Tokyopop joins Hulu

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Have you ever wanted to see the seldom-screened VAN VON HUNTER movie? Soon you can watch it and other Toykopop-produced material such as their Manga Motion comics on their new Hulu site. Currently showing, Spring and Chaos (Kenji no Haru) is the animated biography of poet Kenji Miyazawa.

Tokyopop teams with Zinio for digital

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Another digital comics deal, as Toykopop has signed with digital newsstand Zinio to sell a selection of their GNs. The line-up includes mostly OEL, such as Earthlight, The Dreaming and Van Von Hunter, and manhwa — The Tarot Cafe — although a few manga titles will be available soon. Books will sell for $5.99, cheaper than the print version but more than a comic book.

Zinio is a virtual newsstand which sells proprietary downloads for Macs and PCs. According to Caleb Goellner, they use flash, which might be problematic for Apple devices.

A cat that cooks ramen, and a boy and his gorilla

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A couple of publishing announcements that caught our eye the other day. • Tokyopop will publish Kenji Sonishi’s NekoRamen. a manga about a cat who cooks ramen. SOLD. Via Johanna, who has a rundown of the busy marketing campaign, which includes weekly online comics. • Slave Labor has announced CAPTAIN LONG EARS, the debut graphic […]

Tokyopop update

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Tokyopop held their scheduled webinar on Wednesday and Deb Aoki has a thorough recap, including some old favorite books coming back, but others not coming back, and more .hack and so on. There was some talk of manhwa and classic manga: Prospects for reviving dormant Korean manhwa titles look dim now, but possibly the only […]

Manga dance: Tokyopop loses Kodansha license, Del Rey gets distro, OEL in limbo

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Likely top news if not for that other story yesterday, Brigid Alverson dropped the bombshell that manga giant Kodansha is letting its licenses with Tokyopop expire. It’s a huge story and as good a chance as any to look at a whole host of recent Tokyopop developments. Brigid has TPop’s statement: The Japanese publisher Kodansha, […]

Publishing News: TokyoPop, Shutterbox, O, Hex, Lobo, etc etc

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A LOT of publishing news out there we haven’t had a chance to collate due to San DIego Madness™, so let’s get going: § Rich Johnston reports that international licensing manager Francine Burke has left DC. Burke is a longtime publishing guru who also worked at Marvel, and some smart company is sure to snap […]

More on KING CITY's move

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Over at CBR, the stupendously talented Brandon Graham (see above) talks more about how KING CITY went from purgatory at Tokyopop to publishing at Image: Graham released “King City” Vol. 1 in 2007 through American manga publisher TOKYOPOP, and gained an Eisner nomination for Best Writer/Artist – Humor in 2008. The company planned to follow […]

Business briefs

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A few quick notes on notables things: § BOOM! has announced that its line of kids comics will be carried at Disney’s Soda Fountain Studio Store on Hollywood Blvd. BOOM!’s kids line includes books based on the Muppets and Pixar properties. We can’t attest to what the intervening 10 years have meant, but back when […]

Business news briefs

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• ECCC news: The initial launch of the BOOM!/Fox Atomic partnership will be an ongoing 28 DAYS LATER comic: Initial launch story will be firmly based in 28 DAYS LATER continuity with the first arc focusing on Selena. Bridging the gap between 28 DAYS LATER and 28 WEEKS LATER, a few key questions will be […]

Studio coffee run: PRIEST, Wonder Woman

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§ The adaptation of PRIEST, the supernatural manhwa by Min-Woo Hyung, is on again, with Paul Bettany now cast as the lead. This movie has been brewing for a while — at one point dear, dear Gerard Butler was set to star, with junior hottie Steven Strait tagging along as the adorable sidekick. However, now […]

Uclick offers DRAMACON app for free

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Uclick and Tokyopop are releasing Svetlana Chmakova’s DRAMACON #1 as a free app on the App store. The book was originally released as a trilogy of manga volumes by Tokyopop. The story of adventure and romantic entanglements among manga convention-goers has been one of Tpop’s best selling original manga since it was released. “We’re making […]

Tokyopop titles postponed, NOT canceled

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Reports that Tokyopop had canceled a bunch of titles are not true, ICv2 reports. The titles were canceled at Diamond – leading to the reports — but are merely postponed, according to Toykopop. And ARIA #4 is a hit. it seems, with a new volume due later this year: The report on Comics Worth Reading […]

Tokyopop cancellations

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Johanna Draper Carlson notes that you can’t buy Kozue Amano’s ARIA #4 any more, even though it just came out in December. Aria Book 4 came out at the beginning of December. I had some credit with a mail-order retailer, so I asked them to send it to me, along with several other graphic novels, […]

More layoffs at Tokyopop

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Eight more staffers, including editor Bryce Coleman, were laid off from Tokyopop this week, as confirmed by marketing director Marco Pavia. The other staff cuts were from around the company. The move came in response to the bad economy. “It’s one of the worst selling periods in history,” Pavia said. “We’re trying to be responsive […]

Pavia updates Tokyopop

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ICV2 catches up with Tokyopop’s Associate Publisher, Marco Pavia, who updates their publishing plans. Part One: Just to be clear (I know there have been a lot of Internet rumors), we have not cancelled any series; we’ve really just adjusted the release pattern of certain series. This allows us to have a more narrowly focused […]

Manga news roundup; Tpop and Gentosha pact

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ComiPress has an exhaustive guide to all the manga-related SD doings. Simon Jones has a guide to the guide. Among the interesting tiddle taddle-bits: Although absent from the show, Tokyopop announced a deal with Japanese publisher Gentosha Global manga giants TOKYOPOP and Gentosha Comics have entered into a worldwide partnership to advance the cause of […]