February 17, 2018

HarperCollins To Jointly Publish and Distribute Manga with Tokypop

By LJ Staff

HarperCollins and manga publisher Tokypop have cut a deal that will see Harper taking over Tokyopop’s North American distribution as well as a joint publishing venture between the two. Publishers Lunch reports that the new line of co-branded manga titles will debut in 2007 and consists of a combination of existing titles and original works. One of the joint projects is adaptations of YA writer Meg Cabot’s books. Tokyopop reportedly could not agree on terms with current distributor CDS, so went shopping for another outlet and HarperCollins CEO Jane Friedman said the publisher has been "eager to enter the manga marketplace." Tokyopop CEO Stu Levy added that with HarperCollins’ help, the two publishers "will be able to expand the manga lifestyle into mainstream youth culture, building a new paradigm in entertainment, where East meets West, and a new generation of multiethnic creators can flourish." Harper assumes distribution in July.