I spoke to Susan Hale at Tokyopop’s booth at NYCC yesterday and she gave me a quick rundown on this: They will be publishing full-color, larger format, non-manga graphic novels from around the world. I think this is something of a mini-trend, as I stopped by the Fanfare/Ponent Mon booth and Stephen Robson gave me a peek at his newest project, My Mommy is in America and Met Buffalo Bill by Jean Regnaud and Emile Bravo. Fanfare usually publishes nouvelle manga, which comes from France and Japan, but this book is totally different: The style is very different from manga, and it’s in color. With Fanfare, Tokyopop, and First Second all publishing French graphic novels, it’s as if France is the new Japan.
Anyway, here’s the 411 on Tokyopop’s new line.
Manga Giant Extends Publishing Portfolio
with Launch of Colorful New Line of International Books
TOKYOPOP GRAPHIC NOVELS
The Best In Color Graphic Novels From Around The Globe—Now Available For The First Time Ever In North America!
New York Comic-Con, New York (April 19, 2008)― Leading manga publisher and youth-oriented brand TOKYOPOP is pleased to unveil the latest addition to its rapidly growing publishing family – TOKYOPOP Graphic Novels. For years, European and Asian publishers have produced captivating, inspiring, and stunning full-color graphic novels that have not found a home on North American shores—until now. Beginning in February 2009, TOKYOPOP will cross the color barrier to publish a truly unique selection of rich, inventive, and stunningly original full-color graphic novels from some of the world’s most talented artists and writers.
According to TOKYOPOP Publisher Mike Kiley, “The new TOKYOPOP Graphic Novels line represents a natural evolution for us as we continue to offer the coolest stuff on the planet to readers around the world. Our launch titles have been selected to build a bridge between the manga and graphic novel audiences. This is a major initiative for us and we will not only be announcing more acquisitions in the near future but will also have some very exciting news about original TOKYOPOP projects that will appear in this new oversized format.”
In a word from TOKYOPOP Senior Editor Bryce Coleman, “There has been a wealth of truly amazing stuff published around the world, and I think people are going to be amazed at the diverse line up we’re coming out with in these graphic novels. From the gorgeous, painterly work of up-and-coming star, Benjamin, to the rich, animation-like epic world of Luuna, these books will all be as stunning to look at as they will be satisfying to read.”
About the Launch Titles:
ORANGE (February 2009)
Licensed from Xiao Pan (China)
$14.99; 1 volume; 128 pp; 7.228″ x 10″
A heartbreaking tale of a young woman attempting to understand the bewildering world around her… The luscious art of Benjamin heightens the intensity of this profoundly moving tale of sorrow and loss.
PIXIE (February 2009)
By: Mathieu Mariolle and Aurore
Licensed from Delcourt (France).
$12.99; 3 volumes, 112 pp; 7.228″ x 10″
Pixie embarks on captivating adventures far and wide in this ethereal and mesmerizing fantastic voyage that stretches the limits of imagination.
LUUNA (March 2009)
By: Didier Crisse, Nicolas Keramidas
Licensed from Soleil (France).
$12.99; 3 volumes, 112 pp; 7.228″ x 10
On the night of her initiation into her North American Indian tribe, young Luuna discovers she must confront an ancient curse that will change her forever. This haunting coming-of-age story is filled with deep pathos and stunning artwork that brings an unforgettable legend to life.
Founded by multi-cultural media visionary Stu Levy,TOKYOPOP is hailed as a leading youth-oriented entertainment brand and an innovator of manga creation, with a revolutionary artistic vision that transcends countless platforms. From the introduction of the first-ever extensive manga publishing program in North America, to the development of its manga-originated intellectual properties into film, television and digital entertainment, TOKYOPOP has changed the way teens experience pop culture. The company’s global reach has expanded to Europe and Asia, with offices in the UK and Germany and partnerships in Australia and China, in addition to its original Los Angeles and Tokyo operations. With millions of fans logging onto the new social networking site www.TOKYOPOP.com, reading its books, which are licensed in more than 40 countries and 30 languages, and watching its DVDs and television programs, TOKYOPOP’s award-winning catalogue of licensed and original properties has made the company a visionary in an ever-growing teen entertainment marketplace. Visit www.TOKYOPOP.com for additional information.