December 2014

Merry Xmas from China

Merry Xmas from China

TOKYOPOP Fam: 你好!(Ni hao)

I hope all of you had a very Merry Christmas (whether or not you celebrate it) and are enjoying a relaxing holiday season! I've been in 北京 (Beijing) for the past week - and it has been amazing! Even though I've traveled to 香港 (Hong Kong) many times, and was recently in 台北 (Taipei) and 上海(Shanghai), this was only my second time ever to Beijing, and my first in many years. So, it felt like a brand-new experience!

A wedding in the name of the Moon...

A wedding in the name of the Moon...

Michelle Nguyen, aka IAmChubbyBunny, is a local purveyor of kawaii accessories to J-Pop culture stores and directly via the Web. She is also a world-class cosplayer. She has a TOKYOPOP connection: she was on staff with our English-language version of Gothic Lolita Bible. She recently got married, and her wedding was an Otaku dream! I had to share, even though I was not invited. No problem, she posted all the details on the Web for world+dog to see. In true cosplay fashion, Ms. Nguyen sewed an incredible dress for herself, and designed the accents for the bridesmaid's dresses as well.

Hi-Chew To Open U.S. Based Factory in 2015!

Hi-Chew To Open U.S. Based Factory in 2015!

Your delicious dream has come true! In 2015, the makers of Hi-Chew are opening a factory in the United States! Manufacturer Morinaga first introduced the product to the American market in 2008, but sales were low in the beginning. Unless you were shopping at a Japanese (or other Asian specialty) market, chances were low that you would find the candy on shelves or at the checkout aisle. All that changed, however, with the arrival of professional relief pitcher Junichi Tazawa on the Boston Red Sox.

Taipei Film Academy 2014

Taipei Film Academy 2014

TOKYOPOP Fam: 你好!!  Ni hao!  I just spent the past week in TaipeiTaiwan teaching film production - and had an awesome time!  Here's a brief recap of the trip. As part of my role as International Chair for the Producer's Guild of America (PGA),  I work with film commissions from around the globe, of which the Taipei Film Commission is one of the most pro-active and well-organized.