Ishaan of Siliconera managed to snag an interview with Tokyopop’s CEO, Stuart Levy, after their “America’s Greatest Otaku” tour.
Levy agrees that manga publishers should add more value to their products but isn’t quite sure that better translations are the way to go. He goes on to say that manga’s are being provided in different formats; on the PC, Kindle, and iPad, to give customers value though I don’t know if spreading yourself out to so many platforms is such a wise decision. One thing is sure though and that is Levy wasn’t shy in saying that “we [the manga publishing industry] need to do everything we can to protect intellectual property rights, which provide income to the creators. To me, this means focusing on websites who provide pirated material and enforcing our rights against them.”
Tokyopop’s foray into the gaming world is still in the early stages with the company still looking for the right partner in the field. They’re looking for a US-based company and are focused on social and casual games due to their popularity – facebook, anyone? – but in Levy’s own words, “we’d love to work with a Japanese game company — hopefully we can do that in the future!!”