Wednesday, December 6, 2017

#NewYorkComicCon 2017 Part Four

Last set of showfloor clips. Enjoy!



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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Monday, December 4, 2017

Saturday, December 2, 2017

#NewYorkComicCon 2017 Part One

This video includes the Artist Alley (near closing time); the show floor lobby (after hours), including the DC Comics booth; "Tap Your Badge to Win a Prize;" some show room shots, including Transformers, Viz Media and Hiro Mashima, and a personal message from John Leguizamo


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Photography by Linda Thai

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Friday, December 1, 2017

#AnimeNYC 2017 #SailorMoonDay #MoonPanel

If you missed the panel check out the clips below. It includes footage of the introduction event, the guests that were invited and the voice acting character swap between selective actors. Thanks for watching!


Thursday, November 30, 2017

#AnimeNYC 2017 Cosplay

Random cosplays from Anime NYC. Predominantly, the video contains footage from the Sailor Moon Day Fan Gathering that happened at 4:30pm. Enjoy!


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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

#AnimeNYC 2017 Showroom

If you missed the first Anime NYC, check out the video for a view of the showfloor! It was on one floor of the Jacob Javits Convention Center and vendors included but not limited to anime conventions, retailers, gaming, bento box maker and anime and manga companies. Enjoy!


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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Reflections of Yuri!!! On Ice from an Adult Skater - Episode 12

Episode 12 – Gotta Super-Super Charge It!! Grand Prix Final Free Skate



This episode starts out as if the journey is about to end. “After the final, let's end this,” Katsuki said to Victor. He continues with “thank you for everything. Thank you for being my coach.” There are a few times where I have been thinking about when would I actually stop skating. It's like when I ask myself, when will I stop cosplaying. Am I too old for this? In both hobbies, I have seen many who are older than me and sometimes I see families participating. I've seen families dressing up together at conventions and skating together at rinks. To be honest with you, I do not know when I'll say goodbye to my coaches. Probably, the obvious answer would be if one of us moves. Can't really coach from afar.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Reflections of Yuri!!! On Ice from an Adult Skater - Episode 11

Episode 11 – Gotta Super-Super Charge It!! Grand Prix Final Short Program

If you have been keeping up with my writings, I mentioned earlier that I only skate oncze for a competition and that determines my placement. So, I only have one chance in skating better than anyone. As Katsuki said, “I have to take a risk...I can't afford complacency and finding out how far I can push myself will help motivate me to keep fighting through the final...Since then I focused a lot of practice time on the Quad Flip.” Now, obviously, I don't do ANY quad jumps. Dear lord no. I prefer keeping my knees intact, thank you very much. However, I know how Katsuki feels. Sometimes being flawless isn't enough. I can be competing against one person, but my required elements have to be higher in difficulty and executed much better.


Sunday, October 29, 2017

Reflections of Yuri!!! On Ice from an Adult Skater - Episode 10

Episode 10 – Gotta Supercharge It!! Pre-Grand Prix Final Special!



This episode starts out with what appears to be a relaxing set up. You hear Victor say, “sometimes you on vacation time away from your hectic everyday life when you relax and be yourself.” See, I have a normal day job, where I'm at work for 8 hours a day. Personally, I haven't felt the “need a vacation” yet. HOWEVER, to my surprise, I felt like that with skating! I don't have a schedule like the senior level competitors on TV, but there was a time where I told my coach that I didn't feel like taking a lesson. It was in February 2017 and within one week I had TWO events. One was a competition and the other an exhibition. I only agreed to the exhibition because I thought I DIDN'T have competition that week. Turns out, the rink hosting the event gave me permission to compete without a coach. Well, I guess I had to perform twice that week, which resulted in me being exhausted. I was like coach...I don't want to see you...no skating...and that mentality lasted for TWO weeks. Yes, no skating for those weeks, not even leisure.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Reflections of Yuri!!! On Ice from an Adult Skater - Episode 9

