Friday, November 21, 2014

A Black Friday Sale for the Collector
Entertainment Earth's Black Friday Sale Makes Collecting Easy
LOS ANGELES, CA: November 21, 2014

Attention, collectors! Get the best deals on the most sought-after collectibles of the holiday season... from a single source. Entertainment Earth caters to the collector, and nowhere is that more evident than in the company's Pre-Black Friday Sale starting November 23, Black Friday Sale beginning on Thanksgiving Day and running through the Black Friday weekend, and Cyber Monday Week Sale starting December 1.

Why shop all over town when you'll find the most exciting collectibles from the most popular licenses on the planet at one place - Entertainment Earth? Choose from Star Wars, Star Trek, Doctor Who, Transformers, Sons of Anarchy, Magic: The Gathering, and many more as you take advantage of unbeatable sale prices on fantastic items like the Star Wars Wampa Plush Throw Rug, Marvel Classic Statues, Sons of Anarchy Bobble Heads, Doctor Who Titans11th Doctor, Magic: The Gathering Action Figures, and so much more! Get free shipping on all in-stock orders and select pre-order items over $79.

"Entertainment Earth wants to make collecting easy for you and the people you love. We pride ourselves on having something for every collector so you can do all your holiday shopping with us," said company president Jason Labowitz.

Entertainment Earth - the pioneering worldwide multichannel internet and catalog retailer of action figures, toys, bobble heads, and collectibles since 1996 - presents over 10,000 products in stock and available this holiday season, plus the experienced professionals to assist in choosing the right gift for every person.


About Entertainment Earth®, Inc.
Entertainment Earth® - - is the preeminent pioneer and innovator in the worldwide online retail and wholesale toy, gift, and collectibles industry, offering unparalleled expertise and an ever-expanding selection of over 22,000 licensed products.  Founded in 1996 and based in Simi Valley, California, Entertainment Earth is renowned for its popular website and print catalog, and its groundbreaking best practices that include a Mint Condition Guarantee™, Risk Free Shopping, and Hassle Free 90-Day Returns.
The Infinite Loop Gets Its
First English Printing At IDW
The French Crowd-Funded Success Comes To U.S. Audiences April 2015

San Diego, CA (November 21, 2014) – In anticipation of Paris Comics Expo this weekend, IDW Publishing is pleased to announce they will be bringing to print The Infinite Loop, the wildly successful Kickstarter-run project, as a 6-issue miniseries starting in April 2015.

The Infinite Loop is a science-fiction series that asks the age-old question, “What would you risk for a chance at true love?” Meet Teddy, a young woman who lives in a faraway future where time traveling is a common practice and her job is to maintain the status quo by correcting time paradoxes. But when she meets Ano, “a time paradox” and the girl of her dreams, Teddy must decide between fixing the time stream or the love of her life, both of which have unique consequences.

The Infinite Loop began earlier this year as a wildly successful crowdfunded project created by the team of writer Pierrick Colinet and artist Elsa Charretier and described by Comic Book Resources’ Robot 6 as “channeling early-period Steve Rude with the page composition of George Pérez…” For the comic-book series, Elsa will be providing all-new covers. Issue 1 also features a variant cover by Stéphanie Hans.

“When Elsa showed off a sample copy of issue 1 at this October’s NYCC, everyone at IDW who saw it was desperate to bring it here. The talent and creativity abound on every page. This book is a very welcome title to our roster,” said Chris Ryall, IDW’s Chief Creative Officer/Editor-in-Chief.

"I've always loved American comic books, and I've always written that way, so having one of my book published monthly is really meaningful to me," said co-creator and series writer, Colinet. “Especially for this story, which is so personal and important to us. And I'm glad we got to join the fantastic IDW team, who showed a true excitement towards The Infinite Loop from the beginning."

“Having The Infinite Loop released in the US is so incredible for us,” said co-creator and series artist, Charretier. “When we started working on this story, we were on our own, just the two of us, trying to make this book happen. Crowdfunding and the huge support we received gave us the opportunity to complete it, and now IDW is allowing us to present it to a whole new audience!”

Adventure, Science-Fiction, Love, and Time Travel. What else could you would want? Don't miss this soon-to-be international hit! For more information on this title and more follow IDW Publishing on Facebook and Twitter @IDWPublishing.
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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; Wizards of the Coast’s Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons; 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. 


