At this month's Anime Expo and San Diego Comic Con, Tokyopop's Stu Levy sketched out the manga boom fixture's plans to get back into North American publishing, highlighted by the suggestion that they'll be working on Disney properties. While there is reportedly nothing finalized and no contracts signed, silhouettes of Star Wars and Frozen suggested that titles like those will be part of their plans to return from the 2011 shutdown of regional print operations.
Leading into summer conventions it looked likely that manga publisher Tokyopop was preparing to stage a comeback, and we got some of the official details during its Anime Expo 2015 panel. The company plans to jump back into manga publishing in 2016, and will also be publishing art books, collectors editions, and possibly light novels. Read on for more.
Summer convention season is about to shift into full gear and it looks like attendees of the major events will see something from North American manga boom mainstay Tokyopop. More after the jump.
Tokyopop is no stranger to crowdfunding campaigns and this latest one might appeal to some of you. The multimedia publisher has recently launched an IndieGoGo campaign for one of its original properties in Riding Shotgun, which was previously a graphic novel and is now an animated short hosted by Mondo Media on its YouTube channel. Hit the jump for the details.
With 50 hours to go, a Kickstarter crowd funding campaign for a new Chromatic Press print edition of Jen Lee Quick's former Tokyopop OEL manga Off*Beat is $1,000 over its $7,000 goal. The newly founded Chromatic Press aims to release new editions of volumes 1 and 2, along with bonus material and ebook versions of the books, and will be serializing Volume 3 in its upcoming digital magazine Sparkler Monthly. More after the jump.
While manga publisher and former anime distributor Tokyopop closed its LA office in 2011, the enterprise was never entirely shuttered. In the intervening years, they've made some waves with print on demand offerings of titles like Hetalia. And, now, they've relaunched their website, with a pretty qualified plan for reentry into the book business. Get the details after the jump.
After months of anticipation, it seems that Tokyopop's endless Facebook polling for the third Hetalia Axis Powers manga volume was successful, as a new deal has been struck with online retailer RightStuf International to distribute the series. Hit the jump for all of the details.
At Anime Boston, Vertical Inc. added a big title of the "Josei phase of manga evolution!!" New omnibus collections of Ai Yazawa's Paradise Kiss are planned for a fall release. More after the jump.
Deb Aoki joins Sean Russell to review volume 1 of both Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon and Codename Sailor V from Kodansha Comics. Hear the review, rumors and some interesting facts about this recent release after the jump.
Despite closing its publishing doors on May 31, Tokyopop has remained active in some ways on Facebook, leading some to wonder just what's next for the company. The unexpected answer: GeekChicDaily is launching TOKYOPOP as an otaku and Asian pop-culture newsletter. More after the jump.
In a follow-up to Friday's Facebook post to gauge fan interest in a release of a third volume of historical politics comedy Hetalia, Tokyopop founder and CEO Stu Levy has posted a clarification about the potential release and its implications for releases from the company that shut down manga publication in May.
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When Tokyopop announced that it was folding its manga publishing operations, founder Stu Levy announced his intention to spend his time producing a documentary about Japan's March 11th earthquake and the subsequent recovery effort. Now, he's launched a Kickstarter fundraiser to support the project. More after the jump.
Tokyopop has used their Facebook page to explain the fate of manga licenses following the shutdown of their publishing division.