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MyFutprint Selects FanGirl As Licensing Agent

Popular manga publisher MyFutprint Entertainment, home of the world’s most diverse manga-inspired creators, and digital publisher of the flagship magazine and brand Saturday AM, has selected FanGirl Consulting & Brand Management, LLC as its official agent. The company says the FanGirl team, headed by Anita Castellar, will be tasked with expanding brand awareness, building licensing/retail partnerships, and more. Seeing the future globalization of geek culture, MyFutprint founder Frederick L. Jones launched the digital, bi-weekly magazine Saturday AM in 2013 as a platform for diverse manga-inspired content. As a former video game executive and a lifelong, comic book and manga fan, Jones says he always recognized the power of fandom. However, as an African American male, he also saw the opportunity to introduce more diversity into the manga space both in the stories being written as… . . . read more

Who’s News: Gamarra Tagged To Adapt Literature to Film

ViacomCBS has created a new role in the company, hiring literary agent Eddie Gamarra as VP of literary affairs for Nickelodeon and Awesomeness. The idea is to improve the company’s ability to mine the world’s rich vein of literary content for ideas that translate well into TV shows and movies. In this new-to-the-company position, Gamarra will be responsible for sourcing and assessing books at every publishing stage in order to decide what to option and develop. So, if you’re a publisher wanting to option books for film or TV production, you’ll want to update your Rolodex right about now. Gamarra comes to the role with a perfect blend of experience in both publishing and film/TV production. He previously worked as Nickelodeon’s VP of studio business development, overseeing animated and live-action features for TV, theatrical and SVOD… . . . read more

Popeye and Olive Oyl Become Fashion Icons in Brazil

LUXURY BRAND À LA GARÇONNE UNVEILS POPEYE FASHION COLLABORATION  Popeye ain’t just sellin’ spinach anymore; with the help of long-time girlfriend Olive Oyl, the pugnacious sailor man is also becoming a fashion icon—featured in a new collection by Brazilian luxury fashion house À La Garçonne. Unveiled on May 14 during a private fashion show, luxury fashion house À La Garçonne has debuted an exciting limited-edition collection featuring the iconic salty sailor Popeye, and his longtime love Olive Oyl. Developed in partnership with King Features, a unit of Hearst and home to some of the world’s most popular entertainment characters, and designed by the famous Brazilian stylist Alexandre Herchcovitch, the high-end collection values a luxury based on the new languages of sustainability. The deal was brokered by King Features’ agent in Brazil,… . . . read more

Trese Available for Licensing Through Reemsborko

The award-winning comic Trese,  from ABLAZE Publishing, created by writer Budjette Tan and artist Kajo Baldisimo, is now represented globally in all categories for merchandising by Reemsborko.  “We are delighted to have Reemsborko on-board helping create a must-have range of merchandising for Trese,” said Rich Young, Co-Founder of ABLAZE. “This is going to be great.” Trese is set in a version of Manila where the mythical creatures of Filipino folklore live in hiding among humans, and follows our heroine Alexandra Trese as she battles with a criminal underworld run by malevolent supernatural beings. Seven volumes of the comic have so far been released in the Philippines and are now being steadily republished worldwide by ABLAZE.  Trese-inspired clothing is about to appear in the US courtesy of two apparel licensees, and apparel… . . . read more

Writers Form #DisneyMustPay Task Force In Royalty Dispute

Disney has been getting back into the publishing business in a big way in recent years, but the acquisition of several publishing houses has also brought some headaches in the form of writers who say they are owed unpaid royalties. Half a dozen writers’ organizations have joined the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) in forming the task force, which is demanding the Walt Disney Company pay all royalties owed to authors. Disney says it is working to resolve the situation, which arose after it acquired a number of publishing companies, with a spokesperson saying the company “continues to work directly with agents and authors to resolve any issues or any outstanding payments. We are carefully reviewing whether any royalty payments may have been missed as a result… . . . read more

