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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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Syfy Takes Over The Streets–And Buildings At Comic-Con 2013; Hosts Panels For Five Series!

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Syfy continues to take it all to Comic-Con. For Comic-Con 2013, the network is wrapping a Helix showcase around the Marriott Marquis & Marina Hotel, adjacent to Comic-Con headquarters in the San Diego Convention Center – and hosting panels for five scripted series: the launch of the aforementioned Helix – with first-look clips, Defiance, Being Human, Haven and Warehouse 13. Cafe’ Defiance will make its second consecutive appearance as Syfy transforms Mary Jane’s Cafe’.

Syfy will also serve as the title sponsor of the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, the Oscars of the comic book industry, for the second consecutive year.

For details, follow the jump to the official press release.

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VIZ Media Takes Digital Manga, Weekly Shonen Jump and The Neon Alley Anime Channel To Comic-Con2013

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VIZ Media – the largest distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America – will be showcasing digital media, including the Weekly Shonen Jump digital manga magazine, and the Neon Alley Anime Channel at Comic-Con 2013. The company will host a wide array of special events, unique giveaways, panel discussions and more.

For details, follow the jump to the official press release.

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