Hello Kitty Comic to Debut at SDCC 2013

Hello Kitty Jacob Chabot

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Viz Media and Sanrio® Announce Publishing Deal to Develop Original Hello Kitty® Graphic Novels

Pop Culture Icon Hello Kitty® And Her Friends Will Debut In Two VIZ Kids Offerings

San Francisco, CA, February 11, 2013 – Viz Media, LLC (Viz Media), the largest publisher, distributor and licensor of manga, graphic novels and anime in North America, has announced a new publishing deal with Sanrio, Inc., the global lifestyle brand and parent company of pop icon Hello Kitty®, to develop a series of original graphic novels, and a special single-volume comic featuring a limited-edition Hello Kitty design.

The single-volume Hello Kitty® comic is scheduled to debut at the 2013 Comic-Con Show in San Diego with a Comic-Con exclusive cover by Eisner-nominated artist Jacob Chabot. The comic will feature art by Victoria Maderna, Ian McGinty and Chabot. The main graphic novel series is scheduled to launch in the Fall of 2013 with Here We Go!, a collection of comic stories about Hello Kitty’s travels. Both offerings will be rated ‘A’ for All Ages, and will be published under the company’s VIZ Kids imprint. Viz Media previously teamed with Sanrio and video game company CAPCOM to develop a pair of fun STREET FIGHTER® X Sanrio books that were released in November 2012.

HELLO KITTY®: HERE WE GO!• MSRP: $7.99 US / $9.99 CAN • Available Fall 2013
Hello Kitty has places to be and friends to meet! Join her (or Hello Kitty) as she explores an underground realm, chases an unsavory cake thief around the world, climbs the Himalayas, travels back in time, and discovers that sometimes, the best place to get away from it all is between the pages of a good book.

HELLO KITTY® FASHION MUSIC WONDERLAND • MSRP: $6.99 US / $7.99 CAN • Available Summer 2013
It’s Hello Kitty as you’ve never seen her, in stories filled with fashion, music and adventure!

Sanrio® is the global company behind classic iconic characters Hello Kitty®, Little Twin Stars®, My Melody®, and many more. Sanrio® was founded in the 1960’s in Japan by Shintaro Tsuji, whose simple dream of bringing smiles to people’s faces grew into the brand’s “small gift, big smile” philosophy. This philosophy has served as the inspiration for the broad spectrum of products bearing the likeness of endearing characters that have helped to skyrocket the brand into a $5 billion- a-year business. Sanrio® recently acquired the classic Mr. Men Little Miss™ brand which also has graphic novels published by Viz Media.

“Sanrio and Hello Kitty are synonymous with the very essence of pop culture, and we’re very excited to have Hello Kitty as part of the VIZ Kids family of titles,” says Beth Kawasaki, Viz Media Senior Editorial Director. “The new wordless comic and graphic novel series will appeal to Hello Kitty fans of all ages. Viz Media is having a blast creating the fun new original series and we can’t wait for everyone to see the books.”

For more information on VIZ Kids graphic novels and manga, please visit VIZKids.com.

About Sanrio
Sanrio, best known for global icon Hello Kitty and home to many endearing characters including Chococat, My Melody, and Keroppi, is a worldwide lifestyle brand founded on the “small gift, big smile®” philosophy — that a small gift can bring happiness and friendship to people of all ages. For over 50 years, this philosophy has served as the inspiration for the broad spectrum of unique Sanrio products and experiences. Today, more than 50,000 Sanrio-branded items are available in over 70 countries and upwards of 12,000 U.S. locations including department, specialty, national chain stores and over 100 Sanrio boutiques. For more information, please visit www.sanrio.com and www.facebook.com/hellokitty.

