April 2018

All articles posted in April 2018.

Free Comic Book Day on Saturday, May 5, 2018

My Hero Academia / RWBY

Cover artwork of the My Hero Academia / RWBY comic for Free Comic Book Day 2018.

If you haven’t heard, the first Saturday in May is Free Comic Book Day. On Saturday, May 5th, 2018, head on over to your favourite local comic store and pick up a couple of select titles for your enjoyment.

This year, there are a handful of manga available along AvengersOverwatchDC SuperHero Girls, and the Adventure Time, including:

  • Pokémon Sun & Moon / Pokémon Horizon: Sun & Moon by Tenya Yabuno, Hidenori Kusaka and Satoshi Yamamoto from Viz Media
  • Ghost in the Shell Global Neural Network by Max Gladstone, and David Lopez from Kodansha
  • Street Fighter II Ultra by Ken Siu-Chong, and Hanzo Steinbach from Udon Entertainment
  • My Hero Academia / RWBY from Kouhei Horikoshi, and Shirow Miwa from Viz Media

For a complete list of available titles, free previews and participating store locations, check out the Free Comic Book Day web site.

Source: Free Comic Book Day

Uniqlo to release t-shirt collaboration with Weekly Shonen Jump

As part of Weekly Shonen Jump’s 50th anniversary, Japanese clothing giant Uniqlo has unveiled a line up of t-shirts to celebrate this milestone.

Tops will feature artwork from popular manga including Naruto, Bleach, One Piece, Dragon Ball, Haikyuu!!Gintama, and Hunter x Hunter.

UT X Jump 50th

Coming Soon: In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Weekly Shonen Jump, wear your favourite manga characters with the all new UT x Jump 50th Graphic T-shirt collection! #UT2018 #WearYourWorld

Posted by Uniqlo Canada on Friday, April 6, 2018

These shirts are expected to go on sale later this month.

Uniqlo has in the past run campaigns with Weekly Shonen Jump manga, including Naruto, One Piece and Dragon Ball.

Source: Uniqlo

Sakura Days Japan Fair 2018 Photos

While the forecast called for rain, it held off long enough on Saturday for the annual Sakura Days Japan Fair in the lush VanDusen Botanical Gardens. Though many trees have already shed their blossoms, there were a few still in bloom to celebrate this springtime tradition.

Here’s a selection of pictures taken Saturday afternoon, complete with live calligraphy, hand-made samurai armour, blacksmithing and more!


Sakura Days Japan Fair continues Sunday from 11:00 am thru 5:00 pm; so there’s still time to grab some gyoza and watch the samurai performances.

Welcome spring with Sakura Days Japan Fair 2018

The smell of yakitori (chicken skewers) is enough to bring anyone to Sakura Days!

Start spring off right with a day at the Sakura Days Japan Festival. Located in the beautiful VanDusen Botanical Gardens, this two-day event celebrates everything Japanese in a fun festival atmosphere.

Spend the weekend with Japanese culture through live performances, music, food, arts, demonstrations and crafts and more under the budding pastel sakura — the Japanese cherry blossom. The gardens host this fair between 11:00 am PDT to 7:00 pm PDT on Saturday, April 14th and 11:00 am PDT to 5:00 pm PDT on Sunday, April 15th, 2018.

As the festival takes place in the outdoors, bring appropriate attire as it may be raining or the fields might have mud. Parking is limited, so save the hassle and take transit (either the #17 bus, or walk from the Oakridge-41st Avenue Canada Line Station west along 41st Avenue, and then north along Oak Street) to reach VanDusen Botanical Gardens (about a 15-20 minute stroll).

Paid admission is required for entry; tickets are available for purchase online.

Sedin twins to retire from NHL at end of 2017-18 season

Henrik Sedin

Henrik Sedin during pre-game skate at Rogers Arena.

It came as a shock to hockey fans in Vancouver on Monday when both Henrik and Daniel Sedin revealed that the 2017-18 NHL season would be their last.

The Sedins, twin brothers from Ornskoldsvik, Sweden, have played with the Vancouver Canucks ever since they were drafted by the team in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft; a career spanning 17 seasons.

Henrik and Daniel have racked up some impressive stats with the Canucks, boasting over 1,000 points. Henrik leads in games played, assists, and power play points, where Daniel leads in scoring and is second in games played, assists and power play points.

While their on-ice presence was legendary, it was their off-ice work in the community that cemented their reputations. Their philanthropic work around Vancouver earned them respect and admiration from locals and visitors alike. Never ones to boast, the Sedins were humble about their goodwill.

The Canucks host their last home game of the season on Thursday, April 5th, 2018 against the visiting Arizona Coyotes. It’s also the last time the twins play in Rogers Arena. Their final game is in Edmonton against the Oilers on Saturday, April 7th, 2018

Source: Vancouver Canucks

Photos from Sakura-Con 2018

With another Sakura-Con come and gone, it’s time to reminisce over the fun and awesome costumes that descend upon the Washington State Convention Center in the heart of Seattle. For three days, it was a whirlwind of heroes, villains and even some cute dogs wandering the event.

Couldn’t make it? Check out the photos on Gallery.


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