Saturday, March 08, 2014

SXSW INTERACTIVE 2014:
Comixology’s Submit Self-Publishing Platform Celebrates One-Year Anniversary With Special Offer: 100 Books For 10 Bucks
ComiXology also unveils the data behind Submit’s first year of transforming the comic book industry
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ComiXology SXSW 2014 Submit Bundle
March 8, 2014 - New York, NY, /Austin, TX – Celebrating the one-year anniversary of comiXology Submit at SXSW today, comiXology co-founders David Steinberger (CEO) and John D. Roberts (Director of Submit) announced the availability of the top 100 books from the Submit program for only $10 – a savings of over $300. The announcement was made from the Geek Stage at the SXSW Gaming Expo, where comiXology officially unveiled Submit last year in 2013.
“ComiXology Submit lets readers experience a broad range of content from creators who deserve exposure but may not be able to get the attention of print publishers, and what better way to celebrate our first anniversary than to make the top 100 Submit books available for only 10 bucks?” said John D. Roberts, Director of Submit & Digital Storytelling and comiXology co-founder. “SXSW has long been known as the place to discover new indie music and films, and today fans can now discover indie comics and graphic novels as well.”
ComiXology’s Submit platform has transformed the comics industry by allowing independent creators and cartoonists to upload their comic book and graphic novels for sale at no cost. Once approved, comiXology does the rest, from transforming the work with comiXology’s immersive Guided View™ reading technology to making it available on comiXology’s buy once, read anywhere cloud-based digital comics platform, which includes an top grossing apps on iPad and iPhone, Android, Kindle Fire and Windows 8, and the web at www.comixology.com. “Submitters” and comiXology equally split profits, with submitters maintaining full ownership of their work.
In addition to debuting the promotion on the panel, comiXology revealed some key metrics behind the Submit platform from its first year (March 6, 2013 - March 6, 2014):
  • #3 in overall content released for the past year
  • #6 in all downloads released for the past year
  • #10 in gross revenue among all releases for past year
  • 1007 submission available for sale
  • 47,347 in pages released
  • 26 countries represented
  • 6 out of 7 continents represented; including Africa, Europe, Asia, North America, South America, & Australia except Antarctica.
“It speaks volumes to the hunger readers have for diverse content that – when viewed in aggregate like a single publisher – Submit content ranked #10 in gross revenue among new releases in its first year,” said Chip Mosher, comiXology’s VP of Communications & Marketing who moderated the panel at SXSW. “We look forward to the day we finally get that submission from Antarctica!”
Also during the panel, Steinberger and Roberts were joined by native Texan submitter Fabian Rangel, Jr., creator of Doc Unknown – a new hit comic that debuted this year on Submit – who spoke to the benefits of the Submit platform. Rangel’s appearance follows a tradition of spotlighting Texas-based comic creators that started last year with the appearance on stage of Shannon Wheeler, who created his seminal indie comic hit Too Much Coffee Man in Austin and which was part of Submit’s debut.
"Self-publishing is a constant struggle. But now, thanks to comiXology Submit, that struggle has gotten a lot easier,” said Fabian Rangel, Jr. best known for writing and creating the series Doc Unknown. “Submit is one of the newest and most effective weapons a comic creator can add to their arsenal. People from all over the world are now reading the adventures of Doc Unknown.
ComiXology Submit enables independent comics creators and cartoonists, from promising new talent to established veterans, to reach a global audience of comic book and graphic novel fans for whom comiXology already created the first viable digital marketplace for leading publishers.
Creators and cartoonists interested in submitting works for approval can visit http://submit.comixology.com.
Comic book and graphic novel fans interested in finding works by independent creators and cartoonists now available on comiXology are invited to visit http://www.comixology.com/submit.
About comiXology
ComiXology has revolutionized the comic book and graphic novel industry by delivering a cloud-based digital comics platform that makes discovering, buying, and reading comics more fun than ever before. ComiXology’s Guided View™ reading technology transforms the comic book medium into an immersive and cinematic experience, helping comiXology become one of iTunes top grossing iPad apps in 2011, 2012 and 2013. Offering the broadest library of comic book content from the top 75 publishers, and including independent creators as well, comiXology will not stop until everyone on the face of the planet has become a comic book fan. A privately held company, comiXology is based in New York City, with offices in Los Angeles and Paris. For more information, visit www.comixology.com.

