Friday, September 09, 2016


Coinciding With The Film’s 30th Anniversary, New Hardcover Release Joins The Studio Ghibli Art Book Collection And Features A Stunning Array Of Illustrations, Character Artwork And Insights From The Pioneering Creator

San Francisco, CA, September 8, 2016 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), a premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing, presents a special new offering to fans of the work of famed anime visionary Hayao Miyazaki with the release of THE ART OF CASTLE IN THE SKY on October 18th.

This beautiful hardcover edition joins VIZ Media’s highly commended series of art books showcasing Studio Ghibli films. THE ART OF CASTLE IN THE SKY’s debut also coincides with the 30th Anniversary of the original release of the film. THE ART OF CASTLE IN THE SKY will carry an MSRP of $34.99 U.S. / $39.99 CAN.

Hayao Miyazaki’s Castle in the Sky was the first feature film produced by the legendary Studio Ghibli. Sheeta, a girl who has the power to defy gravity, is on the run from pirates when she meets the young inventor Pazu. Together they explore the secrets of Laputa, a flying city constructed by a long-lost race of people. All of Miyazaki’s major themes – the power of flight, the bravery of young women, and a world wrecked by change – are captured with beautiful animation and joyous storytelling.

“We are proud to release this gorgeously illustrated book that celebrates the extraordinary artwork of Hayao Miyazaki’s groundbreaking film,” says Masumi Washington, Senior Editorial Director. “This comprehensive edition is packed with the film’s art, from conception to final release, as well as commentary and insights from Miyazaki himself. It makes a fitting addition to our extensive Studio Ghibli library.”

Hayao Miyazaki is one of Japan's most beloved animation directors. His first feature, The Castle of Cagliostro, was released in 1979 and his critically acclaimed film, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, which was based on his own manga, was released in 1984. In 1985, Miyazaki cofounded Studio Ghibli, through which he directed the box office smashes Princess Mononoke (1997) and Spirited Away (2001), which won the Golden Bear at the 2002 Berlin International Film Festival and the Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature Film in 2003. Howl's Moving Castle (2004) received the Osella Award for technical achievement at the 2004 Venice International Film Festival. In 2005, VIFF awarded Miyazaki the Golden Lion Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Miyazaki’s other acclaimed films include My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki's Delivery Service and Ponyo. Miyazaki's essays, interviews and memoirs have been collected in STARTING POINT: 1979–1996 and TURNING POINT: 1997–2008. His final film, The Wind Rises, was nominated for both a Golden Globe and an Academy Award®. In November 2014, Miyazaki received an honorary Academy Award® at the academy's sixth annual Governor's Awards.

For information on other award-winning anime and manga titles from VIZ Media, please visit

About VIZ Media, LLC
Established in 1986, VIZ Media is the premier company in the field of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing. Along with its popular digital magazine WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP and blockbuster properties like NARUTO, DRAGON BALL, SAILOR MOON, and POKÉMON, VIZ Media offers an extensive library of titles and original content in a wide variety of book and video formats, as well as through official licensed merchandise. Owned by three of Japan's largest publishing and entertainment companies, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media is dedicated to bringing the best titles for English-speaking audiences worldwide.

