Tokyopop Germany Wins Newcomer Award


GERMANY, Leipzig (March 23, 2005)-- The 6th annual BuchMarkt-Award – the only marketing prize in Germany's book publishing industry – was awarded to TOKYOPOP at this year's Leipzig Book Fair, marking the first time ever a manga publisher has been awarded this prestigious honor.

A statement from the BuchMarkt Award judging committee reads, "Because of TOKYOPOP's eye-catching booth design at the 2004 Frankfurt Bookfair, their strategic advertising efforts with both retailers and customers, a user-friendly website, and the company's clever advertising slogan 'TOKYOPOP is Manga,' the company succeeded in communicating its message through all consumer channels."

TOKYOPOP GmbH will celebrate its one-year anniversary on April 1, 2005 and looks back on a very successful launch. In October 2004 TOKYOPOP GmbH presented their first graphic novels at the Frankfurt Bookfair, and shortly thereafter, several TOKYOPOP GmbH books were listed in Germany's "TOP 50" lists for manga and comics.

As the largest English-language publisher of manga in the world, TOKYOPOP is hailed as a leading youth-oriented entertainment brand. TOKYOPOP's innovative product extensions include its pioneering Cine-Manga® book format, which features colorful flavors of pop culture's hottest films, television shows and music videos. The company has expanded its property reach beyond publishing—TOKYOPOP's television series have been broadcast in the United States on Cartoon Network, Showtime and G4Media, and are released on DVD, with consumer products available at all major retail outlets. The company's global reach has recently expanded to Europe, with new offices in the UK and Germany, in addition to its Los Angeles and Tokyo operations. With nearly 28 million books in print, TOKYOPOP's award-winning catalogue of licensed and original properties features more than 200,000 pages of manga compiled over nearly 1,000 manga volumes. Visit for additional information.

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