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PR: Viz Media Supports 2014 Free Comic Book Day with Graphic Novel & Manga Samplers


Visit And Support Local Comics Retailers On May 3rd To Receive 2 FREE Samplers Featuring HELLO KITTY®, BRAVEST WARRIORS, ALL YOU NEED IS KILL, And TERRA FORMARS!

VIZ Media is proud to be a supporter and sponsor of 2014 Free Comic Book Day, and participates this year with a pair of special FREE manga and full-color original graphic novel samplers from the all-ages Perfect Square imprint, as well as out-of-this world previews from its first Haikasoru original graphic novel and VIZ Signature.

Scheduled for Saturday, May 3th at thousands of locations nationwide, Free Comic Book Day is an annual promotional campaign in the North American comic book industry to help bring new readers of all ages and interests into independent comic book stores. Free Comic Book Day began in 2002 and is coordinated by the industry’s single largest distributor, Diamond Comic Distributors. Readers should visit to find a local participating retailer in their area.

VIZ Media participates this year as a Gold Level Sponsor and will offer two FREE exclusive releases (available while supplies last).

Readers of all ages can join in the fun with Hello Kitty and her friends in all-new full-color adventures! This time they’re letting their imaginations run wild in two stories from the upcoming HELLO KITTY: JUST IMAGINE…, scheduled for August 2014 (MSRP: $7.99 U.S. / $9.99 CAN). Plus don’t miss a special sneak peek of Perfect Square’s upcoming tribute book, HELLO KITTY, HELLO 40: A CELEBRATION IN 40 STORIES, celebrating Hello Kitty’s 40th anniversary and iconic cultural impact. Scheduled for Fall release (MSRP: $29.99 U.S. / $34.99 CAN).

Also debuting in the Perfect Square 2014 Free Comic Book Day sampler are special bonus pages from BRAVEST WARRIORS: THE SEARCH FOR CATBUG (July, MSRP $19.99 U.S. / $22.99 CAN), featuring the adventures of the irrepressible Catbug, the darling, fan favorite character from Cartoon Hangover’s Bravest Warriors!

A special Perfect Square trailer for Free Comic Book Day may be viewed at

The VIZ Media 2014 Free Comic Book Day VIZ Signature manga sampler is aimed at older teen and adult readers and will offer excerpts from the new ALL YOU NEED IS KILL official graphic novel adaptation and the forthcoming manga series, TERRA FORMARS.

Live…Die…Repeat… The mantra continues in exciting new graphic novel form and sci-fi and action fans are invited to preview an entire chapter from the new ALL YOU NEED IS KILL official graphic novel adaptation (May 6th debut, MSRP: $14.99 U.S. / $17.99 CAN). The gripping release from the Haikasoru imprint offers a single-volume retelling of the acclaimed ALL YOU NEED IS KILL novel, and is written by Haikasoru editor and noted sci-fi author, Nick Mamatas featuring full-color artwork by popular comic book artist Lee Ferguson (Green Arrow, Miranda Mercury). When the alien Mimics invade, Keiji Kiriya is one of many recruits shoved into battle armor Jackets and sent out to kill. Keiji dies on the battlefield, only to be reborn to fight and die again and again. He receives a message from a mysterious ally – is she the key to Keiji’s escape or his final death? The full ALL YOU NEED IS KILL graphic novel carries an MSRP of $14.99 U.S. / $17.99 CAN.

Manga fans can also catch an early peek of TERRA FORMARS, the tense sci-fi horror series created by Yu Sasuga and illustrated by Kenichi Tachibana that has become a bestseller in Japan (MSRP: $12.99 U.S. / $14.99 CAN). In TERRA FORMARS, the colonization of Mars is an epoch-making event, but an unintended side effect of the terra-forming process unleashes a monstrous horror that no one could ever have imagined… Look for its serialized debut this July in print and digital formats from the VIZ Signature imprint and

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Otaku USA: On The Shelf – May 1, 2013

Otaku USA: On The Shelf - May 1, 2013

It’s that time again! Almost like it happens every week. Hmmm…

There aren’t many new volumes out this week, but Kodansha Comics still makes a noticeable splash with the final volume of Ken Akamatu’s Negima. You can read my thoughts on this week’s new manga in Otaku USA’s On The Shelf.

Bloody Monday (Vol.10) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Fairy Tail (Vol.25) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]
Negima! (Vol.38) [Amazon CAN, Amazon US, RightStuf]

And don’t forget, this Saturday is Free Comic Book Day!

Free Comic Book Day

Diamond Manga Previews: January 2012

Diamond Manga Previews: January 2012

Diamond Comics is North America’s largest comic book distributor. If you have a local comic store in your area, it’s very likely they get their books from them. Every month Diamond releases a giant magazine, Previews, containing all the products they have – from comics, manga, DVDs and merchandise – that will be released starting in about two months’ time, giving retailers and buyers the chance to put their orders in before shipping dates.