Learn more about VIZ Media and its properties at
First Look!
Caliber’s new Lovecraft and Sherlock Holmes graphic novels!
Coming in November, Caliber Comics will be releasing two graphic novels tapping into two of literature’s most esteemed subjects, H.P. Lovecraft and Sherlock Holmes.  The books are currently in Diamond Previews (September) for ordering and are expected to be released at the beginning of November.
In Mythos: Lovecraft's Worlds, writer Brandon Barrows and artist Hugo Petrus (Wolverine, Marvel Illustrated, Grayson) adapt eight of Lovecraft's stories to the comic format, many of them lesser-known and some never before adapted to comics, such as The Curse of Yig and Ibid, a rare humor story!
Though Lovecraft is known as the father of modern horror for his tales of terror, cosmic abominations and of course, his dreaded Cthulhu, he also penned stories of fantasy, science fiction and even humor. 
Mythos writer, Brandon Barrows said "Lovecraft has been an important influence on my horror and fantasy writing, but 'Cthulhu' is all most people seem to know about him. With Mythos, I want to shine a light on some of the more obscure pieces of his work and hopefully show folks that it's worth exploring beyond the evil gods and tentacles.”
With the eight stories in this volume, Barrows and Petrus go beyond tentacles and evil gods to explore the corners the mythos and the myriad worlds of Lovecraft!  Mythos is a 100 page black and white graphic novel retailing for $12.99.  Diamond Item Code SEP161503
In Sherlock Holmes: The Dark Detective, writer Christopher Sequeira (X-Men, Iron Man) is joined by artists Philip Cornell and J. Scherpenhuizen to present all new tales of the great detective.  The brilliant Holmes is plunged into a case of Gothic terror as he investigates horrific deaths that suggest an improbable monster.  Only Holmes can stop the shadows from swallowing London and only his single remaining friend can stop the shadows from swallowing him.
Leslie S. Klinger, editor of The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes and  The Annotated Sandman says about the graphic novel, “Sherlock Holmes has long been featured in comic books, but few have the wit, literary style, and attention to detail found on every page of the Dark Detective! Every fan of Sherlock Holmes—whether a comic-book reader or not—will be enthralled by this brilliant series!”
Sequeira stated that in writing the story, that he wanted to stay immersed in the world of Sherlock Holmes although other aspects of Victorian horror are pulled in.  The Holmes fan site, Doyleockains, testifies of Sequeira’s writing success in their review, “…heartily recommend this series that can be described as Holmes meets Hammer Horror.”
The full color graphic novel of 120 pages retails for $19.99 and is available to order via Diamond Previews (September for November release), item # SEP161506.
About Caliber Comics:
During the 1990’s, Caliber Comics was one of the leading independent comic companies that helped to launch the careers of dozens of today’s top comic creators. Putting into print over 1,300 comics and books in the marketplace. Today, Caliber offers its vast library of comics and graphic novels in both print and digital formats, with new book releases rolling out that feature a wide diverse line of subject genre with the emphasis on creator owned titles. For more information visit

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Dark Horse Announces Rose City Comic-Con 2016 Programming Schedule

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MILWAUKIE, Ore.,— It's here! Visit Dark Horse Comics in Portland, Oregon for RCCC and get free swag, including comics, buttons and posters, plus meet our talented creators and more! Check out our signings and panels too! 
All creators signing in our booth offer their autographs for FREE. FREE prints, comics, or posters are provided for signings (while supplies last). You may purchase or bring items to be signed. Please note that some of the titles listed below have not been released for sale yet—in those cases, special prints will be available.
Lines may also be closed for some signings due to crowding or time restrictions.
All events are subject to change. Some restrictions apply. Please ask the Dark Horse Comics staff if you have questions.
11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m.  USAGI YOJIMBO: Stan Sakai
                                     JOE GOLEM, ALIENS: FIRE AND STONE: Patric Reynolds

12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m.  COLDER, THE WITCHER, MYSTERY GIRL, PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES: Paul Tobin
                                      BANDETTE: Paul Tobin, Colleen Coover
1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m.  ETHER, MIND MGMT, PAST AWAYS: Matt Kindt
                                  DEPT. H: Matt Kindt, Sharlene Kindt
                                  WONDERFALL, LEAVING MEGALOPOLIS, TOMB RAIDER: Gail Simone
2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m.  HELLBOY, B.P.R.D., BALTIMORE, LOBSTER JOHNSON: Mike Mignola
                                  SERENITY, HELLBOY AND THE B.P.R.D.: Chris Roberson
3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m.  HOW TO TALK TO GIRLS AT PARTIES, TWO BROTHERS: Gabriel Bá, Fábio Moon
                                  THE FIFTH BEATLE: Vivek Tiwary

4:00 p.m.–4:50 p.m.  HARROW COUNTY, CONAN THE SLAYER: Cullen Bunn
                                  HARROW COUNTY, B.P.R.D. HELL ON EARTH, WITCHFINDER: Tyler Crook
                                  THE SHAOLIN COWBOY, THE BIG GUY AND RUSTY THE BOY ROBOT: Geof Darrow
5:00 p.m.–5:50 p.m.  MISFITS OF AVALON, BUFFY: THE HIGH SCHOOL YEARS: Kel McDonald
                                  GUN THEORY: Daniel Way
10:10 a.m.–11:50 a.m.  GRENDEL VS. THE SHADOW: Matt Wagner, Brennan Wagner
                                      TARZAN ON THE PLANET OF THE APES, NUMBER 13: David Walker

