Japan 2019 presents JAPAN NIGHT on May 12


Featuring four of Japan's top music superstars: 
MISIA, HYDE, PUFFY AMIYUMI, & WAGAKKIBAND
 


Japan 2019 presents Japan Night, a one-night only special event in New York City on May 12, 2019 in collaboration with Japan Day @ Central Park, created by the Japanese community of New York to foster a deeper understanding of Japanese culture and build bridges between Japan and the U.S.
 
Japan Night will celebrate contemporary popular Japanese music with four of the most successful artists in Japan today.
 
Each concert features two Japanese music superstars:
 
MISIA, winner of best vocal performance for the 60th annual Japan Record Awards with special guest Puffy AmiYumi, featured in the Cartoon Network show Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi, will perform at Sony Hall (235 W. 46th Street) at 9pm.
 
HYDE, who is also known as a lead singer of L'Arc-en-Ciel, a pioneer of Japanese rock and WagakkiBand, a viral video sensation who combines traditional Japanese instruments with modern rock, will perform at PlayStation Theater (1515 Broadway) at 6pm
 
These concerts will be full-scale productions that allow New York audiences to see top Japanese artists in an intimate setting.
 
As the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic games approach, Japan 2019 aims to broaden understanding of and interest in Japanese culture in the United States. 
 
Mr. Hiroyasu Ando, President of The Japan Foundation, the organizer of Japan 2019said, "In Japan 2019, we are introducing a wide variety of Japanese culture. In particular, Japan Night presents live music performances of top-level artists that are highly respected and vastly popular in Japan. We hope to offer a taste of contemporary Japan to New Yorkers who are accustomed to such quality arts in their daily lives."
 
Japan 2019 presents Japan Night is organized by The Japan Foundation, and produced by Disk Garage, Gorgeous Entertainment and Cool Japan Music, and sponsored by Kinoshita Group. The Japan Foundation, who organizes Japan 2019, is Japan's only institution dedicated to carrying out comprehensive international cultural exchange programs throughout the world. Also on the same day, the 13th annual Japan Day @ Central Park, an outdoor event to promote Japan and Japanese culture will take place with the always-popular Japan Run and the Japan Day Festival. Together, the two events, Japan Night and Japan Day @ Central Park, will make Sunday, May 12th 2019 a day filled with all the excitement and energy that Japanese culture can offer to New Yorkers.


BIOS
 
MISIA 
In 1998, MISIA made her professional singing debut with "Tsutsumi Komuyouni". This song and her ballad "Everything (2002)" established her as a national star. Her exciting singing ability with groove-oriented feel shook up the music scene at the time of her debut, and the word spread throughout the club scene in Japan. She is also the first solo female singer whose concert tour sold out at 5 major Japanese Stadiums.
 
2018 was the 20th anniversary of her major debut, and she is still very active releasing hit songs and touring all over Japan. Recently at "Fuji Rock", the greatest summer music festival in Japan, she blew the audience's minds with her powerful and mesmerizing performance.
 
Also, she has been making a social contribution for more than 10 years by supporting children's education. She tries to reach the world's need of love and peace with these activities, not only with her music but also with her way of living. 
 
For more information: www.misia.jp
 
 
HYDE
HYDE, Japan's most prolific rock artist, is the lead vocalist for two of the most popular Japanese rock bands: L'Arc~en~Ciel and VAMPS. Throughout his career so far, HYDE has recorded more than 300 songs, with 60+ songs breaking the Oricon (Japanese Billboard Chart) top 10. 
 
Still active with L'Arc~en~Ciel, HYDE took a break from VAMPS in early 2018 to reinvent himself yet again as a solo artist, releasing 4 new singles back-to-back: "WHO'S GONNA SAVE US", "AFTER LIGHT", "FAKE DIVINE", and "ZIPANG". HYDE shows no signs of slowing down with his 12th single "MAD QUALIA" scheduled to be released on March 20, 2019, a World Tour just announced to be starting in Asia in March 2019, and a US tour on the books for May 2019. 
 
For more information: www.hyde.com
 
WagakkiBand
WagakkiBand is the "Sensational Rock Entertainment Ensemble" that fuses Shigin (poetry recitation, one of Japanese classic performing arts), Wagakki (traditional Japanese musical instruments) and Rock. The music video of "Senbon Zakura"  
included in their debut album, has been viewed more than 100 million times on YouTube and received a countless number of comments and shares from all over the world. Debuted in 2014, they now sell out arena shows with audiences in the tens of thousands each night, and performs at special stages such as national treasure and cultural heritage sites including Heian Shrine and Izumo Shrine with 10,000 audience members in attendance. WagakkiBand is also performing for worldwide audiences and surprised 250,000 Japan Expo attendees in Paris, headlining the US Tour to cover 5 major cities, and performing a special live organized by Tencent streamed more than 100 million times in the first 24 hours.
 
