Viz Media is celebrating Shojo Beat’s 10th Anniversary by bringing Shojo manga artist Julietta Suzuki to Anime Expo this year. Her latest title, Kamisama Kiss, is published by Viz, but she’s got a few other titles that would be to see brought over/back. Karakuri Odette was her first title to be published here by Tokyopop. It’s a short series at 5 volumes and was actually published complete. It would be a great addition to the Select line. Then there’s Akuma to Dolce, a two-volume series that is unfortunately on hiatus, possibly due to Kamisama Kiss‘s popularity. Hoshi ni Naru hi is both the name of her debut title and a collection of short stories that would also make a great license since it also includes the prototype story for Kamisama Kiss. Any of these would make a great Anniversary present!
VIZ MEDIA WELCOMES FAMED SHOJO MANGA ARTIST JULIETTA SUZUKI AS A SPECIAL GUEST OF HONOR AT 2015 ANIME EXPO
Creator Of KAMISAMA KISS Makes First-Ever International Appearance At North America’s Biggest Anime Convention And Helps Celebrate The Shojo Beat Imprint’s 10th Anniversary
San Francisco, CA, June 16, 2015 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest publisher, distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, proudly partners with the 2015 Anime Expo to present manga creator Julietta Suzuki for her first-ever professional appearance outside Japan.
The 2015 Anime Expo is the largest dedicated anime convention held in North America and will take place July 2nd–5th at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles. Tickets and full details are available at: www.anime-expo.org. VIZ Media will be located on the main convention floor in Booth #811.
Julietta Suzuki is the creator of the acclaimed shojo manga (graphic novel) series, KAMISAMA KISS. During Anime Expo, she will participate in an informative panel discussion and appear for a pair of autograph sessions. She also will be among the artists to have original manga artwork prominently displayed in the VIZ Media booth to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the company’s Shojo Beat imprint. Copies of KAMISAMA KISS (Vols. 1 & 18) will be available for purchase in the VIZ Media booth as well.
VIZ Media booth visitors also are invited to spin the Shojo Beat Prize Wheel for a chance to win KAMISAMA KISS collectables from Japan!
Julietta Suzuki VIZ Media/Anime Expo Panels & Special Events Include:
Friday, July 3rd
4:30PM Autograph Session (Anime Expo Autograph Area)
Meet manga artist Julietta Suzuki and get a special FREE signed art card (shikishi). Tickets will be distributed at 8AM in the morning from the Anime Expo Autograph Ticket Booth in West Hall.
Saturday, July 4th
11:10AM Autograph Session (Anime Expo Autograph Area)
Meet manga artist Julietta Suzuki and get a special FREE personally signed art card (shikishi). Tickets will be distributed at 8AM in the morning from the Anime Expo Autograph Ticket Booth in West Hall.
2:00pm – 3:00pm Julietta Suzuki Panel Discussion (Petree Hall / LP2)
Anime Expo attendees are invited to join VIZ Media for a special conversation with Julietta Suzuki and learn more about her beginnings as an manga artist and creator, her creative process and her experience publishing with VIZ Media’s Shojo Beat imprint. Five lucky attendees will also get a chance to attend a tea party with Suzuki immediately after the panel!
Fans also can check Shojo Beat’s social media channels for additional information in coming weeks:
“KAMISAMA KISS is the divine comedy that has captivated legions of shojo manga fans in North America, and we are honored to welcome Julietta Suzuki for a very special series of appearances at Anime Expo,” says Pancha Diaz, Editor. “This will be an extraordinary opportunity to learn more about her career, interests and influences and also meet the artist in a special signing session. Her appearance also provides a wonderful complement to mark an important milestone for our Shojo Beat imprint, and manga fans are invited to join us for what promises to be a truly memorable Anime Expo!”
Julietta Suzuki’s debut manga Hoshi ni Naru Hi (The Day One Becomes a Star) appeared in 2004 in the shojo manga magazine, Hana to Yume Plus. Her other notable releases include Akuma to Dolce (The Devil and Sweets), Karakuri Odette, and KAMISAMA KISS (Kamisama Hajimemashita), which is published by VIZ Media.
In KAMISAMA KISS (rated ‘T’ for Teens), Nanami Momozono is alone and homeless after her dad skips town to evade his gambling debts and the debt collectors kick her out of her apartment. So when a man she’s just saved from a dog offers her his home, she jumps at the opportunity. But it turns out that his place is a shrine, and Nanami has unwittingly taken over his job as a local deity! Nanami has all kinds of new responsibilities she doesn’t understand, dangers she’s unaware of, and a cranky ex-familiar who’s…actually pretty hot. What’s a new-fledged godling to do? The bestselling series is continuing in Japan, and Volume 18 debuts in print and digitally this month through VIZ Media’s Shojo Beat imprint.
For more information on Julietta Suzuki and other shojo manga titles published by VIZ Media, please visit www.VIZ.com.
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 ONE PIECE, 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 www.VIZ.com.