Tokyopop Announces 4th Rising Stars of Manga Competition


National Talent Search Offers Winners the Chance to Ink Exclusive Book

Los Angeles, CA (June 1, 2004)--TOKYOPOP Inc. is looking for a few good
manga-ka! The country's leading manga publisher is pleased to announce
the highly anticipated launch of its fourth Rising Stars of Manga
competition. From June 1 through August 16, aspiring artists and writers may
submit their 15-to-20-page manga--along with completed entry forms--to
TOKYOPOP for the chance to join the next generation of nationally
published manga-ka. The top 10 talented winners will score cash prizes and
have their winning entries presented in the next Rising Stars anthology.

But, wait... it gets better!

Past winners have seen their success blossom into full-fledged book
deals. Lindsay Cibos, M. Alice LeGrow, Mike Schwark and Ron Kalfersch are
just a few of the Rising Stars who are working on TOKYOPOP manga series
scheduled to release in 2005. More deals will be announced soon.

"The sheer career advancement possible for our Rising Stars winners is
worth their hard work and then some," comments Mark Paniccia, the
series' editor. "Now that America knows we're serious about this
competition, the bar has been raised, and we expect that the manga artists and
writers out there will work even harder to blow us away this time."

During its three previous national talent competitions, TOKYOPOP
collected thousands of entries. Everyone from top manga creators ("I enjoyed
the book and it made a great impression on me!" --Nao Yazawa, creator
of Wedding Peach) to the national press ("TOKYOPOP is also stepping up
its efforts to develop American manga creators." --Publishers Weekly)
has taken note of the company's exclusive competition. Complete details
for the fourth Rising Stars of Manga competition are available NOW on
TOKYOPOP's website at:

TOKYOPOP Inc. is the leading North American publisher of manga, the
fastest growing segment within the publishing industry. With exclusive
rights to hundreds of licensed and original book, video and music
properties, the company has rapidly become a media convergence leader. TOKYOPOP
has millions of books in print and publishes many hit manga series,
including Love Hina, Chobits, Rave Master, Initial D, GTO, Battle Royale
and Cowboy Bebop. The company pioneered Cine-Manga(tm), releasing such
titles as Finding Nemo, SpongeBob SquarePants, Lizzie McGuire and
Transformers Armada. TOKYOPOP television properties include Rave Master, GTO
and Reign: The Conqueror. The company has also expanded its presence as
a licensor, representing merchandising rights for Rave Master, Initial
D, Stray Sheep and others. Visit for additional
information. TOKYOPOP(R) is a registered trademark of TOKYOPOP Inc.

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