Welcome to Tokyopop's Van Von Hunter

Feb 9th 2005
Welcome to a World Where Might Makes Right—Except When They Get It Wrong…

WELCOME TO TOKYOPOP'S VAN VON HUNTER
OFFBEAT MANGA BY RISING STARS COMPETITION™ WINNERS DEBUTS MAY 2005

Los Angeles, CA (Feb 9, 2005)―TokyoPop Inc., the country's leading manga publisher, will release a full-length series entitled Van Von Hunter from Mike Schwark and Ron Kaulfersch of Pseudomé Studio, noted prizewinners of TOKYOPOP's first Rising Stars of Manga™ competition. Fans of the Pseudomé Studio web comic Van Von Hunter (www.vanvonhunter.com), a highly popular resource and gathering-place for the best and brightest of the American manga-ka community, will recognize the laugh-out-loud blend of hilarity and adventure of legendary Van Von Hunter, hunter of all things evil! Along with an amnesiac sidekick, the renowned Von Hunter nobly strives to kick some butt and return harmony to the peaceful land of Dikay. Readers will experience all of the silliness in manga form when Van Von Hunter releases in May 2005.

When asked about the Van Von Hunter project and their whole Rising Stars of Manga experience, both wacky creators responded simultaneously in a droning chant, "It is good to work with TOKYOPOP. Why not become one of us? One of us! One of us!"

Editor Lillian Diaz-Przybyl champions the dynamic duo of Schwark and Kaulfersch and their first major release: "Van Von Hunter is a riotously funny spoof of the clichés of both the American and Japanese fantasy traditions. Nothing is safe in this world of witches, menacing strangers, giant spiders and mysterious magical objects. Pseudomé Studio has done a terrific job of cleverly puncturing some of the over-inflated sacred cows of the genre with sharp, witty wordplay and dry humor."

Based in Cleveland, Ohio, Mike Schwark and Ron Kaulfersch began their creative endeavors back in the mid-90's with their work on the indie anime project, II: Prologue. With such a large project hanging over their heads, they created Pseudomé Studio to help house it, and future projects. Afterwards, the studio produced a fully animated talk show entitled THE Show, which was designed as an informative yet fun take on the how-to of making animation and comics.

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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