VIZ Brings ‘Zelda’ Mangaka, ‘JoJo’ Pose-Off & More to NYCC

Akira Himekawa
Akira Himekawa

VIZ Media is gearing up for the next big pop-culture confab on its calendar, with fun events, activities and exclusives slated for New York Comic Con 2017, Oct. 5-8 at the Javits Convention Center in Manhattan. VIZ will be based at booth #1336 during the con, which will play host to the latest and greatest in comics, graphic novels, animation, videogames, toys and collectibles, movies, TV and more (NewYorkComicCon.com).

The big news this year is that VIZ Media will welcome the creative team behind The Legend of Zelda manga series, Akira Himekawa (A. Honda and S. Nagano), as NYCC Guests of Honor, in their first East Coast professional appearance. The duo will take part in several panel discussions and autograph sessions throughout the convention.

VIZ NYCC panels and special events include:

Thurs., Oct. 5, 4-5 p.m. VIZ Media Panel with Special Guests (Rm. 1A06): Exciting announcements, exclusive first looks at new titles, and prizes! Akira Himekawa will also make a special appearance.

Fri., Oct. 6, 4-5 p.m. The Legend of Zelda Panel (Rm. 1A06): The creators behind the bestselling manga, Akira Himekawa, will discuss their work on the hit series. Fans attending this panel will receive a special collectible.

Sat., Oct. 7, 1:45-2:45 p.m. Shonen Jump Panel (Rm. 1A10): The U.S and Japanese editors of the world’s most popular manga have exciting news to share about what’s in the works!

Akira Himekawa autograph sessions:

NYCC on-site: Oct. 5 at 6 p.m. and Oct. 6 at 6:30 p.m.; each limited to 100 people. Attendees will receive an exclusive shikishi art board from VIZ t be autographed. Visit the NYCC Pre-Show Lotteries page for information on ticketing.

Barnes & Noble Tribeca Book Store: Oct. 7 at 1:30 p.m. (97 Warren St.)

Kinokuniya Book Store: Oct. 7 at 8:30 p.m. (1073 Avenue of the Americas) Be among the first 100 people to purchase any The Legend of Zelda manga from the Barnes & Noble Tribeca and Kinokuniya stores that day, and receive a wristband for the autograph session. Signing session attendees may choose to have either their purchased manga or a VIZ Media-supplied shikishi board signed.

Nintendo World Store Rockefeller Center: Oct. 8 at 2 p.m. (10 Rockefeller Plaza) An encore appearance! Event details will be announced shortly by the Nintendo World Store.

VIZ booth activities include:

RWBY In-Booth Signing Session – Celebrate the upcoming release of the RWBY manga and meet Kerry Shawcross, RWBY Director and Co-Writer, and Miles Luna, Head Writer of Animation for Rooster Teeth and voice of Jaune Arc, and get a personalized, signed poster! (Oct. 6 at 5:30pm)

JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE Pose Off – It’s more fun than you can… STAND! Strike a pose with one of our JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure cosplayers and epic, life-sized Jotaro statue, and get a free art card set featuring favorite characters from Stardust Crusaders.

THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: TWILIGHT PRINCESS Bag Giveaway – Get a legendary drawstring bag to keep your rupees secure!

TOKYO GHOUL: RE Pin Collection – Stop the Ghoul threat! Visit the VIZ Media booth each day to pick up exclusive Tokyo Ghoul: RE pins, available in three different designs.

Retail highlights:

Exclusive & Limited-Edition – ONE-PUNCH MAN and ONE PIECE Manga Replicas exclusive from Japan ($15 each), JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE Jotaro Kujo Figure ($60), NARUTO SHIPPUDEN Enamel Sliding Pin ($10)

Pre-Street / Pre-Order Items – HELLO KITTY & FRIENDS Coloring Book ($17), TOKYO GHOUL: RE Vol. 1 ($13), TOKYO GHOUL ILLUSTRATIONS: ZAKKI ($25)

Special Bundles / Gifts With Purchase – BORUTO: NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS Manga Vols. 1-2  with exclusive postcard set ($15),  THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: TWILIGHT PRINCESS Manga Vols. 1-2  with exclusive gift with purchase poster ($15), Premium WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP Annual Subscription  with exclusive WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP Hat and YU-GI- OH! trading Card ($30)

Exclusive NYCC 2017 tote with each purchase. Designs feature Sailor Moon, Shonen Jump’s Boruto and One-Punch Man, and Pokemon.

Akira Himekawa

Akira Himekawa

Tokyo Ghoul Illustrations: Zakki

Tokyo Ghoul Illustrations: Zakki

Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

Hello Kitty & Friends coloring book

Hello Kitty & Friends coloring book

Jojo's Bizarre Adventure

Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure Jotaro