VIZ Media Returns To The East Coast’s Biggest Pop Culture Convention And Welcomes Famed NARUTO Manga Creator Masashi Kishimoto
San Francisco, CA, September 23, 2015 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in North America, prepares a full slate of fun activities, insightful panel discussions and special promotional giveaways for the upcoming 2015 New York Comic Con.
New York Comic Con takes place October 8th – 11that the Javits Convention Center in Manhattan and is the East Coast’s biggest pop culture convention. The annual event plays host to the latest and greatest in comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies, and television. More information on New York Comic Con is available at: http://www.newyorkcomiccon.com.
VIZ Media will exhibit at New York Comic Con in Booth #1346
This year, attendees are invited to join VIZ Media as it welcomes famed NARUTO manga creator, Masashi Kishimoto, for his first-ever official U.S. professional appearance. Fans can catch the legendary creator for a unique NYCC panel discussion about his smash hit series and his evolution as a manga artist on Thursday October 8th. Kishimoto also will offer opening remarks to introduce the hot new BORUTO: NARUTO THE MOVIE anime feature film, on which he served as the Executive Producer, at a very special premiere screening on Saturday, October 10th.
To help celebrate the unprecedented visit, the VIZ Media booth will be the host of the NARUTO Ninja Mission. Fans pick up a headband from the booth, and must use ninja stealth and speed to complete a special mission; only a true ninja can collect an NYCC exclusive reward. The booth will also have a special display of two costumes from the recent Live Spectacle Naruto stage adaptation, courtesy of Nelke Planning, the company that produced the show.
Manga and anime fans are also invited to attend the VIZ Media official company panel discussion happening on Friday, October 9th to glean the latest news on new title acquisitions and exciting developments on other current properties. Fans also will not want to miss a VERY special premiere screening event on Friday October 9th that will present the debut of brand new VIZ Media anime title. Stay tuned for more details on this title!
SAILOR MOON fans can join VIZ Media’s official SAILOR MOON panel on Sunday, October 11th for all the latest news on the legendary anime adventure as well as the new SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL series.
Stop by the VIZ Media Booth (#1346) for an array of show exclusive products in the retail area, and also take part in a variety of fun convention activities and special promotional product giveaways of manga samplers, full-color posters, postcards, and more! Attendees can try their luck at the VIZ Media prize wheel for a chance to win exclusive goodies from many fan favorite series, or get a SAILOR MOON tiara and show off each person’s inner Guardian.
VIZ Media 2015 New York Comic Con Events & Panel Discussions:
VIZ Media Presents: An Evening with Masashi Kishimoto
Thursday, October 8th, 5:30PM – 6:30PM
Main Stage 1-D
The creator of the global phenomenon known as NARUTO makes his first appearance outside Japan! The legendary Kishimoto Sensei will discuss his career and creative process and answer questions about his work. Attendees will also have a chance to win some very special prizes. This panel of a lifetime is brought to you in partnership with the Japan Foundation.
VIZ Media Official Panel
Friday, October 9th, 12:15PM – 1:15PM
Hang out with the VIZ Media crew as they talk about your favorite titles, make exciting announcements and show off exclusive first looks!
VIZ Media Special Premiere Screening
Friday, October 9th, 6:45PM – 7:45PM
Join VIZ Media for a very special surprise from the world of anime that’s so fresh, we can’t even tell you what it is yet!
VIZ Media Presents: BORUTO: NARUTO THE MOVIE Premiere
Saturday, October 10th, 11:30AM – 2:00PM
Hammerstein Ballroom – 311 W. 43th St.
Masashi Kishimoto, creator of Naruto, makes his Executive Producer debut and will introduce the North American English-subtitled premiere of the most anticipated Naruto movie yet! Naruto Uzumaki protects the Hidden Leaf Village as the 7thHokage, while Boruto, his troublesome son resents his father’s responsibilities that take his time away from him. Seeing this, Sasuke takes Boruto under his wing, while Sasuke’s only daughter, Sarada, dreams of being Hokage one day. This Panel of a lifetime is brought to you in partnership with the Japan Foundation.
Come early – the first 100 attendees in line for BORUTO: NARUTO THE MOVIE will get to attend a special Saturday signing session at 10am with Masashi Kishimoto!
VIZ Media SAILOR MOON Official Panel
Sunday, October 11th, 2:30PM – 3:30PM
Everyone’s favorite Guardian of Love and Justice is back! The VIZ Media SAILOR MOON team brings you all the can’t-miss news on the legendary anime series, as well as the all-new SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL.
Additional information on titles available from VIZ Media is available at www.VIZ.com.