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Manga Is Still Hugely Popular, So Why Don’t We Talk About It More?


Despite its important market share, huge visibility and ever-rising, record-breaking sales numbers, manga is still largely ignored or scorned by the Western comics community — a term that here means retailers, readers, publishers and some creators — while the critical press and general public thinks of manga as something separate from comics. But why?

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Tokyopop Is Poised to Return, But Should Creators Take a Chance?


Tokyopop is back. The manga publisher, known for its rapid rise and subsequent implosion in the early 2000s, announced a new push toward active business at Anime Expo on July 2. Tokyopop founder Stu Levy (also known as DJ Milky) led a panel that unveiled an ad-supported comics app called Pop Comics and unspecified plans to return to manga publishing in 2016.

The response from creators who have been published by Tokyopop was… let’s call it “less than enthusiastic”:

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A Navigational Guide To 45 Years Of ‘Star Trek’ Comics


The hit film Star Trek Into Darkness is now available (as a digital download; the disc gets released in a couple of weeks), and you can stream the entirety of The Original Series, The Next Generation and more on Netflix and through other services. But what if you want more; what if you want the adventures of Captain James T. Kirk, Mister Spock, Doctor Leonard McCoy and that one redshirt who’s probably going to die before the cold open is over in your favorite four-color format?

The core storytelling element of Star Trek -- a group of heroes in brightly-colored costumes battle thinly-veiled analogues of Russia, China and other places while exploring the cosmos and teaching everyone lessons -- seems like it would be perfect for comics. And it is, and there are some good ones out there. Unfortunately, digging through the back-issue bins and the spotty collections that are available can be challenging, and that’s why I’m here to help you out with this navigation guide to 45 years of Star Trek comics.

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Tokyopop Returns With Plans To Evolve In The New Year


One of the largest and occasionally most controversial publishers of recent years is apparently making a comeback, with the news that Tokyopop has relaunched its website and is promising a new evolution in the way it brings the world "Asian pop culture" in the coming months...

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Link Ink: Diamond Select’s Amazing Spider-Man Figure, Emily The Strange Flash Drives And Inside An Etch A Sketch


Toys: USA Today has a first look at Diamond Select Toys' upcoming The Amazing Spider-Man movie action figure.

Fundraising: The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is hosting a manga raffle at NYCC, with prizes that include a number of cool titles...

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Link Ink: ‘Man Of Steel’ Metropolis Cop Car, Transformers Chest Hair And The Return Of ‘Reading Rainbow’


Movies: Kevin Donofrio spots a Metropolis police car from Chicago's current Man of Steel shoots.

Manga: Though Tokyopop is no more, Hetalia may live on with the help of a third party.

Creators: Steve Bissette breaks down why a writer asking a professional artist to draw their graphic novel (or storyboard their screenplay) for free isn't cool...

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Link Ink: Netflix Gets Mondo Marvel Shows, Tokyopop to Throw a Garage Sale and The Toronto Comics Art Festival’s Tools of the Trade


Entertainment: Marvel's got a bevy of animated series headed to Netflix Instant starting today and extending over the course of the coming months. If you're reading this Marvel, please add Japanese Spider-Man ASAP...

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Generation TOKYOPOP: The Revolution Will be Translated


TOKYOPOP is over. Or, they've announced they are shutting down U.S. operations next month, which means they are already over in the collective consciousness of the comic book industry. Loss of licenses, failure to replace top-selling franchises, lack of a big media hit, and rounds of brutal layoffs have been telegraphing the end since at least 2008...

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TOKYOPOP to Shut Down U.S. Operations in May


TOKYOPOP announced Friday via press release that it will be shutting down its U.S.-based operations as of May 31, 2011. Founded by Stu Levy, the publisher was instrumental in introducing Japanese comics to the American marketplace in the form of Sailor Moon, among other titles, consequently contributing to and benefitting from the manga explosion in bookstores seen in the last decade...

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Filed Under: Category: Anime, Manga, News

Watch the Trailer for ‘Priest,’ a Vampire Movie Based on a Zombie Comic [Video]


Created by Hyung Min-woo, Priest is a Korean comic book series about an immortal ex-priest on a quest for revenge against demonic forces who conspired to murder his sister as part of a gloriously convoluted-in-the-best-way plot involving fallen angels, zombies, lots of blood, infinite rage, soul-selling and ultra-violence that spans multiple time periods, notably a hyper-surreal version of the Wild West...

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