Kids' Day Among First of New Initiatives; "Kids Love Comics" a Key Contributor to Programming Events and Ideas

Norwalk, CT, October 1: New York Comic Con (NYCC) has announced that it has appointed senior staff member Jay Williams to the post of Manager of Programming & Education. The role is considered critical as much of NYCC's activity and opportunity is generated by the special events and panel discussions which supplement the excitement of the show floor. Organizers are pleased to have both a trade show professional and veteran, as well as a huge comics fan to fill the role. Williams is expected to bring an intuitive grasp of creativity and management skills to the function.

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VIZ Media Delivers The Creeps This Halloween With Four Acclaimed Horror Manga Releases, Hot New Issue Of Shojo Beat Magazine And A Sponsored Night AT A Haunted Attraction

San Francisco, CA, September 28, 2007 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry's most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, will spook mature-aged manga fans nationwide with an array of horror manga just in time for Halloween.

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VIZ Media continues the momentum behind its NARUTO NATION campaign as it brings everyone's favorite ninja to 585 Toys "R" US stores nationwide this weekend (Sept 29/30) on behalf of Geoffrey's Birthday, which celebrates the toy retailer's famous giraffe mascot. In addition to the festivities planned at each participating Toys "R" Us store, there will be a special NARUTO NATION area. Toys "R" Us will promote this NARUTO NATION event with in-store flyers, email blasts, as well as feature offers for the numerous NARUTO products available at their stores.

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A Japanese art exhibition called "Beautiful New World" has opened in Beijing. The exhibition is part of the Year of China-Japan Cultural and Sports Exchange initiative aimed at commemorating the 35th anniversary of normalized relations between Japan and China:

The exhibition showcases the work of 34 artists, including media art, architecture, manga and anime as well as contemporary art. The show gives a comprehensive overview of contemporary Japanese culture since the 1990s.


From Kylandra comes a report of this year's Anime World Atlanta, which took place from 9/21 - 9/23. The report contains some info on the Dark Horse panel, info on new release and more.

Via: MangaBlog

Newark, NJ - Yuricon, a celebration of yuri in anime and manga, is pleased to announce the US Premiere of the "Simoun" anime at their 2007 "Yurisai" event!

"Simoun," licensed by Media Blasters, media publisher of products targeted to fan-oriented specialty markets, tells the story of a wolrd torn by war, and the trials of a squadron of warrior-priestesses, the Sibylla of Chor Tempest. "Simoun" was voted "Best Yuri Series" of 2006 by Okazu Reviews.

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MangaNEXT has announced three more guests for this year's event that's taking place from October 5 to October 7:

MangaNEXT is pleased to announce three more guests for 2007, Jason Thompson, Hiroki Otsuka and Mari Morimoto. Jason Thompson's favorite manga genres are horror, battle manga and romantic comedies. From 1996 to 2006 he worked as an editor at VIZ Media LLC, where he supervised the English editions of Dragon Ball Z, Shaman King, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Secret Comic Japan, Uzumaki, Tekkonkinkreet, SHONEN JUMP magazine and many other titles. His book Manga: The Complete Guide, an encyclopedia of all the Japanese comics released in America, comes out from Del Rey on October 9. He has also written for Otaku USA, The Comics Journal, Animerica and PULP. He draws the web comic The Stiff at www.mockman.com.

StarTrek.com is reporting that Tokyopop will hold a series of promotional events from September 13 to October 6 in Southern California to promote its new Star Trek The Manga: "Kakan ni Shinkou".

Source: ANN

A Chinese company called Cayie has recently released a new brand of Doraemon-themed mooncake for the Mid-Autumn Festival, which takes place on 9/25 this year. Not only is the Doraemon mooncake cheap, but it also comes with toys for kids. According to initial statistics, the mooncake is especially popular among females, and over 95% customers bought the product based on its appearance alone.

ALC Publishing, the world's only publisher of 100% Yuri will be premiering the newest Yuri manga anthology, "Yuri Monogatari 5," at Yuricon's 2007 "Yurisai" event on September 29, 2007 at the Newark Gateway Hilton.

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