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Pop Culture Classroom Teams with Mega Manga Publisher VIZ Media for Summer Book Clubs

  • Colorado nonprofit partners with #1 U.S. manga publisher for #GotManga Summer Book Clubs to unlock educational potential in Japanese-style comics
  • Resources engage kids through popular manga titles like Beastars, Naruto, and My Hero Academia

Beastars Free Reading Guide(Denver, July 6) — Pop Culture Classroom, the Colorado-based education and community nonprofit behind Denver Pop Culture Con (formerly Denver Comic Con), today released its latest collaboration with the mega manga publisher VIZ Media: a free teaching guide to accompany the popular manga (and Netflix anime) Beastars.

“We’re thrilled to be working with VIZ Media on their #GotManga Summer Book Clubs,” said Adam Kullberg, Education Director and Interim Executive Director at Pop Culture Classroom.

The Beastars guide is the third manga-focused teaching guide produced by Pop Culture Classroom for VIZ Media. Previously, the nonprofit created resources to accompany My Hero Academia and Komi Can’t Communicate — two other popular manga series — as part of VIZ Media’s #GotManga Summer Book Clubs.

VIZ Media’s #GotManga Summer Book Club offers manga reading guides and materials for readers (and educators and parents) to start their own manga club and connect with other manga fans.

“The kids we serve love manga titles like Beastars and My Hero Academia. As educators and creators, we love that manga — like comics in the U.S. and Europe — can improve literacy and inspire imagination and creativity,” added Kullberg.

The Beastars guide, along with videos and previous manga-focused educational resources, are available for free download online at https://classroom.popcultureclassroom.org/resources/viz-media-manga-reading-guides/.

The #GotManga summer reading campaign will continue in the weeks ahead. Upcoming reading guides created in partnership between Viz Media and Pop Culture Classroom include:

• RWBY The Official Manga (coming soon)
• Junji Ito (UZUMAKI) (coming soon)
• Naruto (coming soon)

Media Contact: Christopher Burley, c.burley[at]popcultureclassroom.com

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About Pop Culture Classroom
Pop Culture Classroom is the educational non-profit behind Denver Pop Culture Con. Founded in 2011, the organization’s mission is to ignite a love of learning, increase literacy, celebrate diversity and build community through the tools of popular culture and the power of self-expression. For more information on Pop Culture Classroom, visit popcultureclassroom.com.

About VIZ Media
An international authority on manga for more than three decades, VIZ Media is leading the way in what’s now, new and next. Reaching one in four millennials and half of all GenZ manga readers, VIZ is at the forefront of America’s Japanese pop-culture phenomenon, which today dominates multiple industries from publishing and animation to film and gaming. VIZ is proud to be the #1 destination for manga in America and home to some of the most prestigious anime brands driving the industry. Combined with a market share footprint larger than household names collectively, VIZ has pivoted from a localization company to a market leading pop culture publisher and producer. To learn more about VIZ Media, visit their website at viz.com.

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