Thursday, December 18, 2014

IMAGE EXPO WILL SHOWCASE FOUR EXCLUSIVE VARIANTS
BITCH PLANET, RUMBLE, WYTCHES, and EAST OF WEST

Image Comics is pleased to announce four jaw-dropping exclusive Image Expo variants will be available on the day of the show, January 8, 2015: BITCH PLANET #1 by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine De Landro, RUMBLE #1 by John Arcudi and James Harren, WYTCHES #3 by Scott Snyder and Jock, and EAST OF WEST #16 by Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta with cover art by Meredith McClaren (HINGES). All Image Expo variants will be priced at $5 each, Premium ticket holders will be receiving them complimentary with their ticket purchase.

An IMAGE FIRSTS COMPENDIUM trade paperback will also be available at Image Expo for the first time, collecting nine #1 issues of Image Comics’ hottest new series at the low introductory price of $5.99. The nine included are: C.O.W.L. #1 by Kyle Higgins and Alec Siegel, LOW, #1 by Rick Remender and Greg Tocchini, NAILBITER #1 by Joshua Williamson and Mike Henderson, OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA #1, SHUTTER #1 by Joe Keatinge and Leila del Duca, SOUTHERN BASTARDS #1 by Jason Aaron and Jason Latour, THE FADE OUT #1 by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips, THE WICKED + THE DIVINE #1 by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie, and WYTCHES #1 by Scott Snyder and Jock. This is the perfect sampling of some of the best creator-owned series available and allows readers interested in trying out a variety of new series to do so without breaking the bank.

There will also be a very limited number of posters for sale that feature the complete collection of connecting EAST OF WEST #16 covers. EAST OF WEST artist Nick Dragotta will be present for a signing.

Previously announced Image Expo guests include: Brian K. Vaughan (SAGA), Todd McFarlane (SPAWN), Scott Snyder (WYTCHES), Emi Lenox (EMITOWN), Jeff Lemire (Green Arrow), Marjorie Liu (Astonishing X-Men), Emma Ríos (PRETTY DEADLY), Brandon Graham (PROPHET), James Robinson (THE SAVIORS). In addition, there will be special surprise guests in attendance.

IMAGE EXPO will be an all-day event held in San Francisco at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on January 8, 2015. Image Expo will begin the new year with a slew of thrilling creator-owned news announcements and will be open to all fans, comics retailers, and members of the media.

Tickets to the event are now available for sale. General admission tickets are $20, while premium tickets are $50 and include preferred seating and exclusive Image Comics releases. Seating is limited. 

Don’t miss your chance to meet creators, attend panels and signings, receive exclusive swag, and get the scoop on all that Image Comics has in store for 2015.

Image Comics fans can follow the latest Image Expo updates at imagecomics.com/expo. We hope to see you there!  
ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, fantasy, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit
www.imagecomics.com.
BOOM! Studios Unveils Its First '10 Years' Covers to Kick Off a Yearlong Celebration
 
Burning Fields #1 10 Years Cover
Burning Fields #1 "10 Years" Cover by Trevor Hairsine

AT: Marceline 10 Years CoverAdventure Time: Marceline Gone Adrift #1 "10 Years Cover" by Joe Quinones

Feathers #1 10 Years Cover

Feathers #1 10 Years Cover by Ramón K. Pérez

Munchkin #1 10 Years Cover
Munchkin #1 "10 Years" Cover by Shelli Paroline & Braden Lamb

 

December 18,  2014 (Los Angeles, Calif.) - Award-winning publisher BOOM! Studios is excited to unveil the first four covers to launch its yearlong celebration in 2015 marking 10 years of publishing comics.
 
Designed by BOOM! Studios Production Design Manager Scott Newman, each wraparound cover features an exclusive image illustrated by a dedicated artist or artist team—one assigned per imprint (BOOM! Studios, KaBOOM!, Archaia, and BOOM! Box), and per quarter. The cover design also features a short biography of each artist and their signature.
 