Friday, March 07, 2014

VIZ MEDIA ADDS MORE TITLES TO SHOJO BEAT
FALL 2014 PUBLISHING SCHEDULE WITH NEW MANGA RELEASES

North America’s Leading Shojo Manga Imprint Adds BLACK BIRD COMPLETE BOX SET, Multiple Releases For International Bestseller VAMPIRE KNIGHT And The Premiere Of Time Travel Drama YUKARISM

San Francisco, CA, March 7, 2014 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest publisher, distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, presents magical realms, time travel and gorgeous gothic vampires as it announces the acquisition by its Shojo Beat imprint of new releases for BLACK BIRD, VAMPIRE KNIGHT and a brand new series, YUKARISM, that are scheduled to debut during the Fall of 2014.

Fans can look forward to the time-traveling historical drama of YUKARISM, by esteemed creator Chika Shiomi, and can collect the entirety of the award-winning supernatural adventure BLACK BIRD in a deluxe box set. The final volume of Matsuri Hino’s gothic melodrama, VAMPIRE KNIGHT, will receive a Limited Edition treatment this Fall, and the second half of the series will be collected in a “Night Class” box set. Also of special interest will be VAMPIRE KNIGHT: FLEETING DREAMS, a volume of short stories featuring special illustrations by Matsuri Hino!

YUKARISM and VAMPIRE KNIGHT Volume 19 will debut in print and also digitally on VIZManga.com and the VIZ MANGA App for the Apple iPad®, iPhone® and iPod® touch, Android-powered smart phones. They will also be avaialble on the NOOK, Kindle Fire, and Kobo ereaders, as well as in the iBooks and Google Play Stores.

BLACK BIRD COMPLETE MANGA BOX SET· Rated ‘T+’ For Older Teens ·
MSRP: $149.99 U.S. / $149.99 CAN · Available October 2014 
There is a world of myth and magic that intersects ours, and only a special few can see it. Misao Harada is one such person, and she wants nothing to do with magical realms. She just wants to have a normal high school life and maybe get a boyfriend. But she is the bride of demon prophecy, and her blood grants incredible powers, her flesh immortality. Now the demon realm is fighting over the right to her hand...or her life! Creator Kanoko Sakurakouji won the 54th annual Shogakukan Manga Award for BLACK BIRD. This box set includes volumes 1-18, comprising the entire series, and a mini art book premium.

VAMPIRE KNIGHT LIMITED EDITION VolUME 19 (Series Finale)
· Rated ‘T+’ For Older Teens · MSRP: $15.99 U.S. / $18.99 CAN ·
Available October 2014 
Catch the final volume of VAMPIRE KNIGHT in a special limited edition featuring an alternate cover and mini art book. In the acclaimed series created by Matsuri Hino, 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! The Volume 19 regular edition will also be available to readers.

VAMPIRE KNIGHT: FLEETING DREAMS · MSRP: $14.99 U.S. / $16.99 CAN ·
Available December 2014 
A collection of short stories by Ayuna Fujisaki, based on the VAMPIRE KNIGHT manga series, featuring special illustrations and a full-color fold out by Matsuri Hino! In “Deranged Love,” a dying Rido reflects on his obsessive love for Juri. Kaname wants to reward Yuki for doing well on her studies with tutor Aido in “Gifts for Yuki.” The story of Sara’s first love is revealed in “Hidden Love.” In “Queen of the Abyss,” after Zero parts ways with Yuki and returns to being a vampire hunter, he encounters a vampire named Shien. “The Melancholy of White Lily” features a tale of the bond between Zero and Cross Academy’s wild horse, and finally the students at Cross Academy find a time capsule on campus in “In a Thousand Years.”

VAMPIRE KNIGHT MANGA BOX SET 2 · Rated ‘T+’ For Older Teens · MSRP: $89.99 U.S. / $99.99 CAN · Available November 2014 
The second box set completes the acclaimed series, and includes vols. 11-19 along with a premium mini art book.

YUKARISM · Rated ‘T+’ For Older Teens · MSRP: $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN · Available in Print & Digital December 2014 
Yukari Kobayakawa, an accomplished author at the age of 17, writes with amazingly accurate details about historical Japan. It turns out he has the ability to travel back in time – to his past life as a renowned courtesan in the Edo period! As he goes back and forth between the past and present, he also unravels the karmic relationship he has with his beautiful classmate Mahoro Tachibana… Catch the gorgeously illustrated historical romance from Chika Shiomi, the creator of YURARA and RASETSU (also available from VIZ Media).

