Friday, December 30, 2016

Sunday Adventures at New York Comic Con 2016

I was supposed to cosplay this day, but I decided not to because 1) it was going to rain and 2) I wanted to wake up early enough to hit all the booths I missed on the show floor. Good idea on my part. Cosplay would have taken up too much preparation time. Also, that morning, I think, I received an alert from NYCC about NOT going there too early because of the rain. It worked because I got inside the queue hall fairly quickly without waiting in the rain.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Saturday Adventures at New York Comic Con 2016

Saturday…As a veteran attendee of this event, I knew it was going to be bad. However, after seeing how Friday went, I questioned how smoothly Saturday would be. Well, some moments went well, others...were an eye opener.

Today, as every convention Saturday tends to be, it’s the day you see the most cosplay. I dressed up as Morgiana from Magi the Labyrinth of Magic. It was a very convenient outfit to wear, but…I still needed a bag and…A JACKET! It was cold! My cosplay doesn’t have sleeves, so I had to keep warm. At least this time when I arrived at the convention area, there wasn’t a line fiasco. I was able to walk into the convention and accomplished my first task.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Scarlet Witch at New York Comic Con 2016

Friday Adventures at New York Comic Con 2016

Oh boy. Where do I begin? The line situation that was a conundrum or what I accomplished that day? Maybe about my strategies around the convention center? Yes, let’s start with my planning and end the day on a happy note.

Before Friday arrived, I planned out what I had to do and what items to bring to get signed. Friday was basically going to be autograph day, while cosplaying as Scarlet Witch from Age of Ultron. Since I would be blazing out the door to beat the crowd on Friday morning, I had to pack my books and lay out cosplay essentials, like makeup, the night before.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Thursday Adventures at New York Comic Con 2016

This was the day where I did only straight shopping for exclusives or simply first dips on whatever was available. My shopping list is based on what dealers announced through their social media or newsletter and exclusives listed on the convention website. However, any good veteran of NYCC knows that to get the goods, you gotta wake up at the crack of dawn. I reached the area and lined up around 7:30am. The line was already down 40th street and 12th Avenue. It’s good to have something or someone to keep you occupied for the LONG wait until 10am. Yes, the early bird DOES catch the worm at NYCC.

When it was time for us to go to the show floor, the first booth I went to was Good Smile Company. They announced their exclusives on their Instagram and there’s one that I’ve been eyeing on. When I first discovered it, it was only available at Wonder Festival 2015, which is in Japan. So, obviously for me, it was my first shopping target. There was only about 6 people in line for the booth, so I had a good chance of purchasing it. When it was my turn, I asked about the product to get official confirmation that it’s the same figure from Wonder Festival 2015 and yes, it was. It’s basically a convention exclusive, so I couldn’t get it officially from retailers. $50 flat and I’m done with the first thing on my list!

Next booth I went to was on the other side of the show floor: IDW Publishing. They were selling a convention exclusive Revolution #1 black and white cover comic, which has Transformers in it. There was no line, so it was fairly easy for me to get it. Smart move on my end was that I brought a bag and board for the issue. It would have died in my bag.

Viz Media’s booth was visibly nearby, so I went there to get the Assassination Classroom Vol. 13. However, I was only getting that if the free pin was still available. Because they were selling the book at retail price, there was no point of me getting the book without the pin. Yes, they had the pin and I got the Sailor Moon tote bag and whatever freebies were there.

Then I went to Chevy, because they were giving away free t-shirts. However, when I reached the booth, apparently, they were other giveaways: a cape and string bag. Since my goal was to get the t-shirt, I went for that first. It was fairly simple. All I had to do was fill out a survey and sign up for information on a specific car that I was interested in. Here’s the best part, the booth people said that I can come back each day to complete it again and get another freebie. Sweet!

Now after my adventures at Chevy, I decided to just go to the nearby booths that were on my list of freebies instead of continuing with my shopping. I was confident that those things I wanted were still available. So I went to the Yen Press and Crunchyroll. Yen Press was giving out pins that was announced prior to the show date and their other freebies like posters and tattoos. Crunchyroll had grab bags for sale, but it’s the same ones from Otakon. Didn’t want to get the same merchandise. I ended up getting free posters instead.

Since I couldn’t think of what else I wanted, I decided to go back to my shopping list. Back to the other side of the show floor! I ended up reaching McCalls and Simplicity’s booths. They were literally adjacent to each other, McCall’s was facing the back of Simplicity’s booth. I went to the latter first because I was intrigued by the booth. It looked like a 1950’s malt shop with mannequins dressed up in the styles from that era, but inspired about our comic book characters. They RARELY have sales on their websites, so I had to buy their $5 patterns. Unfortunately, they only brought a select few, but it’s better than not being able to buy any. Then I went to McCalls booth and brought their $10 and $5 pattern from their Cosplay by McCalls and the Vault Collection, respectively. It’s better than paying for the shipping and handling and the price was better than their sales online by a few dollars.

