eigoMANGA is Heading to Anime Expo 2013!

San Francisco based comic book publisher, eigoMANGA announces its participation at Anime Expo 2013 which is held on July 4 – July 7, 2013 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California.

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Vanguard Princess’ Arcade Gaming:

eigoMANGA is inviting attendees to play the game, ‘Vanguard Princess’ at Digital Manga’s (Akadot) booth located at #442.

‘Vanguard Princess’ is a 2D fighting game that features an all-female cast each with their own unique fighting style. The game is available for PC digital download via Digital Manga’s eManga website.

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‘Vanguard Princess Fighting Game Panel’:

The eigoMANGA development team for ‘Vanguard Princess’ will showcase and discuss new developments and future plans for the game.

The Vanguard Princess Panel is scheduled for Thursday, July 4 ( Day 1 ), 11am – 12pm at WS 2 ( 501 ).

‘eigoMANGA Industry Panel’:

Colleagues from eigoMANGA will announce and showcase releases of the company’s productions and publications for the calender year.

eigoMANGA’s Industry Panel is scheduled for Friday, July 4 ( Day 2 ), 12pm – 1pm at LP 4  ( 411 ).

‘eigoMANGA Presents: How To Draw Manga And Portfolio Review’:

eigoMANGA artists and editors will hold a workshop tutorial to teach the fundamentals of manga illustration and storytelling. They will also be on hand to critique portfolios from up-and-coming artists.

eigoMANGA’s How To Draw Manga And Portfolio Review is scheduled for Friday, July 4 ( Day 2 ), 6:30pm – 7:30pm at  WS 1 ( 515 ).

 

 

Gentle Giant “The Walking Dead” Bundle Special Exclusive’s for Comic Con 2013!

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Replica Eye Patch

Had a bad run-in with Michonne that cost you an eye? We’ve got you covered! now you can bePGM 2 like The governor with your own eyepatch, featuring the logo of AMC’s popular televison series, The Walking Dead! This soft patch comes with an adjustable elastic strap designed to fit Survivors of all sizes.

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“Walker” Single Army Man

It’s a tripp down memory lane…but with zombies! No longer constrained to the traditional green vs. tan, now kids and kids-at-heart alikecan have their armies take on The Walking Dead! Don’t miss out on this linited edition BLUE Zombie Army Man, available exclusively at San Diego Comic Con 2013! Add him to your existing Walker harde and send them forth to consume the living! Zombie 2Purchase as many as you dare!

 

 

 

 

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 Michonne Mini Bust

In the world of The Walking Dead, there are survivors and there are Survivors. Michonne, a mysterious katana-wielding woman that first appears in the second-season finale, is the latter. a consummate warrior,Michonne has adapted to the new ways of the world, post-apocalypse, and uses them to her advantage. Whether it’s using the gore of decimated Walkers to mask her own scent so she can safely walk among them, or using guerilla warfare tactics to bring the battle back to any who dare come after her, Michonne is not to be trifled with.

The master artisans at Gentle GiantLtd, are proud to bring you the 2013 San Diego Comic con Exclusive Michonne Mini Bust! Hand Crafted using the original life cast of actress Danai Gurira and resized to 1/6th scale, no other collectable can can claim to be as screen-accurate. Cold cast in only the highest quality polystone and featuring a solid metal katana, this hand painted, limited edition bust depicts Michonne ready to take on all corners. Each of these exclusive busts are hand-painted and include a matching certificate of authenticity.

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Review – Amala’s Blade #3 ” She’s one Cold-Hearted Girl ”

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Story: Steve Horton
Art: Michael Dialynas
Colors: Michael Dialynas
Cover Art: Michael Dialynas
Published by: Dark Horse Comic

Last Issue Amalagain access to the city of Ouon, and made her way to the Ouon Royal Tower, to assassinate the Lady Strawbale for her final mission. But to her surprised Lady Strawbale was no other then Amala’s mother, who though she had died when nations where at war. Amala explains to her mother that she had taken refuge with the Sword Orphans. All seems well until the moment Lady Strawbale asks her daughter why she has come to Ouon Royal Tower and murdered all of her guards.

The coldhearted Amala tells her mother that she was there to kill her since the Vizer doesn’t think she’ll go through with it,Amala then pulls out a knive and tries to take her mother’s life, but that’s interrupted by one prince Markos men, who take both her and mother away to Avatounon Royal Tower. In Avatounon we see Prince Markos who confronts Amala about the misson she was about to complete. He then informs her that had she succeed in killing her mother she would have started another war, Markos also tells her that she was key to bringing the Modifiers and Purifiers together but now that seems unlikely, at that moment Lady Strawbale begs prince Markos to spare her life.

After trying to free herself Amala is thrown into a underground jail where she is greeted by a giant worm like creature, with her life in danger Amala jumps into action and displays some impressive moves in effort to get away from the creature, Amala almost dies when she misses a flip and almost falls into the creatures mouth.. She is then saved by her ghostly friends who help her tame the creature so she can use it to get out of the city.

The Issue ends with Prince Markos military forces confronting Amala.

