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    Source: Famous Monsters of Filmland Special Thanks to Ed Blair Japanese giant monsters and science fiction once again take center stage in Famous Monsters of Filmland Issue 262, the July/August 2012 edition of the legendary monster movie magazine launched by the late, great Forrest J. Ackerman. FM Executive Editor Ed Blair has provided the cover art and details on the issue... Back to the Land of the Rising Sun as we dig deeper into the history of Japan`s greatest monster and Sci-Fi films. From GODZILLA and GAMERA to VARAN and latest installments of SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO, 262 is going to be huge! With cover by Bob Eggleton. This is the one and ONLY cover for issue 262. Ships in June. Famous Monsters of Filmland Issue 262 is now available for pre-order from captainco.com. The retail price is $9.99.

    Genkaku Picasso, The Prince of Tennis and Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s Join the Extensive VIZ Manga Digital Library Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: VIZ.com/apps Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media continues to stir the imaginations of fans across North America with the latest announcement of a second update for the month of March featuring four new manga series set to debut on VIZManga.com and for digital download on the VIZ MANGA App for the Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. The newest update commences on Monday, March 26th and features the digital launch of the surreal art-adventure of Genkaku Picasso, the on- and off-court sports action of The Prince of Tennis, and the tense high-speed drama of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s. The new properties join six other VIZ Media manga titles that also launched earlier this month on VIZManga.com and the VIZ MANGA

    VIZ Media Acquires Publishing License from Cartoon Network Enterprises and Spin Master Ltd. Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: redakai.com Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media, the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in the North America, has announced a deal with Cartoon Network Enterprises, the exclusive licensing agent for Spin Master’s full portfolio of brands, to create original graphic novels for Spin Master Ltd. and Marathon Media’s REDAKAI, the popular animated series and innovative trading card game. REDAKAI follows 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 force 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

    A Modern Classic Of Magical Realism And Political Satire That Reinvents Myths Of 20th Century Japan Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: haikasoru.com Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen San Francisco, CA, March 20, 2012 – VIZ Media’s Haikasoru imprint has announced the release today of author Natsuki Ikezawa’s surrealistic novel, The Navidad Incident: The Downfall of Matias Guili. The book is published by the company’s Haikasoru imprint and carries an MSRP of $24.99 U.S. / $28.99 CAN / £16.99 UK. An eBook edition is also available on the Amazon Kindle, Apple’s iBooks Store, the Barnes & Noble’s Nook Books Store, and the Sony Reader Store. Haikasoru publishes some of the most compelling contemporary Japanese science fiction and fantasy stories for English-speaking audiences, and is the first imprint based in the U.S. dedicated to Japanese science fiction and fantasy in translation. In

    Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: VIZ.com/apps Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media delivers more digital manga excitement to fans this month with the announcement of the launch of 7 new series are now available on VIZManga.com and for digital download on the VIZ MANGA App for the Apple iPad, iPhone® and iPod touch. The new series include Buso Renkin, The Earl and the Fairy, Hikaru no Go, Psyren, Tegami Bachi, and Yu Gi Oh! GX. The VIZ MANGA APP is available for free through the iTunes Store and all manga volumes are generally available for purchase and download in the U.S. and Canada within the application for $4.99 (U.S. / CAN) per volume. More than 45 series and 500+ volumes are currently available for download. Buso Renkin Vol. 1 · by Nobuhiro Watsuki · Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens

    Contest Encourages Fans to Show Their Passion for Shonen Jump; Prizes Include iPad 2 with Weekly Shonen Jump Alpha Membership Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: SJAlpha.com Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media, LLC, the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in North America, invites fans to show their love for Shonen Jump with a brand new contest that will award a variety of valuable prizes to several lucky winners. Contestants are encouraged to upload a photo showing their love for Shonen Jump to the contest page at sjalpha.com/ipad2. Encourage friends, family and other fans to vote for your entry during the two, week-long voting periods! Prizes will be given to the fan with the most votes for that given week. A Grand Prize will also be awarded to fan with the most overall votes. The first contest

    One Day Sale Offers 50% Off Three Manga Titles Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: BN.com Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen Barnes & Noble debuts their Manga Mondays promotion on BN.com this Monday March 19th at midnight EST, and will feature three titles from VIZ Media at 50% off cover price! This is a great way for fans to check out series they may have missed when they first debuted, and is a wonderful opportunity for readers to sample a diverse range of manga at a discount! The sale is for one day only, ending Tuesday March 20th at 2:59AM EST, and the titles include: • Gin Tama Vol. 1 - a slapstick comedy imagining a version of Japan... if aliens had invaded and taken over during samurai times! • Honey and Clover Vol. 1 - the manga that inspired the anime

