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THE KING OF FIGHTERS ART BOOK, DARK EDGE VOL. 7 & PURI PURI VOL. 5 AVAILABLE NOW!

SAN JOSE, CA – April, 2008 – DrMaster Publications has announced that The King of Fighters Art Book by Wing Yan & King Tung, Puri Puri vol. 5 by Chiaki Taro, and the long-awaited return of Dark Edge vol. 7 by Yu Aikawa, are all available now!

The King of Fighters Art Book

Gamers out there, your wait is finally over! All of your favorite characters are here in this explosive art book! Kyo, Iori, Mai, Terry, Geese and many more are all present and accounted for in this collection. Original illustrations produced by artists Wing Yan and King Tung for the long running comic series in Hong Kong, have been compiled in a collection that has never been seen before! If you loved the fighting game and didn’t get enough of The King of Fighters comics, this art book is a MUST-HAVE for you!

Dark Edge vol. 7

Dark Edge is back with more blood, gore and zombies! The coffin that bound Kurou is destroyed and he comes out alive, contrary to the Nosferatu’s expectations. Shimizu gets injured during her rescue, but Sonobe’s healing power effectively recuperates her. Due to Kurou’s resurrection, the ambitions of each Nosfertu teacher had been crushed, except for the principal, who lures Mao into yet another sinister scheme. In the midst of all this, a group of students led by the honor student Kikuchi, becomes interested in the mystery of the academy and stays in school after sunset, only to be attacked and killed by zombie teachers. Kikuchi survives and tries to sue the school, but she is stopped by Yoshikuni and Nishiwaki and gets confined to the school grounds.

Puri Puri vol. 5

Kamioda has been entrusted to coordinate a Halloween gig for the community. He has found the right talent, but he has yet to face challenges of coping with a girl with a phobia of men from the sewing club, and becoming the mediator between the beautiful, yet unbending girls of the choir and the art club. Will he be able to produce a show worthy of representing admirable St. Sophia Academy on time?

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DRMASTER PUBLICATIONS PRESENTS YASUSHI SUZUKI’S GOTHS CAGE

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SAN JOSE, CA – April, 2008 – DrMaster Publications proudly announces the production of the highly anticipated picture book by internationally acclaimed video game designer Yasushi Suzuki (a.k.a. – D-Suzuki), Goths Cage (previously titled Phantoms).

Goths Cage is an enchanting manga-esque picture book anthology of three short stories with a malicious twist of love and romance. It is based on Yasushi Suzuki’s art series that was previously released online in Japan under the name Phantoms KADAN. Suzuki-san re-adapts his art series and transforms it into a bewitching picture book with entrancing grace and charm. Each of his gothic tales is exquisitely crafted with elegant detailed illustrations that transport readers into an enchanted world of gothic glory.

In his first story, Glass Magic, Suzuki-san does a twisted take on the classic Cinderella tale. An ugly corpse-like servant girl wishes to fall in love with a prince and become a beautiful princess. Then a sinister old witch offers her a magic potion that can grant her heart’s desires, but in order for the magic to work she must abandon her soul. She gets rid of her memories, her face, and her master to become a cruelly beautiful glass princess.

In another of Suzuki’s splendidly dark tales, the shop keeper of an enchanted barbershop attends to his beautiful victim under the moonlight. He snips away at her thoughts and memories, mystically cutting away all her painful memories that scar her heart. However, because she is sapped of her thoughts and memories, all that is left is her pitiful empty body.

Prepare to be mesmerized by Yasushi Suzuki’s spine-chilling tales of love and entrancement this Fall 2008, because this enchanting collection of spellbinding illustrations and twisted tales is a must-have!

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[PR]DrMaster’s Latest Releases Hit the Stores!

SPRING INTO ACTION!

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS VOL. 9, THE KING OF FIGHTERS 2003 VOL. 4 & JUNK VOL. 6 AVAILABLE NOW!

SAN JOSE, CA – March, 2008 – DrMaster Publications has announced that High School Girls vol. 9, the final volume of the series by Towa Ohshima, The King of Fighters 2003 vol. 4 by Wing Yan & King Tung, and Junk – Record of the Last Hero vol. 6 by Kia Asamiya, are all available now.

