For those of you celebrating, Happy Chinese New Year!
Chapter 3 is finally done, and it’s a whopper. Skip straight to the new stuff here.
And regarding our big news this week:
Rebecca and I have worked in the manga industry for a long time, and about 18 months ago–when we were both laid off from TOKYOPOP but before we started working for Seven Seas–we decided we either wanted to quit the industry entirely, or do something risky but mind-bendingly fun. We’d been mulling over the idea of a publisher dedicated to original English-language fiction based off a Japanese publishing model–but without licensing anything directly from Japan, since that’s been more than covered by the great manga publishers that remain. We wanted to utilize the digital format and experiment with mediums that North American companies have touched on, but not jumped on with the fervor of unflinching geeks. And we wanted to focus on stuff with a strong LADY BENT.
Tokyo Demons was our first experiment. We’ve used this place as a training ground for the format, technology, distribution, and broader goals of Chromatic Press. We know plenty about comics, but now we know more about English-language light novels, games, and my favorite: the delicious audio. Thanks to all your support and guidance, we’re ready to apply our Tokyo Demons lessons to other stories that need telling.
You can read more about that on the Chromatic Press page here.
But we want to stress that this project will expand Tokyo Demons, not drag us away from it. Chromatic Press was also founded by Lillian Diaz-Przybyl, a power editor from TOKYOPOP who’s ten shades of awesome, and Jill Astley, who voices mild-mannered Emi and Mai in our audio book, but is a fandom veteran and game expert in addition to a unstoppable businesswoman. Along with them and the growing list of others who are helping us with Chromatic Press, we’re gonna do more with Tokyo Demons than we could manage under my watch alone.
Tokyo Demons will be folded into Chromatic’s digital magazine Sparkler Monthly, starting with Book 3 this summer or fall. But Tokyo Demons will remain free to read, just like Books 1 and 2. You guys have been incredibly supportive, so you GET YOUR SHIT FREE. It’s the least we can do.
It’s gonna be a wild 2013, guys. Thank you for giving us the courage to grow. <3