Tokyopop Announces Off*Beat



Not Your Average Boy-Meets-Boy Story

Los Angeles, CA (July 1, 2005) - TOKYOPOP, America's number one graphic
novel publisher and leader of the Manga Revolution, invites fans to try
something a little different when Jen Quick's Off*Beat arrives in
this fall. Jen is a recent graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New
York, and she has already impressed a multitude of fans with her
artistic and storytelling skills.

Meet 15-year-old Tory Blake, a self-proclaimed genius who is somewhat
antisocial and more than a bit cynical about the world. Life is just
tedious for Tory...until the day an attractive but secretive boy his
age moves in across the street. Tory becomes obsessed by his mysterious
new neighbor and begins documenting his every move. But this pursuit of
friendship--and possibly something more--leads Tory to the one thing he
wasn't expecting to discover.

Series editor Lillian Diaz-Przybyl relates, "It was thrilling to get a
chance to work on Off*Beat with Jen. She had a clear vision of how she
wanted this book to be, and it has totally come alive at the tip of her
pen. The plot unfolds slowly, tension builds and you learn more of the
mysterious Colin's secrets right along with Tory. Don't let the hints
boy/boy romance fool you, either. Jen has done a masterful job of
keeping the story subtle, but engaging. Between the high school drama,
the mystery and the first buds of a relationship, there's a little
something for everyone."

Off*Beat will be available in bookstores everywhere in September 2005.

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(r) 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
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

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