12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m.  KINGSWAY WEST: Greg Pak
                                      COLDER, THE WITCHER, MYSTERY GIRL, PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES: Paul Tobin
                                      PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES: Paul Tobin, Ron Chan
1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m. THE GOON, CHIMICHANGA: Eric Powell
2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m. DEAR CREATURE, THE NEW DEAL, GREEN RIVER KILLER: Jonathan Case
3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m. TREKKER: Ron Randall


Please join us at the panels below, brought to you by Dark Horse Comics and friends! Please visit for more panels featuring Dark Horse creators, as well as guidelines for attending panels.
10:30 a.m.–11:20 a.m.   Editing Comics: Where the Magic Happens (Panel Room 4)
With the shifting landscape of comics today, this is your invaluable guide to breaking into the industry and working with a powerhouse publisher. Join Dark Horse editors Katii O’Brien, Cardner Clark, and Shantel LaRocque for a rare behind-the-scenes look at the secrets of building successful comic and graphic novel programs.
1:30 p.m.–2:20 p.m.    Power Up! The Art of Video Games (Panel Room 4) 
With Dark Horse, video game franchises found a foothold in comics. With a line of video game–related comics and deluxe art books, including the best-selling World of Warcraft Chronicle, the publisher now works with the biggest studios and brands in the business. Join Dark Horse editors Ian Tucker, Rachel Roberts, and Cardner Clark for a discussion on video game art and stories for Tomb Raider, ReCore, and more!
5:30 p.m.–6:20 p.m.     30th Anniversary of Dark Horse Comics (Panel Room 4)
Thirty years ago, Dark Horse arrived with an agenda different from that of any other publisher in comics. The young company was founded on the belief that comics creators should have the option to retain the rights to their own work, and it continues to be a highly fertile breeding ground for new characters, concepts, and more! Join Dark Horse masters of the craft Mike Mignola (Hellboy), Eric Powell (The Goon), Cullen Bunn (Harrow County), Chris Roberson (Witchfinder: City of the Dead), and Gail Simone (Wonderfall) for an exclusive look at upcoming creator-owned work from some of the biggest names in and outside the industry. Moderated by Vivek Tiwary, creator of the award-winning graphic novel The Fifth Beatle.

10:30 a.m.–11:20 a.m.    Kidz Comix Reading List: Back 2 School! (Panel Room 4)
Comics are a great way to get kids interested in art, reading, and storytelling—and, well, they’re fun! Join Dark Horse editor Shantel LaRocque and comics creators Matt Kindt and Brian Hurtt (Poppy! and the Lost Lagoon), Eric Powell (Chimichanga), Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo), and Kel McDonald (Misfits of Avalon) to discover and discuss the ever-growing library of incredible all-ages comics!
12:30 p.m.–1:20 p.m.    Artists Who Write: On the Craft and Creation of Comics (Panel Room 4)
Whether it’s an underwater murder mystery or a retelling of past histories, there’s a lot of thought put into the sequential art that drives stories told in comics. Join some of the industry’s best artists—Matt Kindt (Dept. H, Ether), Gabriel Bá and Fábio Moon (Two Brothers), Kel McDonald (Buffy: The High School Years), Jonathan Case (Dear Creature), and Michael Avon Oeming (Aleister & Adolf)—as they discuss turning an idea into a full-fledged story and how they continue to keep their writing fresh.     
3:30 p.m.–4:20 p.m.   Dark Horse Manga (Panel Room 4)
Dark Horse’s history with Japanese comics can be traced back to the company’s earliest years, with a legacy that includes such legendary series as Lone Wolf & Cub, Berserk, and many more! Now Dark Horse continues to publish some of the industry’s best-selling titles, like Unofficial Hatsune Mix, I Am a Hero, Danganronpa, and the works of the creative powerhouse CLAMP. Join Dark Horse editors Carl Horn and Jemiah Jefferson and translator Zack Davisson for a look at the past, present, and future of manga at Dark Horse!