“Fall and winter will be the perfect time to cozy up with special releases for acclaimed fan favorites like BLACK BIRD and VAMPIRE KNIGHT as well as the launch of the brand new series, YUKARISM,” says Nancy Thistlethwaite, Editor, Shojo Beat. “Mystical girls, hot vampires and time travelling courtly intrigue await readers. Don’t miss all great titles we have in store throughout the year from North America’s leading shojo manga imprint!”

For more information on other popular shojo manga titles published by VIZ Media, please visit: http://www.viz.com/manga/print/shojo-beat.


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.

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STARZ OFFERS PERSONAL DIGITAL EXPERIENCES WITH PORTRAIT APP AND GENIUS QUIZ FOR STARZ
ORIGINAL SERIES “DA VINCI’S DEMONS”
SECOND SEASON
 
Digital Portrait App and Interactive Quiz Engage Fans on Visual and Intellectual Levels Prior to “Da Vinci’s Demons” Season Two Premiere

Beverly Hills, Calif. – March 7, 2014Starz launched today two digital experiences in anticipation of the upcoming Second Season of “Da Vinci’s Demons” which premieres on STARZ on Saturday, March 22nd at 9pm ET/PT.

YourPortrait (3)“Your Portrait by da Vinci” digital app allows users to have their very own portrait drawn by Leonardo da Vinci himself by simply uploading a photo or connecting to their Facebook account to select an image. Once the photo is uploaded, the da Vinci sketch book will animate through multiple pages of his work and resolve to a clean page where his latest creation will begin. As da Vinci’s talented hand moves, the sketch of the user appears. Once complete, users may post the image to Facebook, share on Twitter or download. This experience, created by Starz in partnership with Arsonal (www.arsonal.com), is compatible for mobile, desktop and tablets and available at Starz.com and “Da Vinci’s Demons” Facebook tab.

The second digital experience, “Dark Side of Genius” interactive quiz, measures users’ intelligence level and their propensity towards a much darker side of madness, placing users on an X/Y grid with some of the greatest minds in history including the great artist and inventor Leonardo da Vinci.
DDS2_DarknessOfGenius_1200x627“We wanted to allow consumers to engage with da Vinci in a way that was relevant today. The portrait allows users to see themselves as Da Vinci himself may have envisioned. The Dark Side of Genius quiz is a fun, personalized way to see where you fit within the realm of geniuses who – much like da Vinci – were also teetering on the edge of madness or even mental illness,” said Erin Dwyer, Executive Director of Digital Marketing for Starz. “We aim to bring people deeper into the world that ‘Da Vinci's Demons’ creates by finding ways to make our show content relevant and personal to consumers.”
How It Works
The user takes a psychological and intelligence assessment inspired by real exams used today.  As they go through the experience they will have access to exclusive videos of “Da Vinci’s Demons” Season Two. The quiz will be a mixture of quick response questions, observations and multiple-choice answers; a combination of psychological and IQ tests.
Superior IntellectOnce users have completed their assessment, they will receive a results summary and see where they fall on an X/Y grid that identifies “Genius” as one axis and “Madness” as the other. There will be four quadrants on the grid. Depending on how the user answers, their position within those quadrants will vary. They will see how they compare to other famous geniuses throughout history and they can share their results.
The Dark Side of Genius is a browser-based experience with dynamic video-based backgrounds. The experience will be available on Starz.com and the Da Vinci’s Demons’ Facebook page. It will be available on mobile, tablet and desktop. 
“Dark Side of Genius” was created by Starz in partnership with And Company. (www.andcompany.com).

About “Da Vinci’s Demons”
Brilliant and passionate, the 25-year- old Leonardo da Vinci is an artist, inventor, swordsman, lover, dreamer and idealist. As a free thinker, with intellect and talents that are almost superhuman, he struggles to live within the confines of his own reality and time.

Starring Tom Riley (“Monroe,” I Want Candy), as the title character, season two of “Da Vinci's Demons,” finds Florence thrown into chaos in the wake of the Pazzi conspiracy.  Lorenzo is gravely ill and Leonardo da Vinci must push the limits of his mind and body to defend the city against the forces of Rome. While the Medicis go to unthinkable lengths to deal with new threats, da Vinci continues on his quest to find the fabled Book of Leaves and uncover the secret history of his mother.  He'll come to realize that he has lethal competition in his quest -- new enemies who may be even worse than the forces of Pope Sixtus.  His search will take him to faraway lands and force him to reevaluate everything he knew about the world and his own history.

