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TokyoPop founder Stu Levy does AMA on Reddit

Buried in the midst of Reddit's Ask Me Anything section, TokyoPop founder Stu Levy popped in for two hours to answer questions from fans about the company, the industry, and manga in general. One of the more interesting questions (for me, a...


Hetalia Axis Powers Vol. 3 gets English release

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 late June, and r...


Tokyopop plans to return to manga publishing

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 newspaper about otaku...


Sad news: Tokyopop ceases North American publishing

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 continue, and Tokyopo...


Find out who America's Greatest Otaku is on Hulu

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.As you may remember, TokyoPOP conducted...


Interview: Tokyopop wants more sophisticated yaoi readers

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 t...


Pasta! Hetalia manga going weekly on ComiXology app

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 able to download...


Digital Manga Publishing and TOKYOPOP bring 12 new titles

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, which will stream ...


Hetalia is first simulataneous print/digital release

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 fall as to pick...


Looking for work? Tokyopop is hiring!

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. Sounds exciti...


What defines America's Greatest Otaku?

What makes a great otaku, actions or possessions?  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 ...


TokyoPop pairs up with Zinio for digital manga releases

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 offer...


Are you America's greatest otaku? TokyoPOP wants you

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 w...


Hetalia Heaven? TokyoPOP outs Hetalia Axis Powers manga

It's high time for geopolitical incorrectness, as with TokyoPOP's announcement of Hetalia: Axis Powers manga release, pretty much everything related to Hidekaz Himaruya's original national-pretty-boy-anthropomorphization comic is coming sta...


World Affairs: Hetalia Axis Powers manga listed by Amazon

It's a couple of days late to put up on our sister site Americanator, but it's never too late to celebrate...America, who is also a character in Hetalia, everyone's favorite pretty-boy-national-anthropomorphizing manga. And if Amazon.com's ...


College students, go on tour with TokyoPOP this summer

If you're in college and don't have anything better to do this summer, why not shack up with TokyoPOP?The company's holding a big ol' summer internship tour, and you might get the chance to go on the road with 'em.Check out this page to lea...


Required Reading; TokyoPop's talk on scanlations

Over the weekend, our good friend Deb Aoki put together a three piece set covering the latest TokyoPop Webinar where Stu Levy floated the idea of working together with scanlators to bring dead series to completion.Deb picked out choice quot...


Japanator Recommends: Culdcept

Do you hate Yu-Gi-Oh?I certainly do. Bad art, contrived story, cookie-cutter characters... those all get on my nerves. However, my biggest complaint involves suspension of disbelief. No matter how hard it tries, the series has never been ab...


Rumormill: Tokyopop to utilize fansubs?

Alright, now take this with a VERY HEAVY dose of salt: apparently at Tokyopop's latest webinar, they floated the idea of utilizing scanlations to finish up series that were on hiatus due to low sales. They didn't mention a specific group of...


Domo creator on live Tokyopop webcast...NOW!

Really! Domo (aka Domo-kun) creator Tsuneo Goda is appearing on the Tokyopop Insider webcast today, October 29th, at 4:30PM PDT (7PM EST). By the time this goes up, that's in ONE HOUR. If you live in Northridge, California, the man who made...


Americans have a lot of shelf space, says the New York Times

Well, they didn't say that, specifically, but from looking at this week's manga sales numbers, everyone's got room to spare.The week was dominated by long-running series, like Bleach, whose 28th volume debuted at first place, and the freaki...


Kodansha letting its licenses with Tokyopop expire

Just when things started looking like they'd turn around for Tokyopop...Word comes from MangaBlog that Kodansha is letting its licenses with Tokyopop expire, meaning that some of the biggest titles that helped Tokyopop get where it is today...


Japanator Recommends: Chain Mail

Would you like to create a fictional world?Those are the words that kick off the adventure for all the girls in Chain Mail by Hiroshi Ishizaki. A part of Tokyopop's Pop Fiction line, the story follows a group of teenagers as they create the...


Japanator Recommends: Sakura Taisen

 To the modern otaku, Sakura Taisen sounds almost laughably quaint. Its fighting teams fight for truth, justice, and the Glory of the Empire. Its heroes and heroines unabashedly  were heroic, villains comically malicious. Its cast...


Domo-kun is raiding your slurpee machines

Be prepared. On October 1st, your slurpee machines will no longer be safe. Dark Horse and Tokyopop are teaming up (this sounds bad already) to unleash Domo-kun into 7-Elevens across the nation. Not only will there be special Domo cups and a...


Talk about random: Fruits Basket event at Macy's in NYC

I know that New York City tends to have a lot of the fun events, especially when it comes to things related to anime. I know that the Kinokuniya bookstore has several of them but this is something I didn't see coming. Not only is this an an...


TokyoPop selling manga shirts at Target and having a contest

Target has always been reliable for really good shirts. I used to buy a lot of anime shirts from their stores, even if they were from the little boy's section. It's nice to see that TokyoPop is offering to sell such pretty looking shirts fo...


Deals to write home about: Tokyopop manga for $0.99 a volume

Every once in a while, it comes time to unleash the hounds and let loose your wallet on a business, hauling off large quantities of booty for very little money. I've done this in the past with Book Off having a half-off sale on manga, and n...


Tokyopop's hiring, so dust off your resume

For some of us (myself included), having a full time job would be nice. You know, having a salary that provides health benefits, something to do throughout the day, and money to buy things. Like clothes. And maybe food, but that's only afte...


Breaking news! Boy checks out dirty manga from the library

Our associates from KPTV of Portland, Oregon have informed us of a crime so despicable that the death penalty might be administrated twice in order for justice to be served. A man approached the media with a shocking discovery, that his son...


Tokyopop now working with Gentosha to stay alive

Keeping themselves afloat, Tokyopop has announced a deal with Gentosha comics to be a place to provide "sublicensing agency services" for Gentosha's series, outside of Asia, France, and Italy. We've seen the two companies bumping ...


Anime Expo '08: Tokyopop industry panel liveblogging

[Liveblogging - refresh to update in real time!] 9:58 - Jesus. Not to sound all jaded and old man-ish, but I just want to go home. Or, I just want to go to the dealer's room for like 5 more hours and then go home. But now I'm here, bright a...


Guess who's in the headlines? Yep, it's Tokyopop

Alright, let's run through the latest Tokyopop news, since the company can't seem to leave my RSS reader for five minutes.First up, Lianne Sentar gives word that several of her projects haven't been cancelled. She's a freelance editor for T...


More fallout on the Tokyopop front

First, let's head over to PWBeat. Heidi posted a letter that was sent out to all the Tokyopop OEL manga creators. Of course it tries to paint a rosy picture, saying that they're transitioning work to new editors (getting cut), and says that...


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