A new press release:
Planetwide Media, a pioneer in interactive personalized media software, and TOKYOPOP, the leader of the Global Manga Revolution, announced today the upcoming release of TOKYOPOP Manga Creator(tm) self-publishing software and TOKYOPOP packs of digital content.
TOKYOPOP and Planetwide Media have signed a joint licensing agreement to create, market and sell the TOKYOPOP Manga Creator and TOKYOPOP Packs online through www.TOKYOPOP.com, www.mycomicbookcreator.com, and at selected retailers worldwide. TOKYOPOP Manga Creator(tm) software will provide manga and anime fans the opportunity to create, share and interact with TOKYOPOP characters, backgrounds, logos, icons, and screen shots, while creating their very own TOKYOPOP manga.
I’ve seen a demo of this company’s software, and it’s pretty neat. I thought of it as a toy, for kids to use stock images and layouts to put together their own Marvel comics, but they’re pitching it as much more. I wonder what’s going to happen once more people get a hold of this and start publishing their own comics starring Spider-Man to the web. But that’s not what we’re here for today.
What we’re here for is to talk about Tokyopop’s license. Which I also wonder about, because the books Tokyopop owns are those we call OEL manga. Are Dramacon characters going to be included, for instance? Or will licensed Japanese or Korean books be involved somehow? The images I recognize from the preview art banner are from OEL books.
But check this promo bit out:
If you’re already a manga artist, simply upload the JPG, PNG, GIF or BMP images of your own art into Creator, and create an even more original manga comic book.
Suddenly, it’s a production studio. Are we going to start seeing OEL manga with suspiciously similar layouts or characters that don’t change position much?
They’re promising the ease of drag’n’drop and “the ability to post personalized TOKYOPOP manga to a blog or social network, email creations to friends, or print out in manga format.” What a dream to sell aspiring creators: buy our software, and you can be a manga-ka for only $30. Windows only, though.