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VIZ Media Announces Two Free Manga Samplers for Halloween ComicFest 2015

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Fragments of Horror © Junji Ito 2014/Asahi Shimbun Publications Inc.

VIZ Media invites readers to celebrate Halloween – manga style – as the company announces its participation in Halloween ComicFest 2015 with two special free samplers featuring an excerpt from Junji Ito’s critically acclaimed manga short story anthology, Fragments of Horror, and a preview of the just-released new all-ages supernatural adventure series, Yo-Kai Watch.

Held each year, Halloween ComicFest is celebrated at scores of comic shops and retailers nationwide on the Saturday before Halloween. On this day, participating shops offer fans and visitors free Halloween ComicFest samplers filled with previews of exciting upcoming titles. For additional information and a list of participating retailers, please visit: www.halloweencomicfest.com.

Fragments of Horror (rated “T+” for Older Teens) contains a unique collection of delightfully macabre tales from the master of horror manga. An old wooden mansion that turns on its inhabitants. A dissection class with a most unusual subject. A funeral where the dead are definitely not laid to rest. Ranging from the terrifying to the comedic, from the erotic to the loathsome, these stories showcase Junji Ito’s long-awaited return to the world of horror.

Fragments of Horror is a fantastically creepy collection that marks the renowned creator’s return to the horror manga genre after an eight-year sabbatical,” says Masumi Washington, Editor. “Readers craving something sinister and delightfully strange will relish these unsettling vignettes, and Junji Ito’s striking artwork and eerie tales will haunt the minds of fans long after reading.”

Yo-Kai Watch (rated “A” for All Ages) is a supernatural comedy adventure series is inspired by the explosively popular Yokai Watch video game created by LEVEL-5 for the Nintendo 3DS. The Yo-Kai Watch manga is published under the company’s Perfect Square imprint, written and drawn by Noriyuki Konishi under the guidance of the LEVEL-5 team. In the series, Nate Adams is just an average kid until the mysterious Whisper gives him a device that allows him to see what others cannot, Yo-kai of all shapes and forms.  Now, armed with the Yo-kai Watch, Nate, Whisper and their new invisible friends embark on an all new supernatural adventure.

“The whole Yo-Kai Watch cast of characters, especially Jibanyan, Komansan and Whisper, already have huge followings in Japan, and now North American fans get to join the fun,” says Joel Enos, Senior Editor. “The manga’s a fun and zany take on traditional Japanese Yo-kai, and the watch that lets Nathan see and summon them is especially fun. The series will appeal to readers of all ages!”

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