Monday, April 30, 2012

Top Shelf graphic novels: now available on Kobo!


Top Shelf's quest to be available on every digital platform continues, as we announce that our graphic novels are now available for Kobo, reaching readers and devices in over 170 countries! 40 titles are available in our Kobo catalog so far, with more coming soon!

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Top Shelf Productions Press Release

Top Shelf FREE Digital Action Pack available now!


Savvy to digital comics and looking for something new to read? Curious about e-reading and hesitant to take the plunge? Look no further than the Top Shelf Action Pack, packed with 168 pages of our most thrilling comics, and yours for the price of ZERO! Inside are full chapters from seven graphic novels:

Infinite Kung Fu,
The Homeland Directive,
Lost Dogs,
From Hell,
SuperF*ckers,
Bighead, and
Any Empire!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

RIVEN Sends a Shiver Through Dark Horse Presents!

RIVEN SENDS A SHIVER THROUGH
DARK HORSE PRESENTS!

APRIL 25, MILWAUKIE, OR
—Riven, the latest tale set to debut in Dark Horse Comics’ legendary anthology Dark Horse Presents, marks a new beginning for horror fans!

Yahtzee Croshaw Returns with JAM!

YAHTZEE CROSHAW RETURNS WITH JAM!

FULL CHAPTER PREVIEW TO BE FEATURED IN THE DIGITAL EDITION OF HIS PREVIOUS NOVEL, MOGWORLD!

MILWAUKIE, OR, APRIL 24
–The creator of The Escapist’s Zero Punctuation Reviews (TM) and author of 2010’s runaway hit novel Mogworld is back with his hilarious follow-up! Jam takes the prophecies of the Mayans and turns them on their ear, with a twist on the apocalypse that no one could have expected! The first chapter will run in the newly released digital edition of Mogworld, available today for Nook and Kobo eReaders.

Get Top Shelf books through your library via Overdrive!


Librarians, we're got your backs: Top Shelf is partnering with Overdrive, the leading digital distributor for libraries! Libraries can now purchase ebooks of the full Top Shelf Kids Club line -- 19 titles -- and offer them for free e-lending to patrons. So contact your local library and let them know you'd like to read OWLY, KORGI, JOHNNY BOO and more on your electronic device!

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Top Shelf Productions Press Release

Friday, April 27, 2012

VIZ Media Launches New Division, VIZ Labs, To Drive Digital Content Innovation!

VIZ MEDIA CREATES VIZ LABS
TO DRIVE DIGITAL CONTENT INNOVATION
New Division To Be Led By Gagan Singh

San Francisco, CA, April 23, 2012
– VIZ Media, the largest publisher, distributor and licensor of manga, graphic novels and anime in North America, announced the formation of VIZ Labs, a new division of the company led by Gagan Singh, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. VIZ Labs will focus on innovation in digital content distribution, and will consolidate engineering and digital business efforts across the company into one group. VIZ Media has recently been selectively acquiring engineering talent, and that acquisition strategy will continue under VIZ Labs.

Hologram’s ‘Resurrection’

I was watching this and it shows clips of Miku Hatsune from Vocaloid. Plus, it goes through a short history of holograms with clips of where else the technology has been used and seen. Hint: Star Wars.


To learn more about holograms and a brief history, check out this article:
Hologram’s ‘Resurrection’ by Bill Weir, C. Michael Kim, David Miller & Mark Monroy, This Could Be Big, April 25, 2012

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Frank Frazetta, Frazetta - Funny Stuff

DISCOVER THE FUNNY SIDE OF FRANK FRAZETTA!

A wealth of rarely-seen material by the late master returns this week!

