According to AnimeY, Tokyopop announced that Marie Sann and Guido Neukamm have a new series in the works. Krähen (Crows) will be two volumes long, the first of which should be out by the end of the year.

The blog Manly Manga and More recently posted Carlsen’s Bestsellers for 2007— fans of Chibi should be excited to see that four titles made the top 20: Luxus, Drachenschnee, Raccoon, and White Pearl. All four are from the first Chibi set. The blog does mistakenly say that all Chibi titles use a super-deformed art style, though.

Quite a few books are set to come out at the annual Leipzig Bookfair. One of these is Schwarzer Turm’s Hungry Hearts v2, which contains a short story called “Zweigeteilt” that might be of interest to readers of this blog!

There’s another review of the English version of In the End up, this time at Prospero’s Manga.

This could have been an ugly look at the real world of abuse, but instead the author wants the reader to feel some kind of sympathy for Ren without putting enough work into describing Ren’s motivations.

Sorry for the lack of updates, everyone– I’ve been devoting every moment of my time to trying to break into the business myself!

Here’s a few bits of information I’ve spotted, though, for those interested in titles that have been licensed for release in the USA.

Yen Press has a new and improved website, and on their long list of titles one can spot Y Square Plus. There’s no more info up yet (release date, ISBN…), but I’ll try to let you know when I find it!

Also licensed but not widely announced: Tokyopop’s In the End. ActiveAnime did an advance review, and has little bad to say.

There is a great deal of mature subject matter in this story. It is not for the faint of heart or those hoping for neat endings with pretty bows to tie things up nicely. Although the men in this manga are drawn exquisitely and with edge, that edge is a part of the story and the riveting illustrations. A look that is a cross between punk and Goth, the dark drawings have detailed designs that are uncommon in most manga and have a unique texture to them that is absorbing to look at.

Tokyopop just sent out a newsletter, with a few points of interest:

Freche Mädchen – freche Manga!
Tokyopop has joined efforts with Stuttgarter Verlag Thienemann to put out a manga version of the successful series, Freche Mädchen – freche Bücher! (Cheeky Girls, Cheeky Books!). Originally written by Bianka Minte-König, Tokyopop has brought on artist Inga Steinmetz (who was in Manga Fieber) to draw the manga.
Each of the three planned books will focus on one of the three protagonists, and the readers can look forward to amusing and turbulent stories that revolve around the exciting teenage life of Hannah, Mila and Kati. Handykuss und Liebesrätsel comes out in June.

Followers of Schwarzer Turm will find Kulla very familiar! Tokyopop is putting out a reworked version of Kulla und die Wunschblume next year, and the story will be followed by two more volumes of stories about Anne Pätzke’s small bunny.

While not part of the newsletter, it’s been revealed that Lime Manga has split from Tokyopop.  The creators have released volumes of two series through Tokyopop, Evergrey and Yaru, but will be taking over publication and distribution themselves, licensing the works from Tokyopop. The split “was a totally mutual split and on good terms,” according to Lime Manga. The two were interviewed for an article at Publisher’s Weekly, which mentions that they plan on bringing out remastered editions of their series at the end of next year, and are currently looking into English-language publication.

Covers & Artists

November 14, 2007

Which cover is better?! Tokyopop is wondering which cover the fans like best for the upcoming release of Stupid Story v1, by Anna Hollman (available March 2008). You’ve got til the end of the month to let them know which you prefer! We’re fans of version 1, personally. ;/

From AnimeY: The names of two of the artists taking part in Chibi box 3 have been revealed! Look forward to books from Natalia Zaitseva and Marika Herzog.

Recent & Upcoming Releases

October 28, 2007

We’ve updated the Master List with a number of new releases. Here’s a summary, including those which were announced earlier, but didn’t yet have an Amazon link. We’ll be making individual posts with more details about some of these, no worries.

