Funimation brings Okami-San and Her Seven Companions and Black Butler

Huge title says it all but I’ll try to elaborate anyway.

Funimation just announced their releases for next week and fans will be able to get a dose of anime in box set form. Okami-San and Her Seven Companions is the first dose of goodness coming with a special mousepad to accompany you. Keep in mind the perk is in limited quantity so order early so you don’t miss out, check out the picture to the right for a sample of the art included on it.

For those unfamiliar with the story we have a brief synopsis:

Once upon a time, the studio behind Toradora! and Shakugan no Shana created a fable-minded story full of fairy tale tomfoolery, attractive archetypes, allusions to allegories, parodies of para—ugh, enough alliteration! You get my drift…

Ryoko Ōkami, the “wolf” of our story, and her BFF Ringo, also known as Little Red Riding Hood, are members of Otogi Bank—a high school club that helps classmates out of grim situations. One day, a meek young man proclaims his love to Ryoko, who does nothing but bite him in return. “You’re much too weak for me,” she huffs. So the boy joins Otogi Bank to prove he has the stuff to protect his beloved—even if it means taking a blow to the head with a lead pipe. He’s no Prince Charming, but will Ryoko allow herself to have her own happily ever after?

Not a bad setup but April 3rd also brings extra perks with Black Butler Seasons 1 and 2 in Blu-ray/DVD combo packaging. If you’ve been hoping for an HD experience with Sebastian and Ciel in HD then you’re in luck as it should be available through major retailers soon or if you’re eager to order right now just hit Amazon and Rightstuf for the goods.

If none of those grab your interest I suggest checking out the Funimation Amazon.com sale going on where titles are going over 50% off in many cases. Time to stock up while you can!

The Dark Horse Emerald City Comicon signing and panel schedule arrives!

We’ve been talking about it a ton but we’re still following up to the show day, if you’re headed to the Emerald City Comicon this weekend we have a Dark Horse guide of events and panels to start writing down before the show kicks off tomorrow. Check out the goodies below for more information, also keep in mind that Dark Horse Comics lanyards will be available at each signing too. Although they’re limited to one per person while they can keep them in stock.

Booth Signings #702

  • Friday March 30
    • 5:00 p.m.                  Brian Wood (ConanThe Massive)—FREE poster
    • 5:30 p.m.                  Paul Tobin (Falling Skies)—FREE Falling Skies print
  • Saturday March 31
    • 1:00 p.m. Georges Jeanty (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)—FREE Buffy rubber wristband
    • 1:30 p.m. Adam Warren (Empowered)—FREE comic
    • 2:00 p.m. Brian Wood (Conan, The Massive)—FREE poster
    • 2:30 p.m. Ethan and Malachai Nicolle (Axe Cop)—FREE comic; Christopher Hastings (Dr.McNinja) — FREE print
    • 3:00 p.m. Steve Lieber (Alabaster)—FREE print
    • 4:00 p.m. Jeremy Barlow (Mass Effect, Star Wars)—FREE print
    • 5:30 p.m. Paul Tobin (TBA at DHC: Powered by Creators panel)—FREE print
    • 6:00 p.m. Jeff Parker and Erika Moen (TBA at DHC: Powered by Creators panel)—FREE print
  • Sunday April 1
    • 11:00 a.m.                 Francesco Francavilla (The Black Beetle)—FREE print
    • 12:30 p.m.                 Joëlle Jones (House of Night)FREE comic
    • 1:00 p.m.                  Kelly Sue DeConnick and Phil Noto (Ghost)—FREE print
    • 2:00 p.m.                  Michael Avon Oeming (Valve Presents, New project TBA at DHC: Powered by Creators panel)FREE print

Panel Schedule

  • Friday March 30
    • 3:00–4:00 p.m.                  ECCC Spotlight Series: Brian Wood Room 211
    • 3:00–4:00 p.m.                  Falling Skies Screening and Q&A Room 4C1-2
    • 5:00–6:00 p.m.                  Drawing Inspiration: The Art of the Whedonverse Room 4C1-2
    • 6:00–7:00 p.m.                  ECCC Spotlight Series: Camilla d’Errico Room 211
    • 6:00–7:00 p.m.                  Expanding the Experience: Video Games to Comics and Back Again Room TCC 102
  • Saturday March 31
    • 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.         ECCC Spotlight Series: Rick Remender Room 211
    • 4:00–5:00 p.m.                   Dark Horse Comics: Powered by Creators Room 4C1-2
  • Sunday April 1
    • 12:00–1:00 p.m.                   ECCC Spotlight Series: Steve Niles Room 211
    • 12:00–1:00 p.m.                   Mythic Fiction Comics: The Next Mega-Genre? Room 3AB
    • 1:00–2:00 p.m.                     Axe Cop Room 3AB
    • 1:00–2:00 p.m.                      ECCC Spotlight Series: Brandon Graham and Adam Warren in Conversation Room 211
We’ll continue to run announcements and news as we get them for the show, get to planning as it looks to be a busy weekend up in Seattle!