San Diego, CA (April 23, 2012
– Frank Frazetta has been called “The Grand Master of Fantasy Art,” but did you know he did a glorious omnibus’ worth of funny sexy and funny cute stories in the Golden Age of comic books?! That’s right, hillbilly babes to hoppy bunnies were drawn with the Frazetta magic. And Eisner-winning editor Craig Yoe captures that magic in the new FRAZETTA—FUNNY STUFF large format, full-color, 256-page hardcover collection from Yoe Books. FRAZETTA—FUNNY STUFF debuts at the MoCCA Fest in New York City this weekend and will be in comic book shops this week.

John McCrea's MARS ATTACKS Trading Cards

TOPPS Unveils John McCrea's
MARS ATTACKS Trading Cards Eisner Award-Winner to
Illustrate Exclusive Subset & Hand-Drawn Sketch Cards

April 20 -
The Topps Company today has released a first look at a special subset of all-new trading cards by acclaimed comic book artist John McCrea, to be included in this summer's Mars Attacks Heritage card set.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Two New Shojo Acquisitions fr. VIZ Media: Strobe Edge & Demon Love Spell!

VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES
NORTH AMERICAN PUBLISHING LICENSES
FOR NEW SHOJO MANGA SERIES
STROBE EDGE AND DEMON LOVE SPELL

April 19, 2012
VIZ Media announces its latest manga (graphic novel) licenses with the acquisition of the domestic publishing rights to two new shojo series – STROBE EDGE, by Io Sakisaka, and DEMON LOVE SPELL, by Mayu Shinjo. Both titles are scheduled to begin publication later this year under the company’s Shojo Beat imprint.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Dark Horse Comics Unveils Exclusive Comic Book Experience™ Application for ePlate™ Mobile Payment Devices

Dark Horse Comics Unveils Exclusive
Comic Book Experience™ Application for
ePlate™ Mobile Payment Devices

Dark Horse Gives Dynamics’ ePlate Users Exclusive
Comic Book Content with Each Purchase

APRIL 19, SAN FRANCISCO, CA
–Dark Horse Comics makes history again today with the announcement of a revolutionary new partnership with Dynamics Inc. Dynamics is an innovator in next-generation payment devices, and will now launch a new comic book experience application for ePlate™ mobile payment devices. The innovative offering brings a new kind of experience to comic book fans by enabling them to earn access to exclusive Dark Horse digital comics with every purchase made with the ePlate™ device. This groundbreaking technology will link payment devices with exclusive Dark Horse comic content, and empower consumers to engage with Dark Horse and other brands that excite them with every swipe or online purchase.

The Library of American Comics Goes Daily

The Library of American Comics Goes Daily

New Library of American Comics
ESSENTIALS series starting in September

San Diego, CA (April 18, 2012)
– IDW Publishing is proud to announce The Library of American Comics ESSENTIALS, a new series from its multiple Eisner Award-winning imprint that is "the gold standard for archival comic strip reprints.” Each volume of LOAC ESSENTIALS will reprint early daily newspaper strips that are essential to the history of comics presented in a novel format, 11" wide by 4.25" high, each page containing a single daily strip.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Dark Horse Announces Willow Series!

DARK HORSE ANNOUNCES WILLOW SERIES!

JOSS WHEDON’S FAN FAVORITE RETURNS!

APRIL 18, MILWAUKIE, OR
– Dark Horse Comics announces another exciting addition to the Buffyverse:

Willow gets her own miniseries!

Written by Jeff Parker (Thunderbolts, Agents of Atlas) and drawn by Brian Ching (Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Witchblade), Willow tells the story of the witch’s obsessive journey to recover her magic.

Dark Horse Announces Spike Series!

DARK HORSE ANNOUNCES SPIKE SERIES!

JOSS WHEDON’S ANTIHERO VAMPIRE RETURNS!

APRIL 18, MILWAUKIE, OR
– Dark Horse Comics announces a brand-new Spike miniseries slated for release this summer!

Written by Victor Gischler (X-Men, Deadpool: Merc with a Mouth) and drawn by Paul Lee (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Devil’s Footprints), Spike promises to be the series all Joss Whedon fans will be talking about.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Fall In Love With ROCK LEE & HIS NINJA PALS, Now Available on VIZAnime.com!