Dark Horse Creators' Panels

11:30 a.m. –12:20 p.m.  A Spotlight on Gail Simone (Panel Room 8)
Award winning creator with such titles under her belt such as Secret Six, Wonder Woman, Batgirl, Birds of Prey, Action Comics, and so many more, Gail has proven to be an unstoppable force in comics.
12:00 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.  A Spotlight on Mike Mignola (Panel Room 3)
Creator (and killer) of Hellboy, Mike has been a staple of the comic world for decades. Come pick his brain about anything from creating one of the most iconic characters in modern comics to how he write and draws.
12:30 p.m. - 1:20 p.m. A Spotlight on Eric Powell (Panel Room 8)
The Goon has a cult hit since it’s release, and multiple Eisner winner Eric Powell isn’t slowing down. Come pick the brain of this monster expert to see what’s cooking up next.
1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m.  Drawn Together: Art & the Artist (Panel Room 7)
This will be an intimate discussion of creating art for comics with two artists currently working for local publishers. Hear from Patric Reynolds, artist on Dark Horse's Aliens comic as well as another working artist.
2:30 p.m.-3:20 p.m.  A Spotlight on Stan Sakai (Panel Room 8)
For 32 years and over 150 issues, Stan has been crafting the unique world of Usagi Yojimbo. What goes into a life’s work? Here’s your chance to find out while he does live demonstrations of his art.
4:30 p.m.-5:20 p.m.  THE FIFTH BEATLE: EXCLUSIVE TV PILOT READING (Panel Room 6)
A reading of scenes from "The Fifth Beatle" TV pilot script, adapted from the award-winning graphic novel based on the life of Beatles manager Brian Epstein, and shooting in 2017. This will be followed by a discussion of the process of adaptation, using the selected readings to highlight and explore how the TV series will be both similar and different to the hit graphic novel. Additionally, exclusive new Kyle Baker art  from the The Fifth Beatle: Expanded Edition graphic novel (Dark Horse / in stores Oct 5) will be revealed.
10:30 a.m.-11:20 a.m.  A Spotlight On Cullen Bunn (Panel Room 8)
Whether it’s Sixth Gun, Deadpool, or Uncanny X-Men, Cullen brings the hurt. Join one of the most prolific writers in comics as he breaks down how he does it.
2:30 p.m.-3:20 p.m.  A Spotlight on Gabriel Bá and Fábio Moon (Panel Room 8)
We’ve seen siblings in comics before, but these artist twins have taken their success and art to another level. With titles such as Casanova, Daytripper, Umbrella Academy, and more under their belt, a lot can be learned here about collaboration and technique.
A chance to see your art printed in an
Image Comics/Top Cow book

Image/Top Cow is giving you the chance to see your artwork appear in an upcoming issue of ECLIPSE, the new sci-fi thriller from up-and-coming writer Zack Kaplan and artist Giovanni Timpano.

Participants may submit an original image inspired by the world of ECLIPSE, and the lucky winning artist will have their artwork appear in the pages of ECLIPSE #4. One grand prize winner will receive the artwork featured and published in Issue #4, as well as receive a complete set of ECLIPSE #1-4 signed by writer Zack Kaplan and a $100 Amazon gift card.

Original art may include:
  • Your vision of characters from the story
  • A scene or environments from the world
  • New technology, architecture, clothing or other adaptations designed to help people survive this harsh new world
  • Anything inspired by the world of ECLIPSE

"Eclipse is my comic book debut, and since Top Cow has always been a publisher that gives new talent a chance, I wanted to find a way to help give an aspiring artist an opportunity to be showcased,” said Kaplan. “I’m excited to see how ECLIPSE fans interpret this world and to discover one lucky fan's vision that we can share with the world."

For full details and contest rules, pick up ECLIPSE #1, on sale now, or visit to find out how to enter. The contest runs September 7 through November 15, 2016. The winner will be announced upon ECLIPSE #4’s release.

In the world of ECLIPSE, the sun is deadly and society has turned nocturnal. But life continues after The Flare.

ECLIPSE #2 (Diamond code: AUG160623) hits comic book stores on Wednesday, October 5th. The final order cutoff deadline for comic book retailers is Monday, September 12th.