By now, my bag was probably close to 20lbs: purchases and freebies. However, I had to buy a limited edition Persona 4 pins, and then, hours later, I remembered to go to the booths that sold Lolita fashion items. I went to The Block to get blind box pins. Yes, each box contained a random pair of limited edition pins. I forgot the price…$15 or $25? Well, I only brought one box and I got Yukiko Amagi and Naoto Shirogane. Thankfully, the booth staff had pins on the side that I could do a trade. I switched Yukiko for Yosuke Hanamura.

I started randomly roaming around and getting freebies. Then somehow I remember the two Lolita fashion booths. I was hoping to find something music related because I was a musician and grew up loving music. I went to the Lolita Collective booth and was contemplating on whether or not to buy a $60 violin belly bag. I decided not to, because of the stitching. Then I went to Twylite Fashion and I saw a headband with a violin on it. Since I have straight hair, I had to make sure the headband didn’t fall off. After I tried it on, the headband stayed put and I gladly purchased it. Lastly, a kind individual gave me their unwanted Geico plush…that I’ve been trying to get for years!

So, that’s basically my Thursday! It was the perfect day to shop and grab whatever freebie was available! Definitely going back next year on a Thursday for whatever exclusives or first day freebies there are. See you in NYCC 2017!

© 2016 Linda Thai
Photography by Linda Thai
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Monday, December 26, 2016

Alena Leonova as Harley Quinn at the 2016 Trophee de France

I'm not sure what to think of this...when I saw her costume I was like "ehhhhh...Judges might not like itttt." Yeah, if the judges were traditional, they may not be open minded to a non-skating dress without bedazzle. I cosplay and figure skate, and I went bug eyed on the costume. She could have dressed up as Harley Quinn, but visually, the costume quality does not meet the same standards as other skaters in her level. Unfortunately, the costume did not look professionally done. For goodness sakes! She's skating at a Grand Prix competition! If you can make it to that competition, you are pretty high in the rankings. Also, the's "It's Oh So Quiet" by Björk and I remember hearing it in the movie "Ice Princess." Not sure how the music relates to Harley Quinn though.

What's it Like to Audition for a Yu-Gi-Oh Voice Over Role

How many of you had that moment where you were curious if you can make THAT voice you just heard? That happened to me when I was watching 1st Generation Pokemon and heard Pikachu’s voice. Somehow I thought to myself, “huh, I wonder if I can do that?” After watching how many episodes later, one day, I decided to repeat after the character and the voice just came out. No, I did not practice. Years went by and I didn’t think there was much to this minor ability. Then at New York Comic Con 2016, I saw a sign for a Yu-Gi-Oh voice over audition/contest. My thoughts went back to the time when I was doing Pikachu’s voice. I questioned whether or not this was something I wanted to try. I thought about it for a day or two and I said “why, not? It won’t hurt.” I did for the experience; to see what it was like. It was definitely an eye-opening experience.

Evgenia Medvedeva Performing to Sailor Moon Theme Song

There's one where she does a cosplay version, while the other one is in an elegant blue skating dress.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

#NYCC 2016 - Day Two, Part Three

#NYCC 2016 - Day Two, Part Two

#NYCC 2016 - Day Two, Part One

#NYCC 2016 - Day One, Part Two

#NYCC 2016 - Day One, Part One

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

IMAGE COMICS at New York Comic Con! #NYCC

Creator-owned panels, con exclusive variants,
and signings in #YourImage

Image Comics is pleased to return to the big apple this year for New York Comic Con on Thursday, October 7th through Sunday, October 9th. Please note: updates to the schedule may appear online during the show. Please refer to the post for the most up-to-date information.

FIRST LOOK! NEW #Marvel By #HerUniverse Fashion Collection Debuts at #NYCC & #HotTopic!

New Marvel By Her Universe
Fashion Collection Launches
at New York Comic Con
and Hot Topic

Empower Your Wardrobe with New Designs Inspired by
Some of Your Favorite Marvel Heroes

New York, NY (October 4th, 2016) - Fans at New York Comic Con will have the opportunity to get their hands on a coveted new Marvel fashion collection created by Her Universe. The groundbreaking fangirl fashion company and lifestyle brand will present the collection, inspired by some of the most popular and powerful Marvel female Super Heroes, in the Her Universe/Hot Topic pop-up shop located within the Official ReedPOP Supply Co. Store at New York Comic Con. New York Comic Con is being held October 6-9 at the Javits Center in New York City. Fans unable to attend New York Comic Con can purchase the spectacular Marvel designs exclusively at select Hot Topic stores and online at

#Konami and #YuGiOh Comes to #NYCC 2016!


Offerings Include Custom Token Card,
an Exclusive Game Mat, Free Tournaments and more

El Segundo, Calif. (October 3, 2016) – Heading to New York Comic Con next week? Make sure to stop at booth #1321 to see what is new and exciting from Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. (KONAMI). The company will feature its ever-popular Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME (TCG) and will offer plenty of exciting activities for attendees to experience as they explore the East Coast’s biggest pop culture convention, New York Comic Con (NYCC), held at the Javits Center October 6-9.

Monday, October 3, 2016

#VIZMedia's Full Roster of #NYCC Activities, Including TWO In Booth Signings!



Catch Appearances By The Creator Of ASSASSINATION CLASSROOM,
ONE-PUNCH MAN Voice Cast, RWBY Anime Talent And
DRAGON BALL SUPER Creator, And More!