Episode 9 – Yuri vs Yuri The Honor! Rostellecom Cup, Free Skate


Knowing that he can't be there, Victor tells Katsuki, “I'm sorry, Yuri. I know I won't be here; I'll be there with you in spirit.” My coach does something similar. Even though he has other priorities, he has told me to text him when it's going to be my turn to perform. So, he prep talks me over text messaging aka SMS. Lol. Also, he has other ways of showing that he cares about my performance; he always asks for a video.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Reflections of Yuri!!! On Ice from an Adult Skater - Episode 8

Episode 8 – Yuri vs Yuri The Honor! Rostellecom Cup, Short Program

Katsuki said something to Plisetsky that makes sense for any type of competition, “I know both of us can't win. I'm sure we'll both skate well.” Yes, there's only one first place. The two characters are more friendly rivals than friends. I don't have rivals like that, at least not yet anyway. However, I know eventually I'll be skating against a friend. It might be easier if we were friendly rivals. It's harder when it's against a friend. I'm sure we both want to get on the podium. The question is, who's going to get gold.


Thursday, October 26, 2017

Reflections of Yuri!!! On Ice from an Adult Skater - Episode 7

Episode 7 - China's On! The Grand Prix Series Opening Event!! The Cup of China Free Skate

Well, this episode starts out with a dose of reality. Victor said to Katsuki, “you haven't slept have you?” Ah yeah...I know that feeling. I don't know why it happens. I had a competition at 10am, but I had to get on the ice at 8:45am to warm up. That means, I had to wake up around 6am to do my usual morning routine in addition to applying on make up and leave on time to catch the train. I'm pretty sure I fell asleep after midnight...with eyes staring at the ceiling, but I did make it pretty early for the rink's 8:45am freestyle session to do my warm up.


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Reflections of Yuri!!! On Ice from an Adult Skater - Episode 6

Episode 6 – China's On! The Grand Prix Series Opening Event!! The Cup of China Short Program

With some reflection, I've been to four competitions and performed at an exhibition. I've already developed a pre-competition eating habit. Victor asked Katsuki, “why aren't you eating the shrimp?” and his response was “no raw food for me, not night before competition.” Unlike, Katsuki, I eat the night before. However, I try NOT to eat a full meal before competition. Why? Because 1) I don't want to have to use the bathroom 5 minutes before my turn and 2) I don't want to have a stomach ache during the program. I already have to calm my nerves, I don't want to be concerned with actual bathroom issues.


Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Reflections of Yuri!!! On Ice from an Adult Skater - Episode 5

Episode 5 – Face Beet-Red!! It’s the First Competition! The Chugoku, Shikoku, and Kyushu Championship


As a veteran competitor, Katsuki is probably used to the competitive annual cycle. He knows how to get “ready for the 1st competition of the season.” Because he’s been in it for so long, he’ll notice the age gaps and the up and coming skaters, “I’m the oldest by a lot.” For me, I’m in my first cycle. My first competition was in October 2016…and…I did notice all the kids there. However, the competition was divided by category and age groups. So, I didn’t compete against the kids. Regardless, your first competition can be exciting and nerve wrecking.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Reflections of Yuri!!! On Ice from an Adult Skater - Episode 4

Episode 4 – Like Yourself… and Complete the Free Program!!


At some point, you practice so hard that your body will give up on you. There will be times where you are mentally and physically exhausted. Because of this, Katsuki woke up late and didn’t arrive on time for his lesson. Yes, that has happened to me…I can’t twirl into my clothing like Katsuki, but I had to blaze through my morning routine to catch the train! However, I was still late…probably at least by 10 minutes. FYI, if your coach is strict, you would have to pay for the lesson duration that you originally intended. If it’s $30 for 30 minutes, but you are late by 10 minutes, you still must pay $30.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Reflections of Yuri!!! On Ice from an Adult Skater - Episode 2

Episode 2: Two Yuris ?! Drama at Yu-topia


Alright, so we are left off with Victor Nikiforov's ambition on teaching Yuri Katsuki. No matter who your coach is, there are coaching fees. Victor said to Katsuki, “defer my coaching fee for now, I'll bill you once you win something.” Well, that's nice of him to put it on a bar tab, but coaching fees add up even if you pay after each lesson. There are coaches that are paid by 30 minutes or an hour, while others are paid based on a contract. However, the amount of time (could be a six-month contract or a 15 minute lesson) and costs are agreed between the coach and skater. So, all us skaters, including Katsuki, need to save for those lesson fees!

