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This is a list of manga samplers published by
VIZ Media which feature Pokémon manga in them.
The Electric Tale of Pikachu
The Electric Tale of Pikachu Special Signature Edition Main article: The Electric Tale of Pikachu Special Signature Edition Red Version
VIZ Media published two special sampler editions of
The Electric Tale of Pikachu which were each released with a Pokémon Video Suitcase. The two volumes, red and blue, collect the first four chapters of the manga.
VIZ Video samplers
When episodes of the
Pokémon anime were first released on home video by VIZ Media, some videos included samplers of the manga series The Electric Tale of Pikachu. The first of these samplers, released with the first video in the set, I Choose You! Pikachu!, was actually released prior to the first monthly issue of The Electric Tale of Pikachu and thus was a sneak peek at the manga before its release and therefore the first appearance of any Pokémon manga to English-speaking audiences. Samplers from the first two volumes, The Electric Tale of Pikachu! and Pikachu Shocks Back! are known to exist. The samplers do not include full versions of each chapter, rather, they are cut off part way through.
San Diego Comic Con 2011 sampler
A VIZ Media manga sampler was included in a
swag bag at the 2011 San Diego Comic Con. The bag itself featured several manga characters from VIZ Media's series, including Pika. The book includes sample chapters of several VIZ Media licenses, including The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Mameshiba, and two different arcs of the Pokémon Adventures manga: Pokémon: Black and White (based on the magazine version of the ) and Pokémon Adventures: Diamond and Pearl/Platinum (the Black & White chapter ). The rounds featured are Diamond & Pearl chapter and Choices .
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Cover artwork for the 2011 sampler, featuring characters from Pokémon Adventures
Free Comic Book Day 2015
Free Comic Book Day 2015, VIZ Media released a sampler featuring the Pokémon Adventures manga. Unlike previous samplers, this features Pokémon Adventures only and no other licenses. This sampler contains the round from the An X-cuse to Come Out and Play , X & Y chapter from the Swanky Showdown with Swalot and Emerald chapter from the Choices . None of the three rounds are completely included in the sampler, each one is cut off part way through.
Black & White chapter
Cover artwork for the 2015 sampler, featuring characters from the
X & Y chapter
Pokémon Pocket Comics: Black & White
Free Comic Book Day 2013
VIZ Media published a sampler in conjunction with
Free Comic Book Day in May 2013. The main feature of the sampler was Uglydoll Comics, a series which was forthcoming at the time of publication. Also included were Hello Kitty, Mameshiba and a sample of Pokémon Pocket Comics: Black & White before it was released.
Movie manga adaptations
Movie 14 sampler
appeared in Pokémon the Movie: White—Victini and Zekrom United States cinemas on December 3 and 4, 2011, attendees were given the opportunity to obtain a swag bag of promotional items. Included with this promotional set was a sampler of the Pokémon: Black and White manga, containing part of the second round of the chapter. As this sampler originated from VIZ Media's initial publication of the series, it is based on the magazine version.
All That Pikachu! sampler
A sampler of the
All That Pikachu! graphic novel was included with the DVD release of . It included portions of both stories which appeared in the graphic novel - Lucario and the Mystery of Mew Pikachu's Vacation and Pikachu's Rescue Adventure.
Cover of the All That Pikachu! sampler