The manga and anime distributors TokyoPop, founded by the filmmaker and entrepreneur Stu Levy, have been making plans to get back into North American publishing, and their new project in partnership with Diamond Comics is a line of “family-friendly English-language Manga books by Disney.” The first title being released is Alice in Wonderland: Special Collector’s Manga, a 352-page hardcover book which looks set to cross-over the Disney classic and Tim Burton movies. The second is the 176-page hardcover Pixar Manga Collection: Finding Nemo, which will feature bonus material.
In their press release on the new line of books, Diamond Comics explained:
TOKYOPOP’s distribution to both the comic book specialty market and bookstores will be handled exclusively by Diamond Comic Distributors. Besides the return to print publishing, TOKYOPOP will be releasing eBook versions of its titles, available on all digital platforms.
Levy commented “I couldn’t be more excited to return to publishing with such esteemed licensing and distribution partners. Diamond boasts the longest experience with comic book distribution and reaches the widest range of retail partners, while Disney’s influence on pop culture speaks for itself. I’d like to thank our partners, fans, and creative talent for supporting us through the difficult times and keeping their faith in us”.
“We’re delighted to welcome back TOKYOPOP® to publishing,” said Tim Lenaghan, Diamond’s Executive Director of Purchasing. “Their new manga initiatives will surely be a hit with audiences, and we look forward to helping the company market and distribute their titles. We’re especially thrilled that TOKYOPOP® has chosen Diamond Book Distributors to represent them in the book market, as we add to our list of growing manga publishers.”