ever appearance in the United States, Kishimoto will participate in two convention panels, on Oct. 8 and Oct. 10, and two signing sessions, on Oct. 9 and Oct. 10.
Viz Media will publish Blanc et Noir: Takeshi Obata Illustrations, the high-end art book by acclaimed artist of Death Note and Hikaru no Go.
Originally released by Japanese publisher Shueisha, the oversize book collects Obata’s work from 2001-2006, including illustrations from Death Note and Hikaru no Go. Within the silver-stamped slipcase are 132 pages of full-color art, foldout posters and artist commentary, including a “how to draw” section. There are also three double-sided laminated posters.
Viz Media will publish Masashi Kishimoto’s Naruto spinoff Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring as a single volume early next spring.
Set shortly after the conclusion of the original manga, the miniseries centers on Sasuke’s daughter Sarada, and serves as a prelude to Boruto: Naruto the Movie. The story was serialized earlier this year simultaneously in Japan and in North America — although the latter only in digital form.
Legal | Mohammed Moghini, the attorney for jailed Iranian cartoonist Atena Farghadani, has been arrested for shaking his client’s hand. (According to this Pakistani source, the official charge is “fornication.”) Held at Rajai Shahr Prison, his bail has been set at about $7,000. This presents a potential problem for Farghadani, who was recently sentenced to 12 years in prison for drawing a cartoon “insulting” the country’s Parliament and leader, as she has only a limited time to appeal that sentence, and now her attorney is behind bars. [The Daily Cartoonist]