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Pokemon Comic Strip

posted on 2000-09-09 13:27 EDT
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Viz Communications announced the launch of the new Pokemon comic strip. The daily strip, which includes a Sunday color version, is being created by Ashura Benimaru, executive director at Creatures, one of the original creators of Pokemon, and Gerard Jones, a comic book writer known for his work on such titles as Dragon Ball Z, Spider-Man and Batman. Pokemon is available in newspapers nationwide.
Preceding the debut of new Pokemon games, the launch of the Pokemon Live stage show, and new episodes of the #1 kids' TV series, the comic strip follows the familiar adventures of Ash, Misty, Pikachu and their friends at home and on the road, questing to become Pokemon trainers. The strip, however, features more comical overtones than the animated series or games, with a wry sense of humor that appeals to adults and kids alike.

‘’We're very excited,'' says Viz editorial director Hyoe Narita. ‘’Pokemon continues to be one of our top sellers, and we expect good things from Pokemon this Christmas. The Pokemon comic strip gives us the opportunity to broaden our market even further.''

Los Angeles-based Creators Syndicate distributes the strip nationwide. Some of the country's top papers will carry the new Pokemon strip, including the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, and the Seattle Times, among others.

No newcomer to the Pokemon scene, Viz has been an integral part of the lucrative franchise since its U.S. inception, publishing four separate Pokemon comic series in two years, one of which was America's best-selling comic for over nine months and is credited with revitalizing the comics industry. Viz, along with partner Pioneer, also markets and distributes videos of the Pokemon animated TV series. Throughout 1999 Viz's Pokemon videos dominated the rental and sales charts across the country.

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