High School Girls vol. 9

The end is finally here! The crazy Okinawan school trip approaches its end in this final volume of High School Girls. Eriko and her friends are up to their usual antics terrorizing the teachers, starting pillow fights, buying up weird Okinawan souvenirs for their friends and families, and having late night sleepovers snacking and reminiscing about their hilariously silly pasts. Prepare to laugh your socks off in this awesomely hysterical and side-splitting conclusion to the High School Girls series!

The King of Fighters 2003 vol. 4

The King of Fighters 2003 series returns with more explosive kicks and punches that will blow your mind! The 10th King of Fighters semi-finals kicks off with Team K’ vs. The High School Girls Team on top of the zooming “Highway Star Express.” However, their match is unexpectedly interrupted by the former leader of NESTS’ research department, the Phantom Pain-Kirameki Kannaduki, who suddenly attacks K’. What will happen to K’…? On the other end of the world, on a sailboat on the Nile River, the second battle of the semi-finals is taking place – Hero Team vs. Wolf Team. Shen-Woo vs.Terry Bogard begin the incredible battle between the two highly-skilled teams. Both fighters pull out all they have for battle, and despite the unexpected result, the sensational combat touches the whole world.

Junk – Record of the Last Hero vol. 6

Hiro goes back to school to begin a fresh start in his life… or so he thought, until his sexy new JUNK counselor becomes his new homeroom teacher! As the third JUNK’s terror escalates, a new and more powerful JUNK sent by JUNK Systems appears and is set on punishing the third JUNK. While a cult called Koufukukai reaches out to the fear ridden citizens of Tokyo with sinister intentions behind their “goodwill.”

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DRMASTER PUBLICATIONS TO RELEASE MAMORU THE SHADOW PROTECTOR, NEPHYLYM, AND FENG SHUI ACADEMY

SAN JOSE, CA – March, 2008 – DrMaster Publications has announced the impending release of three new titles, Mamoru the Shadow Protector by Sai Madara & Taro Achi, Nephylym by Rei Kusakabe, and Feng Shui Academy by Haruka Shouji.

Mamoru the Shadow Protector is the manga adaptation of the popular Japanese  novel and anime, Kage Kara Mamoru by Taro Achi. Feng Shui Academy is also a manga adaptation of a Japanese novel series, Fuu Sui Gakuen by Midori Natsu. Nephylym is a new Japanese manga series by the up-and-coming manga artist Rei Kusakabe. Both Mamoru the Shadow Protector and Nephylym will hit stores this summer! Brace yourselves for all the hilarious adventures in store for you!

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[PR] New DrMaster Titles Hit the Street!

Hot off the press!!!

Lunar Legend Tsukihime vol 5, Chinese Hero vol. 5, and Metro Survive vol 1, AVAILABLE NOW!!!

SAN JOSE, CA – March, 2008 – DrMaster has just announced the publication of Chinese Hero: Tales of the Blood Sword volume 5 by Wing Shing Ma, Lunar Legend Tsukihime volume 5 by TYPE-MOON and sasakishonen, and a new series by Yuki Fujisawa, Metro Survive volume 1.

 

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Metro Survive Vol 1 by Yuki Fujisawa Manga Review

Title:  Metro Survive Vol 1

Author:  Yuki Fujisawa

Publisher:  DrMaster

ISBN:  9781597961257

May Contain Spoilers

Mishima, a maintenance employee at Exopolis Tower, Tokyo’s largest highrise business and entertainment building, is a timid man who allows his employers to push him around.  When he promises to be home in time to celebrate his young son’s birthday, he’s ordered to work overtime and forced to break his word.  On his way home early the next morning, an massive earthquake rattles Tokyo, destroying Exopolis and burying its underground train lines.  Mishima and his fellow passengers are trapped without food or water.  Will they be able to co-operate to free themselves from this nightmare?

This book made me feel very uncomfortable, as the hapless survivors of a major earthquake struggle to stay alive, but I couldn’t put it down.  Grim and gritty, the handful of subway riders are placed in one trying situation after another.  Their diverse personalities clash, causing additional hardships for them as they find their paths to freedom blocked, one after another. 

Mishima, a rather timid man who is thrown into a leadership role, is forced to step forward and take charge if he hopes to see his family again.  He’s more comfortable being in the background, doing what he’s told and not making a fuss. His passive personality is a sore spot in his marriage, as his wife, disappointed that he’s put work ahead of his family, doesn’t understand the intense pressure he’s under at his job.  Threatened with dismissal if he doesn’t work overtime, he would rather break his promise to his son than force his hand with his supervisor.  He’s a very sympathetic character, and as he discovers strengths within himself that he didn’t realize he possessed, he becomes even more likeable.

