Tokyopop's Adjusted Pandemic Release Schedule
LOS ANGELES, CA —TOKYOPOP®, a POP Media Holdings company and global manga leader, announced their adjusted release schedule during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The outbreak of novel coronavirus around the world has resulted in non-essential businesses closing down temporarily, including our printer, lettering team, distributor and other vitally important parts of the publishing process. Due to these setbacks, we have had to make the difficult decision to delay the print release of our upcoming titles originally scheduled for release in April and May of 2020.
We're working hard in the background to find other ways to get new titles to fans throughout this shutdown, including accelerated ebook releases and outsourcing work to freelancers, and are in ongoing talks with our various partners to evaluate how quickly we can resume printing and releasing as scheduled. We do not anticipate having to delay the release of titles initially scheduled for June or later, but will update the status of new releases at tokyopop.com/upcoming as new information is made available to us.
“This is such a difficult time for the publishing world, and our hearts are with everyone in the industry,” says Kae Winters, TOKYOPOP's Marketing Associate. “Our current focus is getting things back up and running – with people's health and safety in mind, of course – so our retailer friends can maintain their businesses and keep getting comics and manga to their customers.”
As a thank you to our community through this global shutdown, we've launched the COVID-19 Community Free Manga Program, with a selection of our titles available digitally for free until the end of April. We've been overwhelmed with the generosity shown by our creators and licensors in making this happen, and we hope this will provide support and some much needed distraction for people.
A full list of delayed titles can be found below.
TITLE SCHEDULE UPDATES:
COVID-19 COMMUNITY FREE MANGA PROGRAM:
DELAYED PRINT TITLES:
Aria: The Masterpiece, Volume 6
Futaribeya: A Room for Two, Volume 7
Disney Manga: Kilala Princess - Save The Village with Mulan!, Issue #1
Disney Manga: Kilala Princess - Save The Village with Mulan!, Issue #2
Disney Manga: Kilala Princess - Save The Village with Mulan!, Issue #3
Disney Manga: Kilala Princess - Save The Village with Mulan!, Issue #4
Koimonogatari: Love Stories, Volume 1
Konohana Kitan, Volume 8
Disney Manga: The Nightmare Before Christmas - Zero's Journey, Issue #18
Disney Manga: The Nightmare Before Christmas - Zero's Journey, Issue #19
Disney Manga: The Nightmare Before Christmas - Zero's Journey, Book 4
No Vampire, No Happy Ending, Volume 1
Ocean of Secrets, Volume 3
Undead Messiah, Volume 3
About POP Media Holdings
Founded in 1997 by media entrepreneur Stu Levy, POP Media Holdings brings Asian Pop Culture to Hollywood and beyond. Its publishing company TOKYOPOP® established the market for manga in North America, introducing the term to the English language in the process. Over its history, POP has published thousands of 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, including the mobile publishing platform POP Comics®. POP expanded internationally with offices in Europe and Japan and a network of over 160 partners in more than 50 countries and 30 languages. Its production arm 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 POP at TOKYOPOP.com, TOKYOPOP.de, POPcomics.com, and subscribe to TOKYOPOP TV for original web series and shows.
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