VIZ MEDIA TO RELEASE ART FOR HOPE DIGITAL ART ANTHOLOGY IN DECEMBER

Innovative Art Book Created In Partnership With Autodesk To Benefit Japanese Disaster Recovery; Exhibit Of Artwork Also Takes Place In Las Vegas At Autodesk University

VIZ Media has announced the upcoming debut of ART FOR HOPE, a limited edition digital art book anthology created in partnership with Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) to benefit Architecture for Humanity. The anthology will be available for a limited time, from December 1, 2011 to May 31, 2012, for $4.99 through VIZManga.com and the VIZ Manga App for iPad®, iPhone® and iPod® touch. 100% of VIZ Media’s net proceeds will support Architecture for Humanity’s ongoing disaster reconstruction efforts in Japan. To learn more about these rebuilding projects, please visit: www.ArchitectureForHumanity.org.

Each of the 40 artists participating in the ART FOR HOPE anthology used Autodesk® SketchBook® digital paint and drawing software applications in some way to create original pieces for the anthology. The artists, both professional and amateur, hail from around the world and from diverse fields, and range in style from the realistic to the fantastic, each illustrating the theme of “Hope.” Notable contributors include Eisner Award and Harvey Award winner Rob Guillory, Harvey Award winner Lark Pien, muralist Sirron Norris, and MAMESHIBA artists Jorge Monlongo and Gemma Correll.

Selections from ART FOR HOPE will also be exhibited at the Autodesk annual user conference, Autodesk University, taking place at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, NV from November 29th to December 1st. Access to the exhibit is free to the public within the Creative Studio a unique hands-on space to celebrate the creative spirit and showcasing a variety of Autodesk software and products. More information on the exhibit and conference is available at: http://www.sketchbooknews.com/news/creative-studio-art-exhibit.html.

VIZ Media and Autodesk are very proud of and grateful to the following artists for their contributions to the ART FOR HOPE digital art anthology:

Janet Alvarado                                 Don’t Lose Hope

Asuka 111 (Patipat Asavasena)                  Hope

Azure                                              Untitled

Greg Baldwin of CreatureBox            Sheltered

Alan Bay                                         A Little Piece of Hope

Drew Blom                                      Calvin Hedge and the Iron Golem

Steve Boura                                             Bright Future

Carsten Bradley                               A Wish for You

Matthew Britton                                Regrowth

Veronica Casson                              The Guest Room

Geikou Chen                                             Rainbow Bridge to Tomorrow

Gemma Correll                                Pierre, le Chat Français

Kalii Delarosa                                  The Rainbow in the Rain

Conrado Hernan Villa Gil                   Untitled

Dave Guertin                                   First Flight

Rob Guillory                                     Hope

Rodolpho Langhi                               A New Sunrise

C. Lijewski                                       Light Side of Dark

Chris Lui                                          Birds of a Feather

Holly Mongi                                      Good Morning, Friend

Jorge Monlongo                                The Sprout and the Bean

Brian Muelhaupt                               Ojizo-sama

Shaun Mullen                                   Kodama (Tree Spirits)

Susan Murtaugh                               Enduring Beauty

Ray N.                                             Deliverance

Joe Ng                                             Rise Above the Storm

Sirron Norris                                             Kibou

Jacques Pena                                   Love

Luis Peso                                         Gathering Hope

Lark Pien                                         Wishes, Dreams

Kyle Runciman                                 Ready to Roll

Francesco Salvati                             DEAR HOPE

Janet Shaw                                      The Hope of Japan

Brad Silverman                                Dancing Dragon

Joseph Strachan                               Flight of the Phoenix

James Turner                                   Never Give Up

Colie Wertz                                      Sea Turtle

Pinar Yalcin                                      Beam of Light

John Yandall                                             One Little Sign

Jim Zub                                           Seed Starter

 

For more information on the ART FOR HOPE project, please visit www.VIZ.com/artforhope.

For more information on VIZ Media digital initiatives, please visit VIZManga.com or www.VIZ.com/apps/.