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VIZ Media Announces New Manga Series Acquisitions

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VIZ Media logoVIZ Media continues to expand its manga catalog and gives fans and readers a sneak peek at a trio of notable new releases to launch during Spring 2016. The company’s newest publishing acquisitions were detailed at Otakon 2015, one of the biggest anime/pop culture conventions on the East Coast.

The forthcoming releases include the Blanc et Noir art book, a special high-end volume to be published under the Art of Shonen Jump imprint collecting the work of the famed manga artist Takeshi Obata and set to be released in a limited print run of only 10,000 copies. Also launching in Spring 2016 will be Goodnight Punpun, a dark and edgy coming-of-age tale from the Eisner- and Harvey Award-nominated creator Inio Asano. Shojo manga fans also can look forward to the Spring 2016 debut of creator Keiko Ishihara’s series about a wealthy girl’s relationship with her handsome driver in The Heiress and the Chauffeur.

“These upcoming new VIZ Media titles are sure to become highlights for scores of manga fans next spring,” says Hope Donovan, Managing Editor. “From Takeshi Obata’s beautiful artwork presented in the lavish Blanc et Noir art book, to the teenage angst of Goodnight Punpun and the romantic master-and-servant drama of The Heiress and the Chauffeur, these new releases each will take the reader on amazing journey!”

New Spring 2016 Acquisitions

GOODNIGHT PUNPUN by Inio Asano · Rated “M” for Mature Readers · Debuting Spring 2016

Meet Punpun Punyama. He’s an average kid in an average town. He wants to win a Nobel Prize and save the world. He wants to go far away with his true love. He wants to find some porn. But Punpun’s average life is about to unravel.

Goodnight Punpun is an edgy, dark coming-of-age story from Inio Asano, the Eisner- and Harvey-nominated creator of Solanin, What a Wonderful World!, and Nijigahara Holograph. Goodnight Punpun will be published quarterly under the VIZ Signature imprint.

BLANC ET NOIR: TAKESHI OBATA ILLUSTRATIONS by Takeshi Obata · Debuting Spring 2016

Takeshi Obata’s long-awaited high-end art book will be released as a limited edition of 10,000 copies. This stunning book collects the bestselling artist’s work from 2001-2006 and includes illustrations from popular series such as Death Note and Hikaru no Go. This gorgeous oversized art book is encased in a silver-stamped slipcase and stuffed with 132 pages of full-color artwork, several massive foldout posters, special papers and twelve pages of artist commentary including a “how to draw” section. It also includes three large double-sided laminated posters.

THE HEIRESS AND THE CHAUFFEUR by Keiko Ishihara · Rated “T” for Teens · Debuting Spring 2016

At an all-girls school during the turn-of-the-century Taisho Era of Japan, rumors swirl that heiress Sayaka Yoshimura is having a forbidden love affair with her chauffeur, Shinobu Narutaki. Sayaka scoffs at the rumors, but could a romance between master and servant actually be brewing? At just two volumes, this sweet and thrilling story is a wonderful jumping-on point for the budding romance manga fan.

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