If you’re attending this year’s convention then you know that TOKYOPOP wants its presence known with the huge tour bus they have parked outside the southside of the convention center. You see, TOKYOPOP is currently searching for America’s Greatest Otaku and – with eight contestants – they are touring various cities spreading their love of anime and manga all over the USA. God bless these kids.
During the panel, we learned that a few original TOKYOPOP manga titles that have been held back when the company concentrated on their biggest sellers are now available via Zinio (http://www.zinio.com). On top of that, OverDrive (http://www.overdrive.com) allows you to download TOKYOPOP titles like a digital lending public library.
Chibi Vampire: Airmail, Volume 1 – This one will be released as a Special Anthology for Chibi Vampire fans.
The Witch of Artemis, Volume 1 – An original manga title by author Yui Hara with a Y (Youth Age 10+) rating.
Ratman, Volume 2 – The second volume of this distinctly unique and different kind of superhero manga series.
Happy Café, Volume 4 – The fourth volume in this beloved and cute series is heading our way on September so for those who have been waiting for it should be relieved that it is coming soon.
Future Diary, Volume 7 – Future Diary fans have been waiting for the seventh volume of this mystery title and for those who haven’t checked it out should definitely do that.
The Dreaming: The Collection – The complete collection of this manga series in one edition
Hetalia, Volume 1 – This new series has “Huge Hit” written all over it and you can expect Volume 2 to come out in January. The series will also include color pages so what’s not to love?
Black Gate, Complete 3 Volume – All three volumes will be included in one nice package by author Yukiko Sumiyoshi.
The World of Warcraft: Shaman – The popular The World of Warcraft manga series is back with this latest entry.
Demon Sacred, Volume 1 and Volume 2 – Both volumes will be released simultaneously and the good news is that both will retail for $5.99 each.
Maid Sama!, Volume 6 – Maid Sama!’s latest entry in the series will be released in November.
Neko-Ramen, Volume 2 – If you like cats and you like ramen, buying this one is a no-brainer.
Saving Life, Volume 1 – Expect this M (Mature) rated manga series.
Vassalord, Volume 4- At last, Vassalord fans can rest easy because the next volume is coming this November.
Maria Holic, Volume 5 – As a Maria fan, this is one I look forward to in a big way and if you’re a fan I could be you are too.
Eensy Weeny Monster, Volume 1 – This is a two-volume manga series
Sergeant Frog, Volume 20 – The Pekoponian is back in this funny manga series
V.B. Rose, Vol. 10 – This adorable series continues with volume 10.
Baseball Heaven, Volume 1 – October 2010 release date
Stray Cat, Volume 1 – November 9, 2011
Secretary’s Love, Volume 1 – December 7, 2010
You and Me, Etc., Volume 1 – February 8, 2011
The Cabin in the Woods – Based on the movie directed by Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s creator, Joss Whedon.
Lives, Volume 1 – Available February 8, 2011 from the artist of the Battle Royale series.
Puzzle +, Volume 1 – This cute manga is scheduled to be released on February 8, 2011
Chibi Vampire Official Fan Book – Available January 11, 2011 so Chibi Vampire fans like me can let out a loud cheer.
Hekikai no Ai On, Volume 1 – From the creator of Chibi Vampire on February 8, 2011.
TOKYOPOP has come out strong with this panel and their commendable mission to get everyone into manga and anime via their TOKYOPOP Tour and America’s Greatest Otaku contest is impressive. However, it is the lineup of their continuing and new titles that are coming up this year and the next that will keep fans and manga readers happy.
– Faith McAdams