Latest Collection Of Action Packed HD Episodes Of The Legendary Martial Arts Comedy Arrive In Time For The Holidays In A New
3-Disc Blu-Ray Set; Standard Edition DVD Set Also Available

San Francisco, CA, November 20, 2014 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in North America, delivers a fresh installment of action-packed RANMA ½ anime episodes as it announces the home media release on December 9th of Set 4 in the continuing series of High Definition Limited Edition Blu-ray and HD Standard Edition DVD Box Sets.  

VIZ Media is releasing the revered gender-bending martial arts action comedy, based on the popular manga series created by Rumiko Takahashi, in the original Japanese series order across seven Limited Edition Blu-ray and DVD Box Sets. RANMA ½ is rated TV-14.

Arriving in time for the holidays, the RANMA ½ Limited Edition Blu-ray Box Set Set 4 carries an MSRP of $54.97 U.S. / $63.99 CAN. The set contains Episodes 70-92 on 3 discs, presented in full 1080p High Definition resolution with the series’ original, un-cropped 4:3 aspect ratio. Bonus features include clean openings and endings as well as series trailers. The set comes in a gorgeously illustrated chipboard box with embossed foil stamping.

The RANMA ½ Standard Edition DVD Set Set 4 also features 23 episodes presented in crisp HD with the original, un-cropped 4:3 aspect ratio, and bonus features that include clean openings and endings and trailers. The Standard Edition DVD set is available with an MSRP of $44.82 U.S. / $51.99 CAN.

The mayhem continues in the latest RANMA ½ home media release!! Shampoo visits Ranma, bringing a souvenir bell from China along with a Phantom Cat, who’s in search of a bride! Ranma will have to endure his fear of felines in order to defeat the Phantom Cat. Then, after a series of certain events, Ryoga becomes the strongest martial artist in the world. After that, Kuno gets his hands on a secret sword call the “Mangamaru,” which grants the user here wishes, and one of them is to have a date with the Pigtailed Girl! Finally, a mysterious foursome has come from China in search of the legendary Dragon’s Whisker and will stop at nothing to get it. But what is the Dragon’s Whisker and what does it have to do with Ranma?

RANMA ½ manga creator Rumiko Takahashi is one of Japan’s most prolific and respected manga artists and is the creator of several long running series including MAISON IKKOKU, RANMA ½, and INUYASHA – all published in North America by VIZ Media. The spotlight on her prolific career began in 1978 when she won an honorable mention in Shogakukan's annual New Comic Artist Contest for Those Selfish Aliens. Later that same year, her boy-meets-alien comedy series, Urusei Yatsura, was serialized in Weekly Shonen Sunday. This phenomenally successful manga series was adapted into anime format and also spawned a TV series and half a dozen theatrical-release movies, all incredibly popular. Takahashi followed up the success of her debut series with one blockbuster hit after another— MAISON IKKOKU ran from 1980 to 1987, RANMA ½ from 1987 to 1996, and INUYASHA from 1996 to 2008. Other notable works include MERMAID SAGARUMIC THEATERONE-POUND GOSPEL, and RIN-NE (all also published in North America by VIZ Media).

For more information on RANMA ½ or other award-winning anime 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 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


RANMA ½ © Rumiko Takahashi / Shogakukan

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Hop Into the Driver's Seat with Archaia's New Original Series 'Rocket Salvage'

Rocket Salvage #1 Cover A
Rocket Salvage #1 Main Cover by Bachan

Rocket Salvage #1 Cover B
Rocket Salvage #1 Retailer Incentive Cover (1:10) by Yehudi Mercado
November 19th, 2014 (Los Angeles, Calif.) - Archaia, an award-winning imprint of publisher BOOM! Studios, invites you to pull on your racing gear and rev up your engines this December for the new sci-fi adventure series Rocket Salvage. Creator/writer Yehudi Mercado (Guardians of the Galaxy: Universal Weapon; Pantalones, TX) and artist Bachan (Imagine Agents) give new meaning to the term “space race” with this six-issue limited series about a disgraced former rocket racer named Primo Rocket and his clone kids as they take off across the galaxy to escape the alien gangsters targeting them.
“Yehudi and Bachan are exactly who you want to take you on a crazy racing adventure through space,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “They’re two high-energy storytellers who are great at building new worlds. And Rocket Salvage just happens to be filled with racing-obsessed aliens and rocket ships! But the heart of this story is about a family sticking together against all odds, and that’s what makes it a special project.”
Primo Rocket was the fastest racer in the galaxy until a crash changed his fate and that of his space-station-city home, Rio Rojo. Now, Primo is the owner of a spaceship salvage yard with his two “kids,” clones Beta and Zeta. But everything changes after they become the target of a manhunt leading them on a string of intergalactic adventures. It’s up to this dysfunctional family to stay together and, ultimately, save their home.

