TOKYOPOP Inc. has inked a licensing deal with Sony Pictures Consumer Products to publish Cine-Manga based on JACKIE CHAN ADVENTURES. Volume 1 will debut November 11, 2003 with two more coming sometime in January and April 2004. The series will bring the Kids' WB! TV series to readers on full-color pages with images pulled directly from animated TV series. The show follows Jackie Chan and his 11-year-old niece, Jade, who travel the globe in hopes of locating a dozen magical talismans before the sinister Dark Hand finds them first.
"We are delighted to team with Sony Pictures Consumer Products in publishing the JACKIE CHAN ADVENTURES Cine-Manga," said John Parker, TOKYOPOP's president and coo. "This is clearly one of Kids' WB!'s most popular animated series and we look forward to taking its fun and action to a whole new level."
"JACKIE CHAN ADVENTURES, with all of its great characters and exciting story lines, has all the components for awesome Cine-Manga," said Al Ovadia, evp, Sony Pictures Consumer Products. "And we're sure that TOKYOPOP, with their extensive manga background, will develop Cine-Manga that is as action-packed and exciting as the animated TV series."
TOKYOPOP Inc. is the leading North American publisher of manga. TOKYOPOP publishes hit manga series, including LOVE HINA, CHOBITS, RAVE MASTER, INITIAL D, GTO, BATTLE ROYALE and COWBOY BEBOP. The companys Cine-Manga series includes SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS, LIZZIE MCGUIRE, SPY KIDS 2 and KIM POSSIBLE. TOKYOPOP television properties include REIGN: THE CONQUEROR and RAVE MASTER, both airing on Cartoon Network. For more information visit www.TOKYOPOP.com.
Sony Pictures Consumer Products (SPCP), based in Los Angeles, handles the merchandising and branding efforts for Sony Pictures properties in film and television. This includes theatrical properties such as CHARLIE'S ANGELS: FULL THROTTLE and UNDERWORLD as well as television properties such as ASTRO BOY, STUART LITTLE and PYRAMID. In addition, through a limited partnership with Marvel Enterprises, SPCP represents the upcoming motion picture SPIDER-MAN 2 and the SPIDER-MAN animated series. For more information visit www.sonypictures.com.