For the first quarter of 2015 (January-March), the artists are:

  • All launching BOOM! Studios titles: Trevor Hairsine (Captain America, Eternal Warrior)
  • All launching KaBOOM! titles: Joe Quinones (Harley Quinn, Big Trouble in Little China)
  • All launching Archaia titles: Ramón K. Pérez (Amazing Spider-Man, Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand)
  • All launching BOOM! Box titles: Shelli Paroline & Braden Lamb (Adventure Time, The Midas Flesh)
 
In January, new launching titles to receive the 10 Years cover treatment include:

  • Burning Fields #1 (BOOM! Studios)
  • Adventure Time: Marceline Gone Adrift #1 (KaBOOM!)
  • Feathers #1 (Archaia)
  • Munchkin #1 (BOOM! Box)
 
“With 2015 marking 10 years of publishing comics, we wanted to share our excitement with retailers and fans by creating these special covers,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “We’ve enlisted some of the best cover artists in comics to help convey what a special milestone this is for us. We’re kicking things off with Trevor, Joe, Ramón, and Shelli & Braden. And this is just the beginning! We’ll be announcing some more surprises to help us celebrate our 10th year!”

Retailers will be able to qualify for these incentive covers based on their orders for the main cover of each title. Fans should check with their local retailer on the availability of these special commemorative covers. Not sure where to find your nearest comic retailer? Use comicshoplocator.com or findacomicshop.com to find one!

DARK HORSE TO PUBLISH THE ORDER OF THE FORGE—THE UNTOLD TALE OF GEORGE WASHINGTON!

A historical fiction genre smash-up!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MILWAUKIE, OR—In spring 2015, creator and producer Donn D. Berdahl of Bronco Donn Entertainment and Dark Horse Comics, in association with Home Plate Entertainment, will present a tale left out of the history books. Set in 1753, this comic shows a young George Washington who ain’t your schoolteacher’s George Washington; this is The Order of the Forge!
Victor Gischler (Deadpool: Merc with a Mouth, Wolverine: Revolver, Angel & Faith) writes a three-issue miniseries that will surprise and shock scholars everywhere. Based on an original concept from Donn D. Berdahl and a treatment by well-known British author Andy Briggs, The Order of the Forge has “humor, vulgarity, and at times brutality,” according to Comic Bastards. This series is a must-read for fans of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and all other historical fiction works!
Before he fathered a nation, young George Washington forged his legend in blood! Before he fought for his country, he killed for the king! Imbued with the mystical powers of America’s original inhabitants, George and his superpowered axe—along with his friends, a debauched, middle-aged Ben Franklin and a young, rebellious Paul Revere—must stop an evil colonial governor who wishes to rule an empire!
“Dark and filled with seething rage, this George will shatter the image of the white-haired father of a nation!” stated Berdahl. Publisher Mike Richardson, founder of Dark Horse, said, “This is one of those great changeups that challenge our notions of a widely accepted historical figure and pose a ‘what if’ in an entertaining manner.”
Praise for Victor Gischler:
“Part Christopher Moore, part Quentin Tarantino, Victor Gischler is a raving, badass genius.”—James Rollins, New York Times best-selling author of Map of Bones and Black Order
“Gischler does an awesome job of grabbing my attention. The way that he adds so much intensity and drama through dialogue is a real treat.”—Unleash the Fanboy
The Forge #1 is on sale April 29, 2015.

