Voting for Tokyopop's Rising Stars of Manga UK and Ireland 3, People's Choice Award is now open to the public. Voting will end at 6pm PST November 30, 2007, and the results will be announced in the first week of December.

Via: MangaBlog

From ANN comes an interview with Takehiko Inoue (creator of Slam Dunk and Vagabond), who appeared during a special in-store event at the new Kinokuniya Bookstore in New York City to paint a special mural.

Also, in the latest issue of PWCW, MangaBlog's Brigid Alverson talks with Tokyopop's Lillian Diaz-Przybyl about the titles that TP picked up from ADV Manga.

From Manga Jouhou comes an interview with Hope Donovan, editor of Tokyopop's Rising Stars of Manga competition:

We asked her a ton of questions, and thankfully, instead of putting us on her spam list, she was nice enough to answer them all. The interview focused primarily on the state of the industry and what it takes to go from ambitious young writer / artist to published manga-ka.

Japan's Hottest Shojo Manga Series Since Fruits Basket Hits U.S. Stores December 2007

Los Angeles, CA (November 2007)―TOKYOPOP, the leader of the global manga revolution, is thrilled to announce the release of Japan's hugely popular shojo manga series, Gakuen Alice. From the same Japanese publisher that originally released TOKYOPOP’s best-selling manga juggernaut Fruits Basket, Gakuen Alice, created by Tachibana Higuchi, has sold more than three million units in Japan alone. Now, for the first time ever, TOKYOPOP brings U.S. audiences the irresistible and adorable story of the magical adventures of Mikan and her "Alice" at the Alice Academy.

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Tokyopop is currently looking for a new Online Business Development Director:

TOKYOPOP has an exciting opportunity for a business development guru in the new media/interactive space. We are looking for an experienced professional to lead, sell, develop, and exploit the company's various opportunities from online, magazine, publishing, sponsorship and retail partnership opportunities. Our ideal candidate thrives in new media yet has the experience to push the boundaries in the more traditional publishing space. Prior experience and contacts in a similar industry is extremely helpful. Should have a strong interest and understanding of this fast changing teen/tween marketplace.

Via: Icarus Blog

ANN reports that staffs from Tokyopop and Viz Media will be leading manga-related seminars during the "Manga Festival" taking place at the Akihabara Enta Festival:

For the international market symposium, Tokyopop CEO Stuart Levy is scheduled to lead a seminar on the manga market in the United States, while members from the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) will present on other foreign markets.

A preview of Dany&Dany's latest graphic novel, The Lily and the Rose, has been made available by Yaoi Press on Tokyopop's website.

Via: MangaBlog

In the latest issue of PWCW, Brigid interviews Tokyopop Editor-in-Chief Rob Tokar, who talks about Tokyopop's plans to release an omnibus Battle Royale Ultimate Edition this October.

According to this LiveJournal entry, Tokyopop manga editor Lillian Diaz-Przybyl has been promoted to a senior editor.

Also, Tokyopop is looking for new marketing coordinator, copy editor, and junior editor, while Go! Comi is looking for a new art director.

Source: ANN and MangaBlog

Original Graphic Novel Based on The Dark Crystal scheduled for Holiday 2007 Release

Los Angeles, CA (September, 2007) – TOKYOPOP, the #1 publisher of manga in the U.S. and The Jim Henson Company, the worldwide leader in puppetry, animatronics, and family entertainment for more than half a century, are thrilled to announce Legends of The Dark Crystal: The Garthim Wars, the all-new manga prequel to The Dark Crystal, Henson's classic tale of good vs. evil. Written by Barbara Randall Kesel (Meridian), with illustrations by Heidi Arnhold & Max Kim and a special cover painted by Jae-Hwan Kim (Warcraft, War Angels, King of Hell), Legends of The Dark Crystal: The Garthim Wars provides a unique opportunity to further explore this unparalleled world, manga-style!

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