San Francisco, CA, September 30, 2016 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), a premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing, brings a jam-packed weekend of unique creator events, informative panel discussions, fun booth activities and a specially curated selection of exclusive retail items available for purchase during New York Comic Con 2016.

#IsunaHasekura, the author of #SPICEANDWOLF, at #NYCC2016

Gearing up for New York Comic Con is always fun, but this year is especially exciting. Why? Well, for those of you that don't know, Isuna Hasekura, the author of SPICE AND WOLF, is going to be here! He'll be signing the SPICE AND WOLF ANNIVERSARY COLLECTOR'S EDITION at Kinokuniya on Thursday, October 6th at 6pm, speaking at a panel at NYCC on Friday, October 7th at 2:45pm and then signing at 4pm at the Javits Convention Center.

#IDWPublishing’s #NYCC2016 Schedule

IDW Publishing’s 2016 New York Comic Con Schedule
Panels, Signings, Exclusives, And More!

San Diego, CA (September 30, 2016) – IDW and Top Shelf return to New York Comic Con next weekend to the annual convention held from October 6th – October 9th and are once again bringing along big name creators, essential exclusives, and debuting some of the fall’s most anticipated titles!

Located at booth #1844 the IDW booth will be packed all weekend long with signings featuring television casts, comic creators, and more!

Thursday October 6th

10:00 – 11:00 Who Killed Kurt Cobain? – Nicolas Otero
(*Show debut!)
10:00 – 11:00 The Electric Sublime – W. Maxwell Prince, Martín Morazzo
(*Show debut!)
11:00 – 12:00 Powerpuff Girls – Derek Charm
11:00 – 12:00 Gutter Magic – Rich Douek
12:00 – 1:00 Bloom County – Berkeley Breathed
(*Ticketed signing, see employee for details)
1:00 – 2:00 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Paul Allor, Caleb Goellner,
Matthew K. Manning
2:00 – 3:00 ROM – Chris Ryall, David Messina
(*Check out the show exclusive variant!)
2:00 – 3:00 The X-Files – Joe Harris, Cat Staggs
3:00 – 4:00 My Little Pony – Tony Fleecs, Brenda Hickey, Andy Price,
Sara Richard, Thom Zahler
4:00 – 5:00 Ragnarök – Walter Simonson
5:00 – 6:00 Transformers – Andrew Griffith, Corin Howell, Alex Milne
5:00 – 6:00 Action Man – Paolo Villanelli
6:00 – 7:00 Star Trek – Donny Cates, Derek Charm, Joe Corroney, David Messina, Tony Shasteen
(*Check out the show exclusive variant!)

#ONEPUNCH3MAN Anime Voice Cast To Make #NYCC Appearances!


English Voice Actors Zach Aguilar, Eric Scott Kimerer and
Chris Jai Alex To Make Exclusive Appearances At
The East Coast’s Premier Pop Culture Convention

San Francisco, CA, September 29, 2016 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), a premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing, proudly welcomes key English cast members from the hit anime series ONE-PUNCH MAN for a special series of personal appearances at New York Comic Con 2016.

#NYCC AFTERPARTY: #ImageComics & #MidtownComics team up for a night to benefit The #CBLDF

You’re invited to join the fun on Friday night at Bowlmor Times Square

#NYCC2016: #DarkHorseComics All-Stars Give "Black Hammer" the Super Treatment

Jeff Lemire, Matt Kindt, Dave Stewart, and more give “Black Hammer” fans an anthology worthy of Spiral City’s former heroes

MILWAUKIE, Ore., (September 29, 2016)—Jeff Lemire’s superhero comic series is getting the super treatment: Dark Horse is proud to announce that Black Hammer will have an oversized anthology issue in early 2017.

#IDWPublishing Announce #NYCC2016 Exclusives & Debuts

IDW Publishing is heading to New York Comic Con with a ton of exclusives you won’t want to miss! See below for a full list of your convention must-haves.


Dirk Gently: Salmon of Doubt #1 Metallic Ink Variant
Cover art by Ilias Kyriazis
$10, Limited to 300 copies
*Cast signing at show!*

#NYCC2016 - #DarkHorseComics Celebrates Ten Years of Empowerment

Adam Warren’s scantily clad superhero returns to battle a new foe…love

MILWAUKIE, Ore., (September 28, 2016)—In honor of the tenth anniversary of Adam Warren’s breakout hit, Dark Horse is proud to announce the next installments in the Empowered series: Empowered and the Soldier of Love and Empowered Volume 10. Adam Warren (The Dirty Pair, Gen13) creates more adventures for Emp while Karla Diaz (Cute Sins, Coffee Shop) applies her magnificent artistic skills to the Soldier of Love miniseries.

#VIZMedia Welcomes #YuseiMatsui, Creator of #ASSASSINATION CLASSROOM, to #NYCC2016!


