Tokyopop Enters Young Adult Fiction Market with Pop Fiction

Manga Giant TOKYOPOP Enters Young Adult Fiction Market with October
Launch of


Crossing Both Literal and Fictional Boundaries in Our Beautiful World

Fall Titles Include: Kino no Tabi: Book One of THE BEAUTIFUL WORLD;
Magic Moon;
Scrapped Princess; A Tale of Destiny; Witches' Forest: The Adventures
Duan Surk

Los Angeles, CA (May 1, 2006) In a plan to do for teen fiction what
have already done for manga, leading youth-oriented publisher TOKYOPOP
is pleased to unveil the latest addition to its rapidly growing
publishing family-an innovative line of serialized international teen
novels, launching under the new TOKYOPOP banner Pop Fiction. Priced
between $7.99 and $10.99 (SRP), TOKYOPOP's Pop Fiction novels lead with
a top-notch group of engaging critically acclaimed multicultural tales
ranging from fantasy stories to psychological adventures. From Europe's
best-selling Magic Moon to Asia's hottest titles, Scrapped Princess,
Kino no Tabi: Book One of THE BEAUTIFUL WORLD and Witches' Forest: The
Adventures of Duan Surk, Pop Fiction fuses genres and embraces
to celebrate the inherent beauty in imperfection.

"One of the coolest things about these books is that even though they
are disparate in genre or origin, their themes are the same: people on
journey in a world that isn't beautiful," said Nicole Monastirsky,
Senior Editor of Pop Fiction. "There's something very comforting and
intriguing about knowing that teenagers in Japan or Germany or Spain
might traverse a different landscape due to their customs, history,
language, and geography-but that at their core, they're more alike than

According to Mike Kiley, TOKYOPOP Publisher, "Pop Fiction is the first
YA line in publishing history to engage kids openly with stories from
all over the planet that embody the beautiful messiness of life."

About the Novels:

Kino no Tabi: Book One of THE BEAUTIFUL WORLD
In this sensational bestseller from Japan, young Kino roams the world
the back of Hermes, her talking anthropomorphic motorcycle, only
in each country for three days. Throughout their adventures, they
experience happiness and pain, decadence and violence, and beauty and
wisdom-all in a strange and beautiful world. This eight-volume series,
critique on the inherent beauty of imperfection, oscillates between
philosophical and winsome, while remaining consistently and
overwhelmingly imaginative. Kino no Tabi: Book one of THE BEAUTIFUL
WORLD contains 208 pages, includes Black & White illustrations, and is
priced at $7.99 (SRP).

Magic Moon
Created by Wolfgang and Heike Hohlbein, two of Europe's most renowned
fantasy writers, Magic Moon ranks as one of the hottest international
teen novels, having sold more than two million copies worldwide and
translated into more than 20 languages. Magic Moon, chronicles the
adventures of Kim, who enters an enigmatic realm where he battles
unthinkable monsters and fantastical beings in order to unravel the
secret that keeps his sister locked in a coma. With three volumes
for release, Magic Moon contains 344 pages and is priced at $10.99

Scrapped Princess: A Tale of Destiny
Written by Ichiro Sakaki and inspired by the successful anime series,
Scrapped Princess: A Tale of Destiny details the story of a young girl,
prophesied to bring about the end of the world should she live to her
16th birthday. But despite all attempts to destroy the baby, the myth
the Scrapped Princess lives on. With thirteen volumes in the series,
Scrapped Princess contains 208 pages, includes Black & White
illustrations, and is priced at $7.99 (SRP).

Witches' Forest: The Adventures of Duan Surk
Based on the famous Fortune Quest world, a monster franchise that
includes comics, video games, tabletop RPGs and a TV series, Witches'
Forest: The Adventures of Duan Surk tells the tale of Duan Surk, a
16-year-old amateur fighter who gets lost in the spooky Witches'
and hooks up with two other adventurers, in the quest of a lifetime. In
this four-volume series, Mishio Fukazawa weaves a tale of wonder and
courage that proves the heart makes the hero. Witches' Forest: The
Adventures of Duan Surk contains 328 pages, includes Black & White
illustrations, and is priced at $10.99 (SRP).

TOKYOPOP is hailed as a leading youth-oriented entertainment brand and
an innovator of manga creation, with a revolutionary artistic vision
that transcends countless platforms. From the introduction of the
first-ever extensive manga publishing program in North America, to the
development of its manga-originated intellectual properties into film,
television and digital entertainment, TOKYOPOP has changed the way
experience pop culture. The company's global reach has expanded to
Europe and Asia, with recent offices opening in the UK and Germany and
upcoming partnerships in Australia and China, in addition to its
original Los Angeles and Tokyo operations. With millions of fans
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books, and watching its DVDs and television programs, TOKYOPOP's
award-winning catalogue of licensed and original properties has made
company a visionary in an ever-growing teen entertainment marketplace.
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