In addition to his high profile film credits, Goyer served as script consultant and story developer for “Call of Duty: Black Ops,” and “Black Ops II,” respectively, the most successful video game franchise of all time.

The ten-episode drama is produced by Adjacent Productions, with Jane Tranter, head of Adjacent Productions, serving as Executive Producer. Outside of the United States and English-speaking Canada, “Da Vinci’s Demons” is distributed internationally by BBC Worldwide, in partnership with FOX International Channels (FIC) who broadcasts the series to audiences in 125 countries in Latin America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa following Starz’s exclusive premiere in the U.S.

New episodes of “Da Vinci’s Demons” air on Saturdays at 9PM ET/PT exclusively on STARZ.
VIZ MEDIA BRINGS BACK POPULAR YU-GI-OH!
COLLECTABLE CARD PROMOTION FOR
WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP MEMBERS

The World’s Leading Digital Manga Magazine Offers Limited Time Special For Fans That Renew Or Sign Up For A New Annual Subscription

San Francisco, CA, March 6, 2014 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest publisher, distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, offers something special to YU-GI-OH! fans, manga readers and WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP subscribers. For a very limited time – until March 31st only – WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP brings back its popular 3-Card Annual Membership Promotion.

For the remainder of the month, fans that sign up for a new annual membership to VIZ Media’s popular weekly digital serial anthology or renew their current subscription will receive a special bonus premium in the form of 3 randomly selected YU-GI-OH! collectible trading cards. This is in addition to 4 exclusive YU-GI-OH! collectible trading cards that annual members already receive with each new paid subscription. Visit http://shonenjump.viz.com to renew or sign up for an annual membership today for only $25.99 and can claim 3 additional trading cards by entering the promo code, “YUGIOHPROMO,” in the checkout section. Limit one promo per customer; while supplies last.

Subscribers will each receive 3 bonus previously released YU-GI-OH! trading cards randomly selected from a collection that includes BLAST SPHERE, CYBER ELTANIN, ENDLESS DECAY, JUDGEMENT OF THE PHARAOH, NUMBER 30: ACID GOLEM OF DESTRUCTION, MALEFIC TRUTH DRAGON, MEKLORD EMPEROR GRANEL, RELIEVE MONSTER, and the UNITY card.

“This promotion is a wonderful incentive for fans to dive into WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP and check out all of the great manga series we feature digitally with simultaneous U.S./Japanese release and also get an array of fun collectables and bonus premiums that come with each annual membership,” says Andy Nakatani, Editor-in-Chief, WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP. “Don’t miss this special opportunity to receive 3 additional YU-GI-OH! cards, along with the 4 that already come with every annual membership, that will add power and prestige to a player’s deck!”

WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP is VIZ Media’s renowned weekly digital serial anthology that features the synchronized latest chapters of a variety of popular manga series debuting on the same day as the Japanese Weekly Shonen Jump magazine counterpart. Subscribers can access issues via VIZManga.com, the VIZ Manga App, or with the Apple iPad Newsstand App. Exclusive 1 Year Memberships are available for only $25.99 and include 48 weekly digital issues as well as special premiums including 4 Yu-Gi-Oh! Collectable Trading Cards, rare one-shot manga releases, digital-only promotions, and access to additional subscriber-only content including creator interviews and insightful promo videos.

Current WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP issues feature the latest chapters of many of the world’s most popular series such as ALL YOU NEED IS KILL, BLEACH, NARUTO, NISEKOI, ONE PIECE, TORIKO, SERAPH OF THE END and WORLD TRIGGER. Monthly series such as BLUE EXORCIST and YU-GI-OH! ZEXAL debut on the closest Monday after the Japanese release. Also serialized in the anthology is fan favorite ONE-PUNCH MAN, and the most recent addition to the magazine, STEALTH SYMPHONY. More information on WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP is available at: http://shonenjump.viz.com.

For more information on WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP and exclusive subscriber offers, please visit shonenjump.viz.com.

For more information on VIZ Media manga titles, 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 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 www.VIZ.com.