Creator Of Bestselling Action Comedy Manga Series
Makes His First-Ever North American Appearance

San Francisco, CA, September 28, 2016 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), a premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing, announces a series of very special personal appearances by ASSASSINATION CLASSROOM manga series creator Yusei Matsui at New York Comic Con 2016.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Dark Horse Announces #NYCC2016 Programming Schedule

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MILWAUKIE, Ore.— It's here! New York Comic Con 2016 is upon us, and Dark Horse Comics is delivering a full slate of signings from your favorite creators!
All creators signing in our booth offer their autographs for FREE. FREE prints, comics, or posters are provided for most of our signings (while supplies last). You may purchase or bring items to be signed; however, we may restrict the type or number of items to be signed as necessary.
Some signings require a wristband for entry, as noted on the schedule. Drawings for wristbands for these events will begin at show opening the day before and day of each signing. Come to the Dark Horse booth early for the best chance to join these events.


NYCC 2016 is going to be a huge event for Robyn Hood and Van Helsing Fans. Announcements, Never Seen Before Exclusive Merchandise, and a Golden Ticket, this is sure to be a great show!
September 26, 2016 Horsham, PA Zenescope Entertainment - With the closing of a chapter in the Grimm Universe for Zenescope, we see the ushering in of these leading ladies, Robyn Hood and Liesel Van Helsing.

#NYCC2016 - Dark Horse Announces Exclusives

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MILWAUKIE, Ore.—Dark Horse is proud to announce its selection of exclusive merchandise for New York Comic Con 2016! From the anticipated Game of Thrones Night King bust to variant covers by some of the most talented artists in the comics industry, Dark Horse has fans covered!
All exclusive merchandise will be available at the Dark Horse booth (#1636) for all of NYCC 2016. Please note that there will be a fixed number of exclusives set aside for each day of the convention.
Check out the full roster of Dark Horse NYCC 2016 exclusives, along with quantity and price, below!

#NYCC2016 Exclusive: New creative team brings fans more Angelic adventures in Season 11

MILWAUKIE, Ore., (September 26, 2016)—Buffy’s first love will receive a solo series and a “re-vamped” creative team in Angel Season 11. Corinna Bechko (Lara Croft, Star Wars: Legacy II) writes Season 11 while Geraldo Borges (Deadpool, Ghost) illustrates the series, and Michelle Madsen (Buffy Season 9, Angel & Faith Season 10) colors the issues. Scott Fischer (Angel & Faith Season 10, Buffy: The High School Years) and Jeff Dekal (Journey into Mystery, Dark Horse Presents) both created covers.


Anaheim, CA, September 27, 2016 – Bluefin, the leading North American distributor of toys, collectibles, and hobby merchandise from Japan, Hong Kong and more, gives collectors and boxing fans a world exclusive first-look at the forthcoming new 1/6 scale Muhammad Ali action figure from Storm Collectibles at the 2016 New York Comic Con.

#NYCC2016 Exclusive: Evan Dorkin, Sarah Dyer, and Erin Humiston's “Calla Cthulhu” and “Dork!” to be rereleased

MILWAUKIE, Ore., (September 27, 2016)—Dark Horse proudly announces further collaborations with Eisner Award–winning creator Evan Dorkin (Beasts of Burden, Milk and Cheese) and Sarah Dyer (Beasts of Burden, Action Girl Comics). Dorkin and Dyer have been a major creative team in the comics industry for years, and Dark Horse is proud to present new projects with them. In 2017, Dark Horse will publish a trade paperback of Calla Cthulhu and a hardcover collection of Dork!


Catch The World Exclusive Reveal Of The Soul Of Chogokin Megazord Combined Form Robot, GunPla Builders World Cup, Special S.H.Figuarts Advance Release Figures And Limited Edition And Special Variant GunPla Model Kits
Anaheim, CA, September 28, 2016 – Bluefin, the leading North American distributor of toys, collectibles, and hobby merchandise from Japan, Hong Kong and more, returns to the East Coast's biggest pop culture convention – New York Comic Con – with an exclusive array of new and soon-to-be-released products from Bandai Shokugan, Bandai Hobby and Tamashii Nations.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Cosplaying as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch from Avengers: Age of Ultron

I don’t remember exactly how I learned about the movie or character, but do remember looking up as many photos as possible including those from a professional agency. Basically, I made the outfit before the movie came out. I picked the character because of the outfit. I like the tough yet feminine look it has plus I figured could finally have a non-anime related character cosplay for New York Comic Con.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

The Love Live! Adventure at Anime Boston 2016

It was announced that KLabs, the people behind the online mobile game Love Live! School Idol Festival, was going to be at the convention. Not too long before the announcement I learned of Love Live! because I started watching the anime. I knew it had a fan base. Unfortunately, I had no idea how HUGE the fan base was.

On Friday, I was casually browsing around the Dealers Room to see what the vendors had to offer. Around early afternoon, I reached the KLabs booth and asked about the products they were selling. To my astonishment, the merchandise was sold out within the first hour of the opening! There was nothing left to buy that day. That’s when I knew how extremely popular Love Live! was.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Activities at Winter Con 2015

Day 1

Treasure Chest booth. Yes, people played the game and won the consoles. I was contemplating whether or not I should play.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Adventures at Winter Con 2015

This was my first Winter Con and my initial concern was that it was in the middle of nowhere, sort of. It’s pretty deep in Queens and I never been at that area. I did look up the location, and it is located in a casino. Next was trying to figure out HOW to get there.