For more information: https://wagakkiband.jp/wagae/
 
 
Puffy AmiYumi
In 1996, PUFFY debuted with the single "Asia no Junshin" produced by Tamio Okuda. After, they continued to release hit songs such as "Kore ga Watashi no Ikiru Michi" "Circuit no Musume" "Nagisa ni Matsuwaru Et Cetera" and many more.
 
Their very own cartoon "Hi! Hi! Puffy AmiYumi" on the Cartoon Network aired in over 110 countries and since then they have been active all over the world as Japan's Pop icon.
 
For more information: http://puffyamiyumi.com

About Japan 2019
Following on the successful festival of Japonismes 2018 in France, Japan 2019 aims to broaden understanding of and interest in Japanese culture in the United States. We invite you to explore the world of Japanese arts and culture through the festival events, taking place between March and December 2019. For more information, please visit: https://www.jpf.go.jp/e/about/area/japan2019/
 
About The Japan Foundation
The Japan Foundation, established in 1972, is Japan's only institution dedicated to carrying out comprehensive international cultural exchange programs throughout the world. Its mission is to promote international cultural exchange and mutual understanding between Japan and other countries. The Foundation maintains its headquarters in Tokyo and operates through a network of 25 overseas offices in 24 countries worldwide. The Japan Foundation is represented by two offices in the United States-one in New York and the other in Los Angeles. For more information, please visit: https://www.jpf.go.jp/ and https://www.jfny.org/
 
 
Organized by The Japan Foundation
 
Produced by:
Disk Garage
Gorgeous Entertainment
Cool Japan Music

Sponsored by Kinoshita Group
 


LISTING INFORMATION:
 
MISIA w/special guest Puffy AmiYumi at Sony Hall (235 W. 46th St)  
door 8pm/show 9pm. Tickets are priced from $40-$45 (with VIP seating available) and are now on sale at Ticketmaster: https://www.ticketmaster.com 
 
HYDE & WagakkiBand at the PlayStation Theater (1515 Broadway)  
door 5pm/show 6pm. Tickets are priced from $35-$40 (with VIP seating available) and are now on sale at AXS: https://www.axs.com/

Cosplay, Conventions, Collectibles and Culture Collide in C4 Magazine!

Cosplay, Conventions, Collectibles and Culture Collide in C4 Magazine!

C4 Magazine Launches Crowdfunding Campaign; First Issue Slated for July 2019

C4 Magazine, a print and digital magazine centered around popular culture, has launched on Kickstarter.  Announced today at the Chicago Comics and Entertainment Expo (C2E2), C4 Magazine is a union of four parts - Conventions, Cosplay, Collectibles, and Culture. C4 seeks to truly be a one-stop shop for all your fandoms.
Scheduled for release in summer of 2019, the quarterly and internationally distributed print and digital magazine will feature both short- and long-form content, including:
  • Fully transcribed convention panels.
  • Original fiction stories by award-winning writers.
  • Opinion pieces by a multitude of celebrities and influencers.
  • Onsite coverage from some of the biggest music festivals of the year. 
*Mock Cover of Erica Fett Issue - New Surprise Cosplay Reveal for the Cover of Issue #1 of C4 Magazine
“Magazines aren’t dying – they’re just evolving. And the next stage of that evolution is called C4,” remarked Alan Scholting, Editor-in-Chief of C4 Magazine and life-long comic collector/tabletop gamer. “We will be working with some of the most revered and respected contributors in the business. From award-winning writers to the biggest names in cosplay and event photography, we’ve spent years curating relationships across all platforms of entertainment to ensure something special now that we’re ready to breathe life into this project.”
“What separates C4 Magazine from the pack, is that each and everyone one of us on this team is not only an industry professional, we’re fans as well,” exclaimed Rachael Havey, Art Director of C4 Magazine and cosplayer/game streamer. “At the core of everything here, we are a handful of nerds that have been fortunate enough to earn acceptance and respect in the beautiful industry of pop-culture.”
C4 Magazine’s inaugural issue is slated to be published in July 2019, timed with Comic-Con International’s 50th Anniversary.  Following the first issue, C4 Magazine will implement a hybrid revenue model which will include both digital and print content, sponsored content, sponsored C4 events, influencer partnerships and paid subscriptions to the magazine to keep all fandoms engaged. 
“I got my start in the early ‘90s making fanzines and its always been a passion of mine,” stated Ro Kohli, Publisher of C4 Magazine, and veteran music and pop culture industry marketer. “With C4, we want to establish a brand that is known for delivering quality content and entertaining our audiences. We want to bring all these things to readers because at the end of the day – we are you, and we know fans deserve a magazine publication that has their interest at heart.”



