Viz Media made their debut at Anime Boston this year, snubbing the closer west coast con Wondercon for an east coast outing. They brought some new licenses including two new hardcover deluxe releases. Tomie is a horror manga by the master Junji Ito that hasn’t seen print in over a decade. It truly deserves the deluxe treatment. Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 3: Stardust Crusaders already had a print run here in the US, where it barely made an impression. Just a decade later, the stardust has been re-ignited with Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 1 and 2 not only selling gangbusters, but as deluxe hardbacks as well. It seems only right that Part 3 get the same treatment. Not having matching releases on the bookshelf can be maddening, and you don’t want to make Jojo fans mad. They might pose furiously at you.
VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES EXCITING NEW PUBLISHING ACQUISITIONS AT 2016 ANIME BOSTON
Leading Manga Publisher Expands Roster With A New ONE PIECE Box Set, Deluxe Release Of Junji Ito’s TOMIE, And The Launch Of PLATINUM END And JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE: PART 3 – STARDUST CRUSADERS
San Francisco, CA, March 28, 2016 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest publisher, distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, thrilled a packed audience of fans during its panel held this Saturday at the 2016 Anime Boston convention as it detailed exciting new manga (graphic novel) publishing acquisitions.
VIZ Media previewed each of the new titles, which include the latest box set release of the epic high seas pirate adventure, ONE PIECE, as well as the print launch of PLATINUM END, the new dark fantasy series by the creators of DEATH NOTE. Additional manga releases joining the VIZ Media catalog include a hardcover deluxe edition of JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE: PART 3 – STARDUST CRUSADERS and the return of horror master Junji Ito’s long-awaited debut series, TOMIE, which will be published in a special, deluxe omnibus hardcover edition after being out of print for many years.
Additional information on each of these titles will be announced in the near future.
New Fall & Winter 2016 VIZ Media Publishing Acquisitions
ONE PIECE BOX SET 3 ·
Rated ‘T’ for Teens · Debuts Fall 2016
The third ONE PIECE Manga Box Set contains the arcs Thriller Bark, Sabaody, Impel Down, Paramount War, and New World, which make up vols. 47-70 of the epic pirate series. This new set offers a significant savings over buying the volumes individually, along with an exclusive premium 48-page mini-comic and double-sided color poster.
PLATINUM END, VOL. 1 ·
Rated ‘M’ for Mature Readers · Debuts Fall 2016
Digital Chapters Available Now For $0.99
Dive into the brand new series by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, the legendary manga duo that created DEATH NOTE. As his classmates celebrate their middle school graduation, troubled Mirai is mired in darkness. But his battle is just beginning when he receives some salvation from above in the form of an angel. Now Mirai is pitted against 12 other chosen humans in a battle in which the winner becomes the next god of the world. Mirai has an angel in his corner, but he may need to become a devil to survive.
JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE: PART 3 – STARDUST CRUSADERS, VOL. 1 ·
Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens · Debuts Fall 2016
The legendary Shonen Jump series is now available in deluxe editions featuring color pages and newly drawn cover art! JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE is a groundbreaking manga famous for its outlandish characters, wild humor and frenetic battles. As the beginning of the Stardust Crusaders Arc opens, a fiendish villain once thought to be dead has resurfaced and become even more powerful! To fight this evil, the aging Joseph Joestar enlists the help of his hot-blooded grandson, Jotaro Joestar. Together they embark on a perilous adventure that will take them around the world!
TOMIE: COMPLETE DELUXE EDITION ·
Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens · Debuts Winter 2016
Horror manga master Junji Ito’s long-awaited debut series, Tomie, returns in a new, deluxe omnibus hardcover edition! Tomie Kawakami is a femme fatale with long black hair and a beauty mark just under her left eye. She can seduce nearly any man, and drive them to murder as well, even though the victim is often Tomie herself. While one lover seeks to keep her for himself, another grows terrified of the immortal succubus. But soon they realize no matter how many times they kill her, the world will never be free of Tomie.
For additional information on manga titles published by VIZ Media, please visit www.VIZ.com.
About VIZ Media, LLC
Established in 1986, VIZ Media is the premiere company in the field of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing. Along with its popular digital magazine WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP and blockbuster properties like NARUTO, DRAGON BALL, SAILOR MOON, and POKÉMON, VIZ Media offers an extensive library of titles and original content in a wide variety of book and video formats, as well as through official licensed merchandise. Owned by three of Japan’s largest publishing and entertainment companies, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media is dedicated to bringing the best titles for English-speaking audiences worldwide.
Learn more about VIZ Media and its properties at www.VIZ.com.