Tokyopop, describing themselves as a division of POP Media Holdings founded by filmmaker and entrepreneur Stu Levy, has announced plans to get back into North American publishing with a line of "family-friendly English-language Manga books by Disney." family-friendly English-language Manga books by Disney.
At last July'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. Now, there are concrete plans, with an adaptation of the 2010 live-action Alice in Wonderland listed in the Previews catalog by comic shop distributor Diamond.
Along with their manga releases, in the 00s Tokyopop brought a number of anime releases to North America such as GTO, Rave, Reign, Initial D and Brigadoon. In recent years, they've been sharing some anime on their YouTube channel, such as a 2014 post of Shoji Kawamori's feature inspired by works of beloved poet Kenji Miyazawa, Spring and Chaos. This weekend, they've added early Mamoru Oshii feature Angel's Egg.
The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Mike Ferris (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and Terminator 4: Salvation) has been hired to write a film adaptation of Juror 13, the graphic novel from TokyoPop by founder Stu Levy pen name DJ Milky and Makoto Nakatsuka. Levy will produce in association with China’s Artention Films. More after the jump.
Tokyopop's Stu Levy has talked to Publishers Weekly about the company's plans to get back into North American publishing business. In terms of manga, he reiterated what he said at Anime Expo, that they'd have to pursue "hidden gems" rather than big titles or incomplete series. He went to to introduce digital comics initiative, POP Comics. More after the jump.
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.