    Novels Present GUNDAM Creator`s Own Vision of His Spectacularly Successful Cult Franchise Source: Stone Bridge Press On April 3rd, Stone Bridge Press will publish the second edition of Mobile Suit Gundam: Awakening, Escalation, Confrontation by Yoshiyuki Tomino, translated by Frederik L. Schodt and with an introduction by Mark Simmons. A cornerstone of anime science fiction, Japan`s GUNDAM franchise boasts a worldwide cult of devotees. In the Gundam universe, the Earth Federation battles rebellious offworld colonies, and “Newtype” warriors with evolved mentalities pilot gargantuan suits of high-tech armor. This novelization presents creator and director Yoshiyuki Tomino`s unvarnished vision for his own core series with richer characterizations and a shocking ending. These novels were originally published in Japanese in late 1979 to coincide with the end of the TV series and the theatrical release of the first compilation movie. They were quite controversial when they first appeared in

    New Releases of Classic Shojo Manga Series Each Bundle Three Complete Volumes Into a Single Handy Edition Source: VIZ Media press release Special Thanks to Jane Lui VIZ Media, LLC, the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in North America, offers fans a double-dose of shojo manga fun with the release of new omnibus 3-in-1 editions for a pair of classic series -- Skip•Beat! (????????!, Sukippu Biito!) and Hana-Kimi (?????????, Hanazakari no Kimitachi he). Each of the new releases from the company’s Shojo Beat imprint bundles 3 complete manga volumes into a handy and compact reading companion. Hana-Kimi 3-in-1 Edition Volume 1 Rated “T+” for Older Teens • MSRP: $14.99 U.S. / $16.99 CAN • Available March 6th Mizuki Ashiya has such a crush on a track star named Izumi Sano that she moves from the U.S. to Japan to enroll in the all-male high

    vInformative Guide Features Extensive Data, Full Color Poster, Color Art, Creator Interviews And Much More! Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: j-bleach.com (Japan), Bleach.viz.com (US) Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media, LLC, the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in North America, offers Bleach fans a treasure trove of information about the smash hit manga series with the release of Bleach Masked: Official Character Book 2 on March 6th. The new edition is rated ‘T’ for Teens and will carry an MSRP of $14.99 U.S. / $16.99 CAN. Uncover the many secrets of Bleach in this informative profile book that contains extensive data on the characters and storylines from Volumes 21-37 of the manga series (also published by VIZ Media; digital manga available on VIZManga.com and the VIZ Manga App for iOS devices). The new release also includes

    Source: Stone Bridge Press Official Site: tomoanthology.blogspot.com Special Thanks to Jessica Sattell On the first anniversary of the March 2011 Japanese earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disasters, Stone Bridge Press is proud to offer a benefit collection for young adults Tomo: Friendship Through Fiction— An Anthology of Japan Teen Stories. Tomo, meaning "friend" in Japanese, is a collection of short stories and graphic art for readers age 11 and up, contributed by authors and artists from around the world, all of whom share a connection to Japan. The book features thirty-six stories, including ten in translation and two graphic narratives. Holly Thompson, whose novel Orchards won the 2012 APALA Asian/Pacific American Award for Young Adult Literature, edited and wrote the Foreword for Tomo. Other contributors include Andrew Fukuda (Crossing), Liza Dalby (The Tale of Murasaki), Tak Toyoshima (Secret Asian Man syndicated comic), Alan Gratz (The Brooklyn Nine),

    Fairy Doctor Helps a Victorian Aristocrat Search For a Legendary Sword and Hunt a Mysterious Killer Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media, LLC, the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in North America, launches a fantastic tale of fairies and fantasy set in against the backdrop of Victorian England with the debut of The Earl and the Fairy on March 6th. The new Shojo Beat series, created by Mizue Tani with artwork by Ayuko, is rated ‘T’ for Teens and will carry an MSRP of $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN. Lydia Carlton is a fairy doctor and one of the few people with the ability to see the magical creatures who share our world. During one of her rare trips to London to visit her father, Lydia’s quiet life is suddenly transformed when she

    Latest Issue of Weekly Shonen Jump Alpha Available with Exclusive Bleach Creator Tite Kubo Interview Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: SJAlpha.com Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media continues to expand the digital manga library available on VIZManga.com and for digital download on the VIZ Manga App for the Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod touch devices. This week’s issue of Weekly Shonen Jump Alpha features the latest chapters of Bakuman?, Bleach, Naruto, Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan, One Piece and Toriko, as well as a special interview with Tite Kubo, creator of Bleach. Additional highlights include the latest installments of popular series such as Blue Exorcist, Cross Game and Otomen. Weekly Shonen Jump Alpha, North America’s only near-simultaneous digital manga magazine, treats manga fans to the latest chapters of some of the world’s most popular manga series only two

