This year marks the 30th anniversary of Hayao Miyazki’s first film, Castle in the Sky. It’s also the 20th anniversary of what many consider to be his magnum opus, Princess Mononke.
To celebrate these anniversaries, VIZ Media will release full-color picture books for each film in December.
The new books capture the magic of the legendary studio’s animated films with easy-to-read text, full-color pictures direct from the film, and a family-friendly oversized hardcover format aimed at readers of all ages.
Dark Horse is bringing Scandinavian fantasy and science fiction to North America in The Dark North – five tales ranging from Norse mythology to apocalyptic science fiction to fantasy.
Written by Martin Dunelind, the five stories are illustrated by Peter Bergting (Baltimore: The Red Kingdom), Henrik Pettersson (concept artist on Minecraft at Mojang), Joakim Ericsson (concept artist at Starbreeze Studios), Magnus Olsson (Neotech RPG), and Lukas Thelin (Western RPG, Lone Wolf RPG) – who also did the cover.
The Dark North will be in stores on September 27, 2017, and is available for preorder on Amazon, Penguin Random House, and Things From Another World.
Dark Horse Comics will be bringing back the flavor of the classic Hammer Dracula flicks in October when the company publishes Mr. Higgins Comes Home – a graphic novel from Hellboy’s Mike Mignola and Helena Crash artist Warwick Johnson-Cadwell.
In Mr. Higgins Comes Home, preparations begin at Castle Golga for the annual festival of the undead, as a pair of fearless vampire killers question a man hidden away in a monastery on the Baltic Sea. The mysterious Mr. Higgins wants nothing more than to avoid the scene of his wife’s death, and the truth about what happened to him in that castle. However, these heroic men, sworn to rid the world of the vampire scourge, inspire Higgins to venture out and to end the only suffering he really cares about–his own.
Mr. Higgins comes home will be in Comics stores on October 25th and bookstores on October 31st.
When Kazumi Kimura, proprietor of shooting star forecast website Meteor News, notices some suspicious orbiting space debris, rumors spread online that the debris is actually an orbital weapon targeting the International Space Station.
Before long NORAD is checking it out and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, and CIA become involved.
Orbital Cloud posits a near-future scenario where the nations of the Earth must join together in the face of terror from space.
Written by Taiyo Fujii, author of the award-winning novel Gene Mapper, Orbital Cloud will be released by VIZ Media’s Haikasoru literary imprint on March 21st.
Dark Horse will publish The Art of Over the Garden Wall – an art book collecting production and development art behind the award-winning animated television miniseries Over the Garden Wall, featuring never-before-seen sketches from creator Patrick McHale and written by Paste magazine’s Sean Edgar.
The Art of Over the Garden Wall will be in stores on September 13, 2017th. Pre-orders are being taken now at at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, IndieBound, Things From Another World, DarkHorse.com, and more.
To celebrate the release of the highly anticipated The Legend of Zelda: Art and Artifacts, Dark Horse and Barnes & Noble bookstores invite Zelda fans to special events taking place at select stores across the country.
Each participating Barnes & Noble location has a quest. Zelda fans will be given a map of various locations throughout their store, where they must answer a trivia question at each stop. Those who are successful in their quest will be rewarded with an event exclusive Triforce enamel pin and photo opportunity.
The Art of Magic: The Gathering – Kaladesh – the third volume in the series of art books collecting art from the strategy card game – will be a 240-page hardcover with illustrations from artists including Adam Paquette (who also provided the cover art) Cliff Childs, Winona Wilson and Christine Choi and in-depth lore by bestselling author and Magic: The Gathering Senior Game Designer James Wyatt.
The VIZ Media release will be stores on January 3rd. Further details follow the break.
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library started out as a community outreach program and has grown into the world’s largest literacy program – in December it will distribute 1,000,000 books to children around the globe.
Not bad for a program that was initially intended to serve Parton’s home county of Sevier County, Tennessee.
To celebrate this milestone, Evey Johns, a two-year-old from Conway, Arkansas who just enrolled in the Imagination Library, has been randomly selected to receive a $30,000 college scholarship.
With the holiday season arriving, VIZ Media has a selection of the best in manga and Japanese science fiction available for the discerning fan.
Fans of pirate manga One Piece, for example, will be thrilled with the One Piece Manga Box Set 3 (above); fans of Hayao Miyazaki will surely enjoy The Art of Castle in the Sky, and fans of space opera on an E.E. ‘Doc’ Smith scale will go for the Legends of the Galactic Heroes – of which volume 3, Endurance, is now in stores.
VIZ also has new volumes of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, Mobile Suit GUNDAM Thunderbolt, Naruto, Tokyo Ghoul and more in stores or arriving shortly.
Read on for some ideas for your manga/anime/science fiction fan’s holiday brighteners.