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It’s a sad day for Manga fans, as Tokyopop announced it is shutting down its US operations effective May 31, 2011. TOKYOPOP film and television projects and European operations, including the German publishing program, will not be affected by the Los Angeles office closure. In addition, TOKYOPOP will continue its global rights sales via its office in Hamburg, Germany. This doesn’t mean you won’t be able to get Manga, there are a plethora of people who illegally download CBR files each and every day, which more than likely helped contribute to this news. The complete company statement, and a letter

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Diamond Comic DistributorsPress ReleaseTokyopop

Press Release TOKYOPOP and Diamond announced today a new sales and distribution agreement between the companies, with a focus on consolidating efforts to build out the manga graphic novel segment across both comic book and bookselling retailers. The new endeavor will commence on July 1, 2011, as TOKYOPOP transitions over its current bookselling distribution from Harper Collins to Diamond Book Distributors.

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Diamond Comic DistributorsPress ReleaseTokyopop

Press Release Diamond Book Distributors has been awarded the rights to exclusively distribute TOKYOPOP products to the UK and Ireland book markets. TOKYOPOP will continue to be represented to the U.S. book market by HarperCollins.

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Gossip Girl and Californication star Mädchen Amick has joined the cast of Priest.  Amick will play the mother of the kidnapped niece in the film, with Paul Bettany starring as the priest on a search to find the missing girl. In the frontier of the American west, a veil of evil threatens to engulf humanity. Servants of the fallen archangel Temozarela are paving the way for their dark lord’s resurrection. One man stands in the way of the apocalypse—Ivan Isaacs—a fallen priest who sold his soul to the devil Belial for the power to fight evil. Armed with a wicked

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True Blood star Stephen Moyer, and 90210 cast member Lily Collins have joined the cast of Priest, according to Variety.  Moyer will be playing a mortal in this flick instead of an undead blood-sucker, with Collins set to play his niece. In the frontier of the American west, a veil of evil threatens to engulf humanity. Servants of the fallen archangel Temozarela are paving the way for their dark lord’s resurrection. One man stands in the way of the apocalypse—Ivan Isaacs—a fallen priest who sold his soul to the devil Belial for the power to fight evil. Armed with a

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Karl Urban has been cast as Black Hat, the god of vampires, in Screen Gems’ Priest movie. Adapted by Cory Goodman from a TokyoPop comic, “Priest” is set in a world ravaged by war between man and vampires. Paul Bettany stars as a warrior priest and vampire fighter who teams with a sheriff (Cam Gigandet) and warrior priestess (Maggie Q) to track down a murderous band of vampires who have kidnapped his niece. Shooting for the comic book adaptation begins next week, with Scott Stewart directing. via THR

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Actress Maggie Q has joined the cast of Priest, the movie adaptation of  TokyoPop’s Priest comicbook. “Priest” is set in a world ravaged by war between man and vampires and follows a warrior priest (Bettany) who teams with a sheriff (Gigandet) to track down a murderous band of vampires who have kidnapped his niece. Maggie Q will play a priestest – the female version of the priest vampire hunters. via THR

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Cory Goodman’s Priest comicbook is getting the film treatment thanks to Stars Road Entertainment. “Priest” is set in a world ravaged by centuries of war between man and vampires and follows a warrior priest (Bettany) who turns against the church to track down a murderous band of vampires who have kidnapped his niece. Cam Gigandet has been cast as a vampire sheriff, who teams up with Paul Bettany to save the girl he loves. via THR

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Image ComicsPress ReleaseTokyopop

Press Release The Eisner-nominated major debut by cartoonist Brandon Graham, KING CITY, finally continues in an ongoing series presented in the deluxe, oversized format courtesy of TOKYOPOP and Image Comics! “Continuing KING CITY has been a long time coming and I’m thrilled that TOKYOPOP and Image Comics are bringing it back in the best way possible,” Graham said. “We’re doing it as thirty-two page monthly issues, the first six issues remastering the original series along with as much cool new work as I can fit, in a format akin to Image’s VIKING. Starting with issue 7, the series will consist

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Boom StudiosPress ReleaseTokyopop

Don’t get overly excited – it’s not that Morrissey, but rahter Paul Morrissey formerly of Tokyopop who’s landed a new position at Boom! Studios.  Boom! is being very secretive about the position and what titles (perhaps a couple of new ones) Morrissy will be working on.  Guess we’ll have to wait until SDCC for the big announcements – and I have it on good authority that Boom! will have a lot of big announcements at San Diego. See the cryptic press release by clicking the thumbnail. via Boom! Studios

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Los Angeles, CA (June 3, 2008) TOKYOPOP announced Tuesday that it has reorganized its North American business into two separate companies by spinning off its newly established comics-to-film and digital units into one new entity TOKYOPOP Media LLC. As part of the spin-off and reorganization, 39 positions within the organization have been eliminated. The move will allow the company to align its publishing business with current book retail trends, as well as aggressively pursue growth in the white-hot comics-to-film and digital space.

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Coming out of Book Expo America taking place in Los Angeles, California comes a couple of press releases from Tokyopop about its latest acquisitions aimed at teenagers, and possibly film too. Press releases follow the jump.

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It’s a busy day for Tokyopop. First the company announced a online manga initiative with GoComics, and now Tokyopop has followed up with two other deals. The first of the new announcements should be good news for World of Warcraft and StarCraft fans; Blizzard Entertainment and Tokyopop have entered into an agreement where the comic publisher will release 22 all new WoW and StarCraft titles between now and 2010.

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Tokyopop and GoComics have announced an agreement where the two companies will work together to bring many o Tokyopop’s titles to mobile phones. To kick off the event, GoComics will be branding the Tokyopop content under the GoComics Mobile Manga banner as well as a spin-off Tokyopop section. “Our Mobile Manga is a great user experience and satisfies discriminating creators, editors and fans alike. A major reason for this is GoComics’ commitment to quality, simplicity, and an artistic adaptation that preserves the manga pacing while converting pages into a panel-by-panel format,” said TOKYOPOP Director of New Product Development Jeremy Ross.

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