Tokyopop Appoints Director of Operations

Oct 27th 2004
TOKYOPOP® APPOINTS JIM DE VICO DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

Los Angeles, CA (October 26, 2004) TokyoPop Inc., the #1 worldwide manga publisher outside of Japan, is pleased to announce that Jim De Vico has been named Director of Operations. Jim will oversee the company's Human Resources, Information Systems and Administration team. With an impressive background that includes posts at Saronyx, Inc, 1-800-Dentist and Systems Development Corporation, De Vico offers TOKYOPOP a wealth of leadership and operational expertise.

"We couldn't be more pleased to have found Jim De Vico for this important role," said John Parker, TOKYOPOP's President & COO. "This is a tremendous time of growth for our company, and we are confident that Jim has what it takes to assist us in expanding our operational and Human Resources services."

"I don't know who is more excited about my new position at TOKYOPOP ... my two kids, who are avid manga fans, or me!" De Vico commented. "This is a very cool company, and I look forward to building upon the phenomenal success that TOKYOPOP has seen in the past several years."

De Vico began his career in business management with Systems Development Corporation where he worked on projects for the NSA and for Burroughs' foray into the then infant personal computer industry. In 1987, he founded Computer Age Dentist with two partners, and was instrumental in growing the company into a nationally recognized brand with more than 2,500 dental office customers, several field offices and VARs. De Vico subsequently served as Vice President of Information & Technology at 1-800-DENTIST*. While there, Jim oversaw the company's customized programming and telephone system, which powered a 70-seat call center that handled approximately 65,000 consumer calls a month. In 1999, Futuredontics brought its service on-line and started Smileworks.com. Jim's expertise was key to setting up the hosting of the site and overseeing the development of it. For the past three years, Jim served as the Vice President of Operations at Saronyx, Inc and was responsible for FDA compliance issues, customer services, computer security and software development.

About TOKYOPOP®
TOKYOPOP® is an innovative youth-oriented entertainment company that creates, licenses and publishes hundreds of book, DVD and music properties. With millions of books in print, including the hit series Fruits Basket, Princess Ai, D.N.Angel, Tokyo Tribes, Love Hina and Chobits, TOKYOPOP also discovers and promotes new artists and writers, creating original manga such as Warcraft, ShutterBox and @Large. Pioneers of the Cine-Manga® book format, TOKYOPOP's best-selling releases feature Finding Nemo, Shrek 2, Lizzie McGuire, SpongeBob SquarePants, Greatest Stars of the NBA and Linkin Park's Breaking the Habit. Its television properties include Rave Master, Initial D, GTO and Reign: The Conqueror, with consumer products programs tied into Rave Master, Initial D, Stray Sheep and Princess Ai. Visit www.TOKYOPOP.com for additional information.

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