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IDW, Tokyopop Partner on International Licensing

Scoop: IDW Publishing and Tokyopop have announced a partnership that will result in IDW’s international arm managing the Tokyopop foreign rights catalog for non-English markets. IDW International oversees all international licensing of the IDW catalog and its partners and continues to grow. Tokyopop’s foreign rights catalog includes more than 100 manga and graphic novel intellectual properties.

Founded in 1997 by media entrepreneur Stu Levy, Tokyopop, part of POP Media Holdings, established the market for manga in North America, introducing the term to the English language in the process. Over its history, Tokyopop has published thousands of books, distributed anime and Asian films on home video and television, licensed merchandise to consumer goods companies, created graphic novels of major brands, and led the way digitally in social media, e-commerce, and user-generated content.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome Tokyopop to our growing catalog of titles represented by IDW International abroad,” said IDW President and Publisher Greg Goldstein. “Our mission with IDW International has always been to be a worldwide content distributor and this cements that goal even further.”

Tokyopop joins Oni Press and Archie Comics in working alongside IDW International.