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, […]
Free Comic Book Day 2017 Silver Sponsor Comics (W) Gabe Soria (A/CA) Warren Pleece A prequel of sorts to Murder Ballads, Z2 Comics’ biggest release of 2017! This book tells the story of Franklin Bonisteel, the legendary record prodcuer, and his misadventures in Los Angeles. Included will be an original song by Dan Auerbach of […]
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, […]