Unlike the MTA, the casino’s shuttle bus service does not have proper signage at their stops, so I had a difficult time figuring out where I should actually wait for this bus. Luckily, before the day of the con, I spotted a casino bus and ask the driver where I should wait for the bus tomorrow. So on the day of, I waited 10 minutes prior to where I was supposed to stand.

Monday, July 25, 2016


Upcoming Series Debuts Include New DRAGON BALL Series, The Highly Anticipated REVOLUTIONARY GIRL UTENA Box Set, And The Epic MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM THUNDERBOLT
San Francisco, CA, July 5, 2016 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), a premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing, detailed a bevy of publishing acquisitions during its official panel event held this past weekend at the 2016 Anime Expo in Los Angeles, CA.

Change the World. Meet Marvel’s CHAMPIONS!

New York, NY—July 5th, 2016 — The Marvel Universe is fractured. Heroes, who once stood together, now position themselves in opposition to one another. Idols of the Marvel Universe who once endured in the light are now shrouded within shades of gray, and the heroes of tomorrow are fed up! It’s time for a change. It’s time for a brighter tomorrow. Enter...the CHAMPIONS! They’re coming to you in Marvel’s CHAMPIONS #1 – a brand-new ongoing series launching this October as the flagship title of Marvel NOW!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Aniplex of America Announces God Eater English Dub and Product Release Details

The Anime Series Based on the Popular Game By Namco Bandai Entertainment To Receive an English Dub and a Home Video Release
SANTA MONICA, CA (July 1, 2016) – Aniplex of America announced today at their Anime Expo® industry panel in Los Angeles their plans to release God Eater on Blu-ray starting this November. Animated by the critically acclaimed ufotable (Fate/Zero, Fate/stay night [Unlimited Blade Works]) and directed by Takayuki Hirao (The Garden of Sinners: Mujun Rasen), Volume 1 is scheduled for release on November 29th and Volume 2 is scheduled for January 31st, 2017. Pre-orders for both SKUs will begin this Friday at 5pm PDT (July 1st, 2016) on the official God Eater US website (


Araragi Finally Comes Face to Face with his Forgotten Past
SANTA MONICA, CA (July 1, 2016) –Aniplex of America announced today at their Anime Expo® industry panel in Los Angeles their plans to release OWARIMONOGATARI on Blu-ray starting this fall. The next chapter of the fan-favorite Monogatari Series franchise will be released in two volume sets with volume 1 scheduled for release on October 25th and volume 2 on December 20th of this year. Pre-orders for both volumes will begin today on Aniplex of America’s official Monogatari Series homepage (

Aniplex of America Announces English Dub and Product Release Details for ERASED

Popular Sci-fi Thriller to Receive English Dub and Home Release
SANTA MONICA, CA (July 1, 2016) –Aniplex of America announced today at their Anime Expo® industry panel in Los Angeles their plans to release ERASED on Blu-ray starting this fall. The sci-fi thriller anime series based on the award-winning manga by Kei Sanbe will be released in two volume sets with Volume 1 scheduled for release on October 18th of this year and Volume 2 on January 24th of next year. Pre-orders for both volumes will begin today on Aniplex of America’s official ERASED homepage (

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Aniplex of America Announces AkibaFest™, A New Animation and Technology Festival Taking Place October 15th & 16th In Little Tokyo, Los Angeles

Los Angeles-based publisher of anime hit franchises like Sword Art Online announces 2-day animation and Japanese pop culture festival
Los Angeles, CA -- July 1, 2016
Aniplex of America, a Los Angeles-based publisher of many of today’s most popular anime franchises today announced their plan to bring AkibaFest™ --a new type of anime convention to Southern California-- inspired by the most popular aspects of Akihabara, aka the Japanese pop culture capital of the world. AkibaFest™ will take place on October 15th and 16th in 2016 in the Little Tokyo section of Los Angeles.


They’re the Team you can Trust!
New York, NY—July 1, 2016 — The security of the Marvel Universe is fractured. The world’s first line of defense, S.H.I.E.L.D., can no longer be trusted. The United States no longer has a super-spy agency with its best interests at heart – until now. Prepare for the U.S.Avengers!


The critically-acclaimed JUPITER’S LEGACY by comics titans Mark Millar (Kingsman: The Secret Service, WANTED, CHRONONAUTS, HUCK) and Frank Quitely launched into an all-new story arc on Wednesday, June 29—Millar Day 2016. In order to keep up with frenzied demand for the title, Image Comics is pleased to announce a second printing that will hit stores on Wednesday, July 27th.

Friday, July 22, 2016

INTERNATIONAL IRON MAN #5 Brings Tony One Step Closer to His Birth Parents!

New York, NY—July 1st, 2016 — As Tony Stark stands at the frontlines of one of the biggest events in Marvel’s history, behind the scenes he wages a much more personal battle. Long teased and long rumored, the truth will finally stand revealed as Tony Stark comes face-to-face with his biological mother in INTERNATIONAL IRON MAN #5! Amid sins past and villains long dormant, superstar creators Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev reveal another piece in the puzzle of the Armored Avenger’s history! So, who is Tony Stark really? The time has come to uncover what his true legacy is. As half his true parentage comes to light, how did his adoption long ago by Howard and Maria Stark come to pass? The answers you’ve been searching for start here! Find out as the mystery unfolds in INTERNATIONAL IRON MAN #5 – coming to comic shops and digital devices this July!