About Viz Media, LLC
Headquartered in San Francisco, California, Viz Media distributes, markets and licenses the best anime and manga titles direct from Japan. Owned by three of Japan’s largest manga and animation companies, Shueisha, Inc., Shogakukan, Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., Viz Media has the most extensive library of anime and manga for English speaking audiences in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland and South Africa. With its popular digital manga anthology WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP and blockbuster properties like NARUTO, BLEACH and INUYASHA, Viz Media offers cutting-edge action, romance and family friendly properties for anime, manga, science fiction and fantasy fans of all ages. Viz Media properties are available as graphic novels, DVDs, animated television series, feature films, downloadable and streaming video and a variety of consumer products. Learn more about VIZ Media, anime and manga at www.VIZ.com.

NY – Holiday Charity Signing

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Scott Snyder, Klaus Janson, Al Milgrom, Peter David, Chris Giarusso, and Jacob Chabot sign on Saturday December 8, 2012 at 6:00pm!

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Press Release:

Join us for our 20th Annual Party & Raffle with all proceeds going to the John Thiessen’s Childrens Foundation. Darth Vader and his Stormtroopers of the 501st Legion will be on hand for a Toy Drive from 1:00 – 4:00 pm, including a creator signing. Second signing starts at 6:00 pm, buffet at 7:30, and the Charity Raffle at 8:30. Raffle Tickets are $5.00 each and are on sale now! Join our newsletter for daily updates!

Grasshopper’s Comics
76 Hillside Ave., Williston Park, NY 11596

 

Dark Horse Panel & Signing Schedule for NYCC 2012

Press Release:

New York Comic-Con is upon us, and Dark Horse Comics is telling you all the goods ahead of time! Plan accordingly!

NYCC 2012 Dark Horse Comics Signing Schedule

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11

3:00 p.m.            THE ART OF CAMILLA D’ERRICO: Camilla D’Errico

4:00 p.m.            THE MIGHTY SKULLBOY ARMY: Jacob Chabot

5:00 p.m.            ALIENS: COLONIAL MARINES: Joshua Williamson

6:00 p.m.            THE VICTORIES: Michael Avon Oeming

7:00 p.m.            DR. MCNINJA: Christopher Hastings

8:00 p.m.            STAR WARS: KNIGHTS OF THE OLD REPUBLIC & LOST TRIBE OF THE SITH: Andrea Mutti

 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12

10:00 a.m.            DYNAMICS PRESENTS DARK HORSE SUPERHEROES: Phil Noto (Ghost), Joshua Williamson (Captain Midnight), Mike Richardson (Publisher)

11:00 a.m.            HELLBOY IN HELL: Mike Mignola

12:00 p.m.            TO HELL YOU RIDE: Lance Henriksen, Tom Mandrake*

Ticketed event. Please see details below.

1:00 p.m.            NAUGHTY DOG STUDIOS: Neil Druckmann, Faith Erin Hicks

2:00 p.m.            BUFFYVERSE COMICS: Jane Espenson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Rebekah Isaacs (Angel & Faith)

3:00 p.m.            THE MASSIVE, STAR WARS, CONAN: Brian Wood

4:00 p.m.            THE SKY, DEVA ZAN, VAMPIRE HUNTER D: Yoshitaka Amano**

**Ticketed by New York Comic-Con. Please see details below.

5:00 p.m.            EMILY THE STRANGE: Rob Reger

6:00 p.m.            ONCE UPON A TIME MACHINE: James Comey, Charles Fetherolf, Jim Giar, Marcus Muller, Rob Woods, Chris Stevens, Andrew Carl, Tara Alexander

7:00 p.m.            THE FIFTH BEATLE: Vivek J.Tiwary, Andrew C. Robinson

Enter to win an exclusive The Fifth Beatle print or The Beatles Stereo CD Box Set.

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13

10:00 a.m.            POWERED BY CREATORS: Matt Kindt (Mind Mgmt), Michael Avon Oeming (The Victories)

11:00 a.m.            DARK HORSE HORROR SIGNING: Tom Mandrake (To Hell You Ride), Tim Seeley (Ex Sanguine), Christopher Golden (Baltimore), Eric Powell (The Goon), Evan Dorkin (Beasts of Burden)

12:00 p.m.            MASS EFFECT: Mac Walters, Kimberly Brooks (voice actress for Ashley Williams)

1:00 p.m.              THE SKY, DEVA ZAN, VAMPIRE HUNTER D: Yoshitaka Amano*

**Ticketed by New York Comic-Con. Please see details below.

2:00 p.m.              THE STRAIN: Guillermo del Toro*

Ticketed event. Please see details below.

