Time for a good old-fashioned American otaku road trip! In the coming weeks of March and April, Kodansha Comics and Vertical will be criss-crossing the country and could come to an anime/comics convention near you! Check the list of events and activities below to see if we’ll see you there …
Can’t go? Not close enough? Don’t worry! You’ll be able to catch what’s happening at the shows—and all the new announcements we’ll make—right here at KodanshaComics.com!
Anime Boston (Boston, MA) March 30-April 1
Vertical Comics Industry Panel
Friday, March 30, 4:30-5:30 p.m. in Constitution 2 (Sheraton)
From the publishers of BLAME!, Monogatari series, Devils’ Line, Ajin: Demi-Human, Pop Team Epic and more. Come join us as we talk about new and upcoming manga churning out of the Vertical factory. PLUS join us for the launch of a new series, CITY, from the creator of the hit manga series ‘nichijou’. There will be a special commemorative item for all that attend.
Celebrating the launch of CITY by Keiichi Arawi (creator of nichijou), Vertical Comics is giving away one of the CITY buttons at the Vertical Comics Industry Panel (Friday, March 30, 4:30-5:30 p.m.) The second buttons will be gift with purchase of CITY volume 1 at Comicopia Booth (#100) during Anime Boston!*
*While supplies last.
Again x Moteki Buttons Giveaway
From Mitsurou Kubo, one of the minds behind Yuri!!! on ICE, comes two brand new manga titles, Again!! (Kodansha Comics) and Moteki (Vertical Comics). For fans attending Anime Boston and Sakura-Con, we created special buttons which you can get FREE with purchase of Again!! or Moteki manga. Head over to Comicopia (booth #100) for Anime Boston and Kinokuniya (booth #905) for Sakura-Con to collect your buttons!!*
*While supplies last.
Sakura-Con (Seattle, WA) March 30-April 1
Celebrate Sakura’s Birthday!
All weekend at Crunchyroll Booth (#635)
April 1 is the birthday of our favorite magical girl–– Sakura Kinomoto from Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card! Come and celebrate Sakura’s birthday with all the fans at Crunchyroll Booth (#635)!
Come and write your own special birthday message to Sakura on a giant 6-ft birthday card! You can also take a picture at the special photo op where you can become your own Clow Card!
Plus Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card newest volume 3 (in store April 10) will be available at the show as pre-street at Crunchyroll Booth (#635) and Kinokuniya Booth (#905)!
Anime Matsuri (Houston, TX) March 29-April 1
Moon Castle: Official Sailor Moon Formal Party
Thursday, March 29, 6:00-9:00 p.m. at Marriott Marquis Houston
Bond with fans from all over the world in this one of a kind, Official Sailor Moon Formal Party with Special Guests Fumio Osano and Chiaki Kon and many others. The Moon Castle awaits you in your most magical looks.
Dinner will be served. Formal attire or cosplay is required. See rules on the ticket page.
Official Sailor Moon Panel
Saturday, March 31, 2:00-3:00 p.m. at General Assembly (GRB Convention Center, 3F)
Join the Special Guests Fumio Osano (Japanese manga editor of Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon) and Chiaki Kon (Director of anime Sailor Moon Crystal) for the official Sailor Moon Panel!
UPDATE March 31, 2018: It’s been announced that Sailor Moon Eternal Edition is coming soon in September 2018, along with the reveal of the details of the new features:
・All-new cover illustrations by creator Naoko Takeuchi
・A glittering holographic coating
・Extra-large, premium paper
Behold! Check out the new trailer of Sailor Moon Eternal Edition!
C2E2 (Chicago, IL) April 6-9
Attack on Titan Publishing Panel with Quirk Books and Kodansha Comics
Friday, April 6, 6:45-7:45 p.m. in Room S403
With Attack on Titan anime season 3 coming this July, it’s an exciting time to be a Titan fan! Join Quirk Books for an exclusive peek at the new upcoming Attack on Titan story Garrison Girl, while Kodansha Comics will reveal the designs for the upcoming Attack on Titan manga box sets and more! The author of Garrison Girl, Rachel Aaron, will be on the panel to answer your questions, along with the editor of the English-language AoT manga. Plus, win free books and promo items straight from Japan!
Kodansha Comics Panel featuring Ghost in the Shell, Sailor Moon, and Again!!
Saturday, April 7, 3:00-4:00 p.m. at Room S403
Join Japan’s biggest publisher for an exciting look at new manga for 2018 and 2019! Attendees will be the first to see completed art from the new comics anthology The Ghost in the Shell: Global Neural Network, featuring Brenden Fletcher (Motor Crush), Alex de Campi (Mayday), Giannis Milonogiannis (Prophet), and other talented creators. Plus, exciting announcements for fans awaiting the final volumes of Battle Angel Alita Deluxe Edition and Princess Jellyfish, and the chance to win free books and promo items from Japan!
Update April 7: Kodansha Comics had made new licensing announcements at C2E2!
Garrison Girl cover revealed!
This August, Quirk Books will publish the first-ever English-language original Attack on Titan prose novel, Garrison Girl: An Attack on Titan Novel (Quirk Books; August 7, 2018) by Rachel Aaron, author of the Heartstrikers series.
For more info on Garrison Girl, visit Quirk Books’ website!
Attack on Titan Manga Box Sets with new designs and bonuses!
Contains volumes 1-4, plus two exclusive sticker sheets! On sale April 24!
Contains volumes 5-8, plus two exclusive sticker sheets! On sale June 12!
Contains volumes 9-12, plus a large-sized, exclusive poster! On sale July 31!
Battle Angel Alita: Holy Night and Other Stories
The book fans have been waiting for! The short stories in this collection were published in Japanese from 1997 to 2006, but have never been collected in English until now!
Nearly 300 pages of never-before-seen Alita stories, hardcover, plus exclusive extras! On sale October 2018!
Battle Angel Alita Deluxe Complete Box Set
The entire original Battle Angel Alita series in beautiful hardcover, plus the Holy Night short story collection, AND a box design and exclusive premium art print featuring new, original art by creator Yukito Kishiro, to be revealed soon! On sale November 2018!
The Akira 35th Anniversary Box Set returns this July!
The Akira 35th Anniversary Box Set gives English-language readers, for the first-time, the opportunity to experience Akira as the author originally intended. With the original Japanese art and right-to-left reading format preserved, along with Otomo’s hand-drawn sound effects, this limited-edition boxset houses all six-volumes of Akira, plus the Akira Club artbook, in beautifully bound hardcover editions. Whether you’ve been a longtime fan of Akira, or have just been waiting for the right time to delve into this classic series, this is one boxset you don’t want to miss.
Original stories based on the landmark manga by:
Max Gladstone & David López
Alex de Campi & Giannis Milonogiannis
Brenden Fletcher & LRNZ
Genevieve Valentine & Khoi Pham
pinup art by Becky Cloonan
covers by Dustin Nguyen & Stéphanie Hans
Get the early EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE COMIC—one full, 48-page story—at your local comic shop on Free Comic Book Day, May 5!