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Anime Boston 2006: TokyoPop

TokyoPop’s panel presentation at Anime Boston 2006 did not feature any new property announcements. Company representatives highlighted the full slate of productions for the next several months including manga-based novels, anime-based novels and several upcoming previously announced new mangas, as well as global comic properties including comic adaptations of several of the former Jim Henson Production’s properties and several original commissioned works by US artists.

The highlight production of the year from their OLM (Original Language Manga a.k.a. manga-style US comics) was My Cat Loki. The panel included the writer and artist for the comic, Bettina M. Kurkoski, and the letterer for the comic, Chris Walker. The comic itself is the story of a lost cat that is adopted by a struggling artist named Amenya who lives in New England. Loki sees himself in a human form even as the rest of the world sees him as a young cat. The comic follows their story as Amenya tries to reestablish his life along with his new found pet.

The panel concluded with a Q&A session that confirmed some details of TokyoPop’s upcoming plans. Highlights include the following:

* The deal with FUNimation concerning TokyoPop’s anime properties is a distribution deal only. FUNimation will not be doing anything with the properties other than distributing them.

* The rights to the Spiral manga have been lost as of now.

* FUNimation has begun production on a movie based on the Priest graphic novels featuring Viggo Mortesen.

* The cover art mistake on Chibi Vampire has been fixed and all volumes with the problem have been recalled from stores.

* Parasite and Marmalade Boy are completely out of print.

* Under the Glass Moon was abandoned by artists in Japan and no more will be available.

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