About Dark Horse
Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. The company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent, such as Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Neil Gaiman, Brian Wood, Gerard Way, Felicia Day, and Guillermo del Toro, and comics legends, such as Will Eisner, Neal Adams, and Jim Steranko, Dark Horse has developed its own successful properties, such as The Mask, Ghost, Timecop, and SpyBoy. Its successful line of comics and products based on popular properties includes Star Wars, Mass Effect, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan, EVE Online, Halo, Serenity, Game of Thrones, and Domo. Today Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic book publisher in the US and is recognized as one of the world’s leading publishers of both creator-owned content and licensed comics material.
About Donn D. Berdahl
Founder of Bronco Donn Entertainment, Berdahl recently co-produced the film "The Better Half" (2015), starring Kathleen Rose Perkins (Episodes, Gone Girl) and Jamie Bamber (Battlestar Galactica, Law and Order:UK). He is a graduate of the Baron/Brown Meisner Studio and a rabid Denver Broncos fan.
About Home Plate Entertainment
Home Plate Entertainment (HPE) is the Studio founded by four-time Emmy award winning industry veteran and producer Bill Schultz in 2010. Headquartered in Los Angeles, HPE has maintained a reputation for delivering high caliber, quality programming. The studio has currently on air, Rob Dyrdek’s Wild Grinders on Nicktoons and Teenage Fairytale Dropouts, which just premiered to solid ratings on The Hub in the US. CEO and Executive Producer, Bill Schultz, is well known for producing hit programs, including seven seasons of The Simpsons, King of the Hill, Garfield & Friends and Bobby’s World, as well as Ed, Edd & Eddy, Scholastic’s Clifford the Big Red Dog, and Mattel’s re-launch of He–Man Masters of the Universe. Prior to HPE, Bill Schultz ran independent Animation studios Film Roman and Moonscoop for over 20 years.

NAILBITER/HACK/SLASH ONE-SHOT CROSSOVER: A BLOODY GOOD READ
Two hit series come together in the ultimate serial killer standoff

Bestselling writers Joshua Williamson (BIRTHRIGHT, NAILBITER) and Tim Seeley (HACK/SLASH) team up with artists Mike Henderson (NAILBITER) and Emilio Laiso (HACK/SLASH) for a crossover one-shot event of killer proportions—NAILBITER/HACK/SLASH—coming to Image Comics on March 4, 2015.

“Josh and I share a fascination with B-movie horror and serial killer culture,” said Seeley. “As soon as I read Nailbiter I knew our worlds were gonna collide.”

Williamson added: "Hack/Slash has been one of my favorite books for a long time, and once we started running with Nailbiter, I knew we were playing with some of the same tropes and twisting them. Cassie and The Nailbiter HAD to meet. Doing this flip book with Tim has been a blast. One of the scariest and most messed up scenes we've done in Nailbiter takes place here. Whenever I tell people about it, I can see their skin crawl."

In NAILBITER/HACK/SLASH, the infamous serial killers of Buckaroo, Oregon meet the ultimate serial killer hunter, Cassie Hack… let the blood-bath begin. In this one-shot it’s Cassie Hack vs. the Nailbiter! Vlad vs. the Lucha Eliminador! IT’S ON!

NAILBITER/HACK/SLASH features two brand new tales of terror by the creative teams of the Image hits NAILBITER and HACK/SLASH, and Tim Seeley makes his grand return to the character he created to give you a nasty blast from the past. If you’ve ever needed an excuse to read these two horrific comics, now is your chance!

NAILBITER/HACK/SLASH (Diamond Code JAN150593) one-shot clocks in at 40 pages and hits shelves on March 4.
ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, fantasy, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit
www.imagecomics.com.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

VIZ MEDIA OPENS 2015 WITH THE RELEASE OF AKIRA TORIYAMA’S MANGA COMEDY JACO THE GALACTIC PATROLMAN

From The Creator Of DRAGON BALL This Hilarious Manga About An Unlikely Friendship Between A Clumsy Interstellar Cop And A Hermit Scientist Debuts In Print And Digital!

San Francisco, CA, December 17, 2014 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, prepares to thrill manga (graphic novel) readers and fans of legendary creator Akira Toriyama with the launch of JACO THE GALACTIC PATROLMAN in print and digital on January 6th.

The complete-in-one-volume interstellar comedy will be published under the company’s Shonen Jump imprint. JACO THE GALACTIC PATROLMAN is rated ‘A’ for All Ages and will carry a print MSRP of $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN.

