TokyoPop's Bubble Bursts


TokyoPOP has thrown in the towel.

TokyoPOP shuts down it U.S. operations on May 1st. Who's next?

Bonus round:
Can anybody name any artist who broke through with a TokyoPOP book? Or for that matter a TokyoPOP book that broke through? Because I'm drawing a blank. The books published by Dark Horse had more cultural relevance in my opinion.

12 comments:

Dr. Mila said...

The only one I can think of is "Parasyte", but I started reading that when it was still Mixx.

Tohoscope said...

I don't think I'd call that a breakthrough title.

Sailor Moon? Maybe.

Tohoscope said...

Also, I should've been more clear about this, I was specifically thinking about Ameri-manga. AKA Original English Manga, OEM artists.

Like, oh I dunno, maybe any of the people who submitted to TokyoPOP's Rising Gorge of Manga annual talent contests? Where are they? What happened to 'em?

Tohoscope said...

Sorry, that should be OEL, Original English Language Manga.

Anonymous said...

> I was specifically thinking about Ameri-manga. AKA Original English Manga, OEL artists.

Didn't that MegaTokyo guy get some mileage for a while? For some reason I wanna say his name is/was 'Barry Gallagher', but that probably 'cuz I just watched that Tekkaman dub : )

-DVC

P.S. I'm a little bit surprised that TP managed to hold on for so long.

Tohoscope said...

Gallagher had a TokyoPOP book? That's news to me. My only MegaTokyo memories are from the webcomic, and it's not really my cupatea.

Tohoscope said...

Rikki and Tavi worked for TokyoPOP, but most of those titles really didn't catch my interest, either.

Anonymous said...

Heh! MegaTokyo was pubbed by Dark Horse and Iron Cat, but all that stuff was so new-school to me that I just kinda looked at it and shrugged, no real interest.

-DVC

P.S. Danno, does 'Princess Ai' count? That thing actually made it into the Sunday supplement in the Star and Trib!

Anonymous said...

I never actually saw a copy of Courtney Love's Princess Ai. But I wouldn't count that because Love already has her fifteen minutes burnt up.

I guess I'm thinking of artists like Adam Warren, who came out of doing an Americanized Dirty Pair and showed something that was if not particularly good it was interesting. Maybe even noteworthy.

-danno, wondering what history will say.

Anonymous said...

I totally forgot about Adam Warren!

I do remember drinking his bottle of wine one year at a con ; )

-DVC

Anonymous said...

I think the two that get brought up the most often are Felipe Smith, who's now working over in Japan, and Svetlana Chmakova, whose stuff has shown up on the NYT manga bestseller lists.

hillsy said...

Ah man....I was kinda enjoying Neko Ramen.