#ThankYouMashima SNS Contest! Show your love for Hiro Mashima

Do you wish you were at New York Comic Con this year to celebrate the conclusion of Fairy Tail with the guest of honor Hiro Mashima in person? If you want your voice to be heard by the creator of one of the greatest shonen manga, no matter where you are at, this is your chance! All you have to do is share your stories and how much Fairy Tail means to you!

How to enter the contest: 

Step 1. Follow Kodansha Comics on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram.
Step 2. Use the hashtag #ThanYouMashima and post a comment from SNS account. 

How do I know if I won?

Kodansha will pick a winner from each SNS and contact via direct message by the end of NYCC and they will receive the limited Fairy Tail Ultimate bundle which includes all the exclusive retail items made by Kodansha to celebrate Hiro Mashima at NYCC!

Good Luck!

Hiro Mashima digital sale: all Mashima including Rave Master, Fairy Tail 50% off thru October 9

This week Kodansha Comics celebrates Hiro Mashima, the hit-machine creator of Fairy Tail and Guest of Honor at New York Comic Con! We're putting all of his works on sale for 50% off at all of our digital retail partners: BookWalker, comiXology, Crunchyroll, Google Play, iBooks, Kindle, Kobo, and nook. Sale runs through October 9. 

Mashima just completed his long-run bestselling shonen fantasy series, Fairy Tail  in July. While we're waiting for volumes 62 and 63 of the English graphic novels to come out, this is a perfect opportunity to catch up on the volumes you need to get to the end of the story!

That ain't all—Mashima's world of Fairy Tail expands even further with its spinoff series. Ever wonder how the legendary guild got started? Or what the daily lives of the Fairy Tail girls are like?

But you're already all caught up on Fairy Tail and all the spinoffs, you say? Truly impressive, but then you must also know about Mashima's original breakout fantasy series, Rave Master! Long out of print, Rave Master is now all the way back in digital form—Kodansha Comics just re-launched volumes 1 thru 35, and you can get 'em all now, cheap, and binge-read the whole shebang all the way to its conclusion~


— Hiro Mashima Sale —
October 3-9 

Fairy Tail volumes 1-61
Rave Master volumes 1-35
Fairy Tail Zero
Fairy Tail: Twin Dragons of Saber Tooth
Fairy Tail: Rhodonite
Fairy Girls volumes 1-4 
Fairy Tail Ice Trail volumes 1-2 
Fairy Tail Blue Mistral volumes 1-3 
Monster Soul volumes 1-2

Getting all fired up now? Dive in and celebrate the world of Fairy Tail with us today! 

The digital return of Rave Master! More than 40% off preorders through October 3

It happens. Sometimes printed manga titles become no longer available: they go “out of print.” And as part of our massive digital-first lineup expansion, we’ve been bringing a lot of those titles back—as digital “rescues” so they can be discovered by new generations of manga fans.

Whether it was Tsutomu Nihei's cyberpunk trendsetter NOiSE or Tomoko Ninomiya's all-time classical-music tearjerker Nodame Cantabile or Kouji Seo's Fuuka predecessor Suzuka, we haven't just been resurrecting long out-of-print titles but in many cases finally completing those series so they could at last be read in their entirety in English. But there was always one series out there that we especially wanted to bring back …

As part of our ongoing celebration of the conclusion to Fairy Tail and all things Hiro Mashima, on October 3 Kodansha Comics will be releasing in one fell swoop the entire 35-volume run of Mashima’s original fantasy-action breakout hit, Rave Master. Originally one of the bestselling titles published by Tokyopop, Rave Master has been out of print for almost a decade, but now all 35 volumes are back and available for preorder at all of our digital retail partners: BookWalker, comiXology, Crunchyroll, Google Play, iBooks, Kindle, Kobo, and nook.

We're also running a special promotional preorder price—more than 40% off cover price—for every volume!

So, for those of you crying over the end of Fairy Tailthere's a whole other world of Mashima waiting for you … back where it all started! And you can read the preview of Chapter 1 right here:

 

Kodansha Comics at New York Comic Con: events, exclusives, free stuff!

