July 2016

Having Fun, Doing Good, at San Diego Comic-Con International

Having Fun, Doing Good, at San Diego Comic-Con International

When you go to an event like San Diego Comic-Con International, the goal is usually to have fun, see panels that reveal news about your favorite geeky media, cosplay, and to get those Comic-Con exclusive collectibles. However, there is more going on than just that. For Random Acts, a group of people organized by fan-favorite actor Misha Collins, it's about getting people to think about how they can make a difference in the world and make their world better.

TOKYOPOP's Nightmare Fan Art Contest!

TOKYOPOP's Nightmare Fan Art Contest!

Do you love Tim Burton? How many times have you watched The Nightmare Before Christmas? If you're a true fan -- and you know how to draw -- here's your chance to be featured in the official manga!

For 5 days only, TOKYOPOP is seeking the best-ever Nightmare Before Christmas fan art for an extra-special bonus spotlight in the upcoming Disney Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas: Special Collector's Edition manga!

Summer in Japan: Hot Times and Family Memories

Summer in Japan: Hot Times and Family Memories

Long before the advent of air conditioning, which is pretty much ubiquitous in Japan, the Japanese people needed to learn to cope with their hot, sticky Summer climate. To that end, the whole period is liberally scattered with outdoor festivals. When it's too hot to sleep, you take your mind off of the misery by going to visit shrines, temples, and town squares, where street food, drink and dancing help make the hot season bearable. The traditions have held to this day. 

TOKYOPOP/POP Comics at AX: The Wrap-up.

TOKYOPOP/POP Comics at AX: The Wrap-up.

In the past 25 years, Anime Expo has grown from an average Anime convention in Northern California, to a monster event taking up the palatial Los Angeles Convention Center in the Entertainment Capital of the World. Over 100,000 unique attendees managed to fit in the blocks-long complex, making AX second only to San Diego Comic-Con International in attendance. TOKYOPOP had its first booth in the Exhibit Hall in a long, long time, and we returned with a big splash.

CatConLA: The Sequel!

CatConLA: The Sequel!

CatConLA is a yearly event that was inspired by the rise of a global Internet cat culture. This year, CatConLA took up twice the space in the huge building, occupying not one but two floors. Attendance was up — 15,000 unique visitors, as opposed to 13,000 last year. There was a lot of overlap between the primary audience of the event — cat lovers — and other things our audience enjoys like visual storytelling, Asian art and pop culture, and cosplay.

Godzilla vs. Godzilla vs. Godzilla: the animated history of the King of the Monsters.

Godzilla vs. Godzilla vs. Godzilla: the animated history of the King of the Monsters.

While Japanese audiences await Shin-Gojira, Hideaki Anno and his myriad partners have been busily creating tie-ins between the gigantic radioactive beast and other stalwarts of J-Pop culture, most notably Neon Genesis Evangelion. However, the weirdest crossover yet is about to happen: Shin-Gojira's appearance on the long-running anime series Crayon Shin-chan. This will be the first time that Godzilla has appeared in a Japanese-made anime.