From Newsarama comes an interview with Tokyopop editor Tim Beedle, who talks about the company's exclusive deal with The Jim Henson Company to produce original graphic novels based on fantasy titles like Return to Labyrinth and Legends of The Dark Crystal.

Via: MangaBlog is reporting that Tokyopop will hold a series of promotional events from September 13 to October 6 in Southern California to promote its new Star Trek The Manga: "Kakan ni Shinkou".

Source: ANN

From ICv2 comes a 3 Part (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3) interview with Tokyopop's Mike Kiley, who talks about the manga market as well as what's next for Tokyopop.

The Associated Press has published an article looking at how publishers are beginning to experiment with releasing comics on mobile phones. The article takes a close look at uClick's GoComics service, as well Tokyopop, which provides most of GoComics' manga titles, and is planning to include animations, games, ring tones, wallpaper and other content to their mobile manga offering:

Stu Levy, chief executive officer of Los Angeles-based TokyoPop, one of the leading U.S. publishers of manga, said the domestic market is still way behind Japan. But he said he could see comics being released in the U.S. on mobile phones before coming out in print regularly in the next few years.

All New Manga Presents Original Side Story to Best-Selling Vampire Kisses Novels

Los Angeles, CA (August 21, 2007)???TOKYOPOP, the leader of the Global Manga Revolution and Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsChildren's Books, are pleased to announce the September 2007 release of Vampire Kisses: Blood Relatives, the first installment of a three-part manga series based on the wonderfully funny popular teen novels, Vampire Kisses.

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An exhibition featuring artworks submitted to Tokyopop's U.K. The Rising Stars of Manga competition will take place at the Museum of East Asian Art in Bath, England 21st August, 2007:

Reflecting the unique fusion of the traditional art of Japanese manga with Western characters, storylines and concepts, this exhibition uncovers a new range of beautiful and eye-catching illustrations from some of the UK's most talented emerging manga artists.

Source: ANN

Deutsche Mangaka reports that Tokyopop Germany has licensed a few new manga, as well as some old works:

  • Daemonenjunge Lain (Demonboy Lain) by Natalie Wormsbecher - December 2007
  • Tylsim by Reyhan Yildirim - March 2008
  • Stupid Story by Anna Hollmann - March 2008
  • Liberty - Raised out of Dirt by Nheira - December 2007
  • Yonen Buzz United (special volume) by Christina Plaka - December 2007

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA (August 2, 2007) -- The William Morris Agency (WMA) has signed TOKYOPOP, the #1 publisher of manga graphic novels in North America and largest supplier of manga entertainment in the world. WMA will represent TOKYOPOP's original intellectual property for film, television, digital, merchandising, and game development.

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Many new titles were announced by several publishers at Comic Con 2007:

Yen Press

  • Sundome (sex comedy) by Kazuto Okata
  • Kieli
  • Kaze no Hana by Mizta Ushio

According to Kurt Hassler, Yen Press will not censor any of their titles.

Seven Seas

  • Hayate Cross Blade (yuri) by Shizuru Hayashiya
  • Akatsuki-iro no Senpuku Majo (yuri) by Mera Hakamada
  • Girls Love (yuri light novel)
  • Girls Revolution (yuri light novel)

Also, according to this, Seven Seas' new yaoi line will be called "Bee Line."


  • LEADER'S HIGH by Shindo Arashi

Broccoli Books

  • Nui! by Natsumi Mukai

Last but not least, Check here and here for a big list of mostly non-Japanese titles from Tokyopop.

Some new announcements from manga publishers at Comic-Con International 2007:

  • Viz Media announced "Viz Big," a new line of manga that will pack 3 volumes worth of existing Viz titles into on single volume priced $17.99, complete with new covers and colored illustrations.
  • New manga licenses from Viz:
    - Vampire Juujikai (Fallen Vampire) by Kimura Yuri
    - Monkey High! by Akira Shouko
    - Death Note: Another Note (Novel) by Ishin Nishio (to be translated by Andrew Cunningham)
  • CMX presented its new title Zombie Fairy by Torii Daisuke, a result from their partnership with Flex Comix.
  • Tokyopop showed off a list of OEL titles that will be available on cell phones during their GoComics panel.
  • Udon Entertainment has announced its schedule at Comic Con.

For more news and reports available from the San Diego Comic-Con 2007 News Round Up.