A digital version of JACO THE GALACTIC PATROLMAN also debuts on January 6th for $6.99 (USD/CAN) from VIZManga.com and through the VIZ MANGA App for the Apple iPad®, iPhone® and iPod® touch, Android-powered smart phones. The digital volume of JACO THE GALACTIC PATROLMAN can also be purchased through the Nook, Kobo, ComiXology, Kindle, iBooks and GooglePlay stores.

Manga legend and creator of DRAGON BALL Z, Akira Toriyama, is back with the quirky comedy JACO THE GALACTIC PATROLMAN! Retired scientist Omori lives alone on a deserted island while continuing his research into time-travel. His quiet life is interrupted when galactic patrolman Jaco crash-lands and decides to move in with him. This agent from space claims to be elite, but sometimes it can be a little hard to believe. Can Jaco get along with the old man long enough to save the earth from a dangerous threat?

JACO THE GALACTIC PATROLMAN is Akira Toriyama’s first new release in over a decade and notably features some must-read DRAGON BALL Z content related to the parents of Goku, the hero of his other bestselling manga series,” says Alexis Kirsch, Editor. “Jaco is an alien who is very proud, but also extremely clumsy. Together with the reclusive scientist, Omori, and Tights, a mysterious girl that dreams of becoming a sci-fi novelist, the stage is set for fun and zany adventures. Readers of all ages won’t want to miss this fun new series by one of the greatest names in manga!”

Renowned worldwide for his playful, innovative storytelling and humorous, distinctive art style, Akira Toriyama burst onto the manga scene in 1980 with the wildly popular title, DR. SLUMP. His breakthrough hit series DRAGON BALL (published in the U.S. as Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z) ran from 1984 to 1995 in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine. Toriyama is also known for his design work on video games such as Dragon QuestChrono TriggerTobal No. 1, and Blue Dragon. His other manga works include COWA!KajikaSand LandNeko Majin, and a children's book, Toccio the Angel. VIZ Media publishes an array of Akira Toriyama’s work in English including DR. SLUMP, DRAGON BALL / DRAGON BALL Z, COWA! And SAND LAND.

For more information on JACO THE GALACTIC PATROLMAN or other manga titles published by 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 and South Africa. With its popular digital manga anthology WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP and blockbuster properties like NARUTO, BLEACH and ONE PIECE, 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.

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DARK HORSE ANNOUNCES 2015 FREE COMIC BOOK DAY SILVER OFFERING!

Avatar: The Last Airbender returns! Plants vs. Zombies battle! Bandette makes mischief!
DECEMBER 17, MILWAUKIE, OR—What makes a trip to your local comic shop even better? More free copies of your favorite Dark Horse titles for Free Comic Book Day 2015!
Dark Horse Comics’ Silver Comic will feature all-new stories for readers of all ages that make great entry points to new worlds!
Award-winning New York Times Best Seller Gene Luen Yang and Carla Speed McNeil deliver an Avatar: The Last Airbender adventure!
Recently passing the 500,000 sales mark and counting, Plants vs. Zombies dishes out a new battle! As he works on a strange new invention, Dr. Edgar Zomboss sends three unique zombies into battle against neighborhood defender Crazy Dave. Marvel at the debut of this deadly zombie trio! Will Tugboat, Frogpants, and Nigel Blimpbottom be a match against Dave’s niece Patrice, young adventurer Nate Timely, and a plucky pack of backyard plants?
Plus Paul Tobin & Colleen Coover’s Eisner Award–winning Bandette returns with a tale of the mischievous cat burglar called “Theft at the Theater!” in which Bandette and her crew target high society to steal an important cultural artifact—and some fun!
This promises to be Dark Horse’s biggest Free Comic Book Day yet, with two free comics, each packed with three separate stories. Dark Horse Comics’s Gold offering was announced last week and will feature Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club, Eric Powell’s The Goon & Guillermo del Toro’s The Strain!
Dark Horse offers up the best of the very best for next year’s Free Comic Book Day, taking place exclusively at your local comic shop on May 2, 2015!
About Dark Horse
Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. The company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent, such as Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Neil Gaiman, Brian Wood, Gerard Way, Felicia Day, and Guillermo del Toro, and comics legends, such as Will Eisner, Neal Adams, and Jim Steranko, Dark Horse has developed its own successful properties, such as The Mask, Ghost, Timecop, and SpyBoy. Its successful line of comics and products based on popular properties includes Star Wars, Mass Effect, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan, EVE Online, Halo, Serenity, Game of Thrones, and Domo. Today Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic book publisher in the US and is recognized as one of the world’s leading publishers of both creator-owned content and licensed comics material.
Cronenberg’s THE FLY Continues
With All-New Comic Book Sequel at IDW
Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid.

