Friday, November 01, 2013


A Girl Takes On The Role Of Santa Claus With A Cute Boy Who Also Happens To Be An Enchanted Reindeer In A New Magical Romance

San Francisco, CA, November 1, 2013 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest distributor and licensor of manga & anime in North America, delivers a nod towards Christmas with the release of SWEET REIN Volume 1 on November 5th. The new manga (graphic novel) fantasy series by creator Sakura Tsukuba arrives from the Shojo Beat imprint in time for the start of holiday season, is rated ‘T’ for Teens, and will carry an MSRP of $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN.

SWEET REIN Vol. 1 will also debut digitally on the same day for $6.99 (U.S / CAN) from and for digital download through the VIZ MANGA App for the Apple iPad®, iPhone® and iPod® touch, Android-powered smart phones. The title will also be available for purchase through the iBook, Kindle, NOOK, and Kobo stores.

Sad at the thought of spending Christmas alone, Kurumi Sagara goes out for a walk. While she’s crossing the street, a boy bumps into her, and a rein suddenly appears that binds them together. The overjoyed boy tells her she’s his master and that she’s a Santa Claus. Kurumi dismisses him as a crazy person, but then he transforms into a reindeer?!

“SWEET REIN is a sweet romance – a perfect read for the holiday season,” says Nancy Thistlethwaite, Editor. “This series explores the bonds that connect people. Kurumi meets Kaito, a magical reindeer with whom she is fated to share a lifelong relationship, and an endearing mix of comedy, drama and romance are in store as the pair begins to discover how much they care for each other.”

Manga creator Sakura Tsukuba debuted in 1994 with Hikari Nodokeki Haru no Hi ni, a title which won her the prestigious LaLa Manga Grand Prix Kasaku Award. Her other notable works include Land of the Blindfolded (recipient of the Hakusensha Athena Shinjin Taisho award) and Penguin Revolution

For more information on SWEET REIN and other shojo manga titles from VIZ Media, please visit

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 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


Bestselling Children's Book Author
Marc Boutavant To Tour United States

Artist of the Ariol Graphic Novel Series From Papercutz and the Mouk Picture Books From Chronicle To Conclude Visit With an Appearance at Miami International Book Fair

Marc Boutavant, artist on the charming series Ariol (written by Emmanuel Guibert of The Photographer), is coming to the United States at the request of the French Embassy and will tour several cities in November which will culminate at the Miami Book Fair, the week before Thanksgiving.

Papercutz launched Ariol earlier this year and released a second volume three months later and immediately went back to press.  Featured in the Los Angeles Times' "Summer Reading" supplement, Ariol has been described as a, "cross between the work of Richard Scarry and Hergé (Publisher's Weekly) and is, "Great for reluctant readers and graphic-novel fans in general (School Library Journal)

Originating from Burgundy (as do the best snails in France – according to Marc) he now lives and works in Paris. With his appreciation of the finer things in life, he has often been described as the archetypal French man (even by French people).

His work springs from a wry observation of life and the interaction of his friends and children. Their quirks of personality, mannerisms and reactions to situations are transposed onto his characters. These are creatures with a full gamut of emotions. The adventures they share become the narrative tableau for this cast of companions. With so much activity in every corner, each scenario felt and imagined in detail, light hearted horror, comedy and pathos combine to form a rich narrative.

Tour Schedule

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY

A Conversation with Marc Boutavant & Carin Berger
Innovative children's book author/illustrators Marc Boutavant (Around the World with Mouk) and Carin Berger (Unreasonable Rhymes) discuss their work, their influences, and the differences between French and American's picture book markets. The discussion will be moderated by Leonard S. Marcus, curator of The New York Public Library's landmark exhibition "The ABC of it: Why Children'’s Books Matter." The conversation will be followed by a book signing.

Thursday, November 14, 2013 PRINCETON PUBLIC LIBRARY
5:00-7:30pm, Story Room, 3rd Floor

Join us for a presentation by Marc Boutavant, the award-winning French author and illustrator of the bestselling picture book Around the World with Mouk and the popular Ariol comic strip.  Marc Boutavant will visit the Library on the occasion of his American tour presenting his latest books: Ghosts and Ariol: Happy as a Pig  A rare opportunity for the Princeton community to discover Boutavant’s lively, expressive and inventive illustrations.  Book sales and signing will follow.