Rocket Salvage #1 arrives in comic shops from Archaia on December 17th with a cover price of $3.99 under Diamond order code OCT141161. The main cover is illustrated by series artist Bachan, with an incentive cover by Yehudi Mercado. The Final Order Cutoff deadline for retailers is November 24th. Not sure where to find your nearest comic retailer? Use or to find one! It’s also available for order directly from
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 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 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.
The second and fifth issues of Skybound’s bestselling series
go straight to subsequent printings

The second issue and fifth issue of Robert Kirkman and Paul Azaceta’s bestselling horror series, OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA, are being rushed to a third and second printing respectively in order to meet escalating customer demand. Due to the huge success in sales, the series is poised to follow THE WALKING DEAD in becoming another entertainment phenomenon with the forthcoming TV series pilot already in development. OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA is sending readers into comics stores everywhere in droves.

The chilling series follows a tormented Kyle Barnes—a man with a burdensome gift—and the regularly occurring demonic possessions he encounters.

In issue #2, Kyle Barnes is still reeling from the revelations about demonic possession last issue and what they may mean about the time his mother was possessed.

In issue #5, Kyle and Reverend Anderson travel further into this world and the true nature of things starts to reveal itself. The truth is more terrifying than they could have imagined.

OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA #2 and #5 are also available for purchase across all digital platforms, including the Image Comics website (, the official Image Comics iOS app, Comixology’s website (, iOS, Android, and Google Play.

OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA #1, 5th printing is available still with Diamond Code AUG148326.

OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA #2, 3rd printing (Diamond Code OCT148181) will be available on 12/17.

OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA #3, 2nd printing is available with Diamond Code JUL148428.

OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA #4, 2nd printing is available with Diamond Code AUG148350.

OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA #5, 2nd printing (Diamond Code OCT148182) will be available on 12/17.

OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA #6 is available for pre-order with Diamond Code SEP140739. The final order cutoff deadline for retailers is 12/17.
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
Skybound is the home of Robert Kirkman's creator-owned work including his Eisner Award-winning comic book series, The Walking Dead, long-running Invincible, all-ages Super Dinosaur, Thief of Thieves, and Clone as well as Ghosted, Witch Doctor and Invincible Universe. Since its inception, Skybound has created television shows, merchandise and a wide spectrum of platforms, games (The Walking Dead: Assault iOS app), and entertainment events (The Walking Dead Escape). Skybound's successes include the comic behind the hit Emmy®-winning television show, AMC's The Walking Dead, the highest-rated basic cable drama of all time in the U.S, also an international success in 122 countries and 37 languages. Skybound/Kirkman frequently top the hardcover and paperback bestseller lists. Your destinations for all news and merchandise from Robert Kirkman, The Walking Dead and all Skybound titles are and



Join El Rey Network for a “Kaiju Christmas” marathon that brings you over 48 hours of giant monster mania featuring the original King of the Monsters, Godzilla.  El Rey Network is celebrating the iconic fire-breather with a mega marathon that befits this behemoth’s pop culture impact.  The Godzilla marathon stomps into homes with the original film that started it all,  “Gojira” on Wednesday, December 24 at 6 PM ETand culminates with “Godzilla VS. Biollante” on Saturday, December 27 at 3:45 AM ET.  

The “Kaiju Christmas” Godzilla films will air in the following order:


“Gojira” at 6 PM ET
In the very first Godzilla film a 400-foot-tall mutant dinosaur called Gojira, awakened from the depths of the sea, becomes a rampaging nuclear nightmare, complete with glowing dorsal fins and fiery, radioactive breath. Crushing ships, villages, and buildings in his wake, Gojira marches toward Tokyo.

