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