3:00 p.m.              COREY TAYLOR: To be announced*

Ticketed event. Please see details below.

5:00 p.m.              THE TRUE LIVES OF THE FABULOUS KILLJOYS: Gerard Way, Becky Cloonan, Shaun Simon*

Ticketed event. Please see details below.

6:00 p.m.              CREEPY & EERIE: Dan Braun

7:00 p.m.              B.P.R.D.: Tyler Crook, James Harren

 

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14

10:00 a.m.            GREEN RIVER KILLER & THE CREEP: Jonathan Case

11:00 a.m.            MASS EFFECT: Mac Walters, Omar Francia

12:00 p.m.            BIOSHOCK: Ken Levine

1:00 p.m.              THE MASSIVE, STAR WARS, CONAN: Brian Wood

2:00 p.m.              THE IMMORTAL: Ian Edginton

3:00 p.m.              HUSBANDS: Jane Espenson, Brad Bell, Sean Hemeon

4:00 p.m.              BATTLEPUG: Mike Norton

 

 

NYCC 2012 Dark Horse & Dark Horse–related panels

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12

11:00–12:00          Expanding the Experience: Video Games & Comics—1A14

12:15–1:15            Brian Wood & Dark Horse: From World’s End to the Galaxy’s Beginnings—1A06

12:45–2:00            Editors on Editing—1A07

1:45–2:45             Dark Horse Presents: Yoshitaka Amano—1A21

6:30–7:30             Drawing on our Nightmares: Dark Horse Horror in Comics—1A14

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13

11:00–12:00           Creepy and Eerie REBORN and UNDEAD—1A14

11:15–12:15           Once More with Feeling: 15 Years of Buffy the Vampire Slayer—1A21

5:15–6:15              Hellboy in Hell: The Official Panel!—1A23

 

*Tickets are available for free and on a first come first serve basis in the Dark Horse Booth on the day of the signing as soon as the convention hall opens.  Note that fans line up very early in the Javits Center (The Javits Center opens at 7:00 a.m., so fans can line up inside as early as that time each day.)

**Tickets for signings with Yoshitaka Amano in the Dark Horse booth will be distributed by New York Comic-Con beginning at 7:00 am on Friday and Saturday. Please see newyorkcomiccon.com for details.

NC – Free Comic Book Day 2012

Cullen Bunn, Jacob Chabot, Jeremy Dale, Chris Giarusso, Brian Hurtt, Dan Khanna, Amanda Rachels, Craig Rousseau, Gregg Schigiel, Brian Smith, Yale Stewart, and Kelly Yates sign at Acme Comics on Saturday May 5, 2012 for Free Comic Book Day!

More info here!

Acme Comics
2150 Lawndale Drive, Greensboro, NC 27408
336-574-2263

NYC – Shame Itself Signing

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Comedians Sara Benincasa, Kurt Braunohler, Victor Varnado, and The Daily Show’s Elliott Kalan sign Shame Itself on Wednesday, November 2 beginning at 6:00pm ! Joining them are some of the book’s great creators including editor Tom Brennan, cartoonists Stephanie Buscema, Jacob Chabot, Dean Haspiel, Michael Kupperman and more! Wow!

Jim Hanley’s Universe
4 West 33rd St, New York, NY 10001

NC – Free Comic Book Day 2011

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Acme Comics welcomes Chris Samnee (FCBD Captain America/Thor, Reilly Brown (Incredible Hercules), Jacob Chabot (Mighty Skullboy Army), Jeremy Dale (G.I. Joe), Ryan Dunlavey (Comic Book Comics), Matt Frank (Godzilla), Chris Giarrusso (G-Man), Jamal Igle (Supergirl), Lyle Pollard (The Dead Don’t Sleep), Gregg Schigiel (SpongeBob Comics), Nick Spencer (Morning Glories), Brian Smith (Intrepid Escapegoat), Fred Van Lente (Incredible Hercules) and Michael Watkins (Sonic the Hedgehog) on Saturday May 7, 2011 for Free Comic Book Day.