The Kickstarter fundraising campaign will conclude on April 22nd, 2019. Visit the campaign to become a reader and supporter today.
###

Valiant Soars into C2E2 in the Windy City with a Star-Studded Panel and More

Valiant Entertainment is excited to announce the next stop on its 2019 convention tour will be the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) in the Windy City!

From Friday, March 22nd to Sunday, March 24th, head to Booth #356 in the South Building at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL, where Valiant will be set up alongside longtime Illinois comic book retailer Graham Crackers Comics to bring C2E2 attendees a comprehensive selection of trade paperbacks and deluxe hardcovers—including titles like FAITHX-O MANOWARSHADOWMANBLOODSHOT SALVATIONNINJA-KQUANTUM AND WOODY!, and much more, including Volume 1 collections that are specially priced at only $9.99!

Congoers are invited to watch as THE FORGOTTEN QUEEN writer Tini Howard and newly announced BLOODSHOT writer Tim Seeley are interviewed on the C2E2 Live Stage. Howard will appear on Friday, March 22nd at 11:15 am and Seeley will take the stage—along with Valiant Marketing Coordinator Gregg Katzman—later that day at 12:45 pm.

Seeley and Howard will also appear on A Valiant Uprising: Bloodshot, X-O Manowar, and More on Friday, March 22nd at 3:00 pm in Room S405a. Moderated by Katzman, the panel will also include INCURSION writer Alex Paknadel and PUNK MAMBO writer Cullen Bunn for a star-studded lineup outlining Valiant’s ambitious 2019 slate, where attendees will get news on recent announcements and witness never-before-seen peeks of dynamic art. With 11 new titles launching in 2019, a “Bloodshot” movie from Sony Pictures starring action superstar Vin Diesel coming in 2020, plus a free gift for every attendee, C2E2 visitors won’t want to miss this panel!

Valiant staffers will distribute FREE copies of the VALIANT SPRING 2019 PREVIEW, which contains sneak peeks of upcoming titles PUNK MAMBO #1 by Cullen Bunn and Adam Gorham; FALLEN WORLD #1 by Dan Abnett and Adam Pollina; and PSI-LORDS #1 by Fred Van Lente and Renato Guedes, so be sure to pick one up!
  

VALIANT SPRING 2019 PREVIEW, Cover Art by Dan Brereton

For tickets and other information about C2E2, visit https://www.c2e2.com.

About Valiant Entertainment

Valiant Entertainment, a subsidiary of DMG Entertainment, is a leading character-based entertainment company that owns and controls the third largest library of superheroes behind Marvel and DC. With more than 80 million issues sold and a library of over 2,000 characters, including X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Harbinger, Shadowman, Archer & Armstrong, and many more, Valiant is one of the most successful publishers in the history of the comic book medium. Valiant consistently produces some of the most critically acclaimed comics in the industry and has received numerous industry awards and accolades, including a Diamond Gem Award for Comic Book Publisher of the Year. For more information, visit Valiant on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and ValiantEntertainment.com. For Valiant merchandise and more, visit ValiantStore.com.

NEW Extremely Limited Sue Nami Art Figure (Tattoo Edition) by ZOLTRON drops in 30 Minutes Only on Kidrobot.com

Kidrobot.com Exclusive (Tattoo Edition)
Sue Nami Resin Art Figure by ZOLTRON

Drops in 30 Minutes on Kidrobot.com


Our Ambiguous & Immaculate Lady of Armageddon & Natural Disaster, Sue Nami.  
Sue Nami was first unearthed in 2011, during the tragic Fukushima meltdown, while poster artist Zoltron was working on a poster for DEVO. From there, she took on a life of her own and her story continues to evolve. You can read her story here.

Today at 10am MST, Kidrobot.com brings fans a Kidrobot.com exclusive version of the Sue Nami resin art figure that was released by Zoltron on Valentines Day and sold out of all color ways in under 90 seconds.  This Kidrobot.com Exclusive version was inspired by the piece Zoltron made for a San Francisco gallery through the evolution of the story of Sue Nami.  This tattooed piece puts the heart in ART and Kidrobot is honored to present this high quality resin art figure, limited to 50 pieces.
Sue Nami piece sold in San Francisco Gallery that Inspired the Kidrobot.com Exclusive Version.

