Press Release

VIZ Media announces its participation in the 2015 Free Comic Book Day with a special FREE Shonen Jump manga (graphic novel) sampler featuring action-packed 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 POKÉMON ADVENTURES X•Y manga sampler highlighting the latest series from the venerable hit entertainment brand.

Scheduled for Saturday, May 2nd 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 (available while supplies last).

VIZ MEDIA SHONEN JUMP FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2015 SAMPLER

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. 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 5th; MSRP: $19.99 U.S. / $22.99 CAN.

FCBD 2015 - Jojo

Manga creator Kazuki Takahashi’s famed series, YU-GI-OH! (rated ‘T’ for Teens) depicts the fantastic adventures of tenth-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…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 5th; MSRP: $14.99 U.S. / $16.99 CAN.

PERFECT SQUARE FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2015 SAMPLER

Sample the action, exotic locales and imaginative characters of the latest POKÉMON ADVENTURES manga series – POKÉMON 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 POKÉMON manga and anime titles.

In POKÉMON 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 residents?! Also catch a special bonus mini-feature of the original POKÉMON ADVENTURES series as well as POKÉMON ADVENTURES BLACK & WHITE!

For information on other all-ages titles available from the Perfect Square imprint, please visit: www.perfectsquare.com.

For more information on Shonen Jump and other manga titles published by VIZ Media, please visit: www.viz.com.

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