Vertical and Morning Go to ComicCon

When Felipe Smith left the U.S. he was already an accomplished comic artist. Having won numerous awards for his work before landing in Tokyo the man had nothing prove. But after taking on the extremely competitive and demanding Japanese comic industry, Mr. Smith has proven that he is just beginning to grow as an artist and storyteller.

His Japanese debut Peepo Choo made an instant splash when it launched back in 2008, rocking the manga scene with his original designs and his bigger than life characters. While his tale of culture clash challenged even veteran comic critics, there was no doubt in their minds that Felipe had mastered the art of manga presentation. Now Peepo Choo stands along side works from such luminaries as Moyoco Anno, Takehiko Inoue, and Naoki Urasawa published in Japan's premiere seinen (men's) comic anthology Morning.

As Felipe is in development of his latest series for Kodansha, Japan's largest publisher, his Peepo Choo is ready to take on American readers. And to celebrate the occasion Felipe will be joining Vertical at San Diego Comic Con and Otakon as a guest this summer with book signings at both shows. Felipe will also be going back home to LA between cons for a special event at Hollywood's Meltdown Comics. So don't miss out on your chance to meet a comics legend before he once again departs for the Far East.

Book Signing @ Comic Con International (limited to 100 ticketed guests)
July 24, 2010 (Saturday) 2:00pm-3:00pm
Location: San Diego Comic Con – San Diego Convention Center, 111 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA

Peepo Choo Launch Party @ Meltdown Comics
July 26, 2010 (Monday) 7:00pm-
Location: Meltdown Comics – Meltdown Comics, 7522 Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA

Book Signing @ Otakon
July 31, 2010 (Saturday) TBA
Location: Otakon - Baltimore Convention Center, 1 West Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD

Also of note Vertical will be handing out special goodies to promote our latest kawaii (cute) hit Chi's Sweet Home. Another Morning title, Chi's Sweet Home is the heartfelt tale of a lost kitten and her adventures with her new adopted family.

Vertical will be passing out exclusive Chi's Sweet Home bookmarks and coasters throughout the con. We will also have a limited number of Chi cell phone straps and other goodies to patrons that buy copies of Chi volume 1 or 2, while supplies last.

The Vertical table will also be ground zero for information regarding Kodansha's 5th Morning International Comic Competition (MICC). We will have a judge at the our booth (B03) over the weekend and there will be special Morning and MICC promotional fliers available for potential contestants, as well.

The grand prize winner and runners up for the 4th MICC is scheduled to be announced later this month, and the winning comic will be published in a future issue of Morning Two magazine.


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