This is NARUTO like you've never seen it before! Starring Rock Lee, the ninja who actually can't use ninjutsu, you'll fall in love with the cute antics of all your favorite ninja!

IDW Brings Transformers: Regeneration One #81 in July


IDW Brings TRANSFORMERS: REGENERATION ONE #81 in July
Featuring all new stories by original writers
Simon Furman and Andrew Wildman

San Diego, CA (April 17, 2012)
– Picking up the story twenty-one years later, IDW Publishing, in association with Hasbro, is pleased to announce TRANSFORMERS: REGENERATION ONE, an all-new monthly series continuing from the original Generation One TRANSFORMERS comics. IDW will kick off the event by offering fans a free TRANSFORMERS: REGENERATION ONE #80.5 for Free Comic Book Day, May 5, 2012, as a Gold Sponsorship comic—then continue with TRANSFORMERS: REGENERATION ONE #81 in July!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Best-selling LEAGUE: CENTURY trilogy reaches explosive finale!

Now, at last, the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century trilogy reaches its apocalyptic finale!

In this third and final chapter, our narrative draws to its cataclysmic close in London 2009. The magical child whose ominous coming has been foretold for the past hundred years has now been born and has grown up to claim his dreadful heritage. His promised aeon of unending terror can commence, the world can now be ended starting with North London, and there is no League, extraordinary or otherwise, that now stands in his way. The bitter, intractable war of attrition in Q'umar crawls bloodily to its fifth year, away in Kashmir a Sikh terrorist with a now-nuclear-armed submarine wages a holy war against Islam that might push the whole world into atomic holocaust, and in a London mental institution there's a patient who insists that she has all the answers.

Get Twice the Adventure in POKEMON THE MOVIE: BLACK & WHITE DVD Set!

VIZ MEDIA OFFERING POKÉMON FANS
TWICE THE ADVENTURE WITH THE RELEASE OF
POKÉMON THE MOVIE: BLACK AND POKÉMON THE MOVIE: WHITE

Two Full Length POKÉMON Films
Packaged as a Special 2-Disc DVD Set!

San Francisco, CA, April 3, 2012
– VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in North America, has announced the release today of a special POKÉMON movie double feature set, including the latest POKÉMON films, POKÉMON THE MOVIE: BLACK—VICTINI AND RESHIRAM and POKÉMON THE MOVIE: WHITE—VICTINI AND ZEKROM. The 2-Disc DVD set is now available under the company’s VIZ KIDS imprint and carries an MSRP of $19.97 U.S. / $19.98 CAN. Both movies are rated ‘A’ for All Ages.

Let's Go VOLTRON FORCE! Graphic Novels Inspired By Hit Cartoon Available Now!

LET’S GO VOLTRON FORCE®!
VIZ MEDIA DELIVERS ACTION-PACKED ADVENTURES
FOR ALL AGES WITH NEW VOLTRON FORCE
GRAPHIC NOVEL SERIES

VOLTRON FORCE® Updates the Classic ‘80s Sci-fi Epic
For A Whole New Generation of Fans

San Francisco, CA, April 3, 2012
– VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in North America, debuts today the riveting outer space action of VOLTRON FORCE®, in a new graphic novel series that complements the animated series currently airing on Nicktoons. VOLTRON FORCE Volume 1: SHELTER FROM THE STORM, under the VIZ Kids imprint, is rated ‘A’ for All Ages and will carry an MSRP of $7.99 U.S. / $9.99 CAN.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

VIZAnime.com: the Explosive & Gripping ZETMAN!

VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES THE SIMULCAST PREMIERE OF
THE INTENSE DARK ACTION SERIES ZETMAN,
THE SAME DAY AS IT DEBUTS IN JAPAN

Seinen Sci-Fi Anime Adventure Launches
Today On VIZAnime.com And Hulu
And Is Based On A Manga Series
By Acclaimed Creator Masakazu Katsura

San Francisco, CA, April 2, 2012
– VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in North America, is proud to announce today’s online simulcast debut of the gritty new sci-fi anime action series – ZETMAN –on VIZAnime.com, the company’s own website for free anime, as well as on the free, ad-supported Hulu service and the Hulu Plus subscription service (www.Hulu.com).

Chris Hemsworth Powers Into Philadelphia Comic Con!

Chris Hemsworth Powers Into
Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con 2012!

Millions of fans flocked to theaters to see him as the God of Thunder in the blockbuster film THOR last summer and are eagerly anticipating his next potential hit Marvel movie, THE AVENGERS, in the spring. This June, they can meet Chris Hemsworth as he headlines Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con at the Pennsylvania Convention Center on Saturday, June 2, where he will sign autographs, pose for Photo Ops and greet well-wishers.

Announcing Michael Oeming's THE VICTORIES!

ANNOUNCING MICHAEL AVON OEMING’S

THE VICTORIES!

APRIL 2, SEATTLE, WA
–As proclaimed at the Powered by Creators panel at Emerald City Comicon, Dark Horse Comics is set to publish The Victories, a very adult superhero adventure written and drawn by Eisner Award winner Michael Avon Oeming (Powers, Takio, Rapture).

Steve Niles's Criminal Macabre Returns With Graphic Novel!

STEVE NILES’S CRIMINAL MACABRE RETURNS

WITH IRON SPIRIT GRAPHIC NOVEL!

APRIL 2, SEATTLE, WA
–Reported from Emerald City Comicon, Steve Niles (30 Days of Night) will take his occult detective into a new hardcover collector’s format with Eisner winner Scott Morse of Pixar and TR!CKSTER fame.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

AXE COP For President 2012!

AXE COP FOR PRESIDENT 2012!

APRIL 2, SEATTLE, WA
–Direct from Emerald City Comicon, mad-scientist brotherly duo Ethan and Malachai Nicolle are back with Axe Cop: President of the World!

Dark Horse Comics Announces GHOST - The Series!

DARK HORSE COMICS ANNOUNCES

GHOST—THE SERIES!

APRIL 2, SEATTLE, WA
–A thrilling announcement coming from Emerald City Comicon: the Dark Horse title Ghost will be returning to single-issue monthly format!

Announcing Paul Tobin's Colder!

ANNOUNCING COLDER!

PAUL TOBIN BRINGS A CHILL TO DARK HORSE COMICS!

APRIL 2, SEATTLE, WA
–From Emerald City Comicon: Paul Tobin announced he’s writing a blend of horror and crime that will appeal to those who like books such as Locke & Key, Preacher, or B.P.R.D.! Colder comes from the creative team behind the successful Falling Skies comic, writer Paul Tobin (Marvel Adventures: Fantastic Four, Marvel Adventures: Spider-Man) and artist Juan Ferreyra (Rex Mundi).

Lauren Cohan to Appear @ C2E2 with Steven Yeun!!

LAUREN COHAN TO JOIN STEVEN YEUN FOR
PANEL & SIGNING AT
CHICAGO COMIC & ENTERTAINMENT EXPO (C2E2)

Stars of The Walking Dead To Participate in Q & A with Fans; Followed by 3-Hour Signing!

Norwalk, CT, April 2, 2012
: Lauren Cohan, who plays the popular character Maggie Greene, the principal love interest of Glenn (Steven Yeun) in AMC’s The Walking Dead, will appear along with Yeun at this year’s Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2). Yeun’s appearance at C2E2 was recently announced (3/28) and Ms. Cohan’s appearance has just been confirmed by show organizers. The two stars of the hit television series will appear at the pop culture convention on Saturday, April 14 where they will conduct a Q & A with fans followed by a free 3-hour signing.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

BUCKO! A Hipster Murder Mystery Tour!