Friday, November 15th, 2013, BANK STREET BOOKSTORE
10:30 am

Illustrator Marc Boutavant visits Bank Street Bookstore for a special story hour reading of Sonia Goldie's Ghosts.
A playful, delightful book beautifully illustrated by Marc, Ghosts sets the record straight about ghosts. Ghosts are not sheets with holes dragging around a ball and chain. Indeed, they're just as colorful and diverse as humans. Here you'll meet the ghost of the chimney, the TV, the kitchen, and the library, to mention just a few.


Saturday, November 16th, 2013
MoMa Design Store

11:00 Children's workshop
12:00pm Book Signing

Sunday, November 17th, 2013
Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum Opening Festival, Ohio State University
11:00am Workshop with 20 kids + their parents and book signing.

Monday, November 18th, 2013
5PM: Workshop at Happen Inc.

a nonprofit association nearby the University of Cincinnati that supports the arts for children

Tuesday, November 19th 2013
University of Cincinnati

Lecture/Conversation with the students of Michael Gott

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013, Politics & Prose Bookstore
10:30 am

a 45 minute presentation of Ariol with school children, followed by a signing of the books

Thursday, November 21st, 2013 and Friday, November 22nd, 2013
School visits at select Miami Immersive language schools

Saturday, November 23rd, 2013, Miami International Book Fair
Room 1164
11:30am – 12:30am

Marc will present Ariol: Just A Donkey Like You and Me in a middle grade panel presentation alongside Frank Cammuso and Geoffrey Hayes.  They will each get about 20 minutes to speak about their own work, then we will take a joint Q&A. After the session, he will be led to the nearby autographing area to sign books.

He will be appearing at the Papercutz booth at the fair Friday from 11:30 to 12:30, Saturday from 4-5 and Sunday from 11-12:30.
Remender, Scalera & White melt minds in their new
sci-fi epic—only from Image Comics!

