Following the success of manga releases based on Finding Nemo and Kim Possible, TOKYOPOP Inc. and Disney Publishing Worldwide are teaming up take more Disney properties to the comic book format. Lilo & Stitch is set to debut in stores this month, with versions of That’s So Raven, Princess Diaries 2, The Incredibles and The Lizzie McGuire Movie set to roll out later in 2004. More than 24 Disney Cine-Manga projects are slated for release over the next three years.
TOKYOPOP’s Cine-Manga full-color books incorporate images taken directly from feature films and television series. The releases have proven so popular that more than 670,000 units were sold in 2003 alone. Found at major retailers including Wal-Mart, Target and Best Buy, the titles are also frequently found on Nielsen BookScan’s Children’s Overall Paperback Bestseller lists.
TOKYOPOP has millions of books in print, including the manga series Love Hina, Chobits, Rave Master, Initial D, GTO, Battle Royale and Cowboy Bebop. Other Cine-Manga properties include SpongeBob SquarePants, Lizzie McGuire and Transformers Armada. TOKYOPOP television properties include Rave Master, GTO and Reign: The Conqueror. The company has also expanded its presence as a licensor, representing merchandising rights for Rave Master, Initial D, Stray Sheep and others.