With MOON So-ri at Asia Society NY

With MOON So-ri at Asia Society NY
With MOON So-ri at Asia Society NY

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Original graphic novel HELLO KITTY: JUST IMAGINE is available now

© 1976, (2014) SANRIO CO. LTD. Used under license.
 HELLO KITTY® SHOWS ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE IF ONE JUST IMAGINES
IN ORIGINAL GRAPHIC NOVEL RELEASE FROM PERFECT SQUARE

Creativity And Friendship Combine In New All
Ages Release HELLO KITTY: JUST IMAGINE

VIZ Media invites readers of all ages to tap their creative sides for some whimsical new graphic novel adventures with the release of HELLO KITTY: JUST IMAGINE, available now.

HELLO KITTY: JUST IMAGINE is published under the Perfect Square imprint and expands the line of full-color HELLO KITTY® original graphic novels inspired by the global pop icon. JUST IMAGINE brings back the talented team of HELLO KITTY artists including Jacob Chabot, Ian McGinty and Jorge Monlongo, and introduces artist Giovanni Castro and special guest artist Sarah Goodreau. HELLO KITTY: JUST IMAGINE is rated ‘A’ for All Ages and will carry an MSRP of $7.99 U.S. / $9.99 CAN. Anything is possible if you just imagine... Hello Kitty and her friends are letting their imaginations run wild – dreaming up rainy day adventures, inventing amazing machines and solving problems in the most inventive ways. When creativity and friendship combine, the possibilities are endless!

“As Hello Kitty marks her 40th anniversary she's as popular as ever, keeping up with the maker movement in HELLO KITTY: JUST IMAGINE," says Traci Todd, Senior Editor, Children's Publishing. “We hope the young and young at heart will enjoy these new stories and discover their own spirits of creativity and inspiration as well.”

Don’t miss additional full-color HELLO KITTY original graphic novel titles available in-print from Perfect Square including, HELLO KITTY: HERE WE GO!, HELLO KITTY: SURPRISE!, and HELLO KITTY: DELICIOUS!, as well as the brand new HELLO KITTY, HELLO 40 commemorative story and art anthology.

Created by Sanrio, Hello Kitty® is a true lifestyle brand that enjoys tremendous international popularity. In North America, and throughout the world, Hello Kitty is a leading brand that is loved by fans of all ages. The pop icon has more than 14 million followers on Facebook.

HELLO KITTY artist Jacob Chabot is a prolific New York City-based cartoonist, illustrator and writer. His comics have appeared in publications such as Nickelodeon Magazine, Mad Magazine, SpongeBob SquarePants comics, and various Marvel titles. He also illustrated HELLO KITTY editions including HERE WE GO!, DELICIOUS! and SURPRISE!, as well as VOLTRON FORCE: SHELTER FROM THE STORM and VOLTRON FORCE: TRUE COLORS for Perfect Square. His comic series, The Mighty Skullboy Army, is published by Dark Horse, and in 2008 Chabot was also nominated for an Eisner Award for Best Book for Teens. Artist Ian McGinty resides in Savannah, Georgia, and his portfolio includes Adventure Time: Candy Capers (kaBoom!), Bravest Warriors (kaBoom!), HELLO KITTY (VIZ Media), UGLYDOLL (VIZ Media), and Suckers (Zenescope). He is also creator of Chomp! (Top Shelf). Book and comic illustrator and game designer Jorge Monlongo hails from Spain and combines traditional and digital techniques to create worlds in beautiful colors that hide secrets. JUST IMAGINE… is his latest HELLO KITTY title for VIZ Media/Perfect Square and his work has also been featured in several prominent magazines, including Rolling Stone.

Artist Giovanni Castro was born in Colombia, studied art there, and now lives and works in Barcelona, Spain. He works mainly in editorial illustration and comics. Castro has worked with traditional media, but nowadays he does his illustrations digitally. He loves science fiction and historical themes and is interested in history, art and languages.

HELLO KITTY guest artist Sarah Goodreau was born and raised in Massachusetts. Pursuing a lifetime interest in art, she traveled south to study at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Afterwards she spent three years as an illustrator in New York City until moving to Amsterdam where she currently resides.

