TOKYOPOP, the American manga publishing giant, has announced that they have promoted Marc Visnick to the position of COO and Publisher.
Marc previously served as VP of Publishing since his arrival in the company in early 2022.
As, COO and Publisher, Marc will overlook all North American operations including print, digital, editorial, marketing/PR, sales, & distribution. As the market for comics, manga, and graphic novels continues its expansion, he will be developing strategies for driving growth and efficiency for the brand.
Marc will be directly