Brian the sheep looks after the two alligator twins, Wanichi and Wanini. They're excitable, boisterous and sometimes a handful (hoof-ful?) but they adore their wooly dad. As the author puts it, "They are different, but they are a family."
It's so big, it's held two times a year rather than just annually. It is held at the biggest convention facility in Japan, Tokyo Big Sight. And it is basically one big Artist's Alley, where people sell their self-published manga and art. What is it? Comic Market, or what most people call Comiket. And it is the biggest manga fan event in the world. 2016's Summer Comiket, the 90th, took place August 12-14. Comiket 91 will take place December 29-31, 2017.
Japanese summers are notorious for being hot and sticky. What better way to keep things cool than to organize an event where water and ice factor into almost everything? The Pokemon Company held their annual Pikachu Outbreak, featuring the most popular Pokemon character of all, and gave it a specifically nautical theme.
A new game is launched in the set time of 2699, one derived from ice skating and rhythmic gymnastics. It is called ‘Ribon’, and the objective is to conquer the seven-colored holographic ribbons in a limited amount of time in order to prosper further. In the current time of 2700, a new legend wins the latest and greatest Ribon game in the city of Emel, but she confidently knows of a newer legend to emerge. Will this new addition discover the deep, dark secrets of this game called Ribon?
Internationally, Hayao Miyazaki has to be the most beloved animator, cartoonist and manga-ka who has ever emerged from Japan. Here in the United States of America, this is very clearly the case. Miyazaki has retired, but his influence is all over the place. When you look at the works of 22 young American artists, most of who are Asian-American, you can see that Miyazaki will be influential for decades to come.
When you go to an event like San Diego Comic-Con International, the goal is usually to have fun, see panels that reveal news about your favorite geeky media, cosplay, and to get those Comic-Con exclusive collectibles. However, there is more going on than just that. For Random Acts, a group of people organized by fan-favorite actor Misha Collins, it's about getting people to think about how they can make a difference in the world and make their world better.
Do you love Tim Burton? How many times have you watched The Nightmare Before Christmas? If you're a true fan -- and you know how to draw -- here's your chance to be featured in the official manga!
For 5 days only, TOKYOPOP is seeking the best-ever Nightmare Before Christmas fan art for an extra-special bonus spotlight in the upcoming Disney Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas: Special Collector's Edition manga!