VIZ Media’s Perfect Square imprint focuses on delivering original comics, manga (graphic novels) and other children’s books with an emphasis on strong storytelling, eye-popping graphics, empowering themes, and a dash of irreverence, that captures the imagination of a whole new generation.

Additional information on titles published by Perfect Square is available at www.PerfectSquare.com.

For more information on other manga titles from VIZ Media, visit www.VIZ.com.

About Sanrio®
Sanrio is the global lifestyle brand best known for pop icon Hello Kitty®, who celebrates her 40th Anniversary this year with a museum exhibition and Hello Kitty Con 2014, the first ever Hello Kitty convention. Home to many endearing characters including Chococat® My Melody®, Badtz-Maru® and Keroppi®, Sanrio was founded on the ‘small gift, big smile®’ philosophy – that a small gift can bring happiness and friendship to people of all ages. Since 1960, this philosophy has served as the inspiration for the broad spectrum of unique products and experiences. Today, more than 50,000 Sanrio-branded items are available in over 130 countries and upwards of 15,000 U.S. retail locations including department, specialty, national chain stores and over 80 Sanrio boutiques. For more information please visit www.sanrio.com and www.facebook.com/hellokitty.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Over 35 Canadian cities to offer special theatrical screenings of ROAD TO NINJA – NARUTO THE MOVIE

VIZ MEDIA AND ELEVEN ARTS ADD SCREENINGS OF
ROAD TO NINJA – NARUTO THE MOVIE
FEATURE FILM TO MORE THAN 35 CITIES
IN CANADA THIS SEPTEMBER

VIZ Media, in partnership with Los Angeles-based film distribution company ELEVEN ARTS, will hold special Canadian theatrical screenings of ROAD TO NINJA – NARUTO THE MOVIE (dubbed) on Sunday September 7th and Thursday September 11th. These are in addition to the U.S. theatrical screenings starting today, August 29, 2014.

The sixth feature film in the massively popular NARURTO SHIPPUDEN series will debut in over 35 cities across Canada, including Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton, and more. Tickets are now available, and additional information and a complete list of U.S. and Canada theatre locations are available at: http://www.elevenarts.net/th_gallery/naruto-roadtoninja.

Dive into the past and take a fateful adventure in the latest NARUTO SHIPPUDEN feature film! Long ago, a mysterious masked shinobi unleashed the Nine-Tailed Fox onto the Village Hidden in the Leaves to spread chaos and destruction. But the Fourth Hokage, Minato Namikaze, and his wife Kushina Uzumaki sealed the Tailed Beast into their newborn son, Naruto, to save the village, foiling the shinobi’s plan. Years later, Naruto and his friends succeed in driving away the infamous Akatsuki, who have mysteriously returned from the dead. Upon returning to the village, the young shinobi are praised by their families for completing a dangerous mission. Reminded of how alone he is, Naruto begins to wonder what it’s like to have parents, when a strange masked figure appears before him – the same masked shinobi responsible for the death of his parents!

The NARUTO SHIPPUDEN feature films are based on the acclaimed NARUTO manga and animated series, following Naruto Uzumaki, who wants to be the best ninja in the land. He's done well so far, but Naruto knows he must train harder than ever and leaves his village for intense exercises that will push him to his limits. NARUTO SHIPPUDEN begins two and a half years later, when Naruto returns to find that everyone has been promoted up the ninja ranks – except him. Sakura’s a medic ninja, Gaara’s advanced to Kazekage, and Kakashi…well he remains the same. But pride isn’t necessarily becoming of a ninja, especially when Naruto realizes that Sasuke never returned from his search for Orochimaru. Plus, the mysterious Akatsuki organization is still an ever-present danger. As Naruto finds out more about the Akatsuki’s goals, he realizes that nothing in his universe is as it seems. Naruto is finding that he’s older, but will he also prove wiser and stronger?

Additional information on NARUTO and NARUTO SHIPPUDEN is available at www.Naruto.com.

