This week's fun at San Diego's Comic-Con International isn't just about stuff you can buy. I mean, yes, that's kind of the entire point of the convention, but in addition to new and exclusive products, plenty of publishers are offering unique experiences to lure you into their booths, and Viz Media is going the extra mile. In addition to new books like the Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary hardcover and The Art of Princess Mononoke, they're giving attendees the chance to take photos with characters like Doraemon and Hello Kitty.
That's right: a photo op with Hello Kitty. If you see me crying with joy on the con floor, that's why. Check out the rest of the exclusives below.
HELLO KITTY, HELLO 40 (Exclusive)
Celebrate Hello Kitty’s 40th Anniversary with this hand numbered Comic-Con exclusive special edition as some of her biggest fans – from comic artists to muralists to toy creators – pay tribute to this pop culture icon in story and art. Features a hand-numbered slipcover and red-foil gilded edges. Price: $49.00
THE ART OF PRINCESS MONONOKE (Presale)
The latest in the perennially popular line of Studio Ghibli art books, which include interviews, concept sketches, and finished animation cels from classics such as Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro. Price: $35.00
NARUTO SHIPPUDEN Figure from GECCO (Exclusive)
High-end Japanese collectable figure manufacturer GECCO Corp. will unveil a limited edition 1/6 scale statue of the world’s most popular ninja, to be offered exclusively in the VIZ Media booth at Comic Con 2014. This super-detailed figure depicts Naruto Uzumaki rendered in high quality full-color PVC, standing approximately 27cm tall and wearing the 4th Hokage’s famous coat. Additional information is available at: www.gecco.co.jp/naruto.html. Price: $150.00
Limited Edition Eiichiro Oda Reproduction ONE PIECE Art (from Japan)
High quality replica prints of original production art from ONE PIECE Volume 34 with editor comments – hand numbered and limited quantity – only available from VIZ Media this summer. Price: $15.00
BRAVEST WARRIORS: THE SEARCH FOR CATBUG (Exclusive)
A one-of-a-kind art book in the style of a classic seek & find features contributions from over 25 artists. Can you help the Bravest Warriors find Catbug as he careens through multiple dimensions? Get the exclusive special edition, with a hand-numbered slipcover and blue foil gilded edges, only available at Comic-Con! Price: $35.00.
BRAVEST WARRIORS PRESENTS: CATBUG’S TREASURE BOOK (Presale with exclusive gift-with-purchase)
Grab a presale copy of CATBUG’S TREASURE BOOK and receive a Comic-Con exclusive color poster featuring Catbug and the Bravest Warriors! Price: $35.00
DORAEMON Plush Toys (Exclusive)
Collectible DORAEMON plush toys available in 5 different designs, only from VIZ Media! Price: $7.00 each
DORAEMON PHOTO OPPORTUNITY
Saturday, 12:30 PM: Get a hug and take a picture with everyone’s favorite cat-type robot from the future, DORAEMON!
In-Booth Signing and Photo-Op: HELLO KITTY
Saturday, July 26th 10AM: features Jenni Holm, Matt Holm, Art Baltazar, Franco Aureliani, Lark Pien
Sunday, July 27th at 10AM: features Brianne Drouhard, Stephanie Gonzaga, Martin Hsu, Chynna Clugston Flores, Susie Ghahremani
Jacob Chabot will also be available Sunday July 27th at 1PM!