New York Anime Fest is happening this weekend and the mangaverse is ripe with all the newest info as it comes thanks to numerous dedicated bloggers and Twitter-folk. Anime News Network has its dedicated staff on hand to cover the big anime/manga news, and though sadly their servers aren’t holding up as well as their staff, they’re still the best up-to-date resource (past speedy Twitter-ers!) for all your NYAF goodies.
Tokyopop had its panel earlier today and had a bunch of announcement. Sadly their simulataneous broadcast was foiled by technical difficulties, but of course the show went on!
Songs and Laughter by Natsuki Takaya
.hack//Link by Megane Kikuya/CyberConnect2
Ratman by Inui Sekihiko
Qwasar Stigmata by Yoshino Hiroyuki/Satou Kenetsu
BLU Manga (TP’s yaoi imprint)
Croquis by Hinako Takanaga
Blood Honey by Yozakura Sakyou
Love Knot by Ichijou Lemon
Cute Demon by Madarame Hiro
Love Story in the Isolated Island by Duo Brand
Tokyopop staff were also greeted with positive response to repeated news that they’ll be returning to a higher quality paper print for their books and just in time for the return of some fan favourites, such as the fourth volume of Suppli and the eighth volume of V.B. Rose.
Along with an update on the upcoming movie-adaptation of the Tokypop released, Priest, they also shared word that they’ll be releasing graphic novels based on two Hollywood films, the recently debuted Shutter Island and the upcoming Joss Whedon written Cabin in the Woods.
Earlier this afternoon, Tokyopop also sent out a press release outlining their previously announced titles debuting in 2010. Lots of fun stuff on the horizon!
For a while TP's status seemed a bit precarious. Right now I think even though they might be being a bit ambitious with everything, it's definitely a step up to see all of this announced and positive changes regarding the paper situation. If they manage to finish out a lot of the series on hiatus and put out the manga they have licensed it will go a long way towards repairing their relationship with some of their more fed up fans.
Very true. One step at a time however Tokyopop is doing a lot of things right that I believe are renewing fans positive thoughts toward them. Things like the company's webinars help a lot showing fans they'll willing to communicate and listen.
Interesting thing about these newly announced titles is that the majority of them are one-shots, meaning they're very short-term commitments for Tokyopop. I think that's a really smart move on their part, keeping new licenses to short lengths to avoid upsetting fans with cancelled series or super slow releases.
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