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Death Note Creator Takeshi Obata Appearing at New York Comic Con 2014!

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If you’ve read Death Note, Bakuman or All You Need Is Kill, then you know the talent possessed by manga artist Takeshi Obata. Obata will be appearing at New York Comic Con 2014 where he will be taking part on panels and having autograph sessions.

New York Comic Con 2014 will take place at the Javits Center October 9-12. Obata will be in attendance on October 9th and 10th. For details, follow the jump.

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2014 J-POP Summit Festival Offers a Taste of Japan!

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The 2014 J-POP Summit Festival will offer attendees a taste of what might await them should they sojourn to Japan. The Festival, in association with web-based Japanese cultural channel Japankuru (a coined word with the approximate meaning of ‘Come to Japan’), will provide information about Tokyo and other Japanese cities – include what to see, where to shop, where to eat, how to get there, and a wealth of other information not found in the typical guidebook. Attendees will also hear from Japankuru members about their personal experiences in Japan.

Besides Japankuru, so other notable Festival partners include: Arazou Watanabe (Japanese apparel tweaked for the modern day), CANMAKE Tokyo (makers of some of the best cosmetics in the world) and Kotobukiya (toys, figures, collectibles). In partnership with Japan’s legendary department store, Daimaru Matsuzakaya, Japankuru has produced a manga called NIJA & JANI, about a ninja named Nija who learns about OMOTENASHI (the spirit of hospitality) through and encounter with a girl traveler named Jani.

For further details, check out the press release following the jump.

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San Francisco’s 2014 J-POP Summit Festival Theme is POP Is Our Tradition!

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San Francisco’s celebration of all things J-POP, the 2014 J-POP Summit Festival, opens in eight days with J-POP acts like Tomomi Itano (pictured) and Yûki Furukawa performing in a free concert; a special screening of Ask This of Rikyu introduced by director Mitsutoshi Tanaka; appearances by several of Harajuku’s iconic models and designers, including Ayumi Seto, Misa Kimura, Una and Akira; and an appearance by the artie KEI, who created the iconic character design for the world’s first virtual pop singer Hatsune Miku.

And that is, as they say, the tip of the proverbial iceberg. For further details, follow the jump.

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2014 Japan Film Festival of San Francisco Names Mitsutoshi Tanaka An Official Guest of Honor!

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Mitsutoshi Tanaka, director of Ask This of Rikyu, has been named an official Guest of Honor for the 2014 Japan Film Festival of San Francisco. Ask This of Rikyu ‘depicts the final days of Rikyu, a renowned 16th Century tea master with the most profound influence on chanoyu, the Japanese Way of Tea. His outspoken beliefs caused him to be ordered to commit ritual suicide by the chancellor Hideyoshi Toyotomi. ‘

Ask This of Rikyu will be screened one time at the festival and Tanaka will introduce the film and take part in an audience Q&A afterward. Follow the jump for information on how to get tickets to this special event.

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Tokyo Girls’ Style Make U.S. Debut at 2014 J-POP Summit Festival!

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The 2014 J-POP Summit Festival continue to bring fresh faces to America as teen idols Tokyo Girls’ Style, a five-girl dance and vocal group, will make their U.S. debut as part of the J-POP Summit Festival Live at Union Square concert on Saturday, July 19th. The group will also appear at the Pagoda Main Stage in Japantown on Sunday, July 20th and have a meet and greet with VIP Pass holders.

Tokyo Girls’ Style merchandise will be available at the Kinokuniya Booth on Post St. in Japantown throughout the festival – and two feature film premieres featuring the group will be a part of the Japan Film Festival Of San Francisco. For more details, check out the press release following the jump.

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Designer of World’s First Virtual Pop Star Guest of Honor at The 2014 J-POP Summit Festival!

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The 2014 J-POP Summit Festival has announced a unique and very special Guest of Honor: KEI, the official artist illustrator who designed the world’s first virtual pop star, Hatsune Miku. KEI will be available for a rare autograph session at the Kinokuniya USA booth beginning at 1pm on both Saturday, July 19th and Sunday, July 20th. Kinokuniya USA and SEGA, whose Hatsune Miku Project DIVA F2nd will have a special live demo at the festival.

For more details, check out the press release after the jump.

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Comic-Con 2014: Exclusive Naruto Shippenden Statue!

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VIZ Media has teamed up with Gecco to produce a special Comic-Con 2014 exclusive Naruto Shippenden statue. The 1/6 scale statue is of Naruto Uzumaki wearing his father’s distinctive red-flamed coat.

The Naruto statue will be available at the VIZ Media booth (#2813) during Comic-Con 2014 (July 23rd-July27th). For more, check out the press release following the jump.

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CinemaCon 2014 – We came, we saw, we partied!

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I know you all expected at least one epic meltdown from me. But nope, this year, I had the magical pass that got me into every event without jumping through hoops. So I had a very easy time. One thing is clear: it seems the studios are more interested in unveiling trailers and news on their own terms than giving shows like CinemaCon the prominence it once held; very few exclusives were unveiled at the show.

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Comic-con 2013: Oni Press Brings Nifty Stuff and Cool Panels!

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One of the great things about Comic-Con is the opportunity to check out lots of indie press stuff that you might not get to see anywhere else. Oni Press has one or two majorly hit titles (like Scott Pilgrim) but also produces a lot of great stuff that doesn’t enjoy quite the same high profile – even though it probably should.

This year, Oni is taking some pretty incredible stuff to Comic-Con 2013: an exclusive Mysterious Strangers set of two with interlocking Mike and Laura Allred covers; a Comic-Con exclusive of Letter 44 (from Swamp Thing and Thunderbolts writer Charles Soule); a limited edition, full-color Dana and Nola print by Same Kieth (The Maxx); Courtney Crumrin Barrettes and much, much more.

The company will also host a host of panels including Breaking Into Comics Right Now and You’ve Broken Into Comics, Now What? How to Be A Pro. For a complete list of neat Oni stuff and panel times and subjects, follow the jump.

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Bear McCreary Joins Michael Bay’s Black Sails At Comic-Con 2013!

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Normally, when a composer joins the crew of a TV series, it’s not a big thing but when that composer is Bear McCreary – he of Battlestar Galactica, Da Vinci’s Demons, Defiance and The Walking Dead fame – it’s definitely news. And when that composer is joining the contingent of cast and crew at Comic-Con 2013, that news becomes an event – especially when he will lead into the special fan exclusive screening of the pilot with a special performance!

McCreary will indeed be joining series stars Zach McGowan, Jessica Parker Kennedy, Mark Ryan, Hakeem Kae-Kazim and series creators Jonathan Steinberg and Robert Levine to introduce the Comic-Con fans’ exclusive screening of the series’ first episode on July 18th at San Diego’s Reading cinemas, following that special performance. Check out the press release for details after the jump.

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