“Awkward” Author’s Debut YA Manga Poised to Delight a New Generation
Los Angeles, CA —Global manga publisher and media brand TOKYOPOP® is celebrating the 15th anniversary of Eisner Award nominee Svetlana Chmakova’s debut title with a collector’s edition release of Dramacon. This special edition will feature over 600 pages of beautiful artwork, a brand-new cover design, and a never-before published glimpse into Svetlana’s creative process.
Originally published as a manga trilogy beginning in 2005, the drama/comedy Dramacon follows a group of friends through three years at a local anime convention. With classic coming-of-age teenage themes in mind, Dramacon is well-positioned for fans of Svetlana’s work who are looking for something more in the line of young adult (YA) stories.
“Dramacon is one of TOKYOPOP’s most beloved manga series,” said Kae Winters, Marketing Associate at TOKYOPOP. “Svetlana is an incredibly talented storyteller and artist and we’re thrilled to be able to introduce a whole new generation of readers to her acclaimed debut work.”
Christie, an amateur writer and full-time fan, is attending her first anime convention with her artist boyfriend to promote the manga they created together! But when she unexpectedly falls for a mysterious cosplayer, things get a little... well... complicated. What do you do when the person you’re falling in love with is going to be miles away in just a matter of days and you might not see them for a whole year? Take a trip to Yatta Anime Convention, where laughter, heartbreak, drama and excitement come together!
PRAISE FOR DRAMACON:
Publisher’s Weekly: “Using every visual manga convention to its fullest, this ripping little tale is strong and expressive enough to reveal real emotional depth.”
School Library Journal: “Dramacon is one of those series that I can read over and over again […] and every time I flip through the pages, I notice something new.”
IGN: “Dramacon is kept dynamic the whole way through thanks to a vivid artwork, top-notch facial expressions and an excellent use of tones. You can't avoid falling under its charm.”
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: "Creator Svetlana Chmakova doesn't skimp on character development or plot progression. Her art is top-notch as well, outstripping even many of her Japanese inspirations with clear storytelling and polished technique."
ABOUT SVETLANA CHMAKOVA:
Svetlana is an internationally published, award-winning manga and comics creator, with more than ten published books and her work translated into over thirteen languages. Her love of comics began as a child in Russia, and when she emigrated with her family to Canada at age 16 joined Sheridan College’s Classical Animation program.
Now working as a full-time writer and artist, Svetlana’s publishing career is vast and varied, and she has gone on to create Nightschool: The Weirn Books and the Berrybrook Middle School series which includes Awkward, Brave and Crush, and the manga adaptation of James Patterson’s Witch & Wizard series. Her titles continue to be nominated for and win numerous awards along with inclusion in library reading lists, including YALSA, Dragon Award for Kids Comics at the Shuster Awards, and School Library Journal.
Creator: Svetlana Chmakova
Print SRP: $24.99
Trim: 5”W x 7.5”H
Release date: 9/13/2020
About POP Media Holdings
Founded in 1997 by media entrepreneur Stu Levy, POP Media Holdings brings Asian Pop Culture to Hollywood and beyond. Its publishing company TOKYOPOP® established the market for manga in North America, introducing the term to the English language in the process. Over its history, POP has published thousands of books, distributed anime and Asian films on home video and television, licensed merchandise to consumer goods companies, created graphic novels of major brands and led the way digitally in social media, e-commerce and user-generated content, including the mobile publishing platform POP Comics®. POP expanded internationally with offices in Europe and Japan and a network of over 160 partners in more than 50 countries and 30 languages. Its production arm has produced live-action and animated film and television content based on its extensive intellectual property library, including Priest, America’s Greatest Otaku, Van Von Hunter, and a slate of projects currently in development. Visit POP at TOKYOPOP.com, TOKYOPOP.de, POPcomics.com, and subscribe to TOKYOPOP TV for original web series and shows.