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Viz Manga/Book News

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Viz Communications has number of new announcements in a recent press release:

Magical Pokémon Journey, a new 4 issue monthly Pokémon comic series will launch in March 2000 with the release of Magical Pokémon Journey #1. Written and drawn by Yumi Tsukirino, Magical Pokémon Journey will be the first Pokémon shojo (girls) comic released in America. In Japan, 4 volumes of the series have been published. Rather than being focused on battles and training, Magical Pokémon Journey is focused on humor and characters Each issue is 40-48 pages long, includes a full-color poster, and retails for $4.95 in the U.S. and $7.50 in Canada.

Pokémon: Electric Pikachu Boogaloo, a new graphic novel collecting the Pokémon limited series, is set for a March 2000 release. Drawn by Toshihiro Ono, the graphic novel will contain 4 color pages reproducing the covers of the limited series, plus an additional color comic created specifically for the graphic novel. Pokémon: Electric Pikachu Boogaloo is 160 pages, retailing for $12.95 in the U.S. and $19.50 in Canada.

Short Program, a graphic novel collecting the short manga stories of artist Mitsuru Adachi, originally published in Animerica Extra, is set for a March 2000 release. Some of his many other works include Touch (a long-running baseball drama/love triangle which was adapted into a TV series and movies), Jinbe (the story of a conflict between a young girl, her stepfather and her biological father), and H2 (a high school baseball story). The graphic novel contains all the Short Program installments from Animerica Extra Vol. 2, No. 2 to Vol. 2, No. 11, is 256 pages and retails for $16.95 in the U.S. and $25.50 in Canada.

Viz is set to release the latest of their Pokémon activity and story books in March 2000. New Pokémon Tales Read-aloud board books, each featuring a different character from the series. In Japan, over 40 books have been produced in this series, one for each major Pokémon. Each is 18 pages long, retailing for $4.95 in the U.S. and $7.50 in Canada.
Pokémon Origami 2, created by Ryoko Nishida, features Ash, Pikachu, Oddish, Squirtle, Chansey, Bulbasur, Poliwhirl, and others in this origami kit. It is 80 pages long and retails for $8.95 in the U.S. and $13.50 in Canada.
Let's find Pokémon! 2 expands on the concept of the first book, Illustrated by Kazunori Aihara, 22 pages long, retailing for $11.95 in the U.S. and $17.95 in Canada.

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