Friday, October 20, 2017

Reflections of Yuri!!! On Ice from an Adult Skater - Episode 1

Episode 1: Easy as Pirozhki!! The Grand Prix Final Tears


The episode starts out with someone figure skating and all you see is their skates. This is the moment where you learn about Katsuki Yuri’s admiration of Victor Nikiforov, “ever since I first saw his skating, it's been an unending chain of surprises.” I'm sure that many figure skaters, regardless of the level you are in, have one figure skater that they idolize. Mine is Michelle Kwan. Not sure if she had an “unending chain of surprises,” because she won so many gold medals! However, the ONE possible event that can probably be view as a chain is the unattainable Olympic Gold. She did not get it 1998, 2002 and 2006. Regardless, till this day, I continue to admire her.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Reflections of Yuri!!! On Ice from an Adult Skater


I'm sure we’ve all heard of the 2016 anime hit series during the start of the 2016-2017 figure skating season. If you are a figure skater: competitive (very general: skater who qualifies to compete or old school term “amateur” figure skater), professional (retired from the competitive career, but in general does ice shows or coaches) or adult (very general: started skating after 18 years old), you probably heard about the show through the community. That's basically how I found out about it.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES EVENTS FOR CREATOR AKIRA HIMEKAWA DURING NEW YORK COMIC CON 2017

Creators Of The Bestselling Manga Based On
THE LEGEND OF ZELDA Nintendo Video Game
To Appear As Guests Of Honor At New York Comic Con
San Francisco, CA, September 19, 2017 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), a premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing, announces special appearances and autograph sessions for the creative team behind THE LEGEND OF ZELDA manga series, Akira Himekawa, during New York Comic Con 2017 this October.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES SPECIAL EVENTS, ACTIVITIES, AND EXCLUSIVES AT NEW YORK COMIC CON 2017

THE LEGEND OF ZELDA Manga Creators,
RWBY, Retail Exclusives And More At New York Comic Con 2017!
San Francisco, CA, September 20, 2017 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), a premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing, details special creator events, official panels, fun booth activities, and retail exclusives during New York Comic Con 2017.

Friday, September 29, 2017

IDW DEBUTS WRIGHTSON ARTIFACT EDITION AND OFFERS KIRBY ARTIST’S EDITIONS FOR PRE-ORDER BEFORE NYCC

Bernie Wrightson Artifact Edition launches at NYCC –
Limited Convention Variant Cover Available for Pre-order Now
San Diego, CA (September 19, 2017) — The highly anticipated Bernie Wrightson Artifact Edition will premiere on October 5th at the 2017 New York Comic-Con, exclusively at IDW Booth #1844. The Special Convention Variant of this essential Artifact Edition features Wrightson’s classic House of Secrets #92 cover. The issue itself contained the very first appearance of Swamp Thing!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

BLUEFIN ANNOUNCES NEW STREET FIGHTER V AND MORTAL KOMBAT EXCLUSIVE FIGURES FROM STORM COLLECTIBLES AT THE 2017 NEW YORK COMIC CON


Meet Street Fighter V Lead Character Designer, ‘Kiki’ At The Bluefin Booth And Pick Up New Show Exclusives Of His Latest Creation From The Venerable “Street Fighter” Video Game Franchise
Anaheim, CA, September 25, 2017 – Bluefin, the leading North American distributor of toys, collectibles, and hobby merchandise from Japan, Asia and more, highlights special releases from Storm Collectibles for two of video gaming’s most beloved and venerable properties as it announces Street Fighter V’s Hot Ryu (Black Pants Ver.), Ryu (Brown Gi Ver.) and Noob Saibot (Special Edition) figures for the 2017 New York Comic Con.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

