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Penguin Random House Publisher Services and TOKYOPOP Announce Sales and Distribution Agreement

Penguin Random House Publisher Services and TOKYOPOP are here to make manga more accessible all around the world! The two companies just announced a worldwide sales and distribution agreement beginning on January 1, 2025. Starting from this date, PRHPS will sell and distribute TOKYOPOP’s entire frontlist and backlist of titles across the world. This means excellent reads like Since I Could Die Tomorrow and Dead Company will be handled by PRHPS next year.

About the Penguin Random House Publisher Services and TOKYOPOP Agreement

Penguin Random House Publisher Services (PRHPS), a division of leading trade publisher Penguin Random House, today announced a multi-year sales and distribution agreement with TOKYOPOP, the pioneering publishing company that established the market for manga in North America, introducing the term to the English language in the process. Beginning January 1, 2025, PRHPS will sell and distribute the entire TOKYOPOP frontlist and backlist across all sales channels worldwide.

Founded in 1997 by entrepreneur Stu Levy, TOKYOPOP delivers Asian pop culture across the globe. From bestselling licensed titles like Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas: The Battle for Pumpkin King to the celebrated LoveLove imprint’s FANGS and On or Off, to TOKYOPOP Classics like Dramacon, the entire catalogue continues to grow across both children’s and adult titles, attracting a legion of fans to the brand.

Executive Quotes

“Penguin Random House offers an industry leading range of proven sales, distribution, and publishing services that will provide the important tools necessary to continue our growth trajectory,” says Marc Visnick, TOKYOPOP COO and Publisher. “With PRHPS as a partner, we will be better situated to take advantage of market opportunities as the manga, graphic novel and comics arenas continue to evolve while also expanding our reach into new markets.”

Rachel Goldstein, EVP of Penguin Random House Publisher Services, said, “As long-time admirers of TOKYOPOP’S pathfinding publishing, we are thrilled to welcome them to Penguin Random House Publisher Services. Under the astute leadership of Stu Levy, Marc Visnick and their team, they continue to identify the perfect partnerships with which to expand their manga list to untapped opportunities in the marketplace, and we are excited to bring the full range of our sales and distribution experience and relationships to deliver their creators’ work to even more readers worldwide.”

As an outlet that proudly reviews Square Enix Manga titles and other Penguin Random House works, we’re excited to see what the future holds for TOKYOPOP as well! Stay tuned for more manga news here on Miso!

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During the day, Elisha is an aspiring businessman, but at night, he's a wacky freelance writer. Born into the world with a fleeting knowledge of rhythm games, he loves shonen manga and still wants Pushing Daisies to have some closure. For any manga/anime/video game inquiries, please contact him at edeograc (at) gmail.com
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