Self-Taught Canadian Manga Artist To Appear In Booth #441 April 21-23Los Angeles, CA— TOKYOPOP announces today that the first volume of the fantastical shojo manga series, Ocean of Secrets by artist Sophie-chan will debut at next week’s C2E2 convention in Chicago, IL.
“We’re thrilled to showcase such a talented creator at Chicago’s go-to pop culture convention C2E2” says TOKYOPOP founder, Stu Levy. “ Sophie-chan is living proof that anyone and everyone can make their dreams a reality, and “Ocean of Secrets” is classic fantasy shojo manga but with her own unique perspective mixed in. Come meet her and the TOKYOPOP team!”
Artist and writer Sophie-chan proves that with hard work, patience and sheer determination you can realize your dream. Fans will have the chance to meet this inspirational young artist in a series of signings throughout the weekend.
Born in Iraq, and now living in Canada, Sophie-chan became infatuated with shojo manga at only seven years old. She taught herself to draw, even as she studied to become an engineer, to fulfill a dream of creating her own manga. In 2008 she started a YouTube channel to show off her artwork, which has since amassed an audience of 370k subscribers, with fans of her original creations all around the world!
“I’m thrilled to have my first graphic novel Ocean of Secrets debuted in Chicago next week and looking forward to the most exciting chapter of my journey!“ says artist Sophie-chan.
Sophie-chan will appear on TOKYOPOP‘s panel presentation, taking place on Friday April 21 at 11:15 in room S405a, followed immediately by a signing in the publisher’s booth (#441) at 1pm. Additionally, fans can catch the Ocean of Secrets creator at the below times throughout the show:
Friday April 21:
Saturday April 22:
Sunday April 23:
Sophie-chan’s Ocean of Secrets was discovered through POP Comics, a mobile-first manga and comics platform, allowing users the ability to upload, read, and connect with original comics and their creators on any smartphone or tablet.
After being ship wrecked, Lia, an orphan girl joins the cold-hearted Captain Albert on a mission to escape powerful knights from Lyronaz. She engages with a magic power beyond her wildest dreams and discovers how the murder of Lyronaz’s queen is related to Albert.
Fans not in Chicago can purchase copies of Ocean of Secrets at finer bookstores and comic shops everywhere on May 16, 2017.
About POP Media Holdings
Founded in 1997 by filmmaker and 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 www.TOKYOPOP.com, www.TOKYOPOP.de, www.POPcomics.com, and subscribe to TOKYOPOP TV for original web series and shows (www.YouTube.com/tokyopoptv).