It’s really hard for DC and Marvel to break 70K without some kind of stunt. Enter: Kirkman.
There’s definitely a flurry of activity over at TokyoPop and they’re playing The Mouse Card. Headlining this are a couple of Nightmare Before Christmas projects, first a manga adaption due out in September by Jun Asuka. Then an actual sequel to the film. Per the Hollywood Reporter: Manga publisher Tokyopop has secured a license for the […]
A few more notes on things we’re seeing from orbit on monitor duty in The Beat’s Watchtower: The may have cancelled the Walking Dead panel, but we’ve got some art for the two TV versions… The 2016 “Answer the Call” crew Ghostbusters get a 5 issue miniseries called Ghostbusters: Answer the Call (you guessed the titled, […]
This is an old link, but Robort Boyd has posted a slideshow he delivered on Comixploitation! that rounds up some of the more egregious examples of horrible artistic rip-offs in comics over the years, from Siegel and Shuster and Jack Kirby on to modern day matters: So what’s it like for a comics freelancer today? […]
Founded in 1997, TokyoPop was one of the most influential publishers of the Aughts, driving the manga boom in the US as the first publisher to print manga in its original right-to-left format, a move that helped cement its authenticity among young readers. Later on their “original English language manga” line developed an entire generation of young creators working in a manga style, including Becky Cloonan and Amy Reeder Hadley. But it all came to an end in 2011 when the company shut down except for the German office. Owner and founder Stuart Levy went on to make a documentary about the Tohoku earthquake, even amidst continuing controversy about the reversion of rights to creators However there have been flickers of life since then, with some new digital publishing, licensing OEL books like King City to Image, and a TokyoPop-branded newsletter that was part of Nerdist’s adventures in that area.
Since TokyoPop never went bankrupt, it’s entirely possible that Levy can bring it back, as promised on the company’s about page:
[When visiting the German-language sites below, I suggest using Google Chrome, or another web browser which allows for easy translation of German. And if you read only one thing from this post, it should be this.] Guten Tag! Germany… it’s a bit of a conundrum in Continental comics. Smack dab in the middle of Europe, […]
Titan has socialed up the above image and some information:
We’ve been covering the sometimes glorious, sometimes ignominious history of Tokyopop for as long as there has been a Beat. Although its biggest legacy is as a manga innovator, its most notorious is the string of unfinished OEL—”original English Language”—series it left behind. An ambitious publishing program that put out dozens of new books by […]
With Toykopop hovering somewhere between somethingness and nothingness, one thing is certain: owner Stu Levy will never give the creators back their books as long as he might be able to leverage them in Hollywood. Fair enough; he paid the money and the creators signed those bad contracts. In case you came in late, back […]