Sentai Filmworks Serves Up “Food Wars! The Second Plate” High-stakes culinary combat never tasted this good!

HOUSTON, JUNE 29, 2016 – The culinary combat phenomenon, Food Wars!, returns this summer with its highly anticipated second season, Food Wars! The Second Plate. Sentai Filmworks picked up this sizzling hot series and is making it available for simulcast and streaming through select digital partners.

Sentai Filmworks “Momokuri”

HOUSTON, JUNE 30, 2016 – Sentai Filmworks has acquired the rights to the slice-of-life romance Momokuri for the Summer 2016 simulcast season.
Yuki Kurihara took a chance one day and confessed her feelings to the boy she liked… and he said “yes”! The boy in question, Shinya Momotsuki (aka Momo-kun) is new when it comes to love, but soon they’re walking home from school, studying, and eating together. There’s just one problem with this otherwise cute couple: Kurihara is so obsessed with her Momo-kun that she’s sneaking photos of him on her phone, freaking out when they touch, and blushing at every adorable thing he does. Can Kurihara’s little heart handle her nearly manic love for her new boyfriend?

Marvel Returns to SDCC With Signings, Panels, Giveaways and More!

Marvel Returns to SDCC With Signings, Panels, Giveaways and More!

New York, NY—July 20, 2016 —This weekend, Marvel returns to San Diego Comic-Con as we prepare for non-stop excitement throughout the entire show! We’re bringing the hottest creators, all kinds of breaking news plus signings, giveaways and awe-inspiring on-stage events that will make this year’s show the one to remember! It’s all happening at the Marvel Booth (Booth #2329) throughout the show so be sure to stop by for your chance to get in on the fun!


Visit Bluefin at 2016 Comic-Con International Booth #401 & Booth #3545

Leading Collectibles Distributor Returns To The Premier Pop Culture Event With Convention Exclusives For Godzilla, Dragon Ball, Naruto, Sailor Moon, Star Wars, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Voltron And More!!

Anaheim, CA, July 19. 2016 – Bluefin, the leading North American distributor of toys, collectibles, and hobby merchandise from Japan, Hong Kong and more, returns to San Diego, CA this month with a special collection of exclusive products from Bandai, Bandai Hobby and Tamashii Nations that will available for purchase at the 2016 Comic-Con International.

Zenescope Unveils E.V.I.L. Heroes at San Diego Comic-Con 2016

Zenescope Unveils E.V.I.L. Heroes at San Diego Comic-Con

HORSHAM, PENNSYLVANIA— Philadelphia-based publisher Zenescope has branched out as of late. Several of the company’s most recent titles have been departures from the more familiar Zenescope fare. Most notable of these new titles may be E.V.I.L. Heroes.


Creator-owned panels, con exclusive variants, and signings in #YourImage

Image Comics is pleased to return to San Diego this year for San Diego Comic-Con on Wednesday, July 20th through Sunday, July 24th.


MONSTRESS, VOL. 1 hardcover by Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda, $40
SNOTGIRL #1 by Bryan Lee O’Malley & Leslie Hung, $10
THROWAWAYS #1 by Caitlin Kittredge & Steven Sanders, cover art by Roberta Ingranata, $10
PAPER GIRLS Book Plate with art by Cliff Chiang (free with purchase of PAPER GIRLS, VOL. 1 at the booth)

* Quantities will be limited by customer and per day on a first come, first served basis. Please ask at the Image booth about availability.



Welcome POKÉMON ADVENTURES Manga Creators

Hidenori Kusaka And Satoshi Yamamoto For A Special Panel Discussion And Autograph Sessions At The Famed Annual Pop Culture And Comics Convention

San Francisco, CA, July 12, 2016 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), a premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing, proudly presents the creators of the famed POKÉMON ADVENTURES manga series – Hidenori Kusaka and Satoshi Yamamoto – for their first-ever North American professional appearance at the 2016 Comic-Con International.

IDW & Top Shelf Announce SDCC 2016 Exclusives & Debuts

San Diego, CA (July 7, 2016) – San Diego Comic-Con International is fast approaching and IDW and Top Shelf are rolling out their hottest exclusives and debuts for the biggest convention of the year! See below for a full list of your convention must-haves and download the ultimate IDW 2016 SDCC Exclusives Shopping Guide PDF for full descriptions and cover images.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016


Action Anime Series About A Superhero With A Knockout Punch, Based On Smash Hit Manga Title, Premieres On North American TV Later This Month!!