Final Thoughts: This issue has some interesting moments, the first has to be the moment when Amala is about to kill her mother. Steve Horton displays a more colder side of Amala, along with a strong belief in finishing her duties as a assassin. She doesn’t feel any kind of remorse after trying to kill her mother and failing. The second moment has to be the interaction of Lady Strawbale and Prince Markos, you get the sense that Markos has feelings for her and is willing to do anything for her if she asks him to.

This issue is really solid all the way around, form the writing to the artwork it’s a great issue.

Links: Preview | Buy Now
Release Date:  June 26, 2013

Story:★★★★☆ 
Art:★★★★☆ 
Dialog:★★★★☆ 
Overall:★★★★☆ 

 

Marvel Comics App update for June 26, 2013

Another week another section of your bank account gone, that really is the reality of collecting comics and has been for quite a while. This week Marvel wants to help target your phones and tablets with a splash of new comics in digital form. Check out the list below for the details and enjoy as your virtual stacks grow.

Digital Comics On Sale This Week
AGE OF ULTRON #10AI
ALL-NEW X-MEN #13
AVENGERS ARENA #11
CAPTAIN AMERICA #8
DAREDEVIL #27
DEADPOOL #12
FF #8
GAMBIT #14
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #4
HAWKEYE #11
JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #653
NOVA #5
SCARLET SPIDER #18
SECRET AVENGERS #5
ULTIMATE COMICS X-MEN #28
UNCANNY X-FORCE #7
UNCANNY X-MEN #7
WOLVERINE #5
WOLVERINE & THE X-MEN #32
X-MEN #2
YOUNG AVENGERS #6

 

Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Releases Authoritative Manga Guide for Librarians and Educators with Dark Horse!

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   This summer, Dark Horse is proud to publish CBLDF Presents Manga: Introduction, Challenges, and Best   Practices, an authoritative yet accessible handbook designed to help librarians, educators, and parents navigate the vast and popular field of manga. Prepared by the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the freedom to read, CBLDF Presents Manga provides what you really need to know about manga from those who really know it! The book will premiere at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, June 27–July 2, and at Anime Expo in Los Angeles, July 4–7.

 Made possible with a grant from the Gaiman Foundation, CBLDF Presents Manga is a handbook designed to provide a concise and informed overview of manga—its history, genres, and issues. This educational work delves into the history of manga, its major demographic divisions, its most significant creators, and the challenges it has sometimes faced in North America.

 What sets this book apart from other manga guides is its expert panel of writers, including not only scholars of the medium but veterans of the manga industry itself—professionals who have worked from both the North American and Japanese sides of manga in publishing, editing, review, and library services. Edited by Melinda Beasi of Manga Bookshelf, CBLDF Presents Manga is written by Manga Bookshelf columnist Sean Gaffney, Ed Chavez of Vertical, Erica Friedman of Yuricon and ALC Publishing, Shaenon Garrity of Viz Media and Otaku USA, and Robin Brenner and Katherine Dacey of School Library Journal.

Dark Horse Launches On Apple’s iBookstore

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With today’s announcement that Dark Horse graphic novels are available on the iBookstore (iTunes.com/DarkHorseComics), Dark Horse is now one of the most widely distributed comics publishers digitally.

Dark Horse digital graphic novels are now available for purchase on the iBookstore, featuring over two hundred top titles, including Mass Effect, Hellboy, Star Wars, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Serenity, Sin City, and more. Plus, iBooks users can put Star Wars comics on their bookshelf next to all of their favorite Star Wars novels. Through Apple’s iOS devices, readers are guaranteed a comics-reading experience unlike any other.

“I’m thrilled that Dark Horse graphic novels are going to be available on the iBookstore,” said Dark Horse’s director of digital publishing, Mark Bernardi. “Our comics look beautiful on the iPad and iPhone. Look for more and more titles to be added every month.”

 

Review – King Conan – The Hour Of The Dragon Part 2 of 6

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Writer: Timothy Truman
Artist: Tomas Giorello
Colorist: Jose Villarrubia
Cover Artist: Gerald Parel
Published by: Dark Horse Comics

Weakened by Xaltotun’s spells and imprisoned in a foreign land, Conan has lost his kingdom—and could lose much more! His only hope for escape is a mysterious, enamored harem girl named Zenobia. In an underground dungeon filled with slavering horrors, Conan and his future queen must fight for their lives!

King Conan – The Hour of the Dragon Part 2 continues with a weakened Conan battling against King Nemeda and his followers Tarascus and Valerius. We see the emotions of Conan as he slashes his way through the herds of men, until finally being stop by Xaltotun himself who casts a spell that knocks him out. Now with Conan out of the way Nemeda plans to take out Prospero but Xaltotun takes him in as his hostage. Now locked in a chamber of King Tarascus in Beliverus, Conan wakes up and  is once again confronted by the sorcerer. Xaltotun offers Conan his freedom and his Kingdom back only if he declares allegiance to him, As a true warrior and Cimmerian Conan declines his offer and threatens the evil sorcerer, Xaltotun displays more of his power by casting a spell on Conan and telling him his threats are futile against his powers.