San Diego, CA (December 17, 2014) – The story that began in David Cronenberg's film update of The Fly continues here with a five-issue miniseries The Fly: Outbreak written by Brandon Seifert (Hellraiser, Witch Doctor) with painted interior and cover art by menton3 (Silent Hill, Monocyte). Issue one will hit in March and will boast variant covers by Jason Edmiston and Lukas Ketner.

Years ago, a scientist had a horrific accident when he tried to use his newly invented teleportation device and became a human/fly hybrid. Now his almost-human son continues to search for a cure for the mutated genes. But a breakthrough turns into a breakout, and anyone exposed risks turning into a monster as well...

"To be totally honest, The Fly is one of the most disturbing things I've ever seen!" said Seifert. "It was really resonant for its time. And in the last 20 years or so, with all the advances in Genetically Modified Organisms, the film has taken on a lot of meaning it didn't originally have. It's really exciting to explore those elements in this miniseries — and great to have an amazing, super-distinctive artist like menton3 on the visuals!"

“Equal parts gory allegory and tragic love story, The Fly was perhaps David Cronenberg’s crowning achievement,” editor Denton J. Tipton said. “That’s a lot to live up to, but I believe Brandon and Menton are equal to the task. The script is sharp and poignant, and the art is visceral and haunting. No one is safe!”

Nothing spreads faster than fear... be part of the outbreak March 2015.
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About IDW Publishing
IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The TRANSFORMERS, G.I. JOE and MY LITTLE PONY; Paramount’s Star Trek; Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; 2000AD’s Judge Dredd; The Rocketeer; Toho’s Godzilla; V-Wars from New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Maberry; Ragnarök from Eisner Award-winner Walter Simonson; Winterworld, created by Chuck Dixon and Jorge Zaffino; and Little Nemo from the award-winning duo of Eric Shanower and Gabriel Rodriguez. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints, Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio, and the multiple award-winning Artist's Edition imprint.

IDW’s critically- and fan-acclaimed series are continually moving into new mediums. Currently, Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Disney are creating a feature film based on World War Robot; Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Warner Brothers are producing a film based on Ashley Wood's Lore; Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes and Sony are bringing Zombies vs. Robots to film, Kurtzman/Orci are producing a movie based on Locke & Key at Universal. 

VIZ MEDIA CONCLUDES 2014 WITH NEW DIGITAL MANGA FOR THE SECOND-HALF OF DECEMBER AND LAUNCHES YEAR-END MANGA PROMOTION

Round Out The Year With The Launch Of 4 New Manga Series And A Special Year-End Promotion Offering Up To 70% Off On All Digital Manga Titles

VIZ Media completes December with a final digital manga update for the year. Fans and readers can wrap up 2014 and accent their holiday season with a wide variety of new manga (graphic novel) volumes as well as catch the launch of a trio of exciting new series from the VIZ Select imprint and new Shojo title.

VIZ Media also ends the year with its annual digital manga sale. For a limited time only – from December 15th to January 15th – readers can dive into scores of new series or catch up on continuing favorites for up to 70% off the regular digital MSRP on digital manga titles featured on VIZManga.com and the VIZ Manga App. Some titles will be available for as low as $1.99. Special sale pricing also may be available from a variety of partner’s digital platforms. Check partner sites for details and specific pricing.

