Tokyopop to develop Linkin Park Cine-Manga

Exclusive, First-of-Its-Kind Book to Be Released with
“Breaking the Habit” DVD Single on July 17

BookExpo America - Chicago, IL (June 4, 2004)-In a first-ever fusion of page-turners and turntables, TOKYOPOP Inc., the leading U.S. manga publisher, has teamed with the multiplatinum, Grammy Award®-winning band Linkin Park to develop the all-new "Linkin Park Cine-Manga." A collaborative effort that joins TOKYOPOP's unique Cine-Manga format with Linkin Park's revolutionary new anime music video, “Breaking the Habit,” this unique 48-page cutting-edge book incorporates full-color images taken directly from the “Breaking the Habit” music video, freeze-framed into edgy spreads and peppered with manga-style images and sound effects. A must-have for Linkin Park and manga fans alike, TOKYOPOP's "Linkin Park Cine-Manga" includes song lyrics and exclusive features not found anywhere else, such as a special foreword, band notes and commentary.

“We are doing something that is unprecedented,” said TOKYOPOP Editor, Jod Kaftan. “Not only are we delivering fans exclusive content like handwritten lyrics and insider facts, but we're doing it all in a one-of-a-kind format. Given the band's passion for manga and anime, and TOKYOPOP's leading position in the marketplace, this collaboration is a natural fit.”

“We did this project for our fans,” said band member and video director, Joe Hahn. “Creating this Cine-Manga allows them to gain a deeper perspective into the meaning of our video.”

The "Linkin Park Cine-Manga" marks TOKYOPOP's first venture into the world of music and is the latest addition to the company's highly successful Cine-Manga imprint, the line of books that currently includes film, television and sports properties.

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™, 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® is a registered trademark of TOKYOPOP Inc.

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