VIZ Media Announces Panels, Events and Retail Exclusives for New York Comic Con 2019

VIZ Media invites New York Comic Con (NYCC) attendees to catch a fun series of panels, events, autograph sessions and retail exclusives available for purchase at the company’s booth in the Exhibit Hall throughout the weekend.

The Official Shonen Jump panel kicks off VIZ’s events on Friday and presents the latest from Team JUMP. Later that evening, attendees can catch the VIZ Media Panel with special guests from Frederator Studios Castlevania, including Creator, Writer and Executive Producer Warren Ellis and voice actors James Callis (voice of Alucard), Graham McTavish (voice of Dracula) and Alejandra Reynoso (voice of Sypha). Continue celebrating Castlevania on Saturday with an official panel and autograph session featuring the special guests.

VIZ Media’s first original animated property, Seis Manos, debuts at NYCC with an autograph session and special screening of Episode 1 with a cast Q&A on Saturday. Transformers fans won’t want to miss The Evolutionary Art of Transformers, a panel celebrating 35 years of artwork from one of the world’s most beloved franchises. Transformers archivist and author Jim Sorenson will be signing autographs following the panel in the VIZ Booth (#1336).

Meanwhile the VIZ Originals imprint continues its participation in portfolio review sessions at New York Comic Con. Reviews will be conducted by Fawn Lau, Executive Editor for VIZ Originals. For more details please visit:

In addition, the VIZ Media booth will offer a wide range of convention retail exclusives available for purchase. Attendees can also catch a variety of special giveaways as well as other fun in-booth activities.

Notable VIZ Media New York Comic Con 2019 Exclusives:

Each purchase comes with a special 2019 limited edition tote bag offered in two distinct designs: Pokemon or Sailor Moon (while supplies last).

  • My Hero Academia & One-Punch Man Manga Replicas – $15 each
  • Naruto 20th Anniversary Poster – $50
  • Naruto 20th Anniversary Skateboard Deck – $60
  • One-Punch Man Enamel Pin – $10
  • Sailor Moon: Sailor Stars T-shirt – $20
  • Shonen Jump T-shirt – $30 ($25 when you show us your SJ app)

VIZ Media 2019 New York Comic Con Panels & Signings:

Friday, October 4, 2019

11:15pm Shonen Jump Official Panel
Room 1A10

Are you a fan of Dragon Ball, One-Punch Man, Naruto, One Piece, or Bleach? Hang out with Team Shonen Jump and get the latest developments on new series from Japan, all-time fan favorites and what we’re doing to bring you the world’s best manga.

5:15pm VIZ Media Official Panel with Special Guests from Frederator Studios CASTLEVANIA
Room 1A06

Join us as we talk about some of your favorite manga and anime. We’ll also be revealing big news, chatting with incredible guests and handing out prizes. The panel will feature Castlevania’s creator and writer Warren Ellis and voice actors James Callis (voice of Alucard), Graham McTavish (voice of Dracula) and Alejandra Reynoso (voice of Sypha).

7:00pm Warren Ellis Signing
NYCC Private Autograph Area*

Meet Warren Ellis, the Creator, Writer and Executive Producer of Frederator Studios Castlevania series for Netflix and receive a free poster.

Saturday, October 5, 2019

1:00pm SEIS MANOS Screening with Special Guest Q&A
Room 1A06

Catch a special screening of Seis Manos, an upcoming Netflix Original Anime Series and a Q&A with special guests Alvaro Rodriguez (co-creator), Jonny Cruz (voice of Jesus) and Angelica Vale (voice of Garcia).

2:30pm SEIS MANOS Voice Cast and Co-Creator Signing
NYCC Private Autograph Area*

Join the cast and crew of Seis Manos, including Alvaro Rodriguez, Jonny Cruz and Angelica Vale in a special signing session and receive a personally autographed Seis Manos poster.

4:30pm Frederator Studios CASTLEVANIA Creator and Voice Cast Signing
NYCC Private Autograph Area*

Meet Warren Ellis, Sam Deats (director), Adam Deats (asst. director), James Callis, Graham McTavish and Alejandra Reynoso in this special signing session.

6:30pm VIZ Media Presents Frederator Studios CASTLEVANIA Panel
Main Stage

Get an in-depth look into Castlevania, the hit Netflix Original Anime Series, with and incredible lineup of guests, including CASTLEVANIA’s creator and writer Warren Ellis, director Sam Deats, asst. director Adam Deats and voice actors James Callis (voice of Alucard), Graham McTavish (voice of Dracula), Alejandra Reynoso (voice of Sypha) and Ade M’Cormack (voice of Isaac).