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Zya Launches #ZyaStar Contest, Inviting Players to Compete for Cash and a Major Label Record Deal
 
New mobile music game gives music lovers a chance to win a Grand Prize of $10,000 cash, a recording contract with Emblem Records and a spot on DigiTour 2015
 
[SXSW] Austin, TX – March 7, 2014 – Zya (zyamusic.com), a groundbreaking mobile game that makes it fun and easy for anyone to create studio-quality music like a pro, today announced a new contest offering players a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to both win a recording contract and go on tour.
 
A first-of-its-kind game-based music competition, the #ZyaStar Contest will select finalists each month beginning in May and running until the end of the year. Contestants will be judged based on the songs they create using Zya’s innovative music platform. All of the finalists will then compete for the chance to win the Grand Prize, which includes $10,000 cash, select tour performances on DigiTour 2015 thedigitour.com, the largest producer of live events targeting the teen audience, and a recording contract with Emblem Records emblem-music.com, the record label behind award-winning artists including Matchbox Twenty, Rob Thomas and Gloriana.
 
“With Zya everybody has the chance to make great songs. We want to find someone that takes the power of Zya and runs with it,” said Matt Serletic, Owner of Emblem Records and CEO and Co-Founder of Music Mastermind, Zya’s creator. “We are launching #ZyaStar to help discover and groom the next breakout music star from the digital world.”
 
“Zya delivers an unparalleled music creation experience and we’re thrilled to have published the game with Music Mastermind and watch its fan base grow,” states Ed Rumley, General Manager, Chillingo. “The ZyaStar contest provides a perfect way for gamers to show off their musical talent with a rare opportunity to win a grand prize that has never been seen before in mobile gaming.”
 
The #ZyaStar Contest is the first-ever global game contest that offers players the opportunity to realize their dreams of music stardom. #ZyaStar finalists will be determined based on a combination of factors, including the originality of songs they share using the #ZyaStar hashtag, the highest level they reach in the game, and the popularity of their songs, as determined by the amount of views on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and other social networks. All #ZyaStar registrants will gain access to exclusive Tips & Tricks to help them on their road to stardom. Each of the finalists will be selected by a panel of judges including Matt Serletic (multi-Grammy-winning producer and songwriter), Dean Serletic (President of Emblem Records), and special celebrity judges revealed throughout the contest term.
 
Register today at ZyaMusic.com to receive more information about the contest, which is free to enter.
 
In addition to a chance at the Grand Prize, select #ZyaStar finalists will win a trip to the Zya studios in Los Angeles to meet with Matt Serletic for one-on-one mentoring sessions.
 
Zya, which is published by leading indie mobile games publisher, Chillingo (a division of Electronic Arts), is free to download in the App Store and works across iOS devices. Zya is the only game where you can mash-up world-famous songs such as “Royals,” “Levels,” and “Blurred Lines.” Players can enhance their vocals with Auto-Tune® and other custom mic effects, magically transform their voice into any instrument, and simply tap to create infectious beats with the hottest drum kits and turntables. With unrivalled graphics and social sharing via YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and more, Zya gives players everything they need to create hit music as they play their way to Fame.
 
The latest Zya update, available now, gives every player the ability to unlock the smash hit “Royals” for free at level four of the game. Download Zya for iOS today at http://bit.ly/OQxcZW.
 
Please consult the #ZyaStar Contest official rules for more details at ZyaMusic.com.
 
Music Mastermind will be exhibiting Zya at the SXSW Gaming Expo March 7-9 on the show floor of the Palmer Events Center. Visit them at island booth stands 459-461, 558-560.
 
About Music Mastermind, Inc.
Music Mastermind creates imaginative technology that gives everyone the ability to experience the joy of making and sharing music. The company’s proprietary, cloud-based platform powers far-ranging entertainment products that help consumers make professional quality music. In Zya, the company’s flagship mobile game, players can make a new song, mash-up world-famous hits or combine elements of both to create great music that is uniquely theirs. Established in 2008 by multi-Grammy Award-winning producer/songwriter and former Chairman/CEO of Virgin Records Matt Serletic and former Managing Director and Global Head of Emerging Markets Corporate Bond Trading at JP Morgan Bo Bazylevsky, Music Mastermind is headquartered in Los Angeles. For more information, visit musicmastermind.com.
 
