VIZ Media Announces Comic-Con Plans and Show Exclusives
VIZ Media Hosts NARUTO Japanese Voice Actor and Offers a Weekend of Collectable Giveaways and Exclusive Items
Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press release
Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen
VIZ Media, LLC, the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in North America, delivers a cornucopia of anime and manga delight to fans of all ages this year at the 2014 Comic-Con International. Attendees are invited to join a fun weekend in San Diego jam-packed with special events, in-booth giveaways, informative panel discussions, and other fun activities and convention exclusives. A specially curated collection of pre-sale manga, as well as convention exclusive art books, high-end collectable figures and limited edition manga production art prints, exclusive apparel, plush toys, trading card games and more will also be offered.
Comic-Con International is the nation’s biggest comic book, science fiction and pop culture event, and takes place July 23rd-27th at the San Diego Convention Center, in San Diego, CA. VIZ Media will be located in Booth 2813. Complete details on Comic-Con are available at comic-con.org.
VIZ Media will host an array of panel discussions detailing a host of forthcoming releases, new acquisitions and other surprises from the company’s animation and publishing teams. Fans will not want to miss a very special appearance by Junko Takeuchi, the Japanese voice actress who provides the original voice for Naruto in the popular anime series. She will join the staff of VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump for a special panel discussion on NARUTO on Thursday, July 24th. Fans are also invited to attend the official SAILOR MOON panel, which will offer new information on the return of the legendary animated series to North America!
VIZ Media’s Booth 2813 on the Main Show Floor will be a continual hub of activity with special in-booth photo opportunities with an UGLYDOLL on Thursday, July 24th and everyone’s favorite cat-type robot from the future, DORAEMON, on Saturday July 25th. Fans can also catch freebies and promo item giveaways throughout the convention including posters, temporary tattoos, posters, postcards, buttons and more for popular series such as BLOOD LAD, DEADMAN WONDERLAND, SAILOR MOON and ONE-PUNCH MAN. And don’t miss the return of the VIZ Media convention tote bag, FREE with any purchase, available in four amazing designs (while supplies last) featuring fan favorite titles! Purchasers may choose one of 4 tote bag designs: RANMA ½; SAILOR MOON; SHONEN JUMP featuring ONE PIECE and NARUTO SHIPPUDEN; and PERFECT SQUARE featuring UGLYDOLL and HELLO KITTY.
Collectors also can browse an array of limited edition items and special convention exclusives that will be offered for sale in the VIZ Media booth throughout Comic-Con (while supplies last). Notable items include One Piece Exclusive Replica Manga Art ($15.00); Limited Edition Bravest Warriors: The Search for Catbug ($35.00), with foil-accented slipcover and gilded page edges only 250 made — don’t miss the chance to have it signed by the artists at the exclusive in-booth signing; Bravest Warriors: Catbug’s Treasure Book ($15.00); Hello Kitty, Hello 40 Commemorative Art Book (50.00) only 250 printed with foil-accented slipcover and gilded page edges — don’t miss the chance to have it signed by Hello Kitty artists at the exclusive in-booth signing; exclusive Gecco NARUTO SHIPPUDEN figure ($150.00); and Cryptozoic’s Naruto Shippuden Trading Card Game Presale ($50.00).
Also catch special advance pre-sales of several forthcoming new VIZ Media titles including Food Wars, Vol. 1 ($10.00), Black Rose Alice ($10.00) and The Art of Princess Mononoke ($35.00) ahead of their street date releases later this summer. Don’t miss the latest Weekly Shonen Jump Jump Pack ($20.00) that contains more than 100 pages of the world’s most popular featured series and a limited edition YU-GI-OH! card “Black Luster Soldier – Envoy of the Evening Twilight,” as well as a special bonus exclusive game mat free with purchase (while supplies last)!
VIZ Media Comic-Con Panels & Special Events
Thursday July 24th
10:00AM and 4:00PM UGLYDOLL PHOTO OPPORTUNITY — VIZ Media Booth #2813
Drop by the VIZ Media booth for a photo with an UGLYDOLL pal!
10:00AM – 11:30AM SHONEN JUMP PRESENTS: NARUTO — Room 8
Naruto is one of the world’s most popular manga series, with over 60 best-selling volumes published. Get all the latest news and more at this super-sized panel, featuring guests from VIZ Media, Bandai Namco Games (Daisuke Koumoto, producer of the upcoming NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: ULTIMATE NINJA STORM REVOLUTION) and a special guest Junko Takeuchi, Japanese voice of Naruto!