Prepare yourselves: writer Rick Remender, artist Matteo Scalera, and colorist Dean White are ready to unleash BLACK SCIENCE #1 on the world.
Grant McKay, former member of the Anarchistic Order of Scientists, has deciphered Black Science and punched through the barriers of reality. Now, trapped in an infinite ocean of alien worlds, Grant must find a way to get his team home safe and intact.
One of the most highly-anticipated comics of the year, BLACK SCIENCE #1 arrives in stores on November 27. Comic book industry titans and  have praised BLACK SCIENCE #1 ahead of its release:
Black Science is best read tucked inside something respectable and boring.  Why let the outside world know you're having this much fun?”
- Patton Oswalt
“Seriously excited for Remender and Matteo Scalera's Black Science from Image Comics. Epic, anarchic, sci-fi greatness and the art is gorgeous.”
-Scott Snyder (SEVERED, Batman, The Wake, American Vampire)
"I think it's best described as VIVID. No. VIVIDLY WILD, with drama and humor. The art by Matteo Scalera is stunningly beautifully fluid and imaginative. And the masterful Dean White's color palettes and textures create an atmosphere of a dream-like lush.You must read this!"
-J.H. Williams III (Sandman: Overture, Batwoman)
"Just a big pure vision of science fiction wonderment. Comics to paint the inside of your eyelids with."
-Kieron Gillen (THREE, PHONOGRAM, Young Avengers)
The latest hot release in a year of sell-outs, massive critical acclaim, and record-breaking sales from new debuts from Image Comics, BLACK SCIENCE #1 is sure to be in high demand.
To celebrate the release of BLACK SCIENCE #1, Image Comics will be offering a blank sketch cover of BLACK SCIENCE #1 to retailers to pre-order with Diamond Code SEP138247. This will be the last blank sketch cover produced by Image Comics in 2013.
BLACK SCIENCE #1 features two regular covers for pre-order, with one by the art team of Matteo Scalera and Dean White (SEP130471) and the second featuring a sci-fi novel-inspired cover by Andrew Robinson (SEP130472).
BLACK SCIENCE #1 goes on sale in print and digital on November 27, 2013. 
Final orders are due to Diamond by comic retailers on November 4, 2013.
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
Mayor Mike McGinn recognizes Zombie Orpheus Entertainment for their innovation, audience engagement, commitment to local film community
In Good Company business recognition program 
SEATTLE – Mayor Mike McGinn recognized Zombie Orpheus Entertainment for their innovative business model, commitment and engagement of their audience, and their support of Seattle’s local film industry.
Zombie Orpheus Entertainment (ZOE) is a local multimedia production company dedicated to developing and producing fantasy, science fiction, and horror films that are accessible to all audiences. They strive to produce fun and original shows while creating a long-term sustainable film community with monthly production, able to pay cast and crews livable wages.
As an independent production company, ZOE utilizes alternative methods of funding for their productions, opting to crowdfund projects through Kickstarter. In doing so, they have grown their business every year by giving fans control over the direction and success of their shows, such as JourneyQuest and The Gamers Trilogy.
“Creativity and entrepreneurship are two traits that have made Seattle a world leader in innovation,” said Mayor Mike McGinn. “Businesses like ZOE embody this spirit. Through their innovative business model and fan engagement, they are creating new ways for people to enjoy high-quality productions.”
Debuted in 2010, ZOE’s business model was deemed too radical when introduced. However, they proved critics wrong, and has tripled their growth over the course of their first three crowdfunded campaigns. In 2012, they broke the Kickstarter record for most money contributed to a film or video campaign, with over $400,000 pledged. This unprecedented funding is a direct result of the commitment ZOE has made to their fans.
 “We developed and implemented a new way of creating and distributing independent film—the Creator Distributed, Fan Supported model—which has now been adopted successfully by a number of other indie producers,” said Matt Vancil, co-owner of ZOE. “Our motto is "No Studio, No Network, No Cancellation," which is our pledge to our fans and supporters that we'll continue telling stories that they love for as long as they keep us funded.”
ZOE focuses on building and sustaining a fan base, and releases their work using the Creative Commons License, which allows fans to remix, share, and reuse their productions without fear of ensuing legal action.
“From where we started in 2008 until now has been amazing and I think it’s going to keep going because we’re very fan-supported - people love it -  and we’ve created a volume of work here in Washington State that I think we couldn’t really have done anywhere else,” said Tony Becerra, assistant director and producer for ZOE.

“I absolutely believe that the more people who adopt this model as a way to tell good stories and connect with the people who want to hear them, the more successful it will be for all of us, because it will become a part of the culture,” said Ben Dobyns, co-owner, ZOE.
Besides their commitment to and active engagement with their fans, ZOE has demonstrated a commitment to the Seattle film and creative community. Their office space is at Jigsaw Renaissance, a local non-profit makerspace in Seattle’s Inscape Arts Building in the Chinatown/International District surrounded by other artists, many of whom end up being collaborators.
They have hired over 60 local actors and crew members when in production, and work in partnership with local artists to create their high quality movies and web series. They consistently increase the pay of their cast and crew with every production, and have a long-term goal of paying their casts and crews ongoing living wages. They are also active in shaping the next generation of Seattle filmmakers through their internship program that gives students meaningful filmmaking experience and connects them to industry professionals who can help them embark on a career after graduation.
 “Seattle’s vibrant film, music and arts scene contributes greatly to our local economy and is a testament to our reputation as a city of creativity and innovation,” said Maud Daudon, President and CEO of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. “The success and innovation at ZOE serves as a model to inspire improvements and growth in our local film and creative industries.”
As part of the Seattle Jobs Plan, the In Good Company program is an ongoing showcase of businesses that spotlights one locally-owned business every month for being unconventional, transformative, and exemplary.
Businesses recognized in the In Good Company program receive several meaningful prizes to help their business grow and celebrate their employees, including a mayoral proclamation; a high-quality video profile featured on the Seattle Channel; a one-year membership or an upgraded tier of membership at the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber; and a special gift basket for employees containing food, drinks and prizes from some of Seattle’s most beloved local companies.
The highlighted businesses are chosen by the City of Seattle’s Office of Economic Development and the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce by a committee of staff members who meet quarterly to select businesses to recognize. Individuals and businesses may also suggest recommendations via the Office of Economic Development.
For nomination criteria and more information, please visit the In Good Company website page.
In Good Company is brought to you by: Mayor Mike McGinn as part of the Seattle Jobs Plan;Seattle Office of Economic DevelopmentSeattle ChannelSeattle Metropolitan Chamber of CommerceFlying Spot; and 206 inc.