No question: Hiro Mashima is the anime/manga headliner at New York Comic Con this year. But celebrating the finale of Fairy Tailone of the great manga epics, isn't all Kodansha Comics is about—we've got a lot else going on too!

Come see us at Booth #2109 at Javits Convention Center in NYC October 5-8, and one of us will give you the NYCC lowdown! But if you want a quick preview and/or you can't be there but are dyin' to know what's happening anyway … here's your cheatsheet:

WHAT TO DO? EVENTS!


Click here for a complete list of Hiro Mashiima's personal appearances and signings in New York City October 5-8. Check for updates!

"The World of Fairy Tail" Art Exhibition
October 5-8, New York Comic Con, Javits Center, Kodansha Comics Booth #2109
We'll be celebrating Hiro Mashima and his completion of Fairy Tail throughout New York Comic Con with a special “The World of Fairy Tail” art gallery exhibition at the Kodansha Comics booth (#2109). The exhibition will display curated manga art from throughout Mashima’s legendary Fairy Tail run, with a second display in NYCC’s Artist Alley (table C14)

Classic SF Manga featuring Akira 35th Anniversary Edition, Ghost in the Shell, & Battle Angel Alita
Friday October 6 at 5:15pm, Room 1A24

The holy trinity of cyberpunk manga are all back and better than ever from Kodansha Comics! Be the first ever to see the Akira 35th Anniversary Edition Box Set in person. Meet big-name contributors to the upcoming original graphic novel The Ghost in the Shell: Global Neural Network. And exciting news for fans of the cyber-martial arts epic Battle Angel Alita! Plus free books and exclusive promo items straight from Japan.

Kodansha Comics featuring Fairy Tail and Sailor Moon
Sunday October 8 at 4:00pm, Room 1A06

The U.S. arm of Japan's largest book publisher reveals new art and new manga licenses and gives away a slew of free stuff! Plus a tribute to Fairy Tail upon its final chapter and more information about the major new releases Land of the Lustrous and the Sailor Moon Eternal Edition, plus a chance to speak with the editorial and publishing team face-to-face.

WHAT'S FOR FREE? FREE NYCC EXCLUSIVES!
Where: Kodasha Comics/Vertical Booth #2109


NYCC 2017 Commemorative Fairy Tail tote bag 
free with any Kodansha Comics email signup


Fairy Tail mini-shikishi featuring a new illo by Hiro Mashima 
free with any purchase


The Art of Fairy Tail mini-artbook 
free with any purchase over $50

Happy pin 
Available at Funimation booth (#542)!

Manga Samplers

8×11 artcards

WHAT'S FOR SALE? NYCC EXCLUSIVES!
Where: Kodasha Comics/Vertical Booth #2109

Enamel Pin limited-edition sets: Fairy Tail — 2 different designs

Limited-edition ​Fairy Tail genga replicas — 2 designs

Limited-edition Fairy Tail deluxe poster

Fairy Tail mini-poster set

Fairy Tail Ultimate Exclusives Bundle 
You can get ALL the Fairy Tail NYCC exclusives
PLUS bundle exclusives:
Fairy Tail Lanyard and pin!


Pre-street books from Kodansha Comics
Ghost in the Shell README: 1995-2017
Attack on Titan: No Regrets 
Complete Color Edition
Battle Angel Alita Deluxe Edition, Volume 1
Fairy Tail Master Edition, Volume 5
Fairy Tail S, Volume 1
Inuyashiki, Volume 9
To Your Eternity, Volume 1

Pre-street books from Vertical Comics
Ajin: Demi-HumanVolume 10
Devils' Line, Volume 9
Imperfect Girl, Volume 1
Helvetica Standard BoldVolume 1
The Flowers of Evil—CompleteVolume 1

 

Your Guide to Hiro Mashima events in NYC, October 5-8

— UPDATED September 27: 10/6 KINOKUNIYA EVENT ADDED —

With Fairy Tail, one of North America's (and the world's!) all-time best-selling manga, nearing the end of its historic run, it's the perfect time to celebrate and reflect on Hiro Mashima’s accomplishments with the man himself and all his fans in New York City October 5 through 8! Back in July we announced Mashima-sensei was going to be a Guest of Honor at New York Comic Con—now here's all the deets on how to see him in action for this rare Stateside appearance!