4:00PM – 5:00PM VIZ MEDIA PANEL — Room 7AB
Get the latest updates & exciting news from VIZ Media staff on your favorite manga and anime! There will be free manga for attendees (while supplies last)!
Friday July 25th
10:00AM – 1:00PM CATBUG VOICE ACTOR SAM LAVAGNINO — In-Booth Signing & Personal Appearance, VIZ Media Booth #2813
Meet the voice of Catbug, the breakout star of YouTube hit BRAVEST WARRIORS, and get a signed art card!
10:00AM – 11:00AM VIZ MEDIA ANIMATION PANEL Feat. NEON ALLEY — Room 25ABC
Find out all that’s new and awesome with the VIZ Media animation team and the free streaming site Neon Alley! Bring all your anime questions because they will be there to answer them!
Saturday July 26th
12:30PM – 1:30PM OFFICAL SAILOR MOON PANEL — Room 5AB
VIZ Media is releasing the complete classic SAILOR MOON series for the first time on Blu-ray and with an all-new English dub! Join members of the VIZ Media animation team and learn all about this legendary anime series!
12:30PM DORAEMON PHOTO OPPORTUNITY — VIZ Media Booth #2813
Get a hug and take a picture with everyone’s favorite cat-type robot from the future, DORAEMON!
Sunday July 27th
2:00PM – 3:00PM PERFECT SQUARE PRESENTS – MAKING KIDS COMICS AWESOME — Room 32AB
Bring your kids along, or just your inner child, and join an eclectic group of creators and editors for a lively roundtable that will get you laughing, learning and looking at the craft of all-ages comics in a whole new way!
Other Notable VIZ Media In-Booth Events
NARUTO SHIPPUDEN Deck Building Game Demo
Check the daily booth schedule for a chance to try out the new card game debuting from Cryptozoic at SDCC!
In-Booth Signing and Photo-Op: HELLO KITTY
Join Hello Kitty herself and graphic novel artists for a special signing and photo opportunity!
Saturday, July 26th 10AM: features Jenni Holm, Matt Holm, Art Baltazar, Franco Aureliani, Lark Pien
Sunday, July 27th at 10AM: features Brianne Drouhard, Stephanie Gonzaga, Martin Hsu, Chynna Clugston Flores, Susie Ghahremani
Jacob Chabot will also be available Sunday July 27th at 1PM!
In-Booth Signing: BRAVEST WARRIORS
Meet the talented contributors for the brand new books based off of the YouTube smash-hit series and get your VIZ Media Bravest Warriors book or comic sampler signed!
Friday, July 25th at 4:00PM: features Stu Livingston, Tom Warburton, Jon Chad, Ian McGinty
Sunday, July 27th at 1:00PM: features Corin Howell and Inori Fukuda Trant
In-Booth Signing: NARUTO Figure Sculptor Shin Tanabe
Thursday, July 24th & Friday July 25th at 2:30PM
Meet Gecco figure Sculptor Shin Tanabe, creator of the Comic-Con exclusive NARUTO SHIPPUDEN figure and get your limited edition figure signed!
RANMA ½ Plinko — Available Throughout Comic-Con
Try your luck at our RANMA ½ Plinko board for a chance to win a limited edition Comic-Con only RANMA ½ water bottle! Check the daily booth schedule for times to play!
Exclusive & Limited Edition Items
NARUTO SHIPPUDEN Figure from GECCO (Exclusive)
High-end Japanese collectable figure manufacturer GECCO Corp. will unveil a limited edition 1/6 scale statue of the world’s most popular ninja, to be offered exclusively in the VIZ Media booth at Comic Con 2014. This super-detailed figure depicts Naruto Uzumaki rendered in high quality full-color PVC, standing approximately 27cm tall and wearing the 4th Hokage’s famous coat. Additional information is available at gecco.co.jp/naruto.html. Price: $150.00
Limited Edition Eiichiro Oda Reproduction ONE PIECE Art (from Japan)
High quality replica prints of original production art from One Piece Volume 34 with editor comments — hand numbered and limited quantity — only available from VIZ Media this summer. Price: $15.00
Bravest Warriors: The Search for Catbug (Exclusive)
A one-of-a-kind art book in the style of a classic seek & find features contributions from over 25 artists. Can you help the Bravest Warriors find Catbug as he careens through multiple dimensions? Get the exclusive special edition, with a hand-numbered slipcover and blue foil gilded edges, only available at Comic-Con! Price: Price: $35.00.