New Digital Manga Series Debuts:

YUKARISM, Vol. 1 · Rated ‘T’ for Teens ·
DIGITAL MSRP: $6.99 (U.S. / CAN) · Available Now! 
In this new series from the creator of YURARA and RASETSU, Yukari Kobayakawa, an accomplished author at the age of 17, writes with amazingly accurate details about historical Japan. As it turns out, he has the ability to slip into his past life in the Edo period—as a beautiful, renowned courtesan named Yumurasaki!

VAMPIRE KNIGHT: LIFE · Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens ·
DIGITAL MSRP: $2.99 (U.S. / CAN) · DIGITAL EXCLUSIVE! · Available Now! 
This digital-only exclusive special chapter reveals more about Yuki and Zero’s relationship. VAMPIRE KNIGHT is the hit gothic drama by Matsuri Hino. In the series, Cross Academy is attended by two groups of students: the Day Class and the Night Class. At twilight, when the students of the Day Class return to their dorm, they cross paths with the Night Class on their way to school. Yuki Cross and Zero Kiryu are the Guardians of the school, protecting the Day Class from the Academy's dark secret: the Night Class is full of vampires!

MIKANSEI NO. 1, Vol. 1 · Rated ‘T’ for Teens ·
Digital MSRP: $4.99 (U.S. / CAN) · Available December 23rd 
You know what they say: If the century fits, then...travel back in time to become a pop-singing sensation! Vivacious Neo loves to sing and test the boundaries of 23rd-century modesty with her short, short skirts. But when she accidently travels back in time to the 21st century, it's time to sink or sing! Before she knows it, she's teamed up with the handsome Saya as half of the ultimate singing duo. But all her dreams may vanish if they can't put on one great concert. With Saya depending on her, will Neo keep time on her side?

SGT. FROG, Vol. 1 · Rated ‘T’ for Teens ·
Digital MSRP: $4.99 (U.S. / CAN) · Available December 30th
Sgt. Keroro, commanding officer of Planet Keron's invasion force, has a problem. After blowing his cover and losing his top-secret weapon, the frog-like alien has been cut off from the home world. To make matters worse, he's lost communications with the rest of his platoon. Now he has taken cover in the Hinata family household, where in exchange for doing his share of the chores, he gets his own room from which to secretly devise new plans of world domination!

HANDS OFF!, Vol. 1 · Rated ‘T’ for Teens ·
Digital MSRP: $4.99 (U.S. / CAN) · Available December 30th
Kotarou Oohira is a boy with a clueless touch-he has an unusual type of ESP that is transmitted via physical contact. When he accidentally gives his cousin Tatsuki this "gift" he comes to realize that there is much more to his powers than he ever imagined! Known throughout the manga world, veteran creator Kasane Katsumoto delivers a close-to-home fantasy filled with action, intrigue and the gentle touch of boys!

Additional digital manga updates for the second-half of December include new volumes for continuing series including LAGOON ENGINE (Vol. 6), LUCKY STAR (Vol. 6), VIDEO GIRL AI (Vol. 9), as well as TRINITY BLOOD (Vol. 12), MOURYOU KIDEN: LEGEND OF NYMPH (Vol. 2), ZONE-00 (Vol. 3) and several more!

Readers can enjoy all of these new manga titles that are available on VIZManga.com and the VIZ MANGA App for the iPad®, iPhone® and iPod® touch, Android-powered smart phones and 7” tablets. The titles may also be purchased through the Nook, Kindle, Kobo, ComiXology, iBooks and GooglePlay stores. These dynamic digital platforms offer fans the opportunity to explore and enjoy a massive catalog of new and classic manga titles that span more than 2,400 volumes across over 210 different series.

