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VIZ Media Announces Support for 2015 Free Comic Book Day

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Shonen Jump sampler for Free Comic Book DayVIZ Media announces its participation in the 2015 Free Comic Book Day with a special free Shonen Jump manga sampler featuring previews of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Part 1 – Phantom Blood and Yu-Gi-Oh! The company’s all-ages Perfect Square imprint also participates with a free Pokemon Adventures X•Y manga sampler highlighting the latest series from the venerable hit entertainment brand.

Scheduled for Saturday, May 2, 2015 at thousands of retail locations nationwide, Free Comic Book Day is an annual promotional campaign developed by the North American comic book industry to bring new readers of all ages and interests into independent comic book stores. Free Comic Book Day began in 2002 and is coordinated by the industry’s single largest distributor, Diamond Comic Distributors. Readers can visit freecomicbookday.com to find a local participating retailer in their area.

VIZ Media participates this year as a Gold Level Sponsor and offers two free exclusive releases, which are available while supplies last.


Check out the kinetic action of two smash hit titles from VIZ Media’s Shonen Jump imprint – JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure and Yu-Gi-Oh!

Dive into the paranormal action saga, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure (rated “T+” for Older Teens), by creator Hirohiko Araki. The legendary manga series is now available in English for the first time, in a deluxe hardcover edition featuring color pages and newly-drawn cover art. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is a groundbreaking title, famous for its outlandish characters, wild humor and frenetic battles. It’s a multigenerational tale of the heroic Joestar family and their never-ending battle against evil. Don’t miss the print debut of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Part 1 – Phantom Blood Volume 2 on May 5, 2015; MSRP: $19.99 U.S. / $22.99 CAN.

Manga creator Kazuki Takahashi’s famed series, Yu-Gi-Oh! (rated ‘T’ for Teens) depicts the fantastic adventures of 10th-grader Yugi, a boy who always had his head in some game – until he solved the Millennium Puzzle, an Egyptian artifact containing the spirit of a master gambler from the age of the pharaohs. Possessed by the puzzle, Yugi becomes Yu-Gi-Oh, the King of Games, and challenges evildoers to the Shadow Games, which are weird games with high stakes and high risks! Catch the print debut of the latest Yu-Gi-Oh! 3-in-1 omnibus edition, Volume 2, on May 5, 2015; MSRP: $14.99 U.S. / $16.99 CAN.


Sample the action, exotic locales and imaginative characters of the latest Pokemon Adventures manga series – Pokemon Adventures X•Y – based on the Pokémon X and Pokémon Y video games and the newest story arc for the popular entertainment property to join Perfect Square’s expansive catalog of Pokemon manga and anime titles.

In Pokemon Adventures X•Y (rated “A” for All Ages) some of your favorite Pokémon game characters jump out of the screen and into the pages of this action-packed comic. The new series is written by Hidenori Kusaka with artwork by Satoshi Yamamoto. Legendary Pokémon Xerneas and Yveltal’s battle against each other is destroying Vaniville Town. Can X and Y save the town and its residentsAlso catch a special bonus mini-feature of the original Pokemon Adventures series as well as Pokemon Adventures Black & White.

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