“Godzilla: King of the Monsters” at 8:15PM ET
American reporter Steve Martin witnesses a 400-foot amphibious monster, brought back to life by underwater nuclear testing, go on a rampage through Tokyo.

“Rodan” at 10:30 PM ET
A giant pterodactyl whose wings create massive, destructive winds as it flies by makes its way to Japan.


“Ghidorrah: The Three Headed Monster” at 12:15 AM ET
The citizens of Tokyo are subjected to an ill-tempered atomic mutant: the triple-headed Ghidrah, who breathes electric volts in all directions.

“Godzilla Raids Again” at 2:15 AM ET
Tsukioka and Kobayashi fly scout planes for a small fishing fleet, based in Osaka. A mechanical problem forces Kobayashi to set his plane down on remote Iwato island, and as he and Tsukioka are trying to make repairs, they are drawn to the sound of a horrendous conflagration and discover two enormous dinosaurs battling each other amid the snowy wastes of the island. 

“Godzilla vs. Monster Zero” at 4:00 AM ET
Following discovery of the mysterious Planet X in our solar system, a joint U.S./Japanese space exploratory mission is organized. The explorers discover aliens who claim their planet has been under constant attack from the powerful Monster Zero. 

“Godzilla vs. Mothra” at 6:00 AM ET
A battle royale between two of Japan's most dangerous threats.

“Godzilla’s Revenge” at 8:00 AM ET
A precocious little boy has real-life traumas including harassment by bullies and kidnapping by a gang of bank robbers. He escapes these dilemmas mainly by taking frequent naps, during which he dreams of journeys to Monster Island to partake in Godzilla's exploits.

“Terror of Mechagodzilla” at 9:45 AM ET
A race of malevolent aliens bent on world domination unleash the ultimate weapon of destruction on mankind, leaving them with no hope for survival but the power of the mighty Godzilla. 

“Godzilla vs. Biollante” at 11:30 AM ET
After rising from his volcanic grave, Godzilla is threatened by a mutated rosebush.

“Gojira” at 1:45 AM ET
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“Godzilla: King of the Monsters” at 4:00 PM ET
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“Rodan” at 6:30 PM ET
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“Ghidorrah: The Three Headed Monster” at 8:15 PM ET
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“Godzilla Raids Again” at 10:15 PM ET
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“Godzilla vs. Monster Zero” at 12:00 AM ET
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“Godzilla vs. Mothra” at 2:15 AM ET
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“Godzilla’s Revenge” at 4:15 AM ET
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“Terror of Mechagodzilla” at 6:00 AM ET
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“Godzilla vs. Biollante” at 7:45 AM ET
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“Gojira” at 10:00 AM ET
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“Godzilla: King of the Monsters” at 12:15 PM ET
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“Rodan” at 2:30 PM ET
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“Ghidorrah: The Three Headed Monster” at 4:15 PM ET
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“Godzilla Raids Again” at 6:15 PM ET
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“Godzilla vs. Monster Zero” at 8:00 PM ET
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“Godzilla vs. Mothra” at 10:15 PM ET
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“Godzillas Revenge” at 12:15 AM ET
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“Terror of Mechagodzilla” at 2:00 AM ET
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“Godzilla vs. Biollante” at 3:45 AM ET
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To find El Rey Network in your area please check out the channel finder at

About El Rey Network
El Rey Network is a new 24-hour English language network founded by maverick filmmaker Robert Rodriguez. Curated by Rodriguez and his artistic collective, the network unites the most culturally diverse generation in history through fearless, badass and original content that awakens the renegade in everyone. The network's action-packed content is anchored by original signature dramas, feature films, grindhouse genre, cult classic action, and horror/sci-fi. El Rey Network LLC ( is jointly owned by Robert Rodriguez and FactoryMade Ventures with a minority stake held by Univision Networks & Studios, Inc.

Chuck Whelon, the creator of Pewfell has just launched a Kickstarter for "Drain of Chaos", the latest graphic novel in his long-running independent comic book series.

Chuck describes Pewfell as a semi-autobiographical, epic fantasy sit-com. It’s a domestic comedy about an incompetent wizard named Pewfell, his wife Tina the warrior princess, and Gnoma, the small blue gnome who squats in their basement and makes Pewfell’s life miserable. 

