PANG Ho-Cheung

PANG Ho-Cheung
With Hong Kong director PANG Ho-cheung after interviewing him in 2012

Friday, November 23, 2012

ACF 1727: VIZ holiday manga and graphic novels for younger readers

THE MR. MEN SHOW™ and DILLYDALE™ © 2012 THOIP (a Sanrio Company). All rights reserved.
VIZ MEDIA CAPTURES THE ATTENTION OF YOUNGER FANS
THIS HOLIDAY SEASON WITH A COLORFUL ARRAY OF
MANGA AND GRAPHIC NOVEL RELEASES

Catch The Latest All-Ages Releases For POKÉMON, MR. MEN AND LITTLE MISS, MAMESHIBA, REDAKAI, VOLTRON FORCE, And WINX CLUB
In Time For The 2012 Holiday Season!

VIZ Media delivers a colorful collection of manga and other graphic novel selections that are sure to excite kids and younger fans and catch the attention of their gift-giving friends and family members this holiday season.

Published under VIZ Media’s VIZ Kids imprint, the titles include the latest full-color graphic novel volumes for MR. MEN AND LITTLE MISS, MAMESHIBA, REDAKAI, VOLTRON FORCE, and WINX CLUB. VIZ Media has also released several new POKÉMON ADVENTURES manga box set editions for the BLACK AND WHITE, RED & BLUE, and SILVER & GOLD series.

LITTLE MISS DAREDEVIL: The incredible Race · Rated “A” for All Ages ·
MSRP: $6.99 U.S. / $7.99 CAN · Available Now! 
VIZ Media’s MR. MEN And LITTLE MISS collection features comic book versions of characters from the popular Mr. Men And Little Miss series of children’s books, originally created by author Roger Hargreaves in 1971. LITTLE MISS DAREDEVIL: THE INCREDIBLE RACE takes readers along for a wild ride as this spunky LITTLE MISS scales the top of Mount Dillydale, takes a wrong turn and rockets into outer space, and proves that no thrill’s too thrilling for Little Miss D!

MAMESHIBA: WE COULD BE HEROES · Rated ‘A’ for All Ages ·
MSRP: $6.99 U.S. / $7.99 CAN · Available Now!    
Are they beans? Are they dogs? Not quite either one – they're Mameshiba! These cute friends are back for more laughs, more trivia, and more adventure! This time, the intrepid legumes travel to a magical land, combine to form a giant robot, and help a friend in love. Plus, Tiger Bean stars in three adorable shorts created by Lark Pien (Long Tail Kitty, Mr. Elephanter)!

POKÉMON ADVENTURES RED & BLUE Box set · Rated “A” for All Ages ·
MSRP: $49.99 U.S. / $56.99 CAN · Available Now! 
Capture the excitement of POKÉMON ADVENTURES with Volumes 1-7 of the series in a box set that also features a collectible poster! All your favorite Pokémon game characters jump out of the screen into the pages of this action-packed manga adventure! Red doesn't just want to train Pokémon, he wants to be their friend too. Bulbasaur and Poliwhirl seem game. But independent Pikachu won't be so easy to win over! And watch out for Team Rocket, Red... They only want to be your enemy!

POKÉMON ADVENTURES GOLD & SILVER Box set · Rated “A” for All Ages ·
MSRP: $49.99 U.S. / $56.99 CAN · Available Now! 
The excitement continues! Complete your POKÉMON ADVENTURES collection with volumes 8-14 of the venerable series in this box set that also includes a collectible poster. Catch more exciting Pokémon adventures starring Gold and his rival Silver! First someone steals Gold's backpack full of Poké Balls (and Pokémon!). Then someone steals Prof. Elm's Totodile. Can Gold catch the thief – or thieves?! Keep an eye on Team Rocket, Gold... Could they be behind this crime wave?

POKÉMON BLACK AND WHITE Box set · Rated “A” for All Ages ·
MSRP: $34.99 U.S. / $39.99 CAN · Available Now! 
Meet Pokémon Trainers Black and White in this box set of eight volumes! His entire life, Black has dreamed of winning the Pokémon League! Now he embarks on a journey to explore the Unova region and fill a Pokédex for Professor Juniper. White has an exciting career as the Trainer of a talented troupe of performing Pokémon. She dreams of making her Tepig Gigi a star! Together, Black and White continue on their journey... What surprising new Pokémon – and people – will they meet next?!

REDAKAI Vol. 1· Rated “A” for All Ages ·
MSRP: $7.99 U.S. / $9.99 CAN · Available Now! 
Follow the adventures of Team Stax as they race against competitors searching the world for mystical Kairu energy, the primal power of the universe.  In the hands of good, Kairu is a living energy that guides the universe. But in the hands of evil, Kairu is the most destructive power in the world. Those who can harness it can eventually obtain the highest rank of Kairu warrior: Redakai. Ky, Maya and Boomer are Team Stax. Together they plan to conquer the Kairu!

WINX CLUB, Vol. 4: DRAGON’S FLAME · Rated “A” for All Ages ·
MSRP: $6.99 U.S. / $7.99 CAN · Available Now! 
The WINX CLUB graphic novels follow the magical adventures of five best friends – Bloom, Stella, Musa, Tecna and Flora – at Alfea, a school for fairies in the amazing dimension of Magix. This group of beautiful fairies fights evil using their unique magical powers! As they battle scary monsters and troublemaking witches, the girls become stronger fairies and closer friends. In volume 4, after The Trix steal the power of the Dragon Flame from Bloom, they set out to seize control of the whole Magix dimension! As the Winx Club battles The Trix and Bloom tries to get her power back, some unexpected help comes from Aisha – the Fairy of Waves – and the magical Pixies!

VOLTRON FORCE®, Vol. 5: dragon dawn · Rated “A” for All Ages ·
MSRP: $7.99 U.S. / $9.99 CAN · Available December 4th  
Years ago, Voltron mysteriously disappeared, and the five lions were scattered throughout the universe. Over time, the lions were recovered by the original Voltron Force: Lance, Pidge, Hunk, Princess Allura, and Commander Keith. Now, with the help of three new recruits, Voltron rises again, to defend the universe once more! In the latest volume, there’s a species of dragon on Planet Doom that hatches every hundred years. The eggs are just about to hatch, and Maahox orders the Drule army to collect them and ship them off to Planet Arus! Will the dragon dawn be too much for the Voltron Force?

For more information on these and other titles available from VIZ Media’s VIZ KIDS imprint, visit: www.vizkids.com.

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