Kaplan and Tokyopop Introduce Vocab-Building Manga Series

Thu, May 31st, 2007 at 12:00am PDT

Comic Books
CBR News Team, Editor

Official Press Release

Book Expo America, New York - There are many students who struggle with the demands of reading and vocabulary lists to prepare for the SAT and ACT exams. However, find something that they actually enjoy reading, and watch them "stand and deliver." Kaplan has joined forces with TOKYOPOP to bring these students a unique and engaging way to study vocabulary with the Manga Series.

As seen with the success oef Kaplan's Frankenstein and other Score-Raising Classics, The Ring of McAllister, and the other original SAT Vocabulary novels, students are eager for engaging alternatives to lengthy word lists. Kaplan's unparalleled experience preparing students for the SAT and ACT for more than 60 years has enabled us to identify the most important and frequently seen vocabulary words that show up on the exams. Reading, combined with other test preparation, helps students achieve a better score on the critical reading portion of the exams.

Maureen McMahon, Vice President and Publisher at Kaplan Publishing, says: "Students have come to expect results from Kaplan's test-taking strategies. Now we are going to encourage them to have fun too during the stressful time of SAT and ACT preparation. We are thrilled to partner with TOKYOPOP to offer students an entertaining and effective way to achieve their goals."

This series is the newest trend in teen reading and the fastest growing segment in the publishing industry. Appealing to teens interested in a good read filled with exciting plots, the manga platform represents a fun method of vocabulary review, allowing the reader to decipher the context of the word not only from the surrounding text on the page and the definitions in the margins, but also from the graphic element of the story.

Rob Tokar, Editor-in-Chief at TOKYOPOP remembers: "When I was in seventh grade, I was shocked to discover that I could actually learn something useful from my favorite comic book. I've never forgotten that experience, and that's why I couldn't be more excited by this project. Though most adults tend to think comics only contain words like POW, BAM, and ZAP, TOKYOPOP is proud to publish a wide variety of material for a wide range of audiences. All of these books already contained words that are on Kaplan's list, and the rest of the words fit the stories very well."

Features of each book are:

The complete graphic novel adventures – not abridged versions

More than 300 vocabulary words frequently tested on the SAT highlighted throughout the text

Definitions for each word highlighted on the same page

A word-pronunciation guide

An index for easy reference

Small, easy-to-carry trim size for backpacks

The initial titles in the Kaplan SAT/ACT vocabulary-building Manga series are:

* PSY-COMM, VOLUME 1: 978-1-4277-5496-7

* WARCRAFT, VOLUME 1: 978-1-4277-5495-0

* VAN VON HUNTER, VOLUME 1: 978-1-4277-5494-3

$9.99 each, paperback, 6x9, 216 pages.

More titles will be introduced in the near future.

Kaplan Publishing is one of the nation's leading publishers of academic and professional development resources. We produce more than 150 new titles annually, on topics such as general business, real estate, finance and investing, test preparation, college and graduate school admissions, academic and professional development. Kaplan Publishing is the number one provider of test prep materials for a variety of standard tests, including GRE, GMAT, LSAT, SAT, MCAT, TOEFL, and more.

Kaplan Publishing is a unit of Kaplan, Inc., a subsidiary of The Washington Post Company (NYSE: WPO). The name Kaplan was once associated exclusively with test preparation. Today, Kaplan retains its leadership position in test prep but is equally recognized as a leader in online education, academic tutoring, solutions for schools, and English language learning. Our mission is to help individuals achieve their educational and career goals. We build futures one success story at a time.

TOKYOPOP is hailed as an artistic vision that transcends countless platforms. From the introduction of the first-ever extensive manga publishing program in North America, to the development of its manga-originated intellectual properties into film, television and digital entertainment leading youth-oriented entertainment brand and an innovator of manga creation, with a revolutionary, TOKYOPOP has changed the way teens experience pop culture. The company's global reach has expanded to Europe and Asia, with recent offices opening in the UK and Germany and partnerships in Australia and China, in addition to its original Los Angeles and Tokyo operations. With millions of fans logging onto the new social networking site www.TOKYOPOP.com, reading its books, and watching its DVDs and television programs, TOKYOPOP's award-winning catalogue of licensed and original properties has made the company a visionary in an ever-growing teen entertainment marketplace. Visit www.TOKYOPOP.com for additional information.

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