For more information on manga titles available from VIZ Media, visit www.VIZ.com.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

KUNDO: AGE OF THE RAMPANT opens tomorrow, August 29th

Well Go USA
Entertainment
presents a
Showbox/Mediaplex
Production
Kundo: Age of the Rampant / Kundo: min-ran-eui si-dae
Directed by  YOON Jong-bin
South Korea, 2014, 100 minutes

South Korean martial arts action adventure Kundo: Age of the Rampant will have its North American opening tomorrow, Friday, August 29th in fifteen cities in the U.S. and in Toronto and Vancouver in Canada. For the list of the cities & theaters that will be showing Kundo, and to buy tickets, click here.


Synopsis: 1859. The last days of the Joseon Dynasty, where the wages of greed bring poverty and death. A pack of bandits – calling themselves KUNDO - rise against the tyrants, stealing from the rich and giving to the poor. In an era where status is decided by birth, this band of thieves risks their lives for honor, in the name of the poor and oppressed. But for one man, a debt of bloody revenge is owed to the aristocrat that robbed him of his family and his name.

Two BRAVEST WARRIORS original titles featuring Catbug available now

© 2013 Frederator Networks, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
VIZ MEDIA’S PERFECT SQUARE IMPRINT ANNOUNCES THE RELEASE
OF TWO NEW BRAVEST WARRIORS ORIGINAL TITLES

Fans Of Pendleton Ward’s Smash-Hit Animated Action Series Invited
To Dive Into Brand New Multi-Dimensional Adventures In
BRAVEST WARRIORS PRESENTS: CATBUG’S TREASURE BOOK
And BRAVEST WARRIORS: THE SEARCH FOR CATBUG

VIZ Media has announced two brand new original titles available now based on the popular action/adventure brand BRAVEST WARRIORS and featuring Catbug, the brand's adorable breakout star.

Published under the company’s Perfect Square imprint, the hardcover books, BRAVEST WARRIORS PRESENTS: CATBUG'S TREASURE BOOK and BRAVEST WARRIORS: THE SEARCH FOR CATBUG, each blend the dynamic action, irreverent comedy and unique characters that have made the animated series created by Pendleton Ward (Adventure Time) a massive YouTube hit.

In these new books, Bravest Warriors fans get a peek into Catbug's innermost thoughts in the diary-like CATBUG’S TREASURE BOOK, while THE SEARCH FOR CATBUG is a beautiful seek-and-find full-color collection of illustrations from more than two dozen top pop culture and comics artists, highlighting the Bravest Warriors and their continuing search throughout the galaxy for Catbug.

BRAVEST WARRORS PRESENTS: CATBUG’S TREASURE BOOK•
MSRP: $12.99 U.S. / $14.99 CAN • Available Now!
Says Catbug: "This book has all my secret treasures and oregano dreams! ALSO FIRE! I will share them with you because you are my friend, but it has to be our secret, okay? I love you Treasure Book!"

© 2013 Frederator Networks, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

BRAVEST WARRIORS: THE SEARCH FOR CATBUG •
MSRP: $14.99 U.S. / $17.99 CAN • Available Now!
An amazing collection of artists venture to multiple dimensions to help you in...THE SEARCH FOR CATBUG! Catbug ate some weird new cubes of food that caused him to lose what little control he already had over his jump abilities! Now he’s careening through dimensions, unable to stop! Help the Bravest Warriors travel the galaxy and find Catbug. Just don’t eat any of those cube snacks or you might end up lost too! Artists include Alan Brown (BEN 10 OMNIVERSE), Mr. Warburton (Codename: Kids Next Door), Ian McGinty (UGLYDOLL, HELLO KITTY), Lee Ferguson (Miranda Mercury), Jorge Monlongo (Mr. Peabody & Sherman, HELLO KITTY), Stu Livingston (Steven Universe) and Mad Rupert (Regular Show, Adventure Time).

“Journey across the dimensional divide with the irrepressible Catbug in this unique pair of releases, guaranteed to bring smiles to BRAVEST WARRIOR fans of all ages,” says Beth Kawasaki, Senior Editorial Director, Perfect Square. “We’re thrilled to feature work from a dynamic team of artists on these collectible full-color hardcover editions of BRAVEST WARRIORS PRESENTS: CATBUG’S TREASURE BOOK and BRAVEST WARRIORS: THE SEARCH FOR CATBUG!”

