This week, Ben's too busy being someone else's Valvrave therapist to join us (traitor!), so Brittany Vincent jumps into to the fray. Then the two of us have fun discussing everything that's wrong with the conclusion of D... | subscribe
Right Stuf has partnered with manga publisher Tokyopop to bring us the third volume of the NY Times Best Selling series Hetalia Axis Powers in English for the first time ever. The first print-run is scheduled for release in l...
It was a sad day when Tokyopop's LA office closed its doors earlier this year, bringing an end to one of the major publishers of manga in the US. We've seen little from the company since then, barring an editorial newspa...
Senior Vice President of Tokyopop, Mike Kiley, has announced that Tokyopop will close their Los Angeles office, effectively shutting down North American publishing on May 31. However, the company's film production will contin...
Yes, it'll happen. All you lesser otaku will know who reigns above all in America, as TokyoPOP airs its upcoming documentary series America's Greatest Otaku in just a few short weeks, on February 24th.
You should be able to check out the show on Hulu and on the homepage. It should be known that they'll be running daily contests from which winners can net hot anime and manga goods. Check this page for more details.
Who do you think will be America's greatest otaku? Did you join in the search?
As part of our Ero Week, one of the things I wanted to understand was yaoi. I understand the principles of its attractiveness to female readers and all that, but just how it sells, and how it finds its space in store shelves. So, I turned to an expert: Lillian Diaz-Przybyl, a senior editor at Tokyopop who is also their yaoi connoisseur.
Tokyopop and its BLU label is one of the major publishers of yaoi and shonen-ai, starting off in 2005 with Fake and Gravitation as its own "independent" label, eventually revealed to be a part of the Tokyopop brand -- at which point, they decided to admit it and pull the brand in-house.
So follow me after the jump as Lillian and I chat about how to make it in this boy-on-boy world.
Tokyopop is being awfully generous with you folks: every Wednesday, they're releasing a new chapter of Hetalia for people to enjoy on the ComiXology iOS app as a lead-up to the second volume's release in December. You'll be a...
Digital Manga is pairing up with TOKYOPOP in order to bring tweleve new titles from TOKYOPOP's BLU Manga yaoi imprint to eManga's online collection. BLU Manga yaoi will be available for purchase on eManga's Website, whi...
A title with "Hetalia" and the phrase "simultaneous release" in the title? That's right, I know exactly what Japanator readers want.In all seriousness, Hetalia fans are going to have a lot of choices this ...
Currently out of work, or just hate your job to death? Well, here's a chance for some of you with work experience: Tokyopop is currently looking to hire for a Book Distribution Coordinator and Manga Line Editorial Coordinator...
Tokyopop's search for America's Greatest Otaku is coming to a close. The manga publisher had announced in May that the search would continue until August. Now, about 30 finalists will be featured on the "America's Greatest Otaku" reality TV show.
However, how will they choose who the lucky winner will be? Judging by the finalists' video submissions, it's clear that being America's Greatest Otaku means different things to different people. To one otaku it might mean participation in clubs, to another it could mean learning Japanese, and to a third it might be all about having the largest collection of all things moe.
To investigate further, I spoke to Chris Wanamaker and Ryan Tumaliuan, two finalists that each represent a very different side of Otakudom.
West coast publisher TokyoPop, has paired with Zinio in order to offer manga available for download on Macs or PCs, as well as the iPad (I wonder if the iPod Touch is compatible as well). Singular downloads will be offered for $5.99 while multi-volume editions will cost $7.99.
So far, there's already a list of combined TokyoPop/Zinio titles available for digital release, including:
The Tarot Cafe
Jim Henson's Return to Labyrinth
Van Von Hunter
The complete list only has eight titles currently, but TokyoPop/Zinio promise more to come. For those who are less familiar with Zinio, the company has worked with Arcana to publish The Clockwork Girl as well as working with Digital Manga Publishing to publish Vampire Hunter D, among other accomplishments.
It seems that while Zinio tiles run smoothly and look good on PC and such, they're presented in a western format, left-to-right. While this works for the Korean and English based manga that the current digital lineup consists of, it may become a problem when more Japanese titles are introduced.
So I've gotten two stories in two days about manga publishers going digital. Is it inevitable? Will physical manga become a collector's relic, much like vinyl is today--there's certainly a market for it, but it's not on the cutting edge of technology. What do you think of TokyoPop and Zinio joining forces?
Look guys, I know the Japanese connotations associated with the word "otaku". They're quite negative, referring to the worst sorts of socially maladjusted nerds. No one wants to be called an otaku in Japan.
But hey, for better or worse, English-speakers have co-opted the word to identify any sort of anime/manga/Japan fan. Now otaku are a subtype of any given nerd category, like "gamers" or "trekker". It's harmless, beyond, of course, the stigma of being a nerdto begin with.
Thusly, one need not be offended when seeking to answer TokyoPOP's quest to find America's greatest otaku. If you wish to be one above all other weeaboo nerds, keep your eye on the TokyoPOP Tour, a traveling roadshow set to visit a bunch of cities and anime conventions all across the union.
The winners will be selected by another group of winners: The Otaku Six, a group of college-age chosen-ones hand-picked from hundreds of thousands of candidates worldwide.
Any Japanatorians willing to vie for the crown? Visit this site and find out how to join up.
Otherwise, check out the press release below to see which cities and conventions the tour will be passing through. The journey will begin in L.A. at Anime Expo.