Later that night a guard comes in and starts to harass Conan as he’s chained up, that quickly ends with Conan smashing the face with a single punch. After the body of the guard is dragged out by extra guards Conan notices a light coming closer to the cell and a set of keys opening the door A woman’s voice calls out to him, she tells Conan that her name is Zenobie and that shes has been looking for him for a long time. In tears Zenobie asks Conan for help in which he agrees.

The issue ends with the two trying escaping the underground chamber, But some realize that some else is in the chambers with them.

Final thoughts: This issues is relatively short not much is going on as far as plot development, the biggest twist is probably the moment where Xaltotun asks Conan to follow him. Writer Timothy Truman really doesn’t dive into character disposition his style is straight forward fast paced and filled with lots of action like the Conan arcs in the pass. Artist Tomas Giorello does a wonderful job capturing and Illustrating key moments during the issue.

Links: Preview BuyNow
Release Date:  June 26, 2013

Story:★★★½☆ 
Art:★★★★☆ 
Dialog:★★★☆☆ 
Overall:★★★½☆ 

Review – Akaneiro #2

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Writer: Justin Aclin
Artist: Vasilis Lolos
Colorist: Michael Atiyeh
Cover Artist: Shu yan
Published by: Dark Horse Comics

The brave young warrior Kani battles a gauntlet of fantastic mythical beasts inspired by Japanese folklore. However, things are not what they seem, and danger lurks where Kani least expects it!

After being tricked by Yokai disguse as a human, Kani is sent to village that has been taking over by two Yokai who place her in a dream like trance, in this dreamlike state she is training to become a Red Hunter and meets up with two unknown Red Hunters who accompany her, At the same time in the real world red hunters Mitsuo and Fumiyo are looking for her since she hasn’t arrive at the village, as they track her they also encounter the yokai fox who mocks them.

Back in Kani Dream state, Kani and the two other red hunters come across a few Yokai who get the best of Kani, Meanwhile Mitsuo and Fumiyo return to Kani Village in hopes of finding her there. They meet up with her father and ask him if he’s seen her, thinking the worst Kani’s father starts to panic. And begins to question the red hunters of Kani whereabouts as well.

The fox appears again starts to mock Mistsuo and Fumiyo again, under the assumption the Yokai has taken her they capture him and ask him where he has hidden Kani. He tells them Kani is in a place that none of them can find her, he then asks if they have heard of the Demon king in Frostrock Mountain and the Ghost Werewolf Clan.

Next we see a member of the Ghost clan Tanaka taking to the Demon king, he says that Kani will and heart is strong and that it will be difficult to complete the task he has given them. The Demon king tells him that killing Kani who hurt the Yokai’s plan of taking over, but if they were to corrupt her by taking something form her maybe then they could succeed.

The issue ends with Kani waking up and confronting her captors, who turn out to be werewolves of the ghost clan, as they attack the unarmed Kani she is pushed to use a new ability that taps into the karma crystals.

Links: Preview |BuyNow
Release Date: June 24, 2013

Story:★★★½☆ 
Art:★★★☆☆ 
Dialog:★★★½☆ 
Overall:★★★½☆ 

 

Gentle Giant – Yuki 7 Maquette SDCC 2013 Exclusive

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Created by artist Kevin Dart (Honey Trap), Yuki 7 is a jet-setting spy girl and fashionista! An International Girl of Mystery, Yuki 7 operates as a spy-for-hire from her secret HQ in Tokyo.  As dangerous as she is beautiful, this sexy secret agent is an expert in information recovery, undercover operations, and catwalk fashion.

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Digitally sculpted by the master artisans at Gentle Giant Studios under the supervision of artist and creator Kevin Dart, this gorgeous maquette spares no detail. Clean lines, sharp edges and stylized flair define this piece. Available only at San Diego Comic Con 2013 priced at $100, each limited edition Yuki 7 maquette is hand painted and individually numbered. Limited edition of 250 pieces. Includes matching certificate of authenticity.

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Gentle Giant – Galactus Mini Bust SDCC 2013 Exclusive

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Galactus, the Devourer of Worlds. The very name sends tremors of terror throughout the Universe. Sole survivor of an alien race that dates back to the dawn of time, he travels the galaxy, searching for suitable planets so he can consume their life force. A herald always signals his coming. They are usually sent ahead to ensure the prospective meal will indeed sate their master’s appetite. His past heralds have included the legendary Silver Surfer, Firestorm and Nova. On several occasions, the heroes of the Marvel Universe have been called upon to intercede, stopping Galactus from making Earth his next meal. Each time, they’ve managed to turn him away. But how long before he returns? He hungers.

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Gentle Giant is proud to bring you the 2013 SDCC Exclusive Galactus Mini Bust! Digitally sculpted by the master artisans at Gentle Giant Ltd., this intimidating bust features the fearsome Ravager of Worlds in fine detail using only the highest quality polystone. As an added bonus, his most famous Herald, the Silver Surfer is rendered in high-quality pewter, orbiting his master! This limited edition mini bust is hand painted and comes individually numbered, and includes a matching certificate of authenticity. Make Mine Marvel!

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