San Francisco, CA, July 5, 2016 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), a premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing, has announced the North American broadcast debut of ONE-PUNCH MAN on Adult Swim’s Toonami. VIZ Media and Adult Swim’s Toonami team made the announcement before a packed audience of fans at the nation’s largest anime convention – Anime Expo – held this past weekend in Los Angeles.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Aniplex of America Announces Charlotte English Dub and Product Release Details

Key’s Second Original Anime to Receive English Dub and Home Release
SANTA MONICA, CA (June 4, 2016) – At their industry panel at A-Kon in Dallas, Texas today, Aniplex of America announced their plans to dub and release the popular anime series Charlotte on Blu-ray this August. The all-star creative team of Jun Maeda (Original Story/Screenplay), Na-Ga (Original Character Design), and P.A. Works (Animation) reunited five years after making the hit anime “Angel Beats!” to create this completely original anime series. Volume 1 is scheduled for release on August 16th and Volume 2 on November 15th. Pre-orders for both SKUs will begin next Monday (June 6th) on the official Charlotte U.S. website (

Assault On Stark Tower – Your First Look at UNCANNY INHUMANS #11! Plus the Debut of MOSAIC!

New York, NY—June 3rd, 2016 — With one of their own at the center of the conflict, Medusa leads her people into battle this June in UNCANNY INHUMANS #11 – a Civil War II tie-in! Superstar creators Charles Soule and Carlos Pacheco bring the fireworks as the Inhumans wage war against…Tony Stark? Fueled by the can’t miss events of Civil War II #2 – Medusa cannot stay neutral any longer. And she’s bringing her armies to the Stark’s doorstep…literally! Plus – this issue features the dazzling debut of the much-anticipated Mosaic? But who is this new Inhuman? And are they friend or foe? Find out as the drums of war beat in New Attilan this June in UNCANNY INHUMANS #11!


Yo Jersey! Howyadoin'? Long time, no talk.
Since the last time we talked we have been hard at work on year number two of the New Jersey Comic Expo. The fans had a great time at the first year of the NJCE and the pressure is on to top last year.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016


Image Comics is pleased to reveal the below JUPITER'S LEGACY, VOL. 2 #1 covers, which feature breathtaking artwork by Frank Quitely, Jae Lee, Mike Mayhew, and Rob Liefeld.
In celebration of the launch of JUPITER'S LEGACY, VOL. 2 #1 from Mark Millar (Kingsman: The Secret Service, Empress, HUCK, CHRONONAUTS, WANTED) and Frank Quitely, Image Comics previously announced that Wednesday, June 29, 2016 will be Millar Day.

Not Your Regular Zenescope Fare. E.V.I.L. Heroes Delivers Destruction July 2016!

HORSHAM, PENNSYLVANIA—HORSHAM, PENNSYLVANIA— As of late, Zenescope Entertainment has been rolling out a variety of titles that one might not associate with the popular publisher. A few weeks ago Zenescope released their Aliens vs Zombies trade paperback and they are nearing completion of their Escape from Monster Island series. Zenescope is also past the halfway point for their new urban legend horror title, Satan’s Hollow. This week is the unveiling of Death Force, a powerful revenge tale.


El Segundo, Calif. (June 1, 2016) – This past holiday weekend, the unofficial start to summer, gave way to even more reasons to celebrate for some at the Yu-Gi-Oh! CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES (YCS) Providence. Tahmid Zaman found that he had outpaced the competition in the Main Event to earn himself the coveted spot of YCS Providence Champion. Additionally, young Lyndon Neff made a name for himself as he won the Dragon Duel Championship.

Monday, June 20, 2016


A Collectible Array Of Unique High Quality Products Based On The Smash Hit Anime/Manga Action Series To Be Produced By Leading Brand Partners
San Francisco, CA, June 1, 2016 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), a premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing, has announced several notable new product licensing partners for the hit anime/manga action property, ONE-PUNCH MAN.

National Cartoonists Society Names Ethan Young’s "Nanjing: The Burning City" Best Graphic Novel

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MILWAUKIE, OR— This past weekend, the National Cartoonists Society awarded the Reuben for Best Graphic Novel to Ethan Young for Nanjing: The Burning City, a brutal portrayal of a dark part of World War II history. “To receive the Silver Reuben has been such a proud moment for me. I was up against amazing competition, all published by Dark Horse Comics, so to have Nanjing: The Burning City selected truly humbles me. I hope my future work can continue to live up to the same standards,” remarked Young.

The Revolution Is Here

IDW Merges Their Iconic Hasbro Comics in an Epic Crossover Event
San Diego, CA (June 1, 2016) – IDW Publishing has unveiled its most ambitious comic book publishing venture in its history revolving around its fan-favorite titles based on Hasbro properties.
The “Revolution” event marks the birth of a comic book crossover that will be comprised of not only the TRANSFORMERS and G.I. JOE properties, but also all-new properties MICRONAUTS, ROM, and ACTION MAN, as well as the launch of a long-awaited M.A.S.K.: Mobile Armored Strike Kommand series.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Aniplex of America Announces The Asterisk War English Dub and Product Release Details

Popular Anime Adaptation Slated to Receive English Dub and Home Release
SANTA MONICA, CA (June 4, 2016) – Aniplex of America announced today at their industry panel at A-Kon in Dallas, Texas their plans to dub and release the first season of The Asterisk War on Blu-ray starting this September. This anime series based on the hit light novel by Yuu Miyazaki will be released in two volumes, with limited and standard editions available for both. Volume 1 is scheduled for release on September 20th and Volume 2 on November 22nd of this year. Pre-orders for all four SKUs will begin next Monday (June 6th) on the official The Asterisk War U.S. website (

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Dark Horse Announces "Fight Club 2" Book Tour 2016 Featuring Chuck Palahniuk!

