Kickstarter for Former Tokyopop OEL Manga Surpasses Goal

Crowdfunding for new printing of Jen Lee Quick's "Off*Beat" tops $7,000 goal

With 50 hours to go, a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign for a new Chromatic Press print edition of Jen Lee Quick's former Tokyopop Original English Language manga Off*Beat is $1,000 over its $7,000 goal and working towards its first stretch benchmark. 

 

 

As the Kickstarter page explains:

Since discovering Jen Lee Quick’s work in the pages of I.C. Entertainment’s AmeriManga Magazine in 2002, the editors of Chromatic Press have been insatiable fans for...jeez, over a decade now. When Jen launched her coming-of-age comic Off*Beat with TOKYOPOP in 2005, and was eventually paired with editor Lillian Diaz-Przybyl, it was a perfect marriage of business and intense fangirl enthusiasm. But after the publication of Volume 2, TOKYOPOP closed the doors of its English-language publishing house andOff*Beat was left unfinished and in publishing limbo, causing intense fangirl tears. The best chance for Off*Beat to come to its proper conclusion was if a new publishing company bought TOKYOPOP’s rights to Off*Beat and hired Jen to complete the series. Unfortunately, that publisher didn’t seem to exist.

 

So we started our own publishing house--both to help Jen thrive and to publish work by the many independent creators who move us. And we chose Off*Beat to be our first shining star.

 

The newly founded Chromatic Press is releasing new editions of Off*Beat Volumes 1 and 2--including special bonus material and ebook versions of the books for the first time ever--and will be serializing Volume 3 in its upcoming digital magazine Sparkler Monthly. Lillian Diaz-Przybyl is one of the founders of Chromatic Press and chief editor of comics; she'll be back editing Off*Beat right from where she and Jen left off at TOKYOPOP. Volume 3 and Sparkler will begin this summer, and the grande finale of Off*Beat will eventually be released in ebook and print book versions as well.


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Are there other Tokyopop OEL titles that you'd like to see revived this way?

 

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Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.

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