Comics business information supply ICv2 reported on Tuesday that North American manga and graphic novel writer Tokyopop is launching the brand new romance imprint Love x Love. The imprint may have new and present works that embody shojo, josei, yaoi, and yuri works with “an age vary of 13+ to 18+.” The imprint will give attention to brief works, together with one-shots, brief tales, and sequence of as much as a number of volumes in size.
The imprint will function Japanese manga, in addition to manga-inspired graphic novels from international locations equivalent to Korea and China. Love x Love won’t differentiate its titles between these by Japanese and non-Japanese creators. The imprint will classify all its titles below the Japanese phrases for tales aimed toward teenage ladies (shojo), extra mature works for younger ladies (josei), boys-love (yaoi), and girls-love (yuri).
Tokyopop editor Lena Atanassova defined to ICv2, “Fairly than separating ladies’ love and boys’ love into distinct genres historically thought of extra area of interest within the manga market, we need to elevate all romance.” Atanassova added, “By together with all of those totally different romances below one umbrella, we hope to encourage new readers and people acquainted with manga alike to take a look at tales they may not have in any other case discovered as a result of they had been separated right into a supposedly area of interest style.”
The imprint may have print releases of manga and graphic novels, in addition to a digital journal. The primary problem of the journal will debut on March 14 (White Day), and will probably be accessible for the writer’s e-newsletter subscribers to obtain without spending a dime. The difficulty will embody the primary chapters of the Love x Love imprint titles Scarlet Soul, Dekoboko Sugar Days (seen left), RePlay, Still Sick, and Breath of Flowers. Moreover, the journal will embody a code to buy the featured titles in a “very attractively priced limited-time bundle.”
Following the primary problem, the journal will launch with new content material this fall, and every problem may have about 100 to 150 pages. The journal will debut quarterly, however the writer goals to extend frequency “relying on followers’ reactions.”
Tokyopop announced its licenses of Dekoboko Sugar Days and RePlay in July, after announcing Nonetheless Sick in Might. The writer has already begun releasing all 5 titles named above in print.
Supply: ICv2 (Brigid Alverson; link 2)