Praise for ECLIPSE:

"Must Buy" —IGN

i09’s “The Awesome Comics You MUST Get This Fall"

Bleeding Cool’s "Top 5 Creator Owned Books That You MUST Pre-Order"

“A great book with a really original spin on traditional sci-fi.” —All-Comic (5/5 overall score)

“Kaplan’s story telling style is succinct and the art by Timpano has never been better.” —Word of the Nerd (10/10 overall score)

“This is a story that sees the world re-imagined but still manages to explore the human condition.” —GeekFeed (5/5 overall score)

“Extremely appealing to the eye.” —Bounding into Comics (10/10 overall score)
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

Wednesday, September 07, 2016


Two Brothers and Usagi Yojimbo Chosen as Industry Favorites
MILWAUKIE, Ore., (September 7, 2016)—This past Saturday, Dark Horse Comics, the premier independent publisher in the industry, took home two awards at the Harvey Awards ceremony. Gabriel Bá and Fábio Moon’s Two Brothers shared a win for Best American Edition of Foreign Material. Stan Sakai of Usagi Yojimbo fame was named Best Cartoonist.
The Harvey is one of the comic book industry’s oldest and most respected awards. Held annually at Baltimore Comic-Con, the Harvey Awards recognize outstanding achievements in more than twenty categories. The Harvey Awards are the only industry awards that are both nominated and selected by the full body of comic book professionals. 
Below is more information on Dark Horse’s winners:
Best American Edition of Foreign Material (Shared Win): Two Brothers, Gabriel Bá and Fábio Moon
Summary of Two Brothers:
Twin brothers Omar and Yaqub may share the same features, but they could not be more different from one another. After a brutally violent exchange between the young boys, Yaqub is sent from his home in Brazil to live with relatives in Lebanon, only to return five years later as a virtual stranger to the parents who bore him, his tensions with Omar unchanged. Family secrets engage the reader in this profoundly resonant story about identity, love, loss, deception, and the dissolution of blood ties.
Praise for Two Brothers:
"Two Brothers is one the best graphic novels of 2015 and deserves a space on the shelf of every serious fan of the medium."—Comic Book Resources
Best Cartoonist: Stan Sakai, Usagi Yojimbo
Stan Sakai began his career by simply lettering comic books as he perfected his art and began working in the industry. He also wrote and illustrated The Adventures of Nilson Groundthumper and Hermy; a comic series with a medieval setting, influenced by Sergio Aragones's Groo the Wanderer. The characters first appeared in Albedo #1 in 1984, and were subsequently featured in issues of Critters, GrimJack, Amazing Heroes and Furrlough. Stan Sakai became famous with the creation of Usagi Yojimbo, the epic saga of Miyamoto Usagi, a samurai rabbit living in late-sixteenth and early-seventeenth-century Japan.
Praise for Usagi Yojimbo:
“One of the most original, innovative, well-executed comic books anywhere to be found.”—Stan Lee
Congratulations to all the talent honored at the 2016 Harvey Awards!
About Dark Horse Comics
For thirty years, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, the company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent, such as Eric Powell, Mike Mignola, Geof Darrow, Brian Wood, Gail Simone, Stan Sakai, and Guillermo del Toro, and comics legends, such as Will Eisner, Milo Manara, Kazuo Koike, Neil Gaiman, and Frank Miller, Dark Horse has developed its own successful properties, such as The Mask, Ghost, X, and Barb Wire. Its successful line of comics, manga, and products based on popular properties includes Dragon Age, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan, Tomb Raider, Halo, The Witcher, Serenity, Game of Thrones, and Avatar: The Last Airbender. Today Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic book publisher in the US and is recognized as one of the world’s leading entertainment publishers.

Best American Edition of Foreign Material: "Two Brothers," Gabriel Bá and Fábio Moon

Best Cartoonist: Stan Sakai, "Usagi Yojimbo"

Blanc-Biehn Productions Set to Premiere The Girl at The Burbank Film Festival 2016
(LOS ANGELES, CA / September 6, 2016) – Filmmakers and performers Michael Biehn and Jennifer Blanc-Biehn are pleased to announce the premiere of their Blanc-Biehn Productions feature, The Girl, at the Burbank Film Festival in Burbank, California, Friday, September 9, 2016 at 9:00 PM.
A Celebrity Red Carpet will kick off the screening at 8:00 PM; director Blanc-Biehn will take the stage with The Girl stars Biehn and Tia Carrere to introduce the film and divulge a few details about the filming of the psychological thriller.
"We are so pleased and excited to be screening the World Premier of "The Girl" at this year’s festival,” said festival president, Jeff Rector. “Michael and Jennifer are dynamic partners both in front of and behind the camera. We look forward to seeing all their new films on their upcoming production slate."
The Girl stars Evie Louise Thompson (Boyhood) as the kidnap victim of a psychopath (Biehn) who holds her hostage in his backyard shed. When the kidnapper's son Tommy finds The Girl and rescues her, they set off a nightmarish chain of events that expertly showcases Blanc-Biehn's taut direction alongside the dynamic range of Biehn's exceptional acting skills.
The Girl premiere will take place at the Burbank AMC 16 Theatres (125 E. Palm Avenue, Burbank, CA 91502). Screening Tickets are $15 and include entrance to the Intergalactic After-Party with Open Bar, DJ, Dancing, special musical performances and surprises.