BLUEFIN ANNOUNCES 2017 BANDAI NEW YORK COMIC CON SHOW EXCLUSIVES

Special Show Exclusives Include
Bandai Hobby’s Perfect Grade 1/72 Scale Millennium Falcon,
New Bandai Hobby GunPla Model Kits And
Early Releases Of Bandai Shogukan’s Power Rangers Megazord And Dragonzord Super Mini-Pla Kits
Anaheim, CA, September 19, 2017 – Bluefin, the leading North American distributor of toys, collectibles, and hobby merchandise from Japan, Asia and more, heads to New York Comic Con with a variety of notable show exclusives from Bandai Hobby and Bandai’s Shokugan line.
New York Comic Con takes place October 5th – 8th at the Javits Convention Center in Manhattan and is the nation’s biggest pop culture convention. The annual event plays host to the latest and greatest in comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies, and television. For more information, please visit NewYorkComicCon.com and NYCC’s social media pages (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram).

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES PARTICIPATION AT ANIME WEEKEND ATLANTA 2017

VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES PARTICIPATION AT
ANIME WEEKEND ATLANTA 2017


Anime And Manga Fans Invited To Catch Special Panels On
NARUTO And SAILOR MOON Highlighted By
Renowned Japanese And English Voice Cast Members

Thursday, August 10, 2017

A Success with Plamoya: Makkachin and More


Just to give you a back story. I have a friend who's an avid fan of Yuri!!! On ice. Because I happen to figure skate, he was VERY persistent in seeing me cosplay as someone from the show. I kept resisting. We ended up having a bet where if I lost, I had to cosplay Yuri On Ice. It was a very simple bet: he had to get at least 100 people to vote on a poll “yes” that they wanted to see me cosplay from that series. Miraculously, I lost...he got over 100 votes! To honor his victory, I chose to crossplay as Yuri Katsuki.

Monday, July 17, 2017

SDCC 2017 Exclusives & Debuts from IDW & Top Shelf

San Diego, CA (July 5, 2017)— IDW is ready for San Diego Comic-Con International— are you? Get prepped for the biggest convention of the year with this complete list of IDW’s hottest exclusives and debuts. All of your convention must-haves in one convenient place!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Sailor Moon Day at Anime NYC 2017


SAILOR MOON DAY AT ANIME NYC!
Anime NYC and VIZ Media are excited to present Sailor Moon Day – a series of guest appearances and special events in celebration of Sailor Moon and Sailor Moon Crystal on Saturday, November 18th at Anime NYC!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Boyang Jin, 2017 Four Continents Championships - Spiderman (soundtrack)

Boyang Jin, who is representing China, is the 2016 World Bronze medalist. While watching the Four Continents Championships, I notice his top. It reminded me of the web design on Spider-Man's outfit. Unbeknownst to me, his short program this season is Spiderman Theme (Junkie XL Remix) performed by Michael Buble. Well, that explains the outfit! While watching his performance, I can see that he's channeling the character through the choreography of Lori Nichol. It includes the iconic web shooting and some poses that reminds me of the character. Also, the piece is jazzy, so there will be some dancing. Enjoy!


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

GOD COUNTRY SENT BACK TO PRINT ON DAY OF RELEASE

Image Comics is pleased to announce that in order to keep up with overwhelming customer demand, the hot new release GOD COUNTRY #1 by Donny Cates and Geoff Shaw has been rushed back to print.

Nerdist raves, “We’ve already told you how amazing God Country #1 is, so this is just a reminder. God Country #1 is William Faulkner meets Jack Kirby. Donny Cates and Geoff Shaw are going to blow your mind. Trust us on this one, guys.”


In GOD COUNTRY, Emmet Quinlan, an old widower rattled by dementia, isn't just a problem for his children—his violent outbursts are more than the local cops can handle. When a tornado levels his home—as well as the surrounding West Texas town—a restored Quinlan rises from the wreckage. The enchanted sword at the eye of the storm gives him more than a sound mind and body, however. He's now the only man who can face the otherworldly creatures the sword has drawn down to the Lone Star State...