And be sure to check out our full lowdown on Kodansha Comics (booth #2109) events including Fairy Tail con exclusives we'll be selling and giving out at New York Comic Con 2017!

— Thursday October 5 —

Hiro Mashima: The Magical World of Fairy Tail 
Head to Japan Society’s beautiful auditorium for an intimate evening chat with Mashima-sensei. Hear about Fairy Tail’s origins and its creator’s struggles and triumphs over the years, then enjoy a Q&A followed by reception with the Fairy Tail localization team. Chance to win a special gift from Mashima-sensei!
when 6:30 p.m.
where Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street
how to get tickets $30/$25 Japan Society members, seniors & students. Get tickets at the Japan Society website.

— Friday October 6 —

Celebrate Fairy Tail: Live Sketch and Q&A
Glimpse in person Hiro Mashima's creative process! Mashima-sensei will be drawing live and engaging in an off-the-cuff chat with his fans in this one-of-a-kind appearance. Attendees will get a special gift!
when 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
where New York Comic Con, Javits Center, Main Stage
how to get tickets 2 options:

(1) Sign up for NYCC's Pre-Show Lottery. Lottery signup starts Thursday September 14 at 2 p.m. Eastern Time and ends September 25 at 5 p.m. Winners will be announced Friday September 28 at 5 p.m.
(2) Go to the 1C Queue Hall the morning of October 6 and tap your badge to reserve a seat. More details on NYCC's Main Stage Seating Process here.

Signing and sketch
Recipients will get a signed shikishi with a personalized sketch from one of the world’s most popular manga-ka!
when 4 to 5:30 p.m.
where New York Comic Con, Javits Center, Autograph Hall
how to get tickets Only available through NYCC's Pre-Show Lottery process. Lottery signup starts Thursday September 14 at 2 p.m. Eastern Time and ends September 25 at 5 p.m. Winners will be announced Friday September 28 at 5 p.m.

[NEWLY ADDED EVENT—JUST ANNOUNCED!] Kinokuniya signing and sketch
Come to Kinokuniya Bookstore New York to meet and get a signed sketch from Hiro Mashima! Special after-hours admission will be given to wristband holders to attend.
when 8:30 to 10 p.m.
where Kinokuniya Bookstore New York, 1073 6th Avenue
how to get tickets Visit the Kinokuniya website for instructions on how to get tickets. Sign-up lottery takes place September 28-October 3.

— Saturday October 7 —

Celebrate Fairy Tail: A Chat with Hiro Mashima
Mashima looks back on his manga career and what went into his uniquely long-running masterwork. Brought to you in partnership with Funimation. Attendees will get a special gift!
when 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
where New York Comic Con, Hammerstein Ballroom, 311 West 34th Street
how to get tickets Seats are available to NYCC attendees only on a first-come first-served basis, as people arrive at Hammerstein Ballroom. Click here for more info about the queue and seating process.

Signing and sketch
Recipients will get a signed shikishi with a personalized sketch from one of the world’s most popular manga-ka!
when 2 to 3:30 p.m.
where New York Comic Con, Javits Center, Autograph Hall
how to get tickets Only available through NYCC's Pre-Show Lottery process. Lottery signup starts Thursday September 14 at 2 p.m. Eastern Time and ends September 25 at 5 p.m. Winners will be announced Friday September 28 at 5 p.m.

— Sunday October 8 —

Funimation booth signing and sketch
Come to the Funimation booth (#542) in your favorite Fairy Tail cosplay! Recipients will get a signed shikishi with a personalized sketch from one of the world’s most popular manga-ka.
when 10:15 a.m. to 12 p.m.
where New York Comic Con, Javits Center, Funimation booth #542
how to get tickets Some tickets will be given out at the "Celebrate Fairy Tail" panel on Saturday, October 7 at Hammerstein Ballroom. More tickets will be given out the morning of Sunday, October 8 10:00 a.m.  at the Funimation booth (#542), right before the signing and sketch.

Anime Expo 2017 Kodansha Comics announcements

It was a big year for Kodansha Comics at Anime Expo! We had a new & improved booth with lots of unique activities, goods, and giveaways, hosted a few major events, and made big announcements about our most popular properties (Sailor Moon and Fairy Tail to name two—see below)!

Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card anime World Premiere (July 1)

For the first time, Kodansha Comics hosted a world-premiere event at Anime Expo. Over 3,000 Sakura fans attended the screening of Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Prologue: Sakura and the Two Bears!

Everybody who attended the screening received an exclusive gift card for the first volume of the Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card manga—on sale now as a digital-only edition at all of our digital retail partners! 

Kodansha Comics Panel (July 3)

We also made several big announcements at our industry panel, with a special guest appearance by Yumi Sukemune, the Japanese editor of Princess Jellyfish, who shared some behind-the-scenes episodes of the making of this groundbreaking series! 

Sailor Moon Eternal Edition details revealed! The new premium paperback edtion features all-new cover illustrations by creator Naoko Takeuchi! Volume 1 releases January 2018—available for preorder now! Details:

• new, revised translation and all-new lettering
• premium white paper, French flaps—Sailor Moon has never looked better!
• 7”x10” trime size, making this the BIGGEST Sailor Moon edition ever!
• beautiful metallic ink and holographic effect on cover

• at 290 pages per volume, this new edition will reach 10 volumes total

Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Following the digital debut of Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card, Kodansha Comics confirmed licensing of the print edition, scheduled for later this year. Seventeen years after the original Cardcaptor Sakura manga ended, CLAMP returns with more magical clow card adventures! Volume 1 releases November 2017—available for preorder now!

Battle Angel Alita: Mars Chronicle Yukito Kishiro finally reveals Alita’s early years on Mars in this finely detailed prequel. Print and digital release February 2018.

Battle Angel Alita Deluxe Edition After more than a decade out of print, the original cyberpunk action classic returns in these glorious 400-page hardcover deluxe editions, featuring an all-new translation, color pages, and new cover designs. Just in time for the major Hollywood film adaptation from Robert Rodriguez! Volume 1 of the deluxe print editions releases November 21.

More digital-first titles revealed—available on all digital retail channels July 18!

Kounodori: Dr. StorkA smash-hit in Japan, this drama looks at the lives of the men and women who work to deliver one million new lives into the world each year in Japan. 

Hotaru's Way (aka Hotaru no Hikari) "I'd rather nap at home than fall in love."  27-year-old Hotaru is a career woman and a himono, who unexpectedly finds herself involved with a younger man—who happens to be her boss! How will this josei romance play out!?

Love's Reach (aka Kinkyori RenaiYuni likes the way her new substitute English teacher looks—but he's kind of a jerk. Then she starts getting afterschool lessons from him!

Hiro Mashima is coming to New York Comic Con 2017!!!

Just announced: as we approach the conclusion of Fairy Tail, creator Hiro Mashima will attend New York Comic Con this October as Guest of Honor!

To help get you caught up on this long-running series in time for Mashima's epoch-marking Stateside appearance and Fairy Tail's final conclusion, here's a great deal: we're offering Fairy Tail volumes 1-45 and the spinoff series on Humble Bundle. It's more than $600 worth of manga but you pay what you want!

Hurry, though. There's only 2 days left. Sale ends July 5, 11 a.m. Pacific Time.

Fairy Tail x Humble Bundle: Get $600+ of digital manga by paying what you want until July 5

Today we here at Kodansha Comics are proud to present the Humble Manga Bundle: Fairy Tail in partnership with our good pals at Humble Bundle. We are offering $600+ worth of digital manga, including the first freakin' 45 volumes of the hit shonen manga by Hiro Mashima and all the spin-off series from the world of Fairy Tail!

Name your price. Together, the books in this bundle usually cost as much as $630. At Humble Bundle, though, you choose the price!

Read ’em anywhere. These comics are available in multiple formats including CBZ, PDF, and ePub, so they work on your computer, e-readers, iPads, cell phones, and a wide array of mobile devices! Instructions and a list of recommended reading programs can be found here

Support charity. Choose where the money goes—among Kodansha Comics and two preselected charities or if you'd like, a charity of your choice via the PayPal Giving Fund. For details on how this works, click here. If you like this bundle or like what Humble Bundle does, you can leave a Humble Tip too.

This special bundle ends WEDNESDAY, July 5, 10:59 A.M. PACIFIC TIME.