As their situation becomes more dire, the survivors bicker with each other, further threatening their chances for rescue.  When Mishima’s group meets with a larger, less savory group, things get very tense.  Food is in short supply, as is fresh water, and instead of rationing their supplies, some feel they deserve a larger share of the meager resources.  To see some of the slimeballs waste water shaving and primping their hair just made me cringe.  What is wrong with these idiots?

Metro Survive is a gripping read, and it left me wanting more.  Things were very bleak in this installment, and were about to get even worse. How are these guys going to get out of this situation? 

Grade: A-

Rated for 15+

Review copy provided by DrMaster

[PR] FALL IN LOVE AT THE MAGIC LOVER’S TOWER…DRMASTER PUBLICATIONS TO RELEASE MAGIC LOVER’S TOWER VOL.1 & 2

SAN JOSE, CA – January, 2008 – DrMaster has just announced the publication of Magic Lover’s Tower, a two-volume series. It will definitely grant your wish for an enchanting story of love, fantasy, and all that heart-wrenching love-triangle drama!
Roxanne, the nerdy class cleanliness rep, is secretly in love with the bad boy of the class, Logan. One day she accidentally releases Baphalen, a magic being who was sealed in a painting by the Heavenly Courts as punishment. Baphalen is the celestial guardian of the incense urn of the Old Man Under the Moon, and possesses the fantastic Magic Lover’s Staff. He decides to use his Magic Lover’s Staff to help Roxanne get her wish of winning Logan’s heart.

However, in order for her wish to be fulfilled, Roxanne must participate in a magical game in the realm of the Magic Lover’s Tower. She is given several chances to enter the fantasy world of the Magic Lover’s Tower, where she must get Logan to kiss her and say “I love you.” However, she is only allowed fifteen minutes for each time she enters the fantasy world, and if she fails to complete her tasks within the time limit, Logan will hate her even more than before when she returns to real world!

In the meantime, Baphalen moves into Roxanne’s home and starts attending her school as well. Commotion ensues, and Roxanne’s once-peaceful life soon heads off in a totally unexpected direction. What is going to happen now? Who will Roxanne love, Baphalen or Logan? To make this love triangle more complicated, a lady appears out of nowhere and claims that she loves Logan as well! Will Roxanne and Logan eventually be together? Don’t miss out on the magic, drama and romance in Magic Lover’s Tower!

About the Author
Kao Yung was born in Taiwan, where he grew up and graduated from the National Chengchi University, Department of Law. He is known as “The Godfather of Beauty” because of his elegant works and detailed stories that posses both depth and charm. Many of his works have gained recognition and won awards. In fact, Kao’s works are so renowned that they have been translated and published outside Taiwan, in countries like Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, and Thailand.
Availability

Both volumes will be released together and shipped out on May 2008. Each volume will be priced at $9.95. Visit www.drmasterbooks.com for more detailed series information.

About DrMaster Publications, Inc.:
From Japan we bring unique stories and characters, brought to life through suspenseful science fiction, relationship dramas, and side-splitting comedies. And from China, we have offerings rich in history and mystique, and titles with unmatched action and suspense. By brazenly going against the grain and laughing in the face of conformity, DrMaster Publications Inc. introduced something different to the legion of comic book fans whose cravings lie outside the superhero box. Choosing the path less traveled we have journeyed across the Pacific to bring US readers, the acclaimed works from Japan and China’s biggest and brightest!
Each of our books is like a glimpse into a new realm as seen through the eyes of the authors and artists. You don’t just read a DrMaster book—it jolts you to life, as you are propelled through the pages. Please click here for a list of our current and upcoming titles. And feel free to tour the site. Regular updates will follow as our line of “masterful” comic series expands.

About DGN Productions International:
DGN Productions (Digital Graphic Novel Productions) is a newly-formed production company and studio made up of industry veterans within the comics and video game industries. Through strategic licensing of key comic book titles and the use of recognized industry professionals within the fields of animation and video game development, DGN Pro. Intl. is dedicated to producing cutting-edge video games, comics and animated features adapted from some the biggest and brightest in Hong Kong, Japanese and Korean comic book properties. DGN Productions Intl. was founded June 2004 and is based in Fremont, California.

[PR] Uncover the Secret – The Four Constables are Back!