About Emblem Records, Inc.
Founded by one of the industry's most consistent hitmakers — Grammy Award winner and former Chairman/CEO of Virgin Records America Matt Serletic — Emblem Music Group is a multi-genre new music company that builds authentic, lasting relationships between its artists and global music fans. Emblem is the label home to Grammy Award winner Rob Thomas and Matchbox Twenty, who collectively achieved numerous Diamond and Platinum awards while selling more than 50 million albums.
 
About The DigiTour
DigiTour Media, LLC, bringing social to the stage, was founded in 2010 by music industry vets Meridith Valiando and Chris Rojas. DigiTour along with major brand partners (Intel, Google, Sony, Gibson) has received critical acclaim in the media for leaving an indelible mark on the entertainment industry by helping YouTubers launch solid touring brands that bridge the gap between the web and the mainstream. For more information please visit www.thedigitour.com.
 
About Chillingo
Chillingo, a subsidiary of Electronic Arts, is a leading games publisher on iOS with numerous award-winning hits around the world including Angry Birds, Cut the Rope, Contre Jour, and Anomaly Warzone Earth. The company also publishes games for Android, Windows Phone 8, Steam, and other digital platforms. For more information about the company and its games, please visit www.chillingo.com.

Thursday, March 06, 2014

VIZ MEDIA ACQUIRES TWO NEW STUDIO GHIBLI LIBRARY DELUXE EDITIONS

This Fall, Studio Ghibli Library Imprint Celebrates Hayao Miyazaki And His Work On The Acclaimed PRINCESS MONONOKE

San Francisco, CA, March 6, 2014 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest publisher, distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, rounds out a bevy of recent acquisitions news with the latest announcement of a Studio Ghibli imprint expansion. The critically acclaimed imprint will debut a pair of gorgeously illustrated hardcover books relating to Academy Award-winning director Hayao Miyazaki’s celebrated animated film, Princess Mononoke.

The Studio Ghibli Library imprint is exclusively devoted to the work of iconic Japanese film director Hayao Miyazaki and his famed animation studio. The imprint has collected a substantial catalog of full-color art books, film comics, children’s picture books and other releases celebrating Studio Ghibli films such as Princess Mononoke, Howl’s Moving Castle, Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, NausicaƤ Of The Valley Of The Wind, and Pocco Rosso.

THE ART OF PRINCESS MONONOKE · MSRP: $34.99 U.S. / $39.99 CAN ·
Hardcover Available August 2014
A rerelease of the popular Studio Ghibli art book, featuring an all new translation and presentation. The 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.

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MSRP: $34.99 U.S. / $39.99 CAN · Hardcover Available October 2014
An oversized, lavishly illustrated storybook featuring original watercolor art by legendary filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki, this is the original Princess Mononoke story created by Miyazaki in 1980 while he was first conceptualizing the landmark animated film that would later be released to universal acclaim seventeen years later. As an initial version of the tale, it offers a new and different perspective from the final version presented in the film. After a long, exhausting war, a samurai lost in a forest encounters a giant wildcat – a mononoke. The beast saves his life, but at the price of his daughter's hand in marriage... 

“These beautiful hardcover editions from the Studio Ghibli imprint are guaranteed to delight serious fans and collectors of the work of Hayao Miyazaki,” says Masumi Washington, Senior Editorial Director. “PRINCESS MONONOKE: THE FIRST STORY is an especially noteworthy release as it details the film’s original origin story, interweaved with many of Miyazaki’s own philosophies on the delicate balance that civilization must maintain with nature. Together with the ART OF PRINCESS MONONOKE, these volumes will be a thrilling way to revisit the landmark film and dive into the amazing details and story behind it.”

For more information on Studio Ghibli Library titles, 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 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.

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THE FUSE IGNITES READER ENTHUSIASM 
Issue #1 is slated for a second printing
 
ANTONY JOHNSTON (UMBRAL, Wasteland, Daredevil) partnered with JUSTIN GREENWOOD (Wasteland, Resurrection) for THE FUSE, a new sci-fi crime series with attitude that’s been gaining praise and readers at a lightspeed pace. THE FUSE has burned through the initial overprint stock, and will be going into a second printing immediately! This new ongoing series is murder, mayhem, and mystery—22,000 miles straight up. Don’t miss out on the adventure.
 
