TOKYOPOP To Publish Warcraft Manga Trilogy

TOKYOPOP Inc. and Blizzard Ent. will develop a three-book manga series titled WARCRAFT: THE SUNWELL TRILOGY. The manga will be penned by NEW YORK TIMES best-selling fantasy author Richard Knaak -- who is also writing a trilogy of WARCRAFT novels -- and illustrated by Jae Hwan Kim, artist of TOKYOPOP's KING OF HELL series. WARCRAFT: THE SUNWELL TRILOGY VOLUME 1: DRAGON HUNT debuts in early spring 2005.

The manga series will take a fresh look at the events in WARCRAFT III using original characters and storylines. The three manga volumes follow the adventures of Kalec, a blue dragon who has taken human form to escape the forces that seek to destroy his race, and Anveena, a maiden with secrets of her own.

"Blizzard consistently produces the highest quality PC games on the market, and we brought together a winning, international creative team to uphold the WARCRAFT standard," said series editor Jake Forbes. "We knew Richard Knaak would be the best writer for the series, but we were still blown away by the magic and intrigue-filled story he delivered. Jae Hwan Kim, one of the most talented manga artists in Korea, was already a fan of the Warcraft games, and we love his take on the world...we know fans will too."

"We're very pleased to be entering into this partnership with TOKYOPOP," stated Paul Sams, Blizzard's svp of business operations. "We look forward to offering gamers a new perspective on events taking place within the Warcraft storyline while also introducing a new universe to manga fans."

Since its debut in 1994, the WARCRAFT game series has won industry acclaim and has shattered sales records worldwide with over 14 million copies sold. WARCRAFT III: REIGN OF CHAOS has garnered Game of the Year awards from numerous gaming publications.

TOKYOPOP Inc. is the leading North American publisher of manga. Visit www.TOKYOPOP.com for additional information.

Blizzard Ent. (www.blizzard.com), a studio of Vivendi Universal Games, is a developer and publisher of entertainment software.

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