Previews - January 2012

I’ve been picking up the Previews magazines for years, oogling all the different books coming out from publishers and wondering how long until the stacks of Preview magazines I’ve yet to get rid of will crush me in my sleep. Starting now I’ll be writing about the different manga content published in Previews each month here on Kuriousity. This includes all the manga titles listed, the top Manga sellers as tracked by Diamond and mention of other things of interest I spot. With the small two month window, Diamond Previews has rarely been the source of new licenses but it’s a great reminder and showcase of all the books coming our way soon, plus the perfect time to get your orders in, whether through Diamond or at your online retailer of choice.

I’ll also be including with these monthly Preview posts a downloadable PDF that you can print off and check off the manga  you’d like to order. Then it’s as easy as bringing it into your local comic or book store – wherever in your area that orders in through Diamond Comics! Currently the list is just the names and does not include the Diamond order codes. I’ve never come across a store that requires them for ordering but if yours does, let me know and I’ll include them on subsequent files:

January 2012 Manga Previews Checklist (PDF)

You may continue reading at your own discretion for my thoughts, elaborations, random pictures and the Top 10 Selling Manga of November 2011!

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Free Comic Book Day 2009 Overview

Almost a month after the event, here I come with my earlier-promised recap of Free Comic Book Day at Strange Adventures in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Waited these weeks to get my pictures uploaded onto my computer, and you know what? The majority of them were horrible! Ah well, that’s what I get for not getting to know my camera better before taking ‘er out, right?

This year Calum, manager of Strange Adventures, set out to top his incrediable feat of last year’s FCBD where he gave out over 15,000 free comics to eager readers. Well, success was had and faster than any of us expected.

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Free Comic Book Day 2009!

Free Comic Book Day

Regretful that I’m so last minute reminding folks about the glory that is Free Comic Book Day! On the first Saturday of May, comic book stores around the world offer just what the name would suggest: free comics!

Tomorrow being the 2009 date (May 2nd), definitely make time to check out your local comic book stores and pick up some goodies, meet some people and have fun with the deals, atmosphere and good times that can only be achieved with free swag enjoyed by many!

If comics aren’t your thing, there’s something for manga fans as well (though admittedly not as much as has been made available in the past by publishers). This year Viz will be offering a 32-page Shonen Jump edition that includes a chapter of Stan Lee and Hiroyuki Takei’s collaboration piece: Ultimo. You can see a preview of the free booklet here.

As a volunteer, I’ll be lending a hand to the amazing folks of Halifax’s Strange Adventures in handing out over 20,000 free comics! If you’re in the area, be sure to stop by. Along with free swag there’ll be some surprise appearances, artists on-site to draw some goodies for the young ones (including Faith Erin Hicks, creator of Zombies Calling, and MTCopyright, artist of Whore of Turfan) and a bunch of great in-store deals!

Expect an overview and photos of the day here in Halifax soon after. All the best to everyone out there; enjoy your free comics!

FCBD 2008 Manga Recap

Free Comic Book Day 2008

Another successful Free Comic Book Day completed. There was a big turn out (as usual!) at Strange Adventures in downtown Halifax and many free comics to be had. Along with my joyfully larger assortment of X-men comic books and indie publications, I picked up a copy of Viz’s Shonen Jump sampler and Yen Press’s Maximum Ride preview issue.

Those who picked up Viz’s Shonen Jump sampler were treated with some exerts from Naruto, Bleach and Slum Dunk (which was in colour), three of the series currently running in the English edition of the popular manga anthology. A nice surprise was the pull out mini Bleach poster.

Yen Press’s preview issue of Maximum Ride was also something I was glad to have picked up. NaRae Lee’s artwork in this adaptation was really eye-catching, and though I’ve never read the original novels, I think this is a series I’ll be checking out. On the back of the preview was an advertisement for Yen Press’s upcoming monthly manga anthology, it’s first issue example sporting a picture from their recent license, Soul Eater. With a line up including that, Nabari No Ou, Maximum Ride and Svetlana’s new series, Nightschool, Yen+ is looking to be an impressive selection of titles for those looking for something different than the usual fares of Shonen Jump. Sign me up!

Free Comic Book Day all across the country

Free Comic Book Day 

Just in time for Free Comic Book Day on May 3rd, my Oh!Canada section has been updated with a list of comic shops across Canada. Organized by province, I looked into all that are listed for confirmation they were still running and sold anime/manga relevant merchandise (a daunting task but one that’s left me with lots of shiny new sites bookmarked). Of course if I’m missing any, please inform me and I’ll update it ASAP!

Also, several anime series were recently cut from YTV‘s schedule so TV viewers can check out my Anime in Canada page for the current schedule and offerings.

Back to FCBD, always lots of good stuff, from the chance to try out a bunch of new series as well as the sales on regular merchandise most stores put on. Manga-wise this year, keep an eye peeled for the usual free samplers: new to this year includes a Shonen Jump sampler and a Maximum Ride preview from Yen Press.

As for me, I plan to continue my 5-year, 8am tradition of being first in line with my buddies at Strange Adventures in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Nothing like good company, good food, sweet deals and an entire church auditorium full of free goodies. Hoping to see some new and familiar faces again this year!

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