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– by Gig Patta

Tokyopop established the current manga market in North America.

For years, manga was extremely popular in Japan. Then in the late 1990s, Tokyopop began to license and publish manga for this untapped market for these cartoons.

Stuart J. Levy founded Tokyopop in 1997 and was credited for introducing Sailor Moon to American readers, which became popular nearly overnight. The company also licensed and distributed Japanese anime.

LRM Online talked exclusively with Stu Levy on the red carpet at the InfoList Pre-Comic-Con Bash 2019 in Downtown Los Angeles last week. He gave us a brief preview on what to expect for Tokyopop at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con International 2019.

Watch our interview below.

Source: LRM Online Exclusive

Gig Patta is a journalist and interviewer for LRM and Latino-Review since 2009. He was a writer for other entertainment sites in the past with Collider and IESB.net. He originally came from the world of print journalism with several years as a reporter with the San Diego Business Journal and California Review. He earned his MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management and BA in Economics from UC San Diego. Follow him on Instagram @gigpatta or Facebook @officialgigpatta.