As "Drain of Chaos" opens, we find that Tina the warrior princess is pregnant, and the irresponsible Pewfell is going to have to get up off the couch and find a way to pay the bills. He takes a job with the city sewer patrol, but soon ends up as chief henchman to the town's new zombie-mad dictator. Then, as his wife starts to go into labor, the city is attacked by a vast army of darkness, led by two very dapper (but demented) Lords of Chaos. Meanwhile, Pewfell's lodger, Gnoma, is mounting the greatest musical extravaganza the city of Spirekassle has ever seen. And that's just the beginning. It's a truly epic tale, in which the irresponsible Pewfell faces his greatest challenge yet:--- fatherhood!!

Pewfell began as a webcomic serial back in the early 2000’s, and was picked up as one of the charter strips on the late Joey Manley’s, the first professional webcomics portal. Since then it has appeared on Drunk Duck and ComicFury and has been complied into a series of comic books that are currently being released on

"Drain of Chaos" is the culmination of Chuck's many years work on the strip. It's the best written, best drawn and funniest of all the work he's done on the strip to date. It’s a complete, and self-contained tale, in full color, clocking-in at 162 pages. And it hasn't been put out in an affordable, widely-distributed print edition until now!

When it originally appeared, "Drain of Chaos" was a black and white, newspaper-style, daily web strip. this new print edition is fully colored, and has been extensively enhanced and re-formatted, with many panels being re-drawn at a larger scale to fit with the comic book format and to better depict the setting and epic battle scenes.

There are, of course, several Kickstarter pledge levels to choose from, including eBook, trade paperback and hardcover versions of the book itself. There’s also original art, copies of Chuck’s previous Pewfell Books, and some of the many Boardgames Chuck has illustrated for Minion Games (including “Those Pesky Humans”, “Legitimacy”, “Grave Business”, and "Battle Merchants”. Plus there is a funny video of Chuck making an ass of himself.

The project has already been highlighted as a ‘Staff Pick’ and ‘New & Notable’ on Kickstarter.

Check it out here:


Dreamy Historical Romance Depicts A Teenage Writer’s Extraordinary Past Life As A Courtesan In Edo-era Japan; New Series From The Creator Of YURARA And RASETSU Debuts
In Print And Digitally!!

San Francisco, CA, November 19, 2014 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, entices shojo manga (graphic novel) readers with the print and digital launch of the new series – YUKARISM – on December 2nd.

The nostalgia-tinted historical romance comes from creator Chika Shiomi, who is widely known among manga fans for her series YURARA and RASETSU (both available from VIZ Media). YUKARISM will be published under the Shojo Beat imprint and is rated ‘T’ for Teens. Print MSRP will be $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN.

A digital version of YUKARISM, Vol. 1 also debuts on December 2nd for $6.99 (USD/CAN) from and through the VIZ MANGA App for the Apple iPad®, iPhone® and iPod® touch, Android-powered smart phones. Digital volumes of YUKARISM can also be purchased through the Nook, Kobo, Kindle, iBooks and GooglePlay stores. Future editions of this 4-volume manga series will be released in-print and digitally on a quarterly basis.

YUKARISM introduces readers to Yukari Kobayakawa, an accomplished author at the age of 17 who writes with amazing accuracy 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!

“YUKARISM is a sexy romance about past lives and gender-bending reincarnation that will captivate readers with its exquisite artwork, cute male characters and suspenseful plot,” says Amy Yu, Editor. “Creator Chika Shiomi weaves an enticing story that links each of the main characters’ past and present lives and generates some potent sexual tension as readers learn more about Yukari’s past. The gender-bending aspects also offer plenty of hilarious moments!”

Creator Chika Shiomi debuted with the manga, Todokeru Toki o Sugitemo (Even if the Time for Deliverance Passes), and her other notable works include the supernatural series YURARA and RASETSU. Her hobbies include reading manga, traveling and listening to music; favorite artists include Michelangelo, Hokusai, Bernini and Gustav Klimt.

For more information on YUKARISM, or other Shojo Beat manga titles published by 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 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


Yukarism © Chika Shiomi 2011/HAKUSENSHA, Inc