Sunday, October 6, 2019

11:00am The Evolutionary Art of Transformers Panel
Room 1A06

Join Transformers: A Visual History author Jim Sorenson, Hasbro Global Director of Publishing Michael Kelly, artists Livio Ramondelli and Andrew Griffith, and other special guests as they celebrate 35 years of artwork from one of the world’s most beloved franchises.

VIZ Media Booth #1336

Transformers archivist and author Jim Sorenson visits the booth for a signing session.

*Tickets are distributed via pre-show lottery. Please see New York Comic Con’s Autograph Policy for more information.

Domestic Girlfriend Manga Takes a One-Week Break

Manga creator Kei Sasuga has revealed on their Twitter account that their Domestic Girlfriend (Domestic na Kanojo) manga will take a one-week break. The manga did not have a new chapter in this year’s 41st issue of Kodansha’s Weekly Shōnen Magazine on September 11, 2019, but it will return in the magazine’s next issue on September 19, 2019.

Sasuga launched the ongoing series in Kodansha’s Weekly Shōnen Magazine in April 2014. Crunchyroll is also publishing chapters of the manga as they are released in Japan.

Source: ANN

Hiro Mashima to Launch the Heros Manga Mini-Series in October 2019

Hiro Mashima has announced that he will launch the new manga mini-series Heros in Kodansha’s Weekly Shōnen Magazine in October 2019. The mini-series will be a crossover between the worlds of Mashima’s Rave Master, Fairy Tail, and Edens Zero manga.

Mashima noted that the magazine’s staff asked him to produce a work to mark the magazine’s 60th anniversary. The new mini-series will run concurrently in the weekly magazine with Mashima’s Edens Zero. Mashima’s Fairy Tail: 100 Years Quest manga will also serialize weekly during the run of Heros.

Source: ANN

My Hero Academia Is Best-Selling Graphic Novel in the U.S. for August 2019

The BookScan Top 20 selling adult graphic novels list for August 2019 includes 13 manga titles:

  • My Hero Academia Volume 20 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#1)
  • One-Punch Man Volume 17 by ONE and Yūsuke Murata (#4)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 1 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#6)
  • Komi Can’t Communicate Volume 2 by Tomohito Oda (#7)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 2 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#9)
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 4 Diamond Is Unbreakable Volume 2 by Hirohiko Araki (#10)
  • One Piece Volume 91 by Eiichiro Oda (#11)
  • Attack on Titan Volume 28 by Hajime Isayama (#13)
  • The Promised Neverland Volume 11 by Kaiu Shirai and Posuka Demizu (#14)
  • My Hero Academia: Smash!! Volume 1 by Hirofumi Neda (#16)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 19 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#17)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 3 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#18)
  • Komi Can’t Communicate Volume 1 by Tomohito Oda (#20)

Source: ANN

Blissful Land Manga to End in October 2019

The October 2019 issue of Kodansha’s Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine has announced that Ichimon Izumi’s Blissful Land (Tenju no Kuni) manga will end in the magazine’s next issue on October 9, 2019.

Izumi launched the manga in Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine in October 2017. Kodansha published the manga’s fourth volume in Japan on June 7, 2019.

Kodansha Comics began releasing the manga in English digitally in November 2018, and it published the manga’s fourth volume on September 3, 2019.

Source: ANN

Manga Piracy Site Manga Rock Rebrands as MR Comics

Pirated manga aggregator app Manga Rock has announced a plan to shut down its service and rebrand. Manga Rock is rebranding as the MR Comics platform, and Manga Rock’s website now redirects to a website for the new service.

The Manga Rock app is no longer available through the App Store or Google Play Store. Staff stated that they will keep “systems running for some time” so that users can back up their reading data.

The developer plans to make MR Comics a “100% official comics platform.” Its vision for the platform is to raise awareness of the problems of scanlations, develop relationships and contracts with publishers and creators, build tools for publishers and creators to distribute and monetize content, and convert free scanlation readers to buyers of official content.

Staff had initially planned to remove all the pirated content from Manga Rock by the end of 2019 and keep the service accessible while developing MR Comics. However, they decided to remove Manga Rock while MR Comics continues development because they were “still inadvertently hosting and supporting the practices of piracy” through the previous service.

Source: ANN

Detective Conan Manga to Take an 11-Issue Break in Japan

This year’s 40th issue of Shogakukan’s Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine has announced that Gosho Aoyama’s Detective Conan manga will take an 11-issue break, from the 41st through 51st issues. The manga will resume in the magazine’s 52nd issue on November 27, 2019. Aoyama will conduct research during the hiatus.

The manga previously took a four-issue break in the magazine’s 24th through 27th issues from May to June 2019. It also previously took two other one-month breaks from January to February 2019 and in the magazine’s 16th through 18th issues from March to April 2019. Aoyama also conducted research during those three breaks.

Source: ANN