On June 28th, Dark Horse Comics will release the hardcover graphic novel of the full, 10-series run of Fight Club 2. And to mark this occasion, Chuck will be matching that number with a 10-city signing tour! This is Chuck’s first “signing tour” since Tell-All in 2010!
Each fan at an event will meet Chuck, have their copy of Fight Club 2 signed, and up to two backlist books/memorabilia signed as well. Not to mention a photo with Chuck! Before we post the dates though, we gotta set the rules out. After all, this is Fight Club, right?


Issue #127 is fast-tracked to a second printing
INVINCIBLE #127 by writer/co-creator Robert Kirkman (THE WALKING DEAD, OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA) and artist/co-creator Cory Walker is being fast-tracked to a second printing by Image/Skybound Entertainment in order to keep up with customer demand. The issue marked original series artist Walker’s long-awaited return and first full story arc since Ryan Ottley took up art for the book in 2004.


“MYTHIC is a joy to read.”—Rick Remender (LOW, TOKYO GHOST)
Eisner-nominated writer Phil Hester (Green Arrow, INVINCIBLE UNIVERSE) teams up with Eisner-winning artist John McCrea (Hitman, The Boys) for the fascinating folkloric fantasy MYTHIC TP, which collects issues #1-8 into trade paperback this June.

Monday, May 16, 2016


Emma Ríos (MIRROR, ISLAND) will release her dystopian tale I.D. in trade paperback this June.
I.D. analyzes the conflict between perception and identity through the struggle of three people who consider a “body transplant” as a solution to their lives.

The Foreigner Kickstarter 40 hours to Go!

It's hard to believe the time is finally here. The Foreigner Kickstarter campaign is off to a healthy start. Thanks to the generosity of my early supporters we've raised about one-third of the goal ($3,000)!. I'm excited to announce The Foreigner has been selected as one of Kickstarter's "Projects We Love."

HAUNTED MANSION #2 Scares Up a Second Printing This May!

Newest Disney Kingdoms Series Returns For Another Printing!
New York, NY—April 27th, 2016 — The world famous attraction returns to haunt comic shops once more! Marvel is pleased to announce that HAUNTED MANSION #2 has sold out at the distributor level (though copies may still be available at retail) and will immediately return for a second printing! The newest series in the Disney Kingdoms line brings the 999 happy haunts of the Haunted Mansion to (after)life like never before. Rising star creators Joshua Williamson and Jorge Coelho throw open the doors of the mansion and take you, dear reader, on a spine-tingling tour you won’t want to miss. Don’t believe us? The critics are already dying for this comic!

Reflection: NYCC Ticket Hunt

Last year, New York Comic Con 3-Day and 4-Day tickets were sold out the day it was released on their website. Basically, if your computer didn’t go through to beat the online traffic, you were out of luck. I was one of the unlucky ones. So, the next opportunity to acquire the tickets was at Special Edition: New York City, ReedPOPS’s comics focused convention.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Cosplay is NOT Consent Includes Cosplayers Too

I’ve been contemplating for a few days now on whether or not I write about my Cosplay is not Consent experience. Should I write about what happened? Do I want to relive the unfortunate experience? Is it worth being told? Once I asked myself these questions, I realized that my experience should inform cosplayers that they are NOT an exception to the rule.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Elektra Strikes! Your First Look at DAREDEVIL #6!

All-New Story Arc “Elektric Connection” Starts Here!
New York, NY—April 1st, 2016 — Matt Murdock may have somehow managed to hide his identity from the rest of the world, but there are some pieces of his past he cannot escape. This April, the past comes back to haunt him in DAREDEVIL #6 – the exciting first chapter of the new storyline “Elektric Connection”! Writer Charles Soule and guest artist Matteo Buffagni bring the fury of an assassin scorned to the choked streets and smoky rooftops of Hell’s Kitchen. Elektra is back and she’s got a score to settle with the Man Without Fear! As these once lovers battle across the Big Apple, Daredevil may rue the day he ever crossed paths with Elektra. The fireworks begin this April as “Elektric Connection” kicks off in DAREDEVIL #6!

Meet Michael Rooker Of 'Guardians of the Galaxy' At Wizard World Sacramento, Tulsa

Guardians of the Galaxy was the hit film of 2014, and Michael Rooker scored big with fans in the key role of "Yondu." Also a star (as "Merle Dixon") of the hit cable TV show "The Walking Dead," Rooker will meet fans at Wizard World Sacramento and Tulsa later this year.

Saturday, April 16, 2016


HOUSTON, March 31, 2016 – Sentai Filmworks is proud to announce its acquisition of Bakuon!! for the Spring 2016 simulcast season.
Moe and motorcycles have never looked better together in this sports comedy about a group of students in the motorcycle club of their all-girls school. When Hane Sakura sees the wild-hearted Onsa Amano riding a motorcycle to school, Sakura is inspired to join the motorcycle club and get her license. However, nothing could have prepared her for the challenges, or the joys, that come with hitting the road on the wings of a real bike!