Catch A Special Shojo Beat Manga Promotion As Well As The Latest Addition To The WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP Lineup, THE PROMISED NEVERLAND

VIZ Media opens September with a fresh digital manga update highlighted by the latest entry in the WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP lineup as well as new additions to scores of other popular continuing titles.

Shojo and classic manga fans won’t want to miss September’s special digital sale. The Classic Shojo Beat Fantasy Sale covers entire series runs for timeless shojo fantasy titles and takes place each week throughout the month. Check in each week for the latest shojo series featured in the September sale!

WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP readers can look forward to Jump Start series, THE PROMISED NEVERLAND, officially joining the magazine’s lineup this month. WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP is the world’s premier manga brand and leading international weekly manga magazine. The first three chapters of THE PROMISED NEVERLAND will also be available on the WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP website’s free section along with the continued serialization of ASTRA LOST IN SPACE, a new science fiction survival epic from Kenta Shinohara, the creator of Sket Dance! Other series currently available in WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP’s free section include THE EMPEROR AND I, HAIKYU!!, ONE-PUNCH MAN, NARUTO: CHIBI SASUKE’S SHARINGAN LEGEND and more!

In THE PROMISED NEVERLAND, life at Grace Field House has been good for Emma and her fellow orphans. While the daily studying and exams they have to take are tough, their loving caretaker provides them with delicious foods and plenty of playtime. But perhaps not everything is as it seems.

Classic Shojo Beat Fantasy Manga Promotion

VIZ Media celebrates classic shojo fantasy manga series throughout September! Specially curated digital sales will discount every available volume of a featured series to $4.99 each and will be available across all digital platforms for a limited time.

CERES: THE CELESTIAL LEGEND · Digital Sale Available Sept. 6th–12th
·         Vols. 1-14

Check each week throughout the rest of the month for additional shojo fantasy manga titles to be featured in this month’s digital sale!

New September 2016 Digital Manga:

Digital manga updates for September include new volumes for 14 continuing VIZ Media series. Notable new releases this month include not-to-be-missed volumes for GOODNIGHT PUNPUN (Vol. 3), HAIKYU!! (Vol. 3), and NISEKOI (Vol. 17). New shojo manga additions include BLOODY MARY (Vol. 4), EVERYONE’S GETTING MARRIED (Vol. 2), IDOL DREAMS (Vol. 3), KIMI NI TODOKE (Vol. 25) and SKIP BEAT! (Vol. 37). Several notable titles also reach their exciting respective series conclusions this month including KOMOMO CONFISERIE (Vol. 5) and YU-GI-OH! ZEXAL (Vol. 9).

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

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

To learn more about VIZ Manga, please visit

New 1/10 Scale Characters From The Original 1984 Supernatural Action Blockbuster Set For Release In December And Combine To Form A Complete Diorama

Anaheim, CA, September 2, 2016 – Bluefin, the leading North American distributor of toys, collectibles, and hobby merchandise from Japan, Hong Kong and more, celebrates cinema’s most famous paranormal exterminators as it announces pre-orders for an exceptional collection of new Ghostbusters collectibles from Iron Studios.

The limited edition 1/10 scale statues are set for release beginning in December and are cast in Polystone and painstakingly hand-painted to capture the detail and nuance of each character. Each statue comes with a custom display base that can be combined to form a complete diorama.

Iron Studio’s Ghostbusters collection features screen accurate renditions of the original team of Egon Spengler, Peter Venkman, Ray Stantz and Winston Zeddmore. Complementing these releases are additional Ghostbusters 1/10 scale limited edition renditions of Slimer, along with Zuul, the horned Gatekeeper of Gozer, as well as Vinz Clortho, Keymaster of Gozer, both depicted in fierce bestial form. A rendition of Gozer the Gozerian is set for release in February 2017 and completes the collection.