BRAVEST WARRIORS is a hit series on YouTube’s Cartoon Hangover and is the newest acclaimed animated creation from Pendleton Ward, the visionary creator of the Emmy Award-winning Cartoon Network show Adventure Time. In BRAVEST WARRIORS, four teenage travelers traverse the universe saving those in need...though not always in the way you’d expect...in fact...never! Along the way they meet aliens, phantoms and other inter-dimensional beings – including everyone’s favorite, Catbug. Sometimes...they even meet themselves!

VIZ Media’s Perfect Square imprint focuses on delivering original comics, manga (graphic novels) and other children’s books with an emphasis on strong storytelling, eye-popping graphics, empowering themes, and a dash of irreverence, that captures the imagination of a whole new generation.

Additional information on titles published by Perfect Square is available at www.PerfectSquare.com.

For more information on other manga titles from VIZ Media, visit www.VIZ.com.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

TIME KILLERS manga collection coming September 2, 2014 from VIZ


TIME KILLERS KAZUE KATO TANPENSHU © 2011 by Kazue Kato /SHUEISHA Inc.
VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES THE SEPTEMBER RELEASE OF
NEW MANGA STORY COLLECTION TIME KILLERS
FROM THE CREATOR OF BLUE EXORCIST

Acclaimed Creator Kazue Kato Takes Readers To Locales Familiar
And Foreign, Whimsical And Realistic, With Collected Manga Short
Stories Published For The Very First Time In North America

VIZ Media delivers a noteworthy new manga title to fans with the release of Kazue Kato’s TIME KILLERS on September 2nd.

The single-volume standalone collection of manga shorts from the creator of the bestselling BLUE EXORCIST manga series will be published under the Shonen Jump imprint, is rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens, and will carry an MSRP of $14.99 U.S. / $17.99 CAN. TIME KILLERS also features 13 pages of full-color artwork as well as a fold-out, full-color gatefold poster.

A digital version of TIME KILLERS will launch digitally on September 2nd for $10.99 (USD/CAN) from VIZManga.com and through the VIZ MANGA App for the Apple iPad®, iPhone® and iPod® touch, Android-powered smart phones, as well as through the store fronts for comiXology, Nook, Kobo, Kindle, iBooks and GooglePlay.

Explore fantastic realms of imagination in this stunning collection of short stories by Kazue Kato. With her amazing and distinctive art leaping from the page, TIME KILLERS includes Kato’s first work, Boku to Usagi (Me and the Rabbit), and also features the stories and character designs that would become her breakthrough series, BLUE EXORCIST. Take off on a flight of fantasy with TIME KILLERS!

“This exciting new release offers a collection of captivating stories and a comprehensive look at Kazue Kato’s earlier work that preceded her current smash-hit manga series, BLUE EXORCIST,” says Mike Montesa, Editor. “The stories in TIME KILLERS move at a quick pace and feature unique characters drawn in the exceptional style that has garnered Kato substantial critical acclaim and a strong international fan base. We invite readers to enjoy this new release from the Shonen Jump imprint in September!”

Manga creator, writer and illustrator Kazue Kato was born in Tokyo in 1980. In 2000, at the age of 19, she won the prestigious Tezuka Award for her work Boku to Usagi (Me and the Rabbit), which was published in Akamaru Jump. From 2005 to 2006 her series Robo to Usakichi, a sci-fi adventure featuring a rabbit (again!), was published in the monthly magazine Shonen Sirius (Kodansha). Her latest series, BLUE EXORCIST, began serialization in Japan Jump Square magazine in April of 2009 and is also published in North America by VIZ Media.

Catch the BLUE EXORCIST manga series available in-print and digitally from VIZ Media on VIZManga.com and other partner platforms as well as the BLUE EXORCIST anime series which streams on HULU and Neon Alley as well as a host of other digital platforms available throughout North America.

For more information on TIME KILLERS, or other shonen manga titles from VIZ Media, please visit www.VIZ.com.