Hello Kitty, Hello 40 (Exclusive)
Celebrate Hello Kitty’s 40th Anniversary with this hand numbered Comic-Con exclusive special edition as some of her biggest fans — from comic artists to muralists to toy creators — pay tribute to this pop culture icon in story and art. Features a hand-numbered slipcover and red-foil gilded edges. Price: $49.00
Bravest Warriors Presents: Catbug’s Treasure Book (Presale with exclusive gift-with-purchase)
Grab a presale copy of Catbug’s Treasure Book and receive a Comic-Con exclusive color poster featuring Catbug and the Bravest Warriors! Price: $35.00
DORAEMON Plush Toys (Exclusive)
Collectible DORAEMON plush toys available in 5 different designs, only from VIZ Media! Price: $7.00 each
Presale, Gifts With Purchase, and More
NARUTO SHIPPUDEN Deck-Building Game from Cryptozoic (Presale)
An exciting new NARUTO SHIPPUDEN Deck-Building Game from leading board game and collectable trading card manufacturer Cryptozoic Entertainment. Fans can play as world most popular ninja, Naruto, or as one of his comrades. Gather and use mysterious Chakra power to confront and defeat S-rank criminals such as Orochimaru and members of the Akatsuki and explore distant lands to become the greatest ninja ever! Additional details available at cryptozoic.com/games/naruto-shippuden-deck-building-game. Price: $50.00
Weekly Shonen Jump’s Jump Pack Vol. 3 (Presale with exclusive gift-with-purchase)
Get your advance copy of WSJ’s Jump Pack Vol. 3 and receive a summer 2014 convention exclusive game mat (while supplies last)! New issue also includes a Limited Edition YU-GI-OH! trading card “Black Luster Soldier – Envoy of the Evening Twilight.” Price: $20.00
NARUTO SHIPPUDEN T-Shirt (Presale)
This t-shirt features a stylized design showing Sasuke and Itachi in a pivotal moment! Price: $20.00
BLACK ROSE ALICE Vol. 1 (Presale)
Pick up out the new vampire horror romance from Setona Mizushiro before it hits retailers! Price: $10.00
Food Wars Vol. 1 (Presale)
Be among the first to get a taste of the action-packed, saucy new food comedy about one boy’s determination to become a top chef! Price: $10.00
The Art of Princess Mononoke (Presale)
The latest in the perennially popular line of Studio Ghibli art books, which include interviews, concept sketches, and finished animation cels from classics such as SPIRITED AWAY and MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO. Price: $35.00
RANMA ½ Limited Edition Blu-ray Sets 1 and 2 and Gift with Purchase
Rumiko Takahashi’s famous RANMA ½ anime series is now available on Blu-Ray for the first time! Each set will include a limited edition Genma keychain with every purchase. DVD Sets 1 and 2 are also available. Special convention-only price: Blu-ray $44.00; DVD $36.00
VIZ Media “Live Right-to-Left” Shirts
Proclaim your love of manga with these shirts! Available in Gray, Burgundy, and Blue. Price: $15.00
TIGER AND BUNNY Keychain and Strap Set
Four different character options available! Each set contains both a cell strap and keychain. Price: $15.00
K Limited Edition DVD/Blu-Ray Combo Pack and Gift with Purchase
Exclusive K decal set included with every purchase! Price $44.00
K Blind Box Figures: Collectible K Mini Figures
Can you collect all 9 character designs? Price: $7.00
K Clear File Set: Includes 5 clear-file character designs. Price: $20.00
K Poster Set: Set of 2 full-color K posters. Price: $10.00
About VIZ Media, LLC
Headquartered in San Francisco, California, VIZ Media distributes, markets and licenses the best anime and manga titles direct from Japan. Owned by three of Japan’s largest manga and animation companies, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media has the most extensive library of anime and manga for English speaking audiences in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland and South Africa.
With its popular digital manga anthology Weekly Shonen Jump and blockbuster properties like NARUTO, BLEACH and INUYASHA, VIZ Media offers cutting-edge action, romance and family friendly properties for anime, manga, science fiction and fantasy fans of all ages. VIZ Media properties are available as graphic novels, DVDs, animated television series, feature films, downloadable and streaming video and a variety of consumer products. Learn more about VIZ Media, anime and manga at VIZ.com.