ANNOUNCING BUCKO

A HIPSTER MURDER MYSTERY TOUR!

APRIL 2, SEATTLE, WA
–Announced at Emerald City Comicon, Dark Horse Comics will collect the funniest new webcomic of 2011, Bucko!

Friday, April 6, 2012

AM2 Announces the Return of the World Famous ANIMAID CAFÉ and HOST CLUB!

OKAERINASAIMASE GOSHUJIN-SAMA, HIME-SAMA!²
AM2 ANNOUNCES THE RETURN OF THE
WORLD FAMOUS ANIMAID CAFÉ AND HOST CLUB
THIS JUNE 15-17, 2012
AT THE ANAHEIM CONVENTION CENTER AND HILTON

Get your Passports Today and Experience the Difference!
LOS ANGELES, Calif. (April 2, 2012)
Okaerinasaimase Goshujin-sama, Hime-sama (Welcome home Master and Mistress)! Experience service and feeling of Japanese maid cafes found in famed Akihabara, Japan with the world famous AniMaid Café and Host Club at AM2 (this summer at the most anticipated FREE summer convention June 15-17, 2012 at the Anaheim Convention Center and Anaheim Hilton). Over fifty (50+) lovely maids and gentle hosts entertain with live performances, fun interactive games, contests, prizes, merriment and fun while attendees feast upon Japanese style food and drink! More info can be found at www.am2con.org

Dark Horse Comics to Publish Art of Portal 2!

DARK HORSE COMICS TO PUBLISH

THE ART OF PORTAL 2

APRIL 2, SEATTLE, WA
– Straight from Dark Horse Comics’ video-game panel at Emerald City Comicon, Dark Horse announced the brand-new art book for Valve’s Portal 2!

Meta Con 2012 Announces Todd Haberkorn, YTCracker


Bloomington, Minneapolis - April 2, 2012 - MetaCon 2012, the newest and hottest comic, sci-fi, and anime con to come to Minneapolis is excited to announce the first two guests for the 2012 Meta Convention will be voice actor Todd Haberkorn, and professional DJ and programmer YTCracker. MetaCon 2012 will bring together thousands of anime, sci-fi, gaming, pop culture, and music fans to a three-day convention at the Doubletree Bloomington Hotel in Bloomington, Minnesota from August 31 to September 2, 2012.

Fate/Zero Opening Singer LiSA is Coming to America!

Fate/Zero Opening Singer LiSA is Coming to America
Official CD Import and Guest Appearance on the Horizon

SANTA MONICA, CA (March 31, 2012)
– Fans of the hit anime series Fate/Zero can really look forward to this summer. At her recent concert at the Anime Contents Expo in Japan, Recording Artist and Fate/Zero opening singer LiSA has announced her US debut appearance at Anime Expo 2012 in Los Angeles. In celebration of this occasion, just in time for her appearance at Anime Expo, Aniplex of America is bringing LiSA’s music to North America. From her full-length album to her chart toping single release, North American fans will have the opportunity to own their very own copy of LiSA. Pre-orders for all the SKUs starts Monday, April 2nd.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Topps & IDW Announce Joint Venture

Topps & IDW Announce Joint Venture

MARS ATTACKS: The Broadway Musical

(San Diego, March 29)
– Coinciding with the Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle, trading card giant Topps and comic book publisher IDW announced today an exciting joint venture: the co-production of a thrilling, big-budget Broadway musical based on the MARS ATTACKS saga, which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2012. While Topps and IDW have each had success with their properties in film, a Broadway production is a first for both companies.

Eternal Descent and Calabash Animation launch Animated Series on IndieGoGo

Eternal Descent and Calabash Animation Launch Animated Series on IndieGoGo

Star studded heavy metal series from IDW Publishing
puts music and comics in motion

(San Diego, March 29)
--The Eternal Descent comic series from IDW Publishing has bridged the worlds of music and comics like no other, with an army of chart topping heavy metal stars including Joe Satriani, Wayne Static, Gus G, Arch Enemy, Periphery, Shadows Fall, and many more appearing throughout the saga.


