Never Fear: Viz to give out free stuff at NYCC


Thank goodness someone will

New York Comic Con starts tomorrow, and that's...maybe not as it exciting as it could be? Back in the day, we had our very own New York Anime Fest. But then NYAF merged with NYCC; then NYAF disappeared entirely, but there was still plenty of anime stuff at NYCC; then NYCC decided to cut down on anime programming. I'm kind of ashamed of my home city right now.

Now, we can all cry about it over our dirty water hot dogs, or we can choose look on the bright side and see what's available for the con-going otaku this time around. Viz Media has decided to be a shining light in the darkness and not only has tons of anime panels, guests, and announcements scheduled, they will also give you free stuff if you stop by Booth 1944: you can walk away with a Naruto Shippuden or One Piece poster, a random exclusive Weekly Shonen Jump button and a special NYCC Tiger & Bunny collectible card pack. Apparently they plan to give out even more free items throughout the con including posters, bookmarks and manga samplers, so who knows what cool merch you might snag just for stopping by.

Fans can also sign up for an annual membership to the digital version of Weekly Shonen Jump for a special show rate of $19.99 per year and receive a special "Vulcan The Divine" Yu-Gi-Oh! trading card and a glow-in-the-dark button along with 48 digital issues of the magazine. Oh, and you can sample Neon Alley and score a complementary VIZ tote-bag and a 30-day free trial membership to the service. There's also going to be some kind of gaming contest where attendees can win prizes like T-shirts and such. Oh, and Viz will be streaming the dubbed premiere of Berserk: The Golden Age Arc III- The Advent (Room 1A22). It's safe to say they've got some stuff going on.

Here's a press release from Viz that covers all their panel offerings for the weekend; now you can't say that there's no good anime content at NYCC anymore. Well, you could say it, but you would be wrong. Thanks for saving NYCC from nothing but The Avengers cosplayers, Viz.

Friday October 11th 

3:00PM – 4:00PM        Panel: Weekly Shonen Jump Podcast –

Live Recording! (Room 1A23)

Meet the team behind the English-language edition of Weekly Shonen Jump and be part of a live podcast recording! Bring your toughest SJ questions for the editors and your own manga knowledge for a chance to win some awesome prizes in our trivia challenge!

4:15PM – 5:15PM          Panel: VIZ Media (Room 1A15)

Join the VIZ Media staff for a presentation all about the latest in manga and anime! We'll be talking about the latest news, upcoming releases and other cool announcements from our publishing and animation teams.

5:30PM – 6:30PM          Panel: RANMA ½ (Room 1A23)

From the legendary manga creator, Rumiko Takahashi, RANMA ½ is the manga and anime series that ignited a passion for these mediums in North America. With its wacky hi-jinks and crazy comedic action, the characters and stories of RANMA have resonated with generations of fans. Join the VIZ Media manga and anime teams as they discuss the history of this legendary title and the process of re-launching the new Right-to-Left manga editions as well as releasing the anime series for the first time on Blu-ray and digital.

Saturday October 12th

2:30PM – 3:30PM         UGLYDOLL Signing & Photo Op

(VIZ Media Booth #1944)

Meet UGLYDOLL® artist Ian McGinty and Uglydoll Big Toe at the VIZ Media booth and get an exclusively signed free poster!

4:15PM – 5:15PM         Panel: Writing for Kids of All Ages: Perfect Square

                                      (Room 1A15)

Perfect Square is dedicated to delivering “squarely perfect storytelling” for kids and kids at heart. That means any age comics reader can enjoy new content with beloved characters starting with the youngest readers to the most seasoned true comics fan. Discussing the importance of what it means to make age-appropriate comics that everyone can enjoy are the highly-acclaimed writers for Perfect Square including Brian Smith (writer VOLTRON FORCE, MONSUNO, MAX STEEL; former DC & Marvel editor), former Marvel editors Sebastian Girner (writer MONSUNO) and Cory Levine (writer MONSUNO, BEN 10: OMNIVERSE), B. Clay Moore (writer MAX STEEL, BEN 10: OMNIVERSE), Jacob Chabot (writer/artist HELLO KITTY), Corin Howell (writer/artist BEN 10: OMNIVERSE) and Tom Pinchuk (writer MAX STEEL). The panel will be moderated by Perfect Square’s editorial team: Beth Kawasaki, Joel Enos and Traci Todd.

8:00PM – 9:00PM         Panel: VIZ Anime, Featuring Neon Alley

                                      (Room 1A15)

This panel is all about anime! Learn about the latest and greatest projects, announcements and releases from the VIZ animation team as well as what's in store for our 24/7 streaming anime channel, Neon Alley.

Sunday October 13th

12:15PM – 1:15PM      Panel: ALL YOU NEED IS KILL: Adapting An

                                      Adaptation (Room 1A15)

First came author Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s mind-bending novel, which is published by VIZ Media’s Haikasoru imprint in the U.S. Now ALL YOU NEED IS KILL delivers a double-whammy of being adapted both into a major motion picture (Edge of Tomorrow starring Tom Cruise) and a full-length graphic novel edition. Join the VIZ Media editorial team behind the novel and comic to learn how it all came together and what’s next for this science fiction juggernaut.


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