The free VIZ Manga App continues to be the top application for reading digital manga and features a massive library of the most popular series in the world. Through the innovative VIZ Manga digital platform registered users are able to use one account to view their purchased manga across more devices than ever. New series and volumes are added every Tuesday. Fans can also find these titles and more for the NOOK, Kindle Fire, and Kobo eReaders, as well as in the ComiXology, iBooks and GooglePlay Stores.

Most manga volumes are available for purchase and download in the U.S. and Canada within the VIZ Manga application starting from only $4.99 (U.S. / CAN) each. Readers can also explore free Chapter 1 previews of every series. For more information, please visit VIZManga.com or www.VIZ.com/apps.

To learn more about VIZ Manga, please visit www.vizmanga.com.

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KERORO GUNSO Volume 1 © Mine YOSHIZAKI 1999
New BOOM! Original Series 'Burning Fields' Delves Into The Horror Beneath Kirkuk
BURNING FIELDS #1 Cover A by Colin Lorimer
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December 16,  2014 - Los Angeles, CA - Award-winning publisher BOOM! Studios is excited to announce the team that created the critically acclaimed miniseries Curse will return with a new original series in 2015. Michael Moreci (Roche Limit), Tim Daniel (Enormous), and Colin Lorimer (UXB) are back to turn the horror genre on its head once more with the military procedural horror series Burning Fields.
 
“Michael, Tim, and Colin are proving to be an unstoppable force of creativity, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have them back with another new twist on horror,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “They showed with Curse that they’re capable of delivering razor sharp, character-driven genre stories that are complex and gripping. Just wait until you see what terrors they’re digging up in Burning Fields.”
 
Dana Atkinson, a dishonorably discharged army investigator, is pulled back to the Middle East when a group of American oil technicians disappear under bizarre circumstances. With the help of an Iraqi investigator, what Dana discovers is unimaginable: a series of unusual incidents at the drill site lead her and her unlikely ally to discover a mythic evil that has been released, one that threatens both the lives of the entire region and the fragile peace that exists.
 
Burning Fields #1 arrives in comic book shops on January 21st with a cover price of $3.99 under Diamond order code NOV141067. The issue ships with a main cover by series artist Colin Lorimer, a 10 Years variant cover by Trevor Hairsine, and a retailer incentive cover by Riley Rossmo (Curse). The Final Order Cutoff deadline for retailers is December 29th. Not sure where to find your nearest comic retailer? Use comicshoplocator.com or findacomicshop.com to find one! It’s also available for order directly from boom-studios.com.
 
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ABOUT BOOM! STUDIOS
Founded by Ross Richie in 2005, Diamond Gem Award-winning “Best Publisher” BOOM! Studios (boom-studios.com) generates a constellation of best-selling Eisner and Harvey Award-winning original and licensed comic books and graphic novels with the industry’s top talent. BOOM! Studios is comprised of four distinct imprints. The original Studios imprint is home to Mike Carey's Suicide Risk; James Tynion IV's The Woods; Mark Waid's Irredeemable; Sons of Anarchy; and Big Trouble in Little China. Steven Grant’s graphic novel 2 Guns was released as a feature film from Universal Pictures, starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. BOOM!’s all-ages imprint KaBOOM! publishes Charles Schulz’ Peanuts; Jim Davis’ Garfield; Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time, Regular Show, The Amazing World of Gumball, and Steven Universe; Mike Kunkel’s Herobear and the Kid; and Natasha Allegri's Bee and PuppyCat. BOOM!'s experimental imprint BOOM! Box publishes The Midas Flesh and Lumberjanes. In June 2013, BOOM! acquired Archaia Entertainment (archaia.com). Archaia is the Eisner and Harvey Award-winning graphic novel publisher of Mouse Guard, Cow Boy, Gunnerkrigg Court, Rust, and Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand. In October 2013, BOOM! Studios entered into a unique first-look relationship with 20th Century Fox, giving the studio access to its library of titles and giving the publisher access to Fox's vast catalog of films. In August 2014, BOOM! Studios began a similar first-look relationship with 20th Century Fox TV to develop properties for the small screen.