San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) March 19, 2014 -- VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in North America, delivers a whimsical new breed of pop culture champions with the debut of the latest original graphic novel release from the Perfect Square Imprint. UGLYDOLL: MY HERO? launches on April 1st, is rated ‘A’ for All Ages, and will carry a print MSRP of $7.99 U.S. / $9.99 CAN.
A digital version will also be available beginning on April 1st for $4.99 U.S. / CAN from the Perfect Square App, which has titles available for the Apple iPad® and iPad® Mini. The Perfect Square App is available from the iTunes store. Fans can also find a digital version of the title for the NOOK, Kindle Fire, and Kobo e-readers, as well as in the iBooks and GooglePlay Stores.
MY HERO? features 10 full-color stories by veteran UGLYDOLL writer and artists Travis Nichols, Ian McGinty, and Phillip Jacobson. In this new release, Uglydoll co-creator Sun-Min Kim, Theo Ellsworth, renowned pop culture artist/writer Junko Mizuno, and two talented design teams from Japan—MAD BARBARIANS and DEVILROBOTS—also lend their considerable talents.
“Uglydolls may not be the first characters to come to mind when you think of super heroes, but they rise hilariously to the occasion in UGLYDOLL: MY HERO?,” says Traci Todd, Senior Editor, Children’s Publishing, “Frostbite, Ice-Bat's alter-ego, is back, and he's joined by a whole host of Ugly heroes... and anti-heroes. Some of the stories in MY HERO are epic, some are about cookies, but they're all about being true to yourself—the most heroic act of all.”
David Horvath and Sun-Min Kim are renowned for creating the world of Uglydoll. Inspired by a love letter David drew for Sun-Min, Uglydoll began as a line of handmade plush dolls and has since grown into an evergreen, multi-million dollar brand loved internationally by fans all ages. Their works can be found around the world, from the MOMA in Tokyo and the Louvré in Paris, to the windows of the Uglydoll shop in Seoul. Based on a vision to build a world that showed the whimsical twists and turns that make people unique, both inside and out, and to demonstrate how “ugly” means unique and celebrating who you are is the new beautiful. This UGLYDOLL comic is also inspired by some of Sun-Min and David’s personal heroes from the pop art and comic art world.
VIZ Media’s Perfect Square imprint focuses on delivering original comics, graphic novels and other books with an emphasis on strong storytelling, eye-popping graphics, empowering themes, and a dash of irreverence, that captures the imagination of a whole new generation.
For more information on UGLYDOLLS, please visit http://www.uglydolls.com.
Additional information on titles published by Perfect Square is available at http://www.PerfectSquare.com.
For more information on other manga titles from VIZ Media, please visit http://www.VIZ.com.
About UGLYDOLL® & Pretty Ugly, LLC
The Uglydoll brand was launched in 2002 by Pretty Ugly, LLC with offices in Los Angeles and Green Brook, NJ. The brand is distinguished by David & Sun-Min’s unique aesthetic and voice defining ‘ugly’ as distinctive, different, and good. The award-winning Uglydoll characters appear in a variety of toys, books, apparel, and other licensed products that are available in thousands of stores, worldwide. In its first ten years, Pretty Ugly has produced and sold millions of Uglydoll items. For more information, please visit http://www.uglydolls.com.
About VIZ Media, LLC
Headquartered in San Francisco, California, VIZ Media distributes, markets and licenses the best anime and manga titles direct from Japan. Owned by three of Japan's largest manga and animation companies, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media has the most extensive library of anime and manga for English speaking audiences in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. With its popular digital manga anthology WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP and blockbuster properties like NARUTO, BLEACH and INUYASHA, VIZ Media offers cutting-edge action, romance and family friendly properties for anime, manga, science fiction and fantasy fans of all ages. VIZ Media properties are available as graphic novels, DVDs, animated television series, feature films, downloadable and streaming video and a variety of consumer products. Learn more about VIZ Media, anime and manga at http://www.VIZ.com.
Jane Lui, VIZ Media, http://www.viz.com, +1 415-546-7073 Ext: 176, [email protected]