U.S. manga publisher Tokyopop, in association with Disney Publishing Worldwide, will bring one of TV's hottest animated series to the world of graphic novels with the publication of an authentic DIGIMON manga. The DIGIMON animated series currently airs in the U.S. on the ABC Network, and follows seven ordinary kids who gain "digivices" that transport them into the Digital World. Once there, they make companions called Digimon, and must battle evil Digimon monsters. "Tokyopop is thrilled with the success of our existing manga properties, and we are confident that this exciting new acquisition will complement our line-up," said John Parker, Tokyopop's president and COO. "We look forward to continued success with Disney Publishing Worldwide." The DIGIMON manga series follows Tokyopop and Disney Publishing's first effort, the MONSTERS, INC. manga, which was released in October 2002.