Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Dark Horse Comics Announces "Hatsune Miku: Mikubon"
Features the favorite Vocaloids of Unofficial Hatsune Mix
MILWAUKIE, OR—She’s a global cybercelebrity and a cosplay favorite at conventions. It’s Hatsune Miku, the Vocaloid—the synthesizer superstar who’s singing your song! Dark Horse and Ontama are debuting a brand new volume of Miku’s story in Hatsune Miku: Mikubon!
Hatsune Miku and her friends Rin, Len, and Luka are not only back in manga…they’re back to school, enrolling at the St. Diva Academy for Vocaloids! They’re going to give it their best at St. Diva, as a wonderland of friendship, determination, and even love unfolds! But can they stay out of trouble, especially when the mad professor of the Hachune Miku Research Lab is nearby…?
Hatsune Miku: Mikubon is by Ontama, a duo combining the pen names of music producer Otomania and artist Tamago. In 2007, they created the original hit music video to use Miku, the leek-spinning “Ievan Polkka” (“Eva’s Polka”), with over 14 million views on YouTube to date. Ontama’s version of “Ievan Polkka” is currently being used as the background music in Jason Statham’s new commercial for the LG G5 phone!
Dark Horse Comics’ first omnibus manga of the musical adventures (and misadventures!) of Miku and her fellow Vocaloids Rin, Len, Luka, Unofficial Hatsune Mix, landed at #1 on the New York Times Manga Top 10 list and sold out of bookstores across the nation within the first month of release! Unofficial Hatsune Mix featured manga by KEI, Miku’s visual designer—now Dark Horse follows up with Hatsune Miku: Mikubon, featuring manga by Ontama, the pair who first helped to make Miku a worldwide star!
Over 170,000 music videos have been uploaded to YouTube using Miku as the singer. Miku has appeared in ads from Toyota USA, Domino’s, and on the Late Show with David Letterman.
Hatsune Miku: Mikubon is in stores October 5, 2016.
About Dark Horse
For 30 years, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, the company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent, such as Eric Powell, Mike Mignola, Geof Darrow, Brian Wood, Gail Simone, Stan Sakai, and Guillermo del Toro, and comics legends, such as Will Eisner, Milo Manara, Kazuo Koike, Neil Gaiman and Frank Miller, Dark Horse has developed its own successful properties, such as The Mask, Ghost, X and Barb Wire. Its successful line of comics, manga and products based on popular properties includes Dragon Age, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan, Tomb Raider, Halo, The Witcher, Serenity, Game of Thrones, and Avatar: The Last Airbender. Today Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic book publisher in the US and is recognized as one of the world’s leading entertainment publishers.