Resin Figure Details

  • 9" Polystone Resin (resin and limestone)
  • Hand Painted & Hand Finished
  • Tattoos drawn by SF tattoo artist and longtime Zoltron co-conspirator Ross K Jones
  • Metal Reinforced Braids 
  • Screen Printed Felt Base
  • Weighs between 4 and 5 lbs
  • Includes new Sue Nami Sticker printed by Sticker Robot & Postcard
  • Drops on Kidrobot.com March 15th at 10am MST
  • Limited Edition of 50 pieces
Ships securely in laser cut foam box. Multiple painting techniques were used to achieve the finish, everything from hand painting, to airbrushing and transparent shadows washes, with various sheens, matte paints, gloss and semi-gloss finishes. Follow Zoltron and see his art at Zoltron.com.
Kidrobot x Zoltron
Limit one per order.  Limited to 50 pieces. USA Orders Only. Refresh page at release time, March 15th, at 10am MST.  Lucky first 50 non-fraudulent orders completed will get them.  Read this article for tips.
GO TO KIDROBOT.COM FOR RELEASE

Valiant Entertainment Sets Their Sights on New BLOODSHOT Series

Prepare for Vin Diesel’s Bloodshot movie with a new series from Tim Seeley and Brett Booth


Artwork by Declan Shalvey

Before Vin Diesel breaks the box office as Bloodshot in Sony Pictures’ upcoming feature film, Valiant Entertainment is thrilled to announce an explosive new BLOODSHOT ongoing series from an all-star creative team, debuting in September!

As first revealed on Deadline, Bloodshot, the unstoppable supersoldier trapped in a never-ending war, has arrived! Written by the electrifying Tim Seeley (Revival) and featuring artwork by industry icon Brett Booth (Teen Titans), this tremendous team is crafting a Bloodshot adventure full of badass action, surprising stories...and then some more badass action! Declan Shalvey (Return of Wolverine) will illustrate covers for the series.

Once, he was the perfect living weapon, created to follow orders. Now, Bloodshot works alone, using his lethal skills to protect those who cannot protect themselves. But a mysterious and powerful organization is watching, and they're not about to let something as dangerous as Bloodshot remain free...


Artwork from BLOODSHOT (2019) #1 by Brett Booth.
Inking by Adelso Corona, coloring by Andrew Dalhouse.

“I don’t feel like I need to reinvent the wheel with Bloodshot,” said Seeley. “What I need to do is tell a BIG, CRAZY story that can only be done in comics, and I need it to be powerful and emotional and relevant in a way only comics can do.”

Seeley plans to take a fun and fast-paced approach with Bloodshot. “I want to go back to basics and tell a story about a guy who was made to be a weapon but isn’t allowing anyone to use him ever again. He’s an outcast, an outsider, and he can’t help but use his indestructible body to help people, even though all it ever does is get him in trouble. With great power comes a great big pile of shell casings!”

Superstar artist Brett Booth spoke about how he’s having a blast with Seeley’s exciting script. “I’ve been looking for a project I could really cut loose on,” Booth expressed. “The first issue is pretty nuts. It gets right to the action, which I love, and then sets up the rest of the story. It’s a great jumping-on point.”



Artwork by BLOODSHOT (2019) #1 by Brett Booth.
Inking by Adelso Corona, coloring by Andrew Dalhouse.


Seeley also explained why Booth’s art is the perfect fit for the book. “His style synthesizes what ’90s comic book artists figured out—how to do big, cool action comics that look visceral and powerful. That melds perfectly with my approach to this book.”

Valiant is set to distribute free copies of a brand-new BLOODSHOT short story by Seeley with artwork by Tomás Giorello and Diego Rodriguez on Free Comic Book Day (May 4, 2019) through participating retailers. The story leads into the new series.


VALIANT: BLOODSHOT FCBD 2019 SPECIAL Cover Artwork by Dan Brereton.

BLOODSHOT is the latest release from Valiant Entertainment, a wholly owned subsidiary of DMG Entertainment, founded by Dan Mintz. Since acquiring the publisher in early 2018, DMG Entertainment has placed a premium on developing and expanding upon Valiant’s publishing arm, continuing to build out its vast universe of characters. DMG Entertainment will also play an integral role in producing Valiant’s features in conjunction with the studios.


About Valiant Entertainment
Valiant Entertainment, a subsidiary of DMG Entertainment, is a leading character-based entertainment company that owns and controls the third most extensive library of superheroes behind Marvel and DC. With more than 80 million issues sold and a library of over 2,000 characters, including X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Harbinger, Shadowman, Archer & Armstrong, and many more, Valiant is one of the most successful publishers in the history of the comic book medium. Valiant consistently produces some of the most critically acclaimed comics in the industry and has received numerous industry awards and accolades, including a Diamond Gem Award for Comic Book Publisher of the Year. For more information, visit Valiant on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and ValiantEntertainment.com. For Valiant merchandise and more, visit ValiantStore.com.
Copyright © 2013 Something to Muse About and Blogger Templates - Anime OST.