Media: click here for the official press release

PAY WHAT YOU WANT! Here’s what you’ll get with each tier:

Pay $1 or more
Unlock Fairy Tail volumes 1-5 + a discount code for 1-month subscription to FUNimation 

Pay $8 or more
Unlock Fairy Tail volumes 6-25  a
nd the spin-off series
Fairy Tail Ice Trail volume 1
Fairy Tail Zero
Fairy Tail Blue Mistral volume 1
Fairy Girls volumes 1-2

Pay $15 or more 
Unlock Fairy Tail volumes 26-45 and the spin-off series
Fairy Tail Rhodonite
Fairy Tail Ice Trail volume 2
Fairy Tail Twin Dragons of Sabertooth volume 1
Fairy Tail Blue Mistral volumes 2-3
Fairy Girls volumes 3-4

Pay $17 or more 
Unlock all of above + Humble Bundle exclusive contents:
Exclusive Artbook: Fairy Tail: Swimsuit Issue
Special one-shot manga: Fairy Tail: The Fairies’ Booby Prizes

About Hiro Mashima
Born in 1977 and debuted as a manga-ka (manga artist) in 1998. His first long-running series, Rave Master, ran in Weekly Shonen Magazine from 1999 to 2005. He serialized his current series, Fairy Tail, in the same magazine since 2006. When Fairy Tail was adapted as an anime series in 2009, it became a global hit. Other renowned works includes Monster Hunter OrageMonster Soul, and Mashima-en.

List of Awards
2009 Fairy Tail: Kodansha Manga Award/Shonen Genre (Japan)
2009 Fairy Tail: Japan Expo Best Manga Award/Shonen Genre (France)
2011 Fairy Tail: ANIMELAND Best Anime Award (France)
2011 Fairy Tail: ANIMELAND Best Dubbed Anime Award (France)
2011 Fairy Tail: Frankfurt Book Fair/International Comics Award (Germany)
2012 Fairy Tail: Salon del Manga Best Series Award (Spain)
2012 Fairy Tail: Salon del Manga Best Creator Award (Spain)
2012 Fairy Tail: Salon del Manga Best Guest of Honor Award (Spain

Check out this exclusive interview with Hiro Mashima (creator of Fairy Tail)

 

Support the artist! Watch this video of Hiro Mashima drawing characters from Fairy Tail on
Kodansha Comics' YouTube Channel


Thanks for supporting Humble Manga Bundle: Fairy Tail!

Fairy Tail 22 is here!

Greetings, Guildmates! I'm excited today not just about the post-Thanksgiving snow that's fluttering down on Broadway outside, but also because Fairy Tail 22 is finally in stores. What makes this volume so special? Well, it puts the Edolas Arc on track to its climax, with lots of backstabbing and evil plotting and some of the weirdest battles in the series yet (involving a merry-go-round and a giant octopus man). But open the book and you'll see that 22 has also received a big visual facelift. The extra title pages are gone, starting off the volume on Mashima's cool splash page for Vol. 22, and the sound effects have received a big upgrade courtesy of our letterer, Deron Bennett of AndWorld Design. We're going to keep this style for all of our future Fairy Tail volumes, including our digital releases, which will be coming at the astonishing rate of two volumes a month starting in March 2013. Click through for a closer look!

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Fairy Tail’s Hiro Mashima’s on Twitter!

As you may know, Fairy Tail creator Hiro Mashima is a Twitter fiend. Nearly every day he posts on his feed, @hiro_mashima, sometimes even putting up art we never get to see in print! He only tweets in Japanese, but we’re here to help. Periodically we’ll be posting some translations of his tweets, along with the art that he tosses online.

It occurred to him last month that it might be fun to draw Fairy Tail characters as the opposite sex.

This led to a string of really fun posts.

First up: someone Mashima introduces as “Natsuko.” (“Ko” is a suffix at the end of many girls’ names in Japanese.)

And here's Lucy as a bishonen!

And Elfman as a (rather frightening) girl.

(The text by her head reads, "I'm a MAN… not.")

He also drew Gray-ko. I can definitely see why that character wouldn't necessarily work as a girl…

(Click through for more tweets after the break!)

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