Link: Dark Horse Blog

Joe Golem Deluxe Edition coming in September

Come September 26th, 2012 an extremely limited and extremely awesome hardcover deluxe edition of Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden’s newest collaboration, Joe Golem and the Drowning City will be releasedThis isn’t your run-of-the-mill edition though, this baby comes complete with illustrations by Mignola, a signature plate signed by both Mignola and Golden, as well as a slipcase to keep it safe in!  This will be an edition of only 1000, have a price tag of $99.99, and the coolest part, the Dark Horse edition will contain a previously unpublished story, Joe Golem and the Copper Girl. 

A brief synopses of the story:

 After a séance gone horribly wrong, strange men wearing gas masks and rubber suits abduct the       aging psychic Orlov the Conjuror, sending his young assistant Molly McHugh racing through the canals of a submerged Manhattan. As Molly flees her captors through a sunken city full of scavengers, her one hope comes in the form of two strange men: Simon Church, a Victorian-era detective kept alive by clockwork gears and magic, and his assistant, Joe, whose mysterious past is hinted at in dreams of stone and witches.”

Available: Sept. 26th, 2012

Price: $99.99

Link: Dark Horse Blog

A new Game of Thrones RPG trailer arrives – This is War

Atlus has been hard at work getting the word out about all the new shifts coming to the new Game of Thrones RPG, today we get another peek as the May release date approaches, while it wont be in time for the season return of the show it’ll still be an interesting expansion on the universe. We’re holding out on calling anything on this one as it could go either way, hopefully Atlus can turn out a winner and make RPG and Game of Thrones fans happy though.

Check out the video below to see This is War, it’s pretty epic and the visuals are polishing up well.

Marvel revamps kids site with new features

So while it’s awesome to talk about the latest teen to mature comics there are a demographic we often miss, the youth genre. Marvel hasn’t forgotten about them and has revamped their Marvel Kids site to help bring new slick interfaces and free content to young fans of the Marvel universe. The updates include new games and comics to episodes of popular young Marvel shows.

Highlight updates:

  • Comics:
    • Marvel Adventures Spider-Man #1
    • Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes #1
  • Games:
    • 19 games allowing fans to play as their favorite characters
    • Be Iron Man battle Doctor Doom!
    • Play as Thor and save Asgard from Loki!
  • Creative:
    • Create your own comic
      • Use special tools allowing you to insert heroes, tell your own story and share it with friends. (Download or Print)
  • Video:
    • The Super Hero Squad Show
    • Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes
    • Wolverine and the X-Men
    • Ultimate Spider-Man
    • Tons of other clips and previews of Marvel kids shows

Check out the Marvel website for all the goods and more, expect a flurry of new content to come down the path for the site in the coming months.

Link: Marvel News

DC Comics hits Emerald City Comicon with panels and more

DC confirms their guest schedule today for those of you hitting ECCC this year, those visiting the convention will be treated with panels and other events. Key items for DC are

  • Friday: DC Comics All Access – 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm @ room 4C1-2
  • Sunday: DC Comics The New 52 – 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm @ room 4C1-2
    • Panels moderated by editors Mike Marts and Ben Abernathy, Brian Cunningham and Rachel Gluckstern with special guests from the DC Comics creative teams
  • Saturday: Vertigo: New Blood Panel – 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm @ room 3AB
    • Moderated by Shelly Bond with panelists Mike Allred, Chris Roberson, Bill Willingham

DC also plans to pass along signings and greeting moments with artists and writers on both the DC and Vertigo sides they’ve made a list of confirmed guests for you to plan around.

  • Mike Allred (I Zombie)
  • Brian Buccellato (The Flash)
  • Chris Burnham (Batman Incorporated)
  • Greg Capullo (Batman)
  • Aaron Lopresti (Justice League International)
  • Francis Manapul (The Flash)
  • Dustin Nguyen (Justice League Beyond Unlimited)
  • Chris Roberson (I Zombie)
  • Gail Simone (Batgirl)
  • Marcus To (Batwing)
  • Joshua Williamson (Voodoo)
  • Bill Willingham (Fables)

Links: DC Comics News | Emerald City Comicon 2012

Before Watchmen arrive at Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

Comic fans living or visiting the LA Region on April 21st might want to take note that Jim Lee, Dan DiDio and Geoff Boucher will be at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books to talk about the new mini-series Before Watchmen coming out this summer from DC. It will be an opportunity to catch up on the story and information going into the new series long before it hits retail. The panel will kick off at 1:oo pm though and Geoff Boucher will act as moderator for the event.

Event details:

  • Location: USC School for Cinematic Arts
  • Date: Saturday April 21st, 2012
  • Time: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
  • Panel kicks off at 1:00 pm
  • Watchmen Director’s Cut shows after at 2:00pm

Space is limited so if you want to get tickets check out the reserve page to order your panel pass and get some cool perks in the process including a poster.

Link: DC Comics News | LA Times Festival of Books