Pre-orders are available now from authorized Bluefin retailers nationwide and also from a variety of leading online outlets. Founded in 2010, Iron Studios is headquartered in Brazil and specializes in a wide range of incredibly accurate and lifelike 1/10 scale products. For additional information on Iron Studios, please visit and

Ghostbusters Egon Spengler
Height: Approx. 10 inches; MSRP: $129.99
Available December 2016!

Ghostbusters Peter Venkman
Height: Approx. 7.5 inches; MSRP: $129.99
Available December 2016!
Ghostbusters Ray Stantz
Height: Approx. 7.5 inches; MSRP: $129.99
Available December 2016!
Features 2 interchangeable heads

Ghostbusters Winston Zeddmore
Height: Approx. 9.3 inches; MSRP: $129.99
Available December 2016!

Ghostbusters Winston Zeddmore
Height: Approx. 9.3 inches; MSRP: $129.99
Available December 2016!

Ghostbusters Slimer
Height: Approx. 7 inches; MSRP: $94.99
Available December 2016!

Ghostbusters Zuul
Product Size: Approx. 5.3"x8.3"x8.7"; MSRP: $114.99
Available December 2016!

Ghostbusters Vinz Clortho
Product Size: Approx. 5.3"x8.3"x8.7"; MSRP: $114.99
Available December 2016!

Ghostbusters Gozer the Gozerian
Height: Approx. 13 inches; MSRP: $114.99
Available February 2017!
Includes a pivot-able mounting rod to attach Slimer to the diorama

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IDW Publishing Nets Four Harvey Awards
March: Book Two continues its winning streak at Baltimore Comic-Con 2016

San Diego, CA (September 7, 2016) – Comic pros assembled on Saturday night to honor their peers at the 2016 Harvey Awards, the only industry award both nominated and selected by comic professionals. IDW Publishing is proud to announce four Harvey Award wins that evening.

On the heels of its recent Eisner Award win, March: Book Two, from IDW’s Top Shelf Productions imprint, was recognized in two categories with Harvey Awards for Best Biographical, Historical, or Journalistic Presentation and Best Graphic Album - Original. The March trilogy is both a critical and commercial success, having held the top three positions on the New York Times Bestsellers List continuously for the past four weeks. The trilogy of books is Congressman John Lewis’ autobiographical account of the civil rights movement. He shares these wins with co-writer Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell.

In addition, Corto Maltese: Beyond the Windy Isles tied for Best American Edition of Foreign Material, edited by Dean Mullaney for IDW’s Library of American Comics. It is the second volume in the definitive English-language edition of Hugo Pratt’s masterpiece.

John Workman was awarded Best Letterer for his work on Ragnarök. Writer/artist Walter Simonson was there to present the award to his collaborator on stage.

IDW congratulates all the other winners at this year’s ceremony, most especially Berkeley Breathed. His comic strip Bloom County, recently resurrected after a 25-year hiatus, received the award for Best Syndicated Strip or Panel and will be published by IDW later this month in the new book Bloom County Episode XI: A New Hope.

IDW would like to thank everyone who nominated and voted for these recipients. Your support and recognition is an honor and we look forward to seeing you all again next year.

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About IDW
IDW Media Holdings, Inc. (OTC:IDWM) is a fully integrated media company, which includes publishing, games, entertainment, and the San Diego Comic Art Gallery.

IDW Publishing’s comic book and graphic novel catalog includes some of the world’s most popular entertainment brands, including TransformersMy Little PonyStar TrekTeenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesGhostbusters, and Disney’s classic characters. At IDW’s core is its commitment to creator-owned comics including 30 Days of NightLocke & KeyWormwoodRagnarökV-Wars, and Archangel by bestselling sci-fi author William Gibson.

IDW Publishing is also home to the acclaimed and award-winning imprints; Top Shelf, The Library of American Comics, Yoe! Books, and Artist Editions, showcasing the greatest original art ever published in American comic books.

IDW Games’ diverse line-up includes the international phenomenon Machi Koro, as well as hit licensed games such as X-FilesBack to the FutureThe Godfather, and TMNT.

IDW Entertainment currently serves as the worldwide distributor of Wynonna Earp airing on the Syfy Channel in the U.S. and is producing BBC America’s Dirk Gently, based the best seller by Douglas Adams starring Elijah Wood and Sam Barnett, and Brooklyn Animal Control for USA Network.