Manga Mixx 4 – various artists – €4.00

Dystopia Audio CD – Judith Park – ASIN: tba – €7.95
Y Square Audio CD – Judith Park – ASIN: B000VWOUI0 – €7.95

Wilhelm Busch und die Folgen – DuO, Anike Hage, others – ISBN: 978-3770431731 – €15.00

Fireangels Verlag
Bi-Color – various artists – ISBN: 978-3-939309-09-3 – €18.00
Fireangels Boys’ Love 2008 Kalendar – various artists – ISBN: 978-3-939309-10-9 – €18.00
Lemon Law v1 – various artists – ISBN: – 978-3-939309-05-3 – €6.50

Schwarzer Turm
Hungry Hearts v2 – various artists – ISBN: tba – €6.50

Dämonenjunge Lain – Natalie Wormsbecher – ISBN: 978-3-86719-299-6 – €6.50
Gothic Sports Patch – €5.99
Gothic Sports Soft Soccer Ball – €6.99
Gothic Sports Wristband – €5.99
Grimms Manga – Perfect Edition – Keiko Ishiyama – ISBN: 978-3-86719-328-3 – €14.00
Tylsim v1 – Reyhan Yildirim – ISBN: 978-3-86719-215-6 – €6.50

The Wild Side
Lost and Found – Zombiesmile – ISBN: 978-3-939484-04-2 – €10.90

More Tokyopop Updates

August 20, 2007

Tokyopop’s new series have pages and ISBNs now, for those interested. We’ll let you know when they go up on Amazon.

Tylsim – ISBN: 978-3-86719-215-6 (though on Amazon, it lists a different Tokyopop book with the same ISBN)
Daemonenjunge Lain – ISBN: 978-3-86719-299-6
Stupid Story – ISBN: 978-3- 86719-316-0
Liberty- Raised out of Dirt – ISBN: 978-3-86719-341-2 – €16.00
Yonen Buzz United – ISBN: 978-3-86719-350-4

Also of note are a number of new global manga Tokyopop has licensed for release in German— alongside the normal titles from their US branch is an 8 volume work from France, Pink Diary.

Pink Diary, by Jenny – v1 ISBN: 978-3-86719-301-6 – 12/2007
Sorcerers & Secretaries, by Amy Kim Ganter – v1 ISBN: 978-3-86719-309-2 – 01/2008
12 Days, by June Kim – ISBN: 978-3-86719-311-5 – 12/2007

Lastly, Tokyopop looks to be enjoying the success of Grimms Manga, and has decided to rerelease the single volume work. The new book will be hardcover, contain unpublished material, and have one other surprise. There’s no word yet on how much the new release will cost. The soft-cover can still be bought here.

To start off, we’ll mention a quick, easily overlooked tidbit– on the tails of the success of Yonen Buzz and Gothic Sports, Tokyopop has decided to license In the End, by Pink Psycho, and Evergrey, by Mary Hildebrandt & David Boller for release in America this February and March.

In the End can be pre-ordered here, with the ISBN 978-1427807182.
Evergrey v1 can be pre-ordered here, with the ISBN 978-1427807151.

Tokyopop isn’t slowing down anytime soon, it seems–  three new series have been announced, along with a photobook and a behind-the-scenes book. Images from all 5 books can be seen here.

Daemonenjunge Lain (Demonboy Lain) by Natalie Wormsbecher (December 2007)

Natalie Wormsbecher’s first book was Summer Rain.
The shy girl Ari makes a most unusual acquaintance one day When she walks under an old oak tree, a boy literally falls on her head, claiming quite seriously to be a demon.
Because Ari helped him after his fall, he wants to thank her by protecting her and never leaving her side. Ari, on the other hand, is not at all happy with this idea, and her slightly irritable boyfriend Mark definitely isn’t…

Tylsim by Reyhan Yildirim (March 2008)

The young hero Auru sets off one day to find a mysterious stone for a dark person who commissioned him. During his travels, on which he’s accompanied by his dragon Kita, Auru not only meets a pretty but somewhat moody witch and a fear-inducing giant spider, but also a broom in human form…
Wonderfully detailed characters, suspenseful adventures, and a big chunk of humor make Tylsim a real treat.

