VIZ Media had a big weekend at Emerald City Comic Con, with three huge announcements, including the launch of their brand new publishing imprint, VIZ Originals!
VIZ Originals is the new English-language graphic novel imprint from VIZ Media. It will expand VIZ Media’s already renowned collection of popular titles by working with manga-inspired creators to develop original content. Led by Executive Editor Fawn Lau, the first titles will launch in 2020.
“VIZ Originals will be an incubator for innovative ideas and storytelling,” says Leyla Aker, Executive Vice President & Publisher. “There’s a demonstrated appetite for manga and manga-inspired content. With VIZ Originals, we have an opportunity to leverage over 30 years of experience in the industry to bring original, creator-owned content from top creative talents to fans worldwide.”
“We’re thrilled to support and contribute to the comics community through the VIZ Originals imprint,” adds Fawn Lau, Executive Editor, VIZ Originals. “There are so many extraordinary creators telling exciting stories in the style they love. We’re proud to be able to nurture this new generation of manga-inspired creators.”
VIZ Originals titles will feature “a premium cover treatment, larger trim size, and read left to right”.
Learn more about this new publishing imprint here.
VIZ also announced their latest manga acquisitions to be added to their fall and winter releases. These new acquisitions include The Drifting Classroom: Perfect Edition, An Incurable Case of Love, A Tropical Fish Yearns for Snow, and Jujutsu Kaisen. More about these titles below:
THE DRIFTING CLASSROOM: PERFECT EDITION, By Kazuo Umezz
In the aftermath of a massive earthquake, a Japanese elementary school is transported into a hostile world where the students and teachers are besieged by terrifying creatures and beset by madness. The PERFECT EDITION features an all-new translation with new content and revised story elements in a deluxe hardcover design that reestablishes Kazuo Umezz’s THE DRIFTING CLASSROOM as a timeless horror classic.
AN INCURABLE CASE OF LOVE, By Maki Enjoji
After witnessing a handsome and charming young doctor saving a stranger’s life five years ago, Nanase Sakura trained to become a nurse. But when she meets the doctor again and they start working together, she finds Kairi Tendo to be nothing like the man she imagined him to be!
A TROPICAL FISH YEARNS FOR SNOW, By Makoto Hagino
When Konatsu Amano’s dad gets a job oversees, she has to leave the Tokyo life she’s always known and relocate to a small seaside town to stay with her aunt. The move also means starting a new school surrounded by complete strangers, and it’s a lot to handle for a shy, anxious girl who has trouble with change. But on the first day of classes, Konatsu meets an older girl who instantly makes her want to form a connection. Konatsu’s introverted tendencies are hard to overcome, but maybe she’s found something worth coming out of her shell for?
JUJUTSU KAISEN, By Gege Akutami
In a world where demons feed on unsuspecting humans, fragments of the legendary and feared demon Ryoma Sukuna were lost and scattered about. Should any demon consume Sukuna’s body parts, the power they gain could destroy the world as we know it. Fortunately, there exists a mysterious school of Jujutsu Sorcerers who exist to protect the precarious existence of the living from the undead!
The last announcement out of Emerald City Comic Con is that VIZ has added the iconic Transformers franchise to its entertainment catalog with the release of Transformers: A Visual History. Scheduled for fall release, Transformers: A Visual History will come in two editions – the standard hardcover and a Deluxe Limited Edition, which includes five exclusive art prints and comes packaged in a collector’s box.
Transformers: A Visual History will feature a ton of content from Hasbro including behind-the-scenes production sketches, packaging artwork, animation models, video game designs, comic pages, and production artwork from all six Paramount live-action films (for the first time ever)! This most comprehensive collection of Transformers imagery ever assembled was curated by Transformers archivist Jim Sorenson.
“TRANSFORMERS: A VISUAL HISTORY is a thorough compilation of Transformers artwork,” says David Brothers, Editor. “This book really shows off the incredible breadth and impact of the franchise, and fans of the Transformers brand will love poring over the fan-favorite, rare, and previously unseen artwork on display!”
Author: Jamie Sugah
Jamie has a BA in English with a focus in creative writing from The Ohio State University. She self-published her first novel, The Perils of Long Hair on a Windy Day, which is available through Amazon. She is currently an archivist and lives in New York City with her demon ninja vampire cat. She covers television, books, movies, anime, and conventions in the NYC area.
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