Dark Horse To Release Mignola & Golden's JOE GOLEM Deluxe Edition!

DARK HORSE TO RELEASE MIKE MIGNOLA
AND CHRISTOPHER GOLDEN’S NEW NOVEL
JOE GOLEM IN A DELUXE HARDCOVER EDITION!

MARCH 29, SALT LAKE CITY, UT
–In conjunction with the release of Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden’s latest collaboration earlier this week, and Mignola’s appearance at this weekend’s World Horror Convention, Dark Horse is pleased to announce a limited-edition hardcover release of Joe Golem and the Drowning City.

AM2 Announces Convention Debut of Live Board Game CONVENTION RUSH this June 15-17 in Anaheim, CA

AM2 PROVIDES MORE FUN FOR PASSPORT HOLDERS WITH THE CONVENTION DEBUT OF THE ONE-OF-A-KIND LIVE BOARD GAME ³CONVENTION RUSH² THIS JUNE 15-17, 2012 AT THE ANAHEIM CONVENTION CENTER AND HILTON

Win Amazon Gift Cards and Earn Limited Beta Tester Ribbons (While Supplies Last) Available for Passport Holders That Participate and Play! Get your Passports Today and Experience the Difference!

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (March 29, 2012)
­ 3 Day Passport holders get ready to play the debut of the most awesome one-of-a-kind LIVE and INTERACTIVE Board Game, Convention Rush (by the makers of Theme Park Rush), where players are the pieces and AM2 is the board at this summer¹s most anticipated anime, manga and music convention this coming June 15-17, 2012 at the Anaheim Convention Center and Hilton. More info can be found at www.am2con.org

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Steven Yeun to Appear at C2E2!

STEVEN YEUN TO BE SPOTLIGHT GUEST AT
CHICAGO COMIC & ENTERTAINMENT EXPO (C2E2)

Star of The Walking Dead To Participate in Q & A with Fans;
Followed by 3-Hour Signing!

Norwalk, CT, March 28, 2012
: Noted actor Steven Yeun, currently starring in the role of Glenn in AMC’s hit original series The Walking Dead, will appear at this year’s Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2). In addition to his starring role in The Walking Dead, Mr. Yeun has also recently starred in an episode of the television series Law & Order: Los Angeles and an episode of Warehouse 13. Steven Yeun, who lived in Chicago where he performed with the Second City Theatre, will appear at C2E2 on Saturday, April 14 where he will conduct a Q & A with fans followed by a free 3-hour signing.

AniMinneapolis 2012 Announces Fan Guests

Bloomington, MN - March 28, 2012 - AniMinneapolis, the second-largest anime convention in Minneapolis, is excited to announce two local fan guests for the 2012 convention, including Master costumer Robert "Vash" Lewis and comic-book reviewer Lewis "Linkara" Lovhaug. The Anime Minneapolis 2012 convention will be happening June 29 - July 1, 2012 at the Mall of America.

3 More VIZ Manga Digital Debuts, Including GENKAKU PICASSO, PRINCE OF TENNIS!

VIZ MEDIA DELIVERS A SECOND DIGITAL UPDATE FOR MARCH OF NEW MANGA SERIES LAUNCHING ON VIZMANGA.COM AND THE VIZ MANGA APP FOR iPAD, iPHONE AND iPOD TOUCH

GENKAKU PICASSO, THE PRINCE OF TENNIS And
YU-GI-OH! 5D’s Join The Extensive VIZ Manga Digital Library

March 26, 2012
VIZ Media continues to stir the imaginations of fans across North America with the latest announcement of a second update for the month of March featuring four new manga (graphic novel) series set to debut on VIZManga.com and for digital download on the VIZ MANGA App for the Apple iPad®, iPhone® and iPod® touch.