Right Stuf, Inc Announces Exclusive Deal With Gentosha Comics and Tokyopop to Publish Hetalia Axis Powers Manga, Vols. 1-3

Right Stuf.com to publish series' third volume for first time ever in June 2012; Reprints of Vols. 1 & 2 available immediately.

GRIMES, Iowa, May 1, 2012 – Right Stuf, Inc. is pleased to announce that, through a special arrangement with Japanese publisher Gentosha Comics and TOKYOPOP, manga fans will be able to purchase HETALIA AXIS POWERS, Vol. 3, in English-translated, book form for the first time ever, in addition to reprints of the manga series' first two volumes, exclusively through Right Stuf.com.

The first print run of Hetalia - Axis Powers, Vol. 3 will be available in late June 2012.
- This initial print run will feature an eight-page color insert from the original Japanese print edition of the manga. (The future print-on-demand edition of this volume will include these pages but reproduce them in black and white.)
- Quantities of the first print run will be limited, and pre-ordering is highly suggested.
- For a limited time, fans can pre-order Hetalia - Axis Powers, Vol. 3 for $10.99 per copy. (This is a savings of more than 30% off the $15.99 SRP.)

Hetalia - Axis Powers, Vol. 1 and Hetalia - Axis Powers, Vol. 2 are each available immediately.
- These print-on-demand editions will feature a color cover and black-and-white printing on high-grade, 70-pound, bright white paper. (Pages that were originally presented in color will be reproduced with black-and-white printing.)
- Each volume has a retail price of $15.99.

Shawne Kleckner, Right Stuf's president and CEO, said, “The third volume of Hetalia has been one of the most requested titles on Right Stuf.com, and we're excited to have the opportunity to deliver it to the fans.”

TOKYOPOP founder Stu Levy added, “The North American publishing market has been changing rapidly, and I am proud to partner with Right Stuf and Gentosha Comics to finally bring the long-awaited latest volume of Hetalia to our fans. Thanks to everyone for your patience!”

Hetalia - Axis Powers, created by Hidekaz Himaruya, started as a Japanese web comic, which utilizes personification to represent countries and their participation in historical events, while poking fun at cultural stereotypes. It was later adapted into a manga (released by TOKYOPOP), as well as an anime series that is currently available to North American audiences on DVD from FUNimation Entertainment.

Currently celebrating its 25th year in business, Right Stuf, Inc. was one of the first players in the U.S. Japanese Animation ("anime") industry, as both an anime producer/distributor and a retailer. Right Stuf works to promote knowledge of its own products, as well as the anime and manga industry, in general, through its online storefront at Right Stuf.com and a variety of media including podcasts and special publications. For more about Right Stuf and its divisions, visit www.Right Stuf.com.

Founded in 2001, Gentosha Comics is dedicated to delivering quality entertainment across platforms, including manga magazines, graphic novels, light novels, subculture books, and digital media. Continuously pushing boundaries with new themes and creative expressions, Gentosha Comics is committed to shaping the future of entertainment. In March 2012, its latest iPhone release “Smart Boys” offers news and videos about popular Japanese television, stage and film actors and male celebrities.

Founded in 1997 by filmmaker and entrepreneur Stu Levy, media manga pioneer TOKYOPOP established the market for manga in North America, introducing the term to the English language in the process. Over its history, TOKYOPOP has published over 3000 books, distributed anime and Asian films on home video and television, licensed merchandise to consumer goods companies, created graphic novels of major brands and led the way digitally in social media, e-commerce and user-generated content. TOKYOPOP's brand expanded internationally with offices in Europe and Japan and a network of over 160 partners in more than 50 countries and 30 languages. Through TOKYOPOP, Levy has produced live-action and animated film and television content based on its extensive intellectual property library, including Priest, America's Greatest Otaku, Van Von Hunter, and a slate of projects currently in development. Visit TOKYOPOP's Asian Pop Culture newsletter at www.facebook.com/tokyopop or follow at www.twitter.com/tokyopop.

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