Praise for THE FUSE:
"Space cops investigating space murders is the sort of synopsis that gets my attention, and so far Johnston and Greenwood appear to have the world-building skills and noir chops to back it up... If you're a fan of detective stories and sci-fi that's more gritty than glossy, it's worth a look."
—Laura Hudson, WIRED
 
"The Fuse thrusts us immediately into a future that seems grimy rather than shiny, and cold rather than optimistic, and it's an impeccable setting for a neo-noir... A must-read. 5/5"
—Jen Aprahamian, ComicVine
 
"This is ‘lived-in’ science fiction that develops itself slowly, through accumulation rather than explanation... By Issue #5 The Fuse will be what everyone's talking about. Why not get a head start? 4/5"
—Marykate Jasper, Comic Book Resources
 
"Crisp dialogue, fantastic milieu, intriguing mystery, involving and interesting characters... writer Antony Johnston and artist Justin Greenwood deliver it all in this one."
—Marc Mason, The Comics Waiting Room
 
"Detective Noir set in a space station? I'd buy that even if it wasn't by the guy who's quickly becoming one of my favorite writers. Pick of the week."
—Drew Bradley, Multiversity Comics
 
"The Fuse hits fast and hard, with unapologetic wit and a no-nonsense attitude... It’s clear that Johnston is playing his cards close to the chest, leaving many questions unanswered, keeping you hanging on to the final pages begging for more. 4/5"
—Bree Ogden, Bloody Disgusting
 
THE FUSE #1 has completely sold out at the distributor level, but may still be available in comic stores. It is currently available digitally on the Image Comics website (imagecomics.com) and the official Image Comics iOS app, as well as on Comixology on the web (comixology.com), iOS, Android, and Google Play.
 
Image Comics is pleased to announce that THE FUSE #1 will be going back to print to meet customer demand. The second printing of THE FUSE #1 (Diamond Code JAN148309) will release on 4/2. 
 
THE FUSE #2 will hit shelves on 3/19 and can be ordered with Diamond Code JAN140590. Keep an eye out for the special THE FUSE #2 variant by Riley Rossmo, which is available on the same day and can be ordered with Diamond Code JAN148144.
 
THE FUSE #1
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.
ALEX + ADA IS HARDWIRED FOR SUCCESS
Issues 2, 3, and 4 all slated for a second printing
 
Jonathan Luna’s (GIRLS, THE SWORD, ULTRA) and Sarah Vaughn’s (Sparkshooter) ALEX + ADA is going back to press for issues #2, #3, and #4. For those just discovering ALEX + ADA, it is easy to jump in from the beginning of the series, as the second printing of issue #1 is still in stock and available to order. Fans of the movie Her will be immediately drawn to this haunting and visceral science fiction story that explores what makes us human—and worthy of love.
 
The last thing in the world Alex wanted was an X5, the latest in realistic androids. But when Ada is dropped into his life, his feelings begin to change.
 
Praise for ALEX + ADA:
“Luna and Vaughn have taken what could have been a derivative story about androids and the humans who love them and turned it into a promising debut.”
—Melissa Grey, IGN
 
“The cliffhanger in Alex + Ada is excellent, and I'm hard pressed to imagine a reader that wouldn't be intrigued enough to come back for issue two to see exactly where Luna and Vaughn plan to take this story. On the whole Alex + Ada #1 is simply an excellent start to an exciting new book.”
—Kelly Thompson, Comic Book Resources
 
“A great comic should be the marriage of writing and art in service of the story, and Alex + Ada is a book that is burrowing its way into our hearts thanks to two creators working in lockstep. Try this book out for size. You might just find your new favorite book.”
—David Harper, Multiversity Comics
 
“Vaughn and Luna make this far more than it seems and you can see the inner struggle Alex is going through with life and the fact that he now has a lifelike female android, without that message being pounded over your head. This is definitely an intriguing story that we'll be keeping our eye on.”
—Tony Guerrero, ComicVine
 
ALEX + ADA #2, #3, and #4 have completely sold out at the distributor level, but may still be available in comic stores. They are currently available digitally on the Image Comics website (imagecomics.com) and the official Image Comics iOS app, as well as on Comixology on the web (comixology.com), iOS, Android, and Google Play.
 
Image Comics is pleased to announce that all three issues will be going back to print to meet customer demand. The second printings of ALEX + ADA #2 (Diamond Code JAN140571), ALEX + ADA #3 (Diamond Code JAN148303 ), and ALEX + ADA #4 (Diamond Code JAN148304) will all release on 4/2. 
 