    New Book of Reviews and Essays Devoted to Japanese Cinema Official Site: intellectbooks.co.uk Special Thanks to John Berra Publisher Intellect Books will soon release Directory of World Cinema: Japan 2, the latest installment in their Directory of World Cinema series. Building on and bringing up to date the material presented in the first Directory of World Cinema: Japan (2010), this volume continues the exploration of the enduring classics, cult favorites, and contemporary blockbusters of Japanese cinema with new contributions from leading critics and film scholars. Directory of World Cinema: Japan 2 will be published in the United Kingdom on February 15th, with the American release set for April 15th. Among the additions to this volume are in-depth treatments of two previously unexplored genres -- youth cinema and films depicting lowerclass settings -- considered alongside discussions of popular narrative forms, including J-Horror, samurai cinema, anime, and the

    An Outspoken Outsider With Amazing Singing Talent Tries to Fit In and Still Maintain Her Edge Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media, LLC, the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in North America, debuts the poignant shojo manga series, A Devil and Her Love Song, now available. The new title, published under the company’s Shojo Beat imprint, is rated ‘T’ for Teens and carries an MSRP of $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN. Meet Maria Kawai -- she’s gorgeous and whip-smart, a girl who seems to have it all. But when she unleashes her sharp tongue, it’s no wonder some consider her to be the very devil! Maria’s difficult ways even get her kicked out of an elite school, but this particular fall may actually turn out to be her saving grace... Maria’s frank nature

    15 New Shonen Jump Series Now Available For Barnes & Noble’s 7-Inch NOOK Devices Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: VIZManga.com Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen The digital manga convergence continues across North America as VIZ Media, LLC, largest distributor and publisher of anime and manga in North America, announces the launch of 15 additional manga series for the Barnes & Noble NOOK Tablet and NOOK Color. Beginning this week, the company expands its library of digital manga titles offered in the NOOK Store to include a variety of popular manga series published under the Shonen Jump and Shonen Jump Advanced imprints. Volumes are presented in their original Japanese Right-to-Left reading format and are available for purchase and fast download in the U.S. and Canada for $4.99 -$9.99 (U.S. / CAN) each. Over 35 series and 400+ volumes are now available,

    Includes Special YU-GI-OH! Trading Card Promotion For All Subscribers Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: SJAlpha.com Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen The wait is finally over! VIZ Media, LLC, the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in North America, launches the debut issue of its new digital manga magazine -- Weekly Shonen Jump Alpha -- today! The first issue is available now through VIZManga.com; it will also be part of the upcoming update to the VIZ Manga apps for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. Each new digital edition of Weekly Shonen Jump Alpha treats manga fans in North America to the latest chapters of some of the world’s most popular manga series only two weeks after they debut in Japan’s massively popular Weekly Shonen Jump magazine. The first issue of Weekly Shonen Jump Alpha also includes part 1 of

    Releases Based on the New Studio Ghibli Film Include Film Comics, Art and Picture Books Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Movie Site: karigurashi.jp (Japan), arrietty.com.au (Australia), disney.go.com/arrietty (US) Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media, LLC, the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in North America, brings the miniaturized adventure of famed Studio Ghibli’s newest animated creation -- THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY (????????????, Karigurashi no Arrietty, 2010) -- to readers everywhere with a collection of Arrietty film comics, art and picture books set to debut on February 7th, 2012. THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY is scheduled for North American theatrical release on February 17th, 2012. THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY is based on the celebrated novel, The Borrowers, by Mary Norton and was produced by Studio Ghibli, the famed animation company founded by Hayao Miyazaki, which also created

    Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: VIZManga.com Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen At long last, the day fans have been waiting for is here -- digital volumes of Bleach Vol. 53, Naruto Vol. 58 and One Piece Vol. 64 are now available on VIZManga.com and the VIZ Manga App for iPad, iPhone & iPod touch, catching North American readers up to Japan releases! These volumes have been released ahead of the print editions as part of the SHONEN JUMP DIGITAL WARP speed up to get U.S. readers up to date with Japan, just in time for the debut of Weekly Shonen Jump Alpha (Weekly SJ Alpha) this Monday, January 30th! Other specials in preparation for the launch include: • a sneak peek at Weekly Shonen Jump Alpha with the free "Issue Zero" preview, containing the latest chapters from

    Free Event in West Hollywood Gives Sneak Peek at North America’s First Digital Weekly Manga Anthology Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: VIZManga.com Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media, LLC, the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in North America, invites Southern California manga/anime fans and pop culture enthusiasts to a very special launch event for the new Weekly Shonen Jump Alpha (Weekly SJ Alpha) on Saturday, January 28th at the West Hollywood Library in Los Angeles, CA. The event is FREE to attend and takes place between 2:00pm-5:00pm in the library’s Community Room. The West Hollywood Library is located at 625 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069. Additional library details are available at colapublib.org/libs/whollywood. Each new digital issue of Weekly SJ Alpha will treat manga fans in North America to the latest chapters of some

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