Tuesday Morning Runaround – Attack On 2.75 Million Print Run

Off to hospital today folks for tests and things. Wish me luck.

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TITANIC DAZE

Hajime Isayama's Attack On Titan is going to print 2.75 million for volume 13 of the popular manga.

At great cost to the Garrison and the Survey Corps, Commander Erwin has managed to recover Eren from the Titans who tried to carry him off. But during the battle, Eren manifested yet another power he doesn't understand. As Eren and Krista find new enemies, the Survey Corps faces threats from both inside and outside the walls. And what will happen to Ymir, now that she has decided to make herself the Titans' prize?

A manga that started 5 years ago, it has since blown up like crazy, Walking Dead-style. The TV cartoon series will be compiled into movies for release later this year, with a live action movie planned for next year.

36 million copies of the volumes sold so far. This is going to push that over 40 million oretty damn soon…

ASTROGOOGLE

Osamu Tezuka is the first manga creator to have his work archived as part of the Google Cultural Institute's historical archives.

The collection was added on April 7 to the "Cultural Figures" section of the search engine giant's online resource, which contains historical materials of the 20th century.

The release date coincided with the fictional birthday of Astro Boy, the main character in one of Tezuka's most popular comics. A commemoration ceremony was held at the Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum in Takarazuka, Hyogo Prefecture, to celebrate the occasion.

"Tezuka repeatedly expressed his opposition to war and discrimination and emphasized the preciousness of life through his works," said Yoshihiro Shimizu, chief of the copyright business division of Tokyo-based Tezuka Productions.

"I am happy that information concerning Tezuka is spread around the globe (through the site) and his ideas are shared."

COCO-COMIC-CON

Late night talk show host Conan O'Brien has just announced he will be hosting his talk show from the San Diego Comic-Con in 2015.

"Conan's Comic-Con announcement would mark the fifth straight year it has hit the road since debuting in 2010, previously broadcasting from New York City and Chicago."

THE CROW's ROAD

Upper Deck has signed James O'Barr's The Crow to… a whole host of stuff.

Upper Deck is planning a full portfolio of products based not only on the original film, but the movie sequels, TV series and comic books. The program will include trading cards, board games, limited edition posters, miniature figurines, collectible art and more.

The company will release limited edition posters this year and is planning a trading card set and new game appearance for 2015.

BLACKED OUT METAL

Take a peek at the new ChuckBB and Rick Spears comic, Black Metal

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THINGS TO DO IN OAKDALE IF YOU LIKE COMIC SHOPS

A new comic store is opening in a shopping mall in Oakdale on the way to Binghamto University….

Ryan Atkinson Fuerstenberg, the store's owner and operator, said that he was inspired to move from the store's location in Johnson City after seeing his results from eight months of research. The data showed that all successful small-time comic shops in the Southern Tier were found in shopping malls. So when a spot opened up for lease in the Oakdale Mall, Fuerstenberg seized the opportunity, hoping to open the store's exposure and consumer base to wider demographics.

ART OF THE ARK

When you learned about the tale of Noah I'm pretty sure it didn't include alien landscapes or six armed giants. However that's what you get in the new graphic novel Noah created by Ari Handel and David Aronofsky. The graphic novel is based off of an early version of the movie screenplay. USA Today talked to Aronofsky,

"It's similar to the movie, but very different. It's a different artist interpreting the story and bringing it to life. It's a real piece of art and really beautiful what Nico did.

THINGS TO DO IN AUCKLAND IF YOU LIKE COMICS

At the University Of Auckland, that is.

The significance and power of the artist's 'pointed pen' falls under the spotlight next month at a symposium entitled Cartoons, Comics and Caricatures: Evidence or Ephemera?

The one-day event at the University of Auckland will bring together both local and international experts and enthusiasts, to discuss the place of cartoons, comics and caricatures as an artistic medium. It will also look at the genre's significance as historical evidence of specific time, people and place.

Thanks to Macey Lavoie for the assist

About Rich Johnston

Head writer and founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world. Living in London, father of two. Political cartoonist.

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