ALEX + ADA #5 will release on 3/26 and can be pre-ordered with Diamond Code JAN140571.
 
ALEX + ADA
 
ALEX + ADA
 
ALEX + ADA
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.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THE AMAZING COMIC CON, COSPLAY, GAMING & ALL THINGS GEEK EXPERIENCE COMING TO ATLANTIC CITY IN 2015!
MARCH 6, 2014, RED BANK, NJ - If you're a fan of comics, cosplaying, games, and all things Geek, then get ready for an awesome celebration - AC Boardwalk Con 2015! 

AC Boardwalk Con (ACBC) will take place over the weekend of May 14-17, 2015, in Atlantic City, NJ.  This late Spring/Early Summer time frame delivers a full-fledged con experience to the East Coast at the beginning of the con season.

ACBC is brought to life by the creative team behind award-winning booth designs and event marketing campaigns for clients including Marvel and 2K Games.   "I came up with AC Boardwalk Con because my team and I have had extensive experience with exhibitors and fans through our sister company, Promoguys Marketing Group," says Michael D'Alessio, founder of AC Boardwalk Con and President of Promoguys Marketing Group.  "I developed a show that is fan-centric, but also definitively delivers the marketing opportunities, interactivity, and visibility that exhibitors and vendors want from a convention."

Offering quite a few unique add-ons that fans are sure to enjoy, as well as creating new opportunities for exhibitors to interact with the attendees and press, ACBC is adding levels to the con experience.  The show is designed to offer exhibitors further reach beyond their cement floor space, while creating a more interactive experience for the fans. 

ACBC is already in negotiations with some of the comic and gaming industries' major publishers, as well as with top-tier creators and celebrity guests.

Some ACBC show attributes include:

  • The 30,000 square foot ACBC Cosplay Ballroom Party is the ultimate Cosplayers' Party.  Realistic, panoramic backdrops for walk-up photos, celebrity Cosplayer Hosts, pop-up performances and more are just some of the happenings at the ACBC Cosplay Ballroom Party. 
  • The ACBC UnMasked Experience is a first-come/first-served experience where celebrity guests kick back and enjoy a more intimate experience with the fans. 
  • The ACBC High Rollers Lounge is one of the more exclusive experiences at the con.  Membership includes cocktails with celebrities in a laid back and interactive environment.  Membership is extended to only 200 attendees. 
  • Keep an eye on the ACBC Spotlight Stages where pop-up experiences from Exhibitors, Vendors, Celebrities, and Industry Professionals take place when you least expect it.
  • Enroll in classes taught by industry leaders in the ACBC School for Fans. The more classes you attend, the more Con-Creds you earn.  The more Con-Creds you earn, the better your ACBC Graduation Gift will be! 
  • The ACBC Emerging-Creator Program allows up-and-coming creators (writers, artists, developers and programmers) to have a chance of one-on-one meetings with comics and video gaming publishers and industry leaders in 15-minute segments.   This unique opportunity allows the participant to have their work reviewed in front of them, while getting direct feedback on their work. 
  • Meet your favorite Artists in the ACBC ArtPod Experience! ArtPods position artists and their work in a gallery setting right in the midst of the Show Floor.
  • Cosplayers rejoice!  Private changing rooms offer more space than a phone booth and a secret lair to kick your boots off.  Emergency Repair Stations, equipped with the essentials a Cosplayer could need: sewing machines, materials, painting areas, etc. are available right in the convention center.  Become a member of the ACBC Secret Identity League and get full access during show hours.  

ACBC is keeping a few cards close to their vest, especially when it comes to the hotly anticipated Grand Marshals of the ACBC Midnight Masquerade Parade down the famous AC Boardwalk!

About AC Boardwalk Con
About ACBC:  AC Boardwalk Con is the amazing comic, cosplay, gaming and all things geek convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey on May 14 - 17, 2015.   Strategically positioned on the Con Calendar to be the premiere convention on the East Coast in the first half of the year, ACBC has a unique footing that truly makes it a stand-out show for exhibitors and attendees.  www.ACBoardwalkCon.com  info@ACBoardwalkcon.com 

About Promoguys Marketing Group:  Promoguys is a full service promotional marketing agency that excels in trade show design and operation, event planning, digital marketing and launch parties.  At Promoguys, we design, build and host trade show booths and events for which we've won numerous awards, at comic and gaming shows both domestically and abroad.   www.promoguys.com  info@promoguys.com