Acme Comics
2150 Lawndale Drive, Greensboro, NC 27408
336-574-2263

NYC – Strange Tales Party

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Marvel Comics’ Strange Tales I and II are finally complete and collected! To celebrate this amazing assortment of alternative and independent cartoonists, the CBLDF and THE BEAT are hosting a party for contributors and fans! DON’T MISS OUT on this rare opportunity to meet this wide variety of creators, all in one fun spot!

hosted by CBLDF and THE BEAT

Nick Bertozzi
Kate Beaton
Chris Chua
Jim Campbell
Jacob Chabot
Becky Cloonan
Toby Cypress
Nick Gurewitch
Tim Hamilton
Dean Haspiel
Jillian Tamaki
Paul Horneschemier
Benjamin Marra
Alex Robinson

7-9- pm. Saturday April 9th
The Mad Hatter
360 Third Ave (at 26th St.), New York, NY 10016

Just around the Corner from MoCCA

Copies of STRANGE TALES I and II will be available at the party,
donations benefiting the CBLDF.

NC – A Very Dapper Signing

Jim McCann and Janet Lee sign on Saturday November 20th from 11am – 5pm at Acme Comics in Greensboro NC  for the release of Return of the Dapper Men! Also appearing are Jacob Chabot (Mighty Skullboy Army), Brian Smith (Stuff of Legend), and Chris Giarrusso (G Man). 

Acme Comics
2150 Lawndale Drive, Greensboro, NC 27408

NYC – X-Babies & Mini Marvels Signing

JACOB CHABOT & CHRIS “G” GIARRUSSO SIGNING

I can’t tell you how excited we are to have these two amazingly talented individuals joining us at the store on Wednesday, January 27th! Jacob Chabot is known for his recent work on the hit Marvel book X-Babies and Dark Horse’s Mighty Skullboy Army! Joining him will be Chris “G” Giarrusso creator of the very awesome G-Man comics and artist of the wildly popular book Mini Marvels. They’ll be here signing copies of their books and doing sketches so make sure you come down and show your support! All their work is very kid friendly so make sure you bring the little ones along! We cant wait!!!

COMIC BOOK JONES IS LOCATED AT 2220 FOREST AVENUE IN THE HARBOR PLAZA IN STATEN ISLAND, NY

www.comicbookjones.net

NC – Cape Crisis Signing

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Chris Giarusso and friends sign on Oct 24th

Chris Giarusso and friends sign on Oct 24th

 
This is an All Ages Event that’ll be worth skipping soccer games, dance recitals, and Saturday morning cartoons. There’s a pretty good chance it will also go down in Greensboro history. For realsies!

We’re happy to have our buddy Chris Giarrusso (G-Man, Mini Marvels) return for a special release of the first ever Acme Comics exclusive variant, complete with 100% original cover art! Stay tuned for an advanced unveiling of the art over the next couple of weeks and months!

We’re also delighted to play host for the X-Babies #1 Release Party with writer Gregg Schigiel (Pix, SpongeBob Squarepants), who also serves as Stephen’s partner-in-crime on the RE: Comics! column here on Acme Comics.com, and Eisner award-nominated artist Jacob Chabot (The Mighty Skullboy Army, Marvel Assistant-Sized Spectacular)!

Rounding things out are Eisner award-winner Art Baltazar (Tiny Titans, Patrick the Wolf Boy) and writer of one of the hottest independent sensations on the shelves today Brian Smith (Stuff of Legend, the Basics)!

Think we’re done? Gregg, Jacob, Brian, and Art ALL have back-up stories in the G-Man Cape Crisis mini series!
 
Acme Comics, 2150 Lawndale Drive, Greensboro, NC 27408
(336) 574-2263
www.acmecomics.com

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