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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 Red Version
- Main article: The Electric Tale of Pikachu Special Signature Edition Red Version
VIZ Media published a special sampler edition of The Electric Tale of Pikachu which was included with the Pokémon Video Suitcase. This volume contains the first two 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
Cover artwork for the 2011 sampler, featuring characters from Pokémon Adventures
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 Black & White chapter) and Pokémon Adventures: Diamond and Pearl/Platinum (the Diamond & Pearl chapter). The rounds featured are Choices and A Conk on Cranidos's Cranium.
Movie 14 sampler
When Pokémon the Movie: White—Victini and Zekrom appeared in 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.
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.
All That Pikachu! sampler
Cover of the All That Pikachu! sampler
A sampler of the All That Pikachu! graphic novel was included with the DVD release of Lucario and the Mystery of Mew. It included portions of both stories which appeared in the graphic novel - Pikachu's Vacation and Pikachu's Rescue Adventure.