DrMaster Publications Comics Like You’ve Never Seen Before!

UNCOVER THE SECRET… THE FOUR CONSTABLES ARE BACK!


San Jose, CA – January, 2007 – Your number one source of Hong Kong comics in the U.S.A is at again! DrMaster Publications and DGN Productions have just announced that they will publish the 3-volume continuation of The Four Constables, The Four Constables: Secret of the Delirium Dagger!

Four of China’s supremely skilled detectives loyally serve their Master Zhuge Zhen-Wo, the head bodyguard and advisor for China’s all-powerful Emperor. Emotionless is a master of weapons and devices. Iron Hand possesses incredible chi and can stop the sharpest blades with his bare hands. Life Snatcher is highly skilled in light-foot granting him undaunted legwork and kicks. Lastly Cold Blooded was raised by wolves and has since learned to convert his pain into strength – enabling him to defeat opponents much stronger than himself. Each of them is entrusted by the Emperor with the power to arrest and execute any corrupt officials or lawless criminals within the Chinese Empire. These Imperial Constables act as protectors. With their venerable skill as kung fu practitioners and meticulous sleuths, they root out potential usurpers and discern the cause of many strange occurrences during the Sung Dynasty!

In this sequel to the first series, Emotionless lives! He was saved by the master of the West Town, Yuan-Shan Lan, BUT in return for his debt, Yuan-Shan Lan wants Emotionless to murder him! They engage in an intense fight like none other! At the same time, Iron Hands and Cold Blooded are on a dangerous mission to find the criminals wreaking havoc on local towns. When they accidentally pull in two unconscious bodies from the river who they discover were victims of the criminals’ crimes. Thus the two victims lead the brave constables on a trail after the evil mastermind behind the vicious crimes, and get entangled with his evil pursuit of the powerful Delirium Dagger. Who is he and what machinations does he have planned? The constables fight for their lives as they unravel more secrets and get closer to finding the villainous mastermind…. Don’t miss out on all the action, drama and intrigue!

About the Author:
When it comes to creative team-ups, you can’t get more impressive than comic giant Tony Wong (Weapons of the Gods, Oriental Heroes) locking pencils with rising star Andy Seto (Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Shaolin Soccer).  They have come together to produce the comic adaptation of The Four Imperial Constables, the critically-acclaimed novel by Wen Rui-An. Wen’s literary works jump-started today’s kung fu hysteria nearly forty years ago. 

Although of Chinese descent Wen Rui-An was born in Malaysia. He published his first literary piece when he was only nine years old and organized his own literary group when he was barely twenty. He had completed more than 200 fiction and nonfiction literary pieces before he was thirty. His forty-nine martial arts series have been published under Wang-Sheng Pub. The novels mainly deal with the final years of the Northern Sung Dynasty (ca. 1100 A.D.) under Emperor Huei.

Availability
Volume 1 of The Four Constables: Secret of the Delirium Dagger will be available in June 2008. The full color 128 page graphic novels will be priced at $13.95. Visit www.drmasterbooks.com more detailed series information.

About DrMaster Publications, Inc.:
From Japan we bring unique stories and characters, brought to life through suspenseful science fiction, relationship dramas, and side-splitting comedies. And from China, we have offerings rich in history and mystique, and titles with unmatched action and suspense. By brazenly going against the grain and laughing in the face of conformity, DrMaster Publications Inc. introduced something different to the legion of comic book fans whose cravings lie outside the superhero box. Choosing the path less traveled we have journeyed across the Pacific to bring US readers, the acclaimed works from Japan and China’s biggest and brightest!

Each of our books is like a glimpse into a new realm as seen through the eyes of the authors and artists. You don’t just read a DrMaster book—it jolts you to life, as you are propelled through the pages. Please click here for a list of our current and upcoming titles. And feel free to tour the site. Regular updates will follow as our line of “masterful” comic series expands.

About DGN Productions International:
DGN Productions (Digital Graphic Novel Productions) is a newly-formed production company and studio made up of industry veterans within the comics and video game industries. Through strategic licensing of key comic book titles and the use of recognized industry professionals within the fields of animation and video game development, DGN Pro. Intl. is dedicated to producing cutting-edge video games, comics and animated features adapted from some the biggest and brightest in Hong Kong, Japanese and Korean comic book properties. DGN Productions Intl. was founded June 2004 and is based in Fremont, California.