TOKYOPOP announces development deal with Spacedog Entertainment

Thu, April 17th, 2008 at 10:21am PDT | Updated: April 17th, 2008 at 10:22am

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TOKYOPOP, the leader of the global manga revolution and leading entertainment brand, Spacedog Entertainment, are proud to announce a multi-project development deal to create original intellectual property for multi-media distribution including publishing, film, television, digital, merchandising, and game development. The first manga series produced by the partnership is eV. Created by television, film and comics writer James Farr (Xombie: The Animated Series; My Pet Robot, Shadows of Oz) and Alfa Robbi (Boneka Kematian, Go-Go F5) eV tells the story of Evie, a high school girl who receives a nanotech upgrade and becomes Earth's representative in an alien parliament.

According to Spacedog Entertainment President and CEO, Roger Mincheff, "Over the course of decades, walls have been built that govern how the traditional comic business runs. TOKYOPOP and manga are tearing down those walls and redefining what this art form means, who is consuming this content and when and how they see it. Spacedog likes to think of itself as an innovator -- TOKYOPOP was the logical home for us."

TOKYOPOP Editor-in-Chief Rob Tokar adds, "TOKYOPOP is excited to find a partner who is as passionate about creating exciting, innovative new stories as we are. Working with Roger Mincheff and his team has been a creative, collaborative and fun experience, and I think that comes through on every page of eV." Tokar continues, "Like the main character in the book, Spacedog stepped into a larger world with this manga and really made its mark on it! We are excited to join forces with Spacedog as we further develop the TOKYOPOP brand worldwide."

Story Synopsis: Earth's preeminent nanotechnology scientist must create physical and mental enhancements for whomever is chosen to represent Earth in the alien parliament. But when his daughter is mortally injured in a car crash, he uses the one dose of enhancement serum on her--which means she has to go to the alien parliament! Humor and action ensue as she makes several unusual alien friends and helps thwart a plot to free a hugely powerful alien death god trapped inside a black hole.

eV arrives in stores nationwide April 2008.

About TOKYOPOP

Founded by multi-cultural media visionary Stu Levy,TOKYOPOP is hailed as a leading youth-oriented entertainment brand and an innovator of manga creation, with a revolutionary 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, TOKYOPOP has changed the way teens experience pop culture. The company's global reach has expanded to Europe and Asia, with offices 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, which are licensed in more than 40 countries and 30 languages, 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.

About Spacedog Entertainment

Spacedog Entertainment was launched in 2003 which focuses on story-telling that is relatable and grounded but integrates the fantastic. Spacedog marries content and brands together to create cost-effective programs that provide brand ownership across multiple platforms. Additionally, the company develops franchises with a specific strategy to entertain across all media. With a number 1 box office movie (The Covenant) and eight (8) projects currently in various stages of development at leading television and movie studios, Spacedog is currently becoming a major player in this field.

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