This isn’t a joke, nor is it a test. TOKYOPOP is back!
Yesterday, TOKYOPOP Announced that they’ve relaunched their operations. The company plans to resume manga publication in 2016.
TOKYOPOP aims to license “hidden gems that are not yet noticed”, particularly from smaller and independent publishers. The company aims to release collector’s editions of its releases, as well as art books. The company will consider light novel releases, but declined to give a firm answer on the matter.
The company is also aiming to get into TV and film production. According to company founder Stu Levy, TOKYOPOP holds 20 properties that span live action and animation. Specific titles include Knockouts and Riding Shotgun, which have trailers available on the company’s YouTube channel.
The company will also release an Android and iOS app, which will allow users to upload their own comics. Through the app, users will retain copyright and ownership over their work.
TOKYOPOP closed the doors on their American publishing business in April 2011. Though they haven’t acquired new titles, the company has remained active on some level. They cooperated with Right Stuf and Gentosha Comics to release volumes 3-6 of the Hetalia manga, and listing numerous titles on Comixology.