Stupid Story by Anna Hollmann (March 2008)

The beginning of Anna Hollmann’s Stupid Story was is known to some readers from Paper Theatre (from Schwarzer Turm). Starting in March, the complete story will be published in two volumes from Tokyopop.
Enough with being an outsider! Yanik is new at school, and wants to finally belong. When he meets Alan, he wants nothing more than to be as popular and desired as this girl-magnet. But when Alan kisses Yanik to prove to his female admirers that they have no chance with him, his admiration turns into dislike. At a party, at which Yanik is forced to dress as a girl, the two meet again. Alan falls in love at first sight with the pretty “girl”, not knowing who is really in front of him…

Liberty – Raised out of Dirt by Nheira (December 2007)

As part of the duo Pink Psycho, Nheira took part in the creation of In the End, one of the most successful manga Tokyopop has developed in Germany so far. Even in Japan, the volume has found fans.
In December, the artist, author and musician now puts out his first solo project. The volume (working title: Liberty – Raised out of Dirt) offers a collection of illustrations, short stories, manga, lyrics, and photos, which thematically revolve around the three levels: heaven, earth, and hell.
The complex project is being realized with the help of the two Japanese fashion labels HIDEROCK and GLAMOUR PUNKS, which created tailored and welded new outfits for the photoshoot.
Star photographer Susumu Miyawaki transformed all of this into breath-taking photos. Miyawaki-san has created a reputation for himself with his works on cover-images for known magazines such as Shoxx, Foolsmate, etc.

Yonen Buzz United (special volume) by Christina Plaka (December 2007)

The large format special volume Yonen Buzz United presents 128 pages of unpublished illustrations, sketches of the main characters, new character designs, and two exclusive short stories that grant unusual and spectacular glimpses into the Yonen Buzz universe. A detailed interview with the exceptional mangaka Christina Plaka offers interesting information about her working habits, her love of music and art. On top of that, short background info and comments on all the drawings and illustrations in the book leave no wishes unfulfilled.

Tokyopop News

June 4, 2007 sent out their newsletter today, and there’s quite a bit of news.

Christina Plaka, author of Yonen Buzz, will be a guest at Animagic 2007, where she will introduce and sign her newest book, Yonen Buzz volume 3. She will also be signing at T3, a comic store in Frankfurt, on July 7 from 2- 5pm. T3 will also show parts of the exhibition “How is a manga created – An introduction using Christina Plaka’s Yonen Buzz as an example”. Samples from the new Yonen Buzz volume are up on Tokyopop’s online Manga Player.

Gothic Sports is enjoying success all around the world! The first print run of the American issue of Gothic Sports volume 1 was sold out soon after its publication and has since been reprinted. Volume 2 will be out in September. Due to success of volume 1 in France, Anike will give autographs at Japan Expo in Paris this summer. In Japan, where Gothic Sports has been released as a cell phone manga, readers love Anike Hage’s series as well, as is evident from the guestbook on her site.

The newsletter also gives a reminder that submissions are currently open for MangaMagie 6, a drawing contest held by Animania and Tokyopop that’s judged by employees from all the major manga publishers in Germany. Deadline is August 31. Good luck to all participants!


June 3, 2007

Schwarzer Turm‘s Freibeutershop is worth checking out this week for two reasons!
Kappa Maki‘s second print run (better print quality and enhanced cover) is available now, and if you order a copy by July 31, your name is entered into a lottery for a poster of the cover (drawn by Anike Hage, artist of Gothic Sports) signed by most of the participating artists. Remember that Kappa Maki is available only at conventions and at Freibeutershop!
Another rarely found item is Animexx’s MangaMixx vol.3, also sold through Freibeutershop. This volume contains the following stories:
Eoin (Nicole „Nickl“ Gadomski)
No Entry (Prin & Umi Konbu)
Ein Stück Wahnsinn (Bruno Cotting & Viviane)
Der kleine Baka (Nadja „Nadja-Chan” Iljina & Aylin „ORANGE-STAR“ Yesilyurt)
Die Flut (Olivia „VenusKaio“ Vieweg)
The Toyfactory (Nicole Schoening)
Friedrich (Stefanie „PinkuBiscuit“ Gaul, Maria „Rotes_Hubawabuba“ Schuck, Eileen Wolter)
A basic magic known as Daydreaming (Galateja Jordakieva)
Ring Frei (Karla „Fenomena“ Groth)
Katana (René Heinen)
Zoe – Der Erlöser (Heidi „Sanaya“ Reyer)
Nichts ist unmöglich (Valyd & Jane Looschen)
The Promise (Kou „hayakamu“ Aikawa) 
as well as micro-doujinshis by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto, Nina Ruzika, Johanna „Onichanjo“ Kohler, Jens „JoKeR“ Konnerth and Harald „Dontoraneko“ Kuhn.
242 pages total.

Go grab your copies today!