Comics Worth Reading reports that a manga musical called "Astra: The Super Heroine Manga Musical", a joint effort between Jerry Robinson and the Washington Women in Theatre, will take place at the Warehouse Theatre in Washington, D.C. from July 7th to July 14th.

The original Astra manga was written and drawn by Kenichi Oishi and Shojin Tanaka and, and was published by Central Park Media in 1999.

The World Cosplay Summit Brazilian Stage took place on June 9th, and the winners are Marcelo and Thaís, who cosplayed as Naraku/InuYasha and Sesshomaru.

Brazilian publisher JBC, who promoted the event, used the occasion to introduce its new manga: Death Note. JBC's Julio Moreno announced that they plan to unveil two more titles soon, one shoujo and the other shonen.

A full report of the event can be found on Papo de Budega.

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This year's New York Asian Film Festival features the East Coast premiere of DEATH NOTE and DEATH NOTE: THE LAST NAME with director Shusuke Kaneko in attendance. Both movies will be presented in association with JAPAN CUTS – Festival of New Japanese Film and they will take place at Japan Society (333 East 47th Street, between 1st and 2nd Avenues). Advanced tickets go on sale Thursday, June 7. Please go to www.subwaycinema.com for more details.

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From Comic Book Resources comes Top Cow's schedule at this year's Wizard World Philadelphia, taking place in the Pennsylvania Convention Center from June 15th-17th. Top Cow has announced many exclusive contents for the convention, including Witchblade Takeru #5 featuring a new cover by Eric Basaldua.

According to tokyojupiter.blog, the July issue of Shojo Beat has news that Arina Tanemura (Full Moon o Sagashite, Shinshi Doumei Cross) will appear at this year's San Diego Comic-Con, taking place from July 26th to July 29th.

Via: MangaBlog

New York, NY June 1, 2007 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry's most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, brings a variety of notable new manga and fiction releases to its presence at the 2007 BookExpo America (BEA) show, taking place May 31-June 3, 2007 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City.

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The final stage of World Cosplay Summit Brazil will take place in São Paulo city on June 9th. The event, promoted by JBC Publishing, will produce the final couple that will go to Japan to represent Brazil in the event that is considered the "World Cup" of cosplayers.

This year, WCS 2005 winner Francesca Dani will be special guest of the event. WCS will also see the participation of Ricardo Cruz: Brazilian member of the JAM Project (Japan Animationsong Makers).

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Precocious Curmudgeon links to an article from the Contra Costa Times, where Manga! Manga! and Dreamland Japan author Frederick Schodt talks about the Tezuka: Master of Manga exhibition, which takes place on Saturday in San Francisco at the Asian Art Museum.

Via: Icarus Blog

According to updates of the Fanime 2007 coverage from Broccoli Books Blog, Murder Princess creator Sekihiko Inui will be starting a new series titled Ratman in the August issue of Shounen Ace (6/26):

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From animeOnline comes an in-depth report of Broccoli Books at Fanime 2007. According to the report, Broccoli Books editor Shizuki Yamashita hinted at a "potential Disgaea works in a 'new medium' that Broccoli USA has not yet done." Also included are release dates of Broccoli Books titles, and various Broccoli merchandise news.