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Manga Creator Hee Jung Park To Have Busy 2008

TOKYOPOP announced Tuesday a multi-book publishing deal with Korea's hottest female manga creator, Hee Jung Park.

In 2008, TOKYOPOP will release FEVER, HOTEL AFRICA, MARTIN and JOHN AND TOO LONG.

The company will premiere each of these new series on www.tokyopop.com as well as on its MySpace profile (www.myspace.com/tokyopop).

The free previews are part of a year-long effort -- which will also include contests and giveaways, convention promotions, and online features -- to promote the luscious artwork and sophisticated storytelling of Park.

FEVER will be released in March. It's about high school student Hyung-in, who has not been the same since her friend committed suicide. Fed up with her prestigious school and the expectations of her family, she just wants out. When she meets an orphan and a strange country-boy on the bus, she begins an unexpected journey into the unknown, at a mysterious place called FEVER.

HOTEL AFRICA is slated for an April release. Alone, in the middle of the Utah desert, lies the Hotel Africa, where anything is possible. A world of joy, heartache, and friendship has traveled through its doors. Follow along with Elvis, our narrator, as he brings the history of this desolate hotel to life, weaving tales of his widowed mother, an unlikely pair of vagabonds, and a strange hotel guest.

July brings MARTIN AND JOHN, three different stories about three different men named Martin and three different men named John. Confused? So are they. Love, relationships and especially their feelings elude them. This collection of stories take place in different places, in different times -- and are all about a man named Martin and a man named John, and the struggle for love between them.

TOO LONG is set for August. A girl who seems to attract suicide victims, a shy record store customer in love with a female employee, the star of a band who's in love with an average girl are just a few of the characters encountered in this collection of poignant short stories.

TOKYOPOP is a leader in the youth-oriented entertainment brand and innovator of manga creation, across multiple platforms.

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