VIZ Media announced five deals for its VIZ Kids imprint for next year. Agreements include DVD, download-to-own and graphic novels for global franchises.
VIZ Kids will be distribute DVDs of the “Hero 108” TV series, which airs on Cartoon Network, as well as distribute the series via iTunes download. DVDs will be available in May, and downloadable episodes will launch in June.
For Mameshiba, VIZ Kids will release a graphic novel, “Mameshiba: On the Loose!,” and a character guide, “Meet Mameshiba,” in July.
VIZ Kids will release manga, a travel activity kit, and other select merchandise for Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version. The travel activity kit will be available in May, and the manga will be available in July.
In addition, VIZ Media will create and distribute original graphic novels featuring the Mr. Men and Little Misses characters. Little Miss Sunshine, Mr. Bump, Mr. Strong and Little Miss Daredevil books will be available next spring.
Finally, VIZ Kids will produce and distribute original graphic novels based on the all-new animated series “Voltron Force,” which debuts on Nicktoons this summer. The books will be available next spring.
“VIZ Media is excited to expand our kids imprint to include a variety of fun new properties,” says Elizabeth Kawasaki, senior editorial director of VIZ Media. “These new titles use strong storytelling, eye-popping graphics and empowering themes to engage a younger generation of fans.”