Accelerated Publishing for One Piece Manga

Viz Media rolls out most aggressive manga publishing schedule
yet with 5 new volumes of high seas action/adventure saga to
debut each month throughout the first half Of 2010!

San Francisco, CA, JULY 6, 2009 – As first detailed this past
weekend at Anime Expo® 2009, VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of
the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive
publishing, animation and licensing companies, announced a
significantly increased publication schedule for the hit pirate
manga series – ONE PIECE – delighting fans everywhere.
Beginning in January 2010 and continuing through June 2010,
five new ONE PIECE manga volumes will be published each month,
for a total of 30 new volumes. The new schedule will launch
with volumes 24-28.

To further complement these releases, VIZ Media has launched a
brand new, dedicated ONE PIECE web site at OnePiece.VIZ.com
that will be updated regularly with plot and character
information, and will also provide special free manga chapters.

ONE PIECE Rated ‘T’ for Teens takes readers to a world
populated by pirates and filled with adventure. As a child,
Monkey D. Luffy dreamed of becoming the King of the Pirates.
But his life changed when he accidentally gained the power to
stretch like rubber…at the cost of never being able to swim
again! Now Luffy, with the help of a motley collection of
pirate wannabes, is setting off in search of the “One Piece,”
said to be the greatest treasure in the world.

The manga ONE PIECE was created by Eichiro Oda, a comic creator
and artist, and debuted in Japan’s Weekly Shonen Jump in 1997.
One of the most popular comic artists in Japan today, Oda
started out by winning the Hop Step Award (a monthly award
given by Shonen Jump for amateur artists) as well as the
esteemed Tezuka Award. His art style is reminiscent of Akira
Toriyama, Sergio Aragones, and the movie Yellow Submarine.

“This will be our most ambitious accelerated manga publishing
schedule for any property thus far, and we are confident it
will be a huge success, as ONE PIECE is an exciting series that
enjoys a large and very dedicated following in North America,”
says Gonzalo Ferreyra, Vice President Sales & Marketing for VIZ
Media. “Pirate stories are known and loved the world over and
ONE PIECE, with its zany cast of characters and high seas
action, enjoys more than 177 million copies in-print in Japan
alone. We look forward to new and old fans alike exploring
these fun adventures as each month Luffy and his cohorts search
for the elusive One Piece treasure.”

For more information please visit the dedicated website at
www.onepiece.viz.com.

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