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Viz Launches "Shojo Beat" Magazine

Viz Comics has announced the launch of Shojo Beat magazine, a sister publication to the company’s successful Shonen Jump magazine. The new magazine, aimed at the burgeoning young female manga audience, will hit newsstands in June 2005 with a cover price of $5.99.

Bruce Timm to Draw "Conan" Fill-in Issue

Buried among news coverage of last weekend’s Emerald City Comic convention, it was revealed that Bruce Timm will draw a fill-in story of Dark Horse Comics’ new Conan monthly comic. He will share an issue with comics legend John Severin, although it is unclear if Timm and Severin or regular Conan scribe Kurt Busiek will […]

Josh Blaylock on Restarting "G.I. Joe"

Josh Blaylock of Devil’s Due Publishing has been interviewed by yojoe.com about the ending of the current G.I. Joe comic book series and its planned revival. (via Newsarama.com)

DC Comics' Dan Didio Talks "Countdown"

Dan Didio, VP Editorial for DC Comics, has spoken to Newsarama.com about DC Countdown, the upcoming summer event that promises to shake up the status quo in the DC universe. Didio delves into the connections between Countdown and the recently concluded Identity Crisis, along with the many mini-series and tie-ins Countdown will spawn. DC Countdown […]

Tim Seeley Talks Artwork for "Evil Ernie," "G.I. Joe"

Artist Tim Seeley has spoken to ComicBookResources.com about his work on Devil’s Due Publishing’s Hack/Slash: The Final Revenge of Evil Ernie and the current G.I. Joe comic book series. Seeley briefly talks about the big upcoming change of direction for G.I. Joe and his upcoming departure from the title.

Manga Market Grows in 2004; Anime Market Flat

A report on ICv2.com states that the manga market grew by 40-50% in 2004 due to increasing bookstore sales, while the anime market was flat for the same time period. The on-line article also names the top 10 manga and anime properties last year. Their results are printed and analyzed in their annual in-depth report […]

Six-page Preview of "Runaways" v2 #1

Newsarama.com has a six-page preview of Runaways v2 #1, the relaunch of Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona’s critically acclaimed series from Marvel Comics. The comic focuses on five children of supervillains trying to maintain order in Los Angeles. Runaways #1 will hit comic book stands on February 16, 2005.

Viz Merges with ShoPro Entertainment

VIZ, LLC, has announced a merger with ShoPro Entertainment, another publishing company that specializes in licensed anime adaptations. The as-yet-unnamed new company will become the largest manga producer in the US. Management promises to leverage their collective strengths into a brand-building synergies to produce at least six more business buzzwords in addition to significant market […]

Brandon Jerwa Talks Storm Shadow in "G.I. Joe: Master and Apprentice II"

Comicon.com’s PULSE News has posted an interview with Brandon Jerwa about G.I. Joe: Master and Apprentice II, an upcoming mini-series focusing on Storm Shadow, the elusive and enigmatic Cobra ninja operative. The interview includes several preview pages for the comic.

On-line Preview for "Superman: Strength" #2

PopCultureShock has posted a four-page preview for Superman: Strength #2, by Scott McCloud and Aluir Amancio. This three-issue limited series reunites the creative team from their Superman Adventures days. The site also has previews for Power Pack #1, which reunites the pre-teen super team from Marvel Comics, and We3 #3, the final issue in Grant […]

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