Aconyte Publishing Novels Inspired by Marvel, Assassin’s Creed

The newly launched Aconyte Books says it’s publishing a new series of novels inspired by Marvel’s hit tabletop miniatures game Crisis Protocol, and a series based on the Assassin’s Creed video game series. Aconyte is the novels division of Asmodee Entertainment, created last year to deliver on the Asmodee slogan: “Great games, amazing stories!”, and to create new  content to be leveraged on further entertainment platforms. Unlike many publishing houses, Aconyte focuses very tightly on becoming a “go-to partner” for tie-in fiction, inspired by the world’s most popular brands. To helm the imprint, Asmodee Entertainment has hired Marc Gascoigne, formerly the  publisher & Managing Director of award-winning global sci-fi imprint Angry Robot. The team works in the UK, and began publishing last summer for the US, UK and export markets. As well… . . . read more

Peanuts And Vayyu Launch Sustainable Fashion For Earth Day

The venerable comic strip Peanuts and the eco-lifestyle brand Vayyu have jointly launched a new licensed apparel collection to mark Earth Day. In a deal secured by WildBrain CPLG, one of the world’s leading entertainment, sport and brand licensing agencies, Peanuts Worldwide has licensed its popular cast of characters, including Charlie Brown and Snoopy, to create apparel with a message of environmental sustainability. “With Peanuts being one of the world’s most iconic brands and Vayyu leading the way in sustainable luxury fashion, it’s hugely exciting to champion environmental conservation together,” said Chris Desai, Founder and Director at Vayyu. “The remarkable ‘Take Care with Peanuts’ initiative shows how brands can lead the way in making this world a better place and as we continue driving sustainability in fashion, we’re proud to bring this… . . . read more

Jazwares Pens Multi-Year Marvel Deal For Costumes

Superhero suits for the masses—and their pets—will be hitting stores in 2022, thanks to a new, multi-year deal between global toyco Jazwares and Marvel Entertainment. Jazwares announced the deal, saying they will produce an all-new line of costumes and costume accessories. Set to hit retailers in North America in 2022, this new line will include an epic assortment of officially licensed costumes, costume accessories, and pet costumes from across the Marvel Universe films, TV series, and comic books.  This announcement comes as Jazwares expands its offerings into the costume segment, with additional licenses expected in the months to come. With Jazwares’ Marvel costume line, fans of all ages can transform into their favorite Super Heroes including characters from classic Marvel properties, Marvel’s TV and film roster, Deadpool, Spider-Man, X-Men and… . . . read more

Marvel and Yoobi Partner on Heroic Back-To-School Line

The school, home and office supplies company Yoobi announced this week a major collaboration with Marvel, consisting of a ‘super-powered’ collection of back-to-school products. Yoobi says the line will combine Marvel’s iconic characters from comic books and film with Yoobi’s bold designs in a limited-edition collection. Yoobi describes itself as a “give-back brand” that believes all children should have an equal opportunity to learn and be creative, which is why Yoobi has operated on a “buy one, give one” model since launching in 2014. For every item purchased, Yoobi donates a school supply item to a U.S. child in need. Yoobi is currently available in the U.S. and Canada, and to date, has donated essential school supplies to more than 5 million students throughout those countries. You can more about… . . . read more

Brands Taking A Deep Dive Into NFT Market

By Gary Symons TLL Editor in Chief As many have predicted, the licensing industry and in particular companies involved with collectibles like comics and trading cards, have dived headfirst into the world of Non-Fungible Tokens, or NFTs. Some of the examples include DC Comics, Dark Horse Comics, Funko, and the collectible giant Topps Company, which has been into NFTs for close to a year now. Among them, Funko has likely taken the biggest step yet, as the company announced on April Fool’s Day that it has acquired a majority ownership stake in TokenWave, LLC, the developer of TokenHead, a leading mobile app and website for showcasing and tracking Non-Fungible Token (NFT) holdings. TokenHead is available on iOS and Android, and currently displays over 10 million NFTs and has more than… . . . read more