GOD COUNTRY #1 remains available for purchase across all digital platforms, including the Image Comics website (imagecomics.com), the official Image Comics iOS app, Comixology’s website (comixology.com), iOS, Android, and Google Play.

GOD COUNTRY #1, 2nd printing (Diamond Code NOV169175) will be available on Wednesday, February 15th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, January 23rd.

ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
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 www.imagecomics.com.


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Image Comics Press Release

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

VIZ MEDIA EXPANDS OVERDRIVE OFFERINGS WITH OVER 48 NEW DIGITAL MANGA TITLES

Scores Of New VIZ Media Manga Available In 2017 For Digital Lending At Participating Public and School Libraries
San Francisco, CA, January 17, 2017 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), a premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing, expands its relationship with the digital reading platform, OverDrive. An impressive collection of newly added digital manga titles by some of the genre’s most popular and renowned creators are now available at participating public and school libraries in the United States and Canada on the platform.

Monday, January 30, 2017

SENTAI FILMWORKS NETS “Ajin: Demi-Human”

HOUSTON, JANUARY 17, 2017 – Sentai Filmworks announced today that it acquired home video and transactional video on demand rights to the heart-pounding horror thriller, Ajin: Demi-Human, created by Polygon Pictures, under an exclusive license with the Ajin Production Committee.
Kei Nagai is just another carefree high school student until a fatal accident brings his young life to a violent end. But Kei’s death is only the beginning. A resurrection brings not salvation but horror and the realization that he is something other than human. Kei and others like him, known as “Ajin”, are blessed with regenerative powers but they are hunted for cruel and sinister purposes. Kei must elude dark forces and confront the limits of his own humanity in a world that is truly inhumane.

Friday, January 27, 2017

TAKE A SCI-FI DIVE INTO YAHTZEE CROSHAW’S LATEST DARK HORSE NOVEL

MILWAUKIE, Ore., (Date, 17, 2017)—Yahtzee Croshaw, known for the critically acclaimed video review site Zero Punctuation as well as Dark Horse titles Mogworld (2010) and Jam (2012), has a new adventure sci-fi novel: Will Save the Galaxy for Food, out from Dark Horse Books on February 1, 2017.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY Comes to Marvel Comics This April!

Featuring Story Content Not Seen In The Feature Film!
New York, NY—January 17th, 2017 — The Rebellion comes to Marvel! This April, one of the biggest films of 2016 becomes one of the biggest comics of 2017 as ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY comes to comic shops and digital devices everywhere! Written by Jody Houser (Max Ride) with art by Emilio Laiso (Star Wars Annual), join the harrowing group of Rebels as they embark on a life or death mission to save the galaxy!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

HARD-HITTING HORROR SERIES GLITTERBOMB ARRIVES IN PAPERBACK THIS MARCH

Collecting the first four issues, plus inside-Hollywood essays from Holly Raychelle Hughes
Fan-favorite writer Jim Zub (WAYWARD, SKULLKICKERS) and red-hot new artist Djibril Morissette-Phan (The Ultimates, All-New Wolverine) will release the first trade paperback collection of their explosive horror series GLITTERBOMB this March from Image Comics.
Farrah Durante is a middle-aged actress hunting for her next gig in an industry where youth trumps experience. Her frustrations become an emotional lure for something horrifying out beyond the water: something ready to exact revenge on the shallow, celebrity-obsessed culture that's led her astray.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

SENTAI FILMWORKS ANNOUNCES CANADIAN RELEASE OF GIRLS UND PANZER DER FILM

Following its U.S. Debut, Girls Und Panzer Der Film to Hit More Than 30 Canadian Cities on January 26, 2017
HOUSTON, January 17, 2017 – Sentai Filmworks, a leading independent distributor of Japanese anime and pop culture programming, announced today its Canadian release schedule for the English-dubbed, critically acclaimed, and record-breaking Japanese anime film, Girls und Panzer der Film. Beginning January 26, 2017, Girls und Panzer der Film will screen in more than 30 major Canadian cities, including: Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, and Ottawa.