Prize partners include: Alaska Airlines Board Room Airport LoungesBanya 5DRY Soda;Fran's ChocolatesSeattle MarinersTheo ChocolateThe Crumpet Shop; and Uber.
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Seattle Jobs Plan
Mayor Mike McGinn’s vision for next generation economic development that creates a sustainable economy with shared prosperity in Seattle was launched in August 2010. It consists of new and existing policies, programs and investments designed to help create quality jobs, protect the environment, and ensure that taxpayers get true value from the city of Seattle's public investments. Visit

City’s Office of Economic Development (OED)
OED supports a healthy business environment and empowers companies to grow and compete. We provide services directly to businesses through advocacy, retention and expansion assistance, and workforce development. Visit to access city services for businesses, and for more information about our office, visit

Seattle Channel
SEATTLE CHANNEL is the award winning local TV station that puts video to work to build and strengthen community. SEATTLE CHANNEL presents programs on cable television (channel 21 on Comcast and Broadstripe) and via the Internet to help citizens connect with their city.

Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
The Seattle Metropolitan (Seattle Metro) Chamber of Commerce is the largest and most diverse network of influential business leaders in the Puget Sound region. Founded in 1882 by local business leaders, the Chamber today is an independent organization of 2,200 businesses representing a regional workforce of approximately 700,000 people.

Zombie Orpheus Entertainment
Zombie Orpheus Entertainment (ZOE) is a Seattle-based, independently owned, production company that produces original and high-quality fantasy, science fiction, and horror films. Utilizing crowdsourced funding and fan interaction, the company has drawn a loyal fan following that supports and sustains all their productions. Through their commitment to Seattle’s artist community, they hire local actors and production crews to film all of their projects. ZOE is recognized for their innovative business model, commitment and engagement of their audience, and their support of Seattle’s local film industry. Visit

Thursday, October 31, 2013

IDW Joins The Party At Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo
Publisher’s Big Plans For L.A.’s Big Convention

San Diego, CA (October 31, 2013) – Over the weekend of November 1st – 3rd downtown Los Angeles will be taken over by one of the fastest growing conventions: Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo. For IDW’s first appearance at the show, the publisher is bringing along some very special guests and exclusives.

On Saturday November 2nd at 10:30 AM in room 308AB join Editor-in-Chief Chris Ryall, Special Projects Editor Scott Dunbier, and IDW President Greg Goldstein as they set the stage for IDW’s upcoming 15th year anniversary. Bring some questions, and come prepared for a lively discussion in a unique town hall format. You just might walk away with a free book! With sneak peeks, and a few tricks up their sleeves, this will not be a panel to miss!

Be sure to stop by the IDW booth (712) to pick up the Comikaze exclusive variant of Mars Attacks Judge Dredd #3 by John McCrea featuring Stan (The Man) Lee! Along with this special $10 variant, IDW will have a library’s worth of your favorite books to stock up on! And watch the IDW Facebook and Twitter feeds for special deals on books throughout the show!

Throughout the convention the IDW booth will also host a number of great signings:

Friday November 1st

3:00 – 4:00  Godzilla: Rulers of Earth Chris Mowry

5:00 – 6:00  Kill Shakespeare Conor McCreery

Saturday November 2nd 

12:00 – 1:00 Transformers – Livio Ramondelli, Mairghread Scott

1:00 – 2:30 The Other Dead – Joshua Ortega, Digger T. Mesch, & Special Guest
                                                Kevin Eastman (of TMNT fame!)

3:00 – 4:00  My Little Pony – Tony Fleecs
4:00 – 5:00  Kill Shakespeare Conor McCreery

5:00 – 6:00  Amelia Cole & The Unknown World D.J. Kirkbride

Sunday November 3rd 

12:00 – 1:00 Transformers – Livio Ramondelli, Mairghread Scott

1:00 – 2:00 My Little Pony – Tony Fleecs

5:00 – 6:00  Godzilla: Rulers of Earth Chris Mowry

Stan Lee’s Comikaze is set to have its biggest year yet, and IDW is excited to be a part of it!

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About IDW

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; Wizards of the Coast’s Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons; and the Eisner-Award winning Locke & Key series, created by best-selling author Joe Hill and artist 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; and Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes and Sony are bringing Zombies vs. Robots to film.

North America’s Largest And Most Diverse Digital Manga Collection Is Now Available For iPhone®, iPad®, iPod touch® and Mac

San Francisco, CA, October 30, 2013 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest publisher, distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, has announced the debut today of its entire digital manga (graphic novel) catalog on the iBooks Store.

Readers can enjoy over 1,600 manga volumes, across more than 130 top-rated VIZ Media series, including continuing favorites such as NARUTO (rated ‘T’ for Teens), BLEACH (rated ‘T’ for Teens), BAKUMAN (rated ‘T’ for Teens) and ONE PIECE (rated ‘T’ for Teens), as well as recent bestsellers such as DEMON LOVE SPELL (rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens) and NISEKOI (rated ‘T’ for Teens). Readers may instantly access all titles, as well as free previews for each, on iBooks on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and Mac.

“The availability of this deep library of manga titles on the iBooks Store brings some of the genre’s most popular and acclaimed series to legions of new and existing fans across North America with the reliability and convenience Apple’s platform is renowned for,” says Gagan Singh, EVP and CTO, VIZ Media. “With one of the largest and most diverse English language manga catalogs available anywhere, VIZ Media remains fully committed to the proliferation of high quality digital manga content, and we look forward to nurturing and continually expanding this robust catalog.”

Individual volumes (presented in English, with right-to-left reading format) are generally available for purchase in the U.S. and Canada for $6.99 (U.S. / CAN) each. New series as well as the latest additions to numerous ongoing titles will be added each week.

For more information on VIZ Media manga titles, please visit


Lineup Features a Marathon of “Family Game Night” With Some of the
Biggest and Best Wins from Season Four and the Hub Network Premiere of
the Feature Film, “The Dog Who Saved the Holidays”

Returning Fan Favorites Include: “Holly and Hal Moose™: Our Uplifting
Christmas Adventure,” “Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey,”
“Homeward Bound 2: Lost in San Francisco,” “Alvin and the Chipmunks
Meet Frankenstein” and “Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman”

LOS ANGELES — The Hub Network, a destination for kids and their families, will feature popular programming that the whole family can enjoy together this Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28, and Black Friday, November 29. The holiday lineup includes a marathon of the original series “Family Game Night” on Thursday, November 28, 3–6 p.m. ET/12–3 p.m. PT featuring some of the biggest and best wins from season four, as well as the Hub Network premiere of the movie “The Dog Who Saved the Holidays,” on Friday, Nov. 29, 8–10 p.m. ET/5–7 p.m. PT. Returning fan favorite specials and movies include: “Holly and Hal Moose™: Our Uplifting Christmas Adventure,” “Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey,” “Homeward Bound 2: Lost in San Francisco,” “Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein” and “Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman.”

Following are programming descriptions in order of broadcast dates and times:

“Holly and Hal Moose™: Our Uplifting Christmas Adventure” (Thursday, Nov. 28, 11 a.m.–12 noon ET/8–9 a.m. PT)
Hal, a free-spirited moose, is determined to fly with Santa’s reindeer. His level-headed sister Holly is always there to help her brother in his latest adventure. This sibling duo must work together to save Christmas in time for Santa to make his latest flight.

“Family Game Night” Marathon (Thursday, Nov. 28, 3–6 p.m. ET/12–3 p.m. PT)
Families of all sizes are selected from the audience to compete in larger-than-life versions of classic games for a chance to win cash, prizes and a brand new car. All-new games include JENGA, MONOPOLY Remix, BARREL OF MONKEYS and YAHTZEE. The marathon will include some of the biggest and best wins of season four.
“Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey” (Thursday, Nov. 28,  6–8 p.m. ET/3–5 p.m. PT)
A remarkable adventure begins when three domesticated pets – two dogs and a cat – are separated from their human family and embark on an extraordinary journey through untamed wilderness to find their way home.
“Homeward Bound 2: Lost in San Francisco” (Thursday, Nov. 28, 8–10 p.m. ET/5–7 p.m. PT)
When the trio of talking animals accidentally gets separated from their vacationing owners, they must navigate the mean streets of San Francisco and find their way home across the Golden State Bridge.

“Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein” (Friday, Nov. 29, 4–6 p.m. ET/1–3 p.m. PT)
Alvin, Simon and Theodore star in a hilarious send-up of the classic monster movie. The brothers are surprised to discover Dr. Frankenstein and his beloved monster inhabiting a world-famous movie studio.

“Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman” (Friday, Nov. 29, 6–8 p.m. ET/3–5 p.m. PT)
Strange things are happening in the Chipmunks’ neighborhood after their spooky neighbor moves in. When sweet little Theodore starts exhibiting puppy-like behavior, they suddenly find themselves in the middle of a real-life “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde!”

“The Dog Who Saved the Holidays” (Friday, Nov. 29, 8–10 p.m. ET /5–7 p.m. PT)
Zeus the dog is not too happy to get a canine sister, but after two thrifty thieves are spotted trying to break into the family home, the duo must work together to save the holidays for their family.

About the Hub Network
The Hub Network is a multi-platform joint venture between Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) and Hasbro Inc., (NASDAQ: HAS) with a goal of entertaining, enlightening, empowering and educating children and their families. The cable and satellite television network features original programming as well as content from Discovery's library of award-winning children's educational programming; from Hasbro's rich portfolio of entertainment and educational properties built during the past 90 years; and from leading third-party producers worldwide. The Hub Network’s lineup includes animated and live-action series, as well as specials, game shows, and family-favorite movies. The network extends its content through a robust and engaging online presence at The Hub Network rebranded from Discovery Kids on October 10, 2010, and is available in over 73 million U.S. households. The Hub Network logo and name are trademarks of Hub Television Networks, LLC. All rights reserved.

To find the channel in your area, please visit and check the channel locator at the top of the page.

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Whale Wars Star and Tails Creator Team Up to Create "True Story" Superhero Comic Book, "A Piggy's Tale" - Available via Kickstarter until November 20th

(October 31, 2013-New York, NY)
Tod Emko is a known conservationist, featured in the popular TV show Whale Wars and founder of Darwin Animal Doctors (, the only animal hospital in the Galapagos Islands. Teaming up with Ethan Young, the popular artist who created the comic Tails (, the duo brings you "A Piggy's Tale," a superhero comic book starring Tod's tripod rescue dog, Piggy! The first two issues of the comic are now available via Kickstarter until November 20th:
 And it's getting glowing reviews already:
"...before I knew it I was absorbed in the story... But what really seals the deal, from both Emko and Young, is the real heart that has been put into each character. With very little exposition or long screeds of narration or dialogue, these are characters that the reader immediately knows and loves. The Kickstarter was launched on Monday, and I highly recommend sticking down a pledge – regardless of whether you have kids or not." - Comics Beat
"An all ages comic that speaks to both animal lovers and superhero fans casts a wide net to get into people’s hearts. A Piggy’s Tale is one of those remarkably inclusive projects that has a message as well as a story... Drawn by the influential webcomic creator Ethan Young, whose long-running project Tails has garnered a wide fanbase and gone to print in its first volume, the artwork on Piggy is bright, energetic, and memorable." - Bleeding Cool
Tod found Piggy on a volunteer veterinary mission to the Dominican Republic, where he found a dying, hairless dog who got hit by a bus a month before.  The veterinary team was able to perform life-saving surgery on Piggy, amputating his hurt leg. Because the dog had no hair, Tod named him Piggy because he looked like a piglet, and then Tod brought tripod Piggy home to New York City.
In NYC, it became apparent that Piggy had extraordinary abilities (thanks to his past ordeal) to sense the pain of others, and Piggy was able to seek out and find suffering individuals thanks to this talent. This "super power" inspired Tod to make a comic book about Piggy's adventures fighting evil and helping the defenseless. A rescue dog is finally recognized as a superhero! The book is beautifully illustrated by the very talented Ethan Young, illustrator of FOX's cartoon The Centsables ( The comic, titled "A Piggy's Tale," has just been released via Kickstarter.
Backers of the Kickstarter will be able to get copies of the comic books, as well as merchandise like Piggy tshirts and tote bags, and even hats with cat ears, representing Piggy's sidekick cat.
The Kickstarter runs until November 20th, and anyone who loves animals, rescues, or adventure, is sure to love this comic and its Kickstarter rewards.
Bee and PuppyCat Teaser
Founded by Ross Richie in 2005, Diamond Gem Award-winning “Best Publisher” BOOM! Studios ( 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 the home of Mike Carey’s SUICIDE RISK, Clive Barker’s NEXT TESTAMENT and HELLRAISER, Paul Jenkins and Humberto Ramos’ FAIRY QUEST, PLANET OF THE APES, Max Bemis’ POLARITY and Mark Waid’s IRREDEEMABLE. Steven Grant’s graphic novel 2 GUNS was recently 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 and REGULAR SHOW, Mike Kunkel’s HEROBEAR AND THE KID, and Roger Langridge’s Eisner Award-winning SNARKED. In June 2013, BOOM! Studios acquired Archaia Entertainment ( Archaia is the Eisner and Harvey Award-winning graphic novel publisher of MOUSE GUARD, COW BOY, GUNNERKRIGG COURT, RUST, SPERA, JIM HENSON’S TALE OF SAND, RETURN OF THE DAPPER MEN, and other many great titles. In October 2013, BOOM! Studios entered into an exclusive partnership with 20th Century Fox, giving the studio access to its library of combined titles, and giving the publisher access to Fox's vast catalog of films. 

A Super-Powered Killer Turns A Boy Into An Unlikely Hero In A Visceral Sci-Fi Anime Adventure Inspired By The Manga Series By Acclaimed Creator Masakazu Katsura

San Francisco, CA, October 30, 2013 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in North America, expands its substantial anime catalog with the addition of the dark sci-fi action series ZETMAN on November 5th. The 13-episode series is rated ‘TV-MA’ for Mature Audiences and will be offered Uncut in DVD and Blu-ray editions. The DVD MSRP is $44.82 U.S. / $43.24 CAN and Blu-ray MSRP is $54.97 U.S. / $66.15 CAN.

ZETMAN is based on a popular manga (graphic novel) series by Masakazu Katsura, who also created VIDEO GIRL AI and I”S (both published in North America by VIZ Media) and was the character designer for the hit anime series, TIGER & BUNNY (also available on Blu-ray and DVD at North American retailers).

Features for the Blu-ray and DVD editions include English dubbed or original Japanese audio selections (with English Subtitles), clean opening and ending segments, the original Japanese broadcast trailer, marathon play option, and an exclusive interview with ZETMAN manga series creator Masakazu Katsura taken during his recent appearance at New York Comic Con.

Jin and Kouga may come from very different walks of life, but both boys are searching for the real meaning of justice and what it means to be a hero! Jin may be poor, but he lives a happy life with his grandfather, until the day tragedy strikes and changes his life forever. Kouga, born into a wealthy family, is in line to inherit his family’s power and fortune. But what is true strength? What does it really mean to be human? Jin and Kouga’s fates intertwine in their struggle to harness the power that lies within each of them!

“ZETMAN delivers unique perspectives on being human and a hero and combines expressive characters and a thought-provoking story with plenty of uncut visceral action to make for a fast-paced and thrilling highlight of our winter anime release schedule,” says Charlene Ingram, Senior Marketing Manager, Animation. “With the start of the holiday season, the ZETMAN anime series also makes a cool gift for gritty action anime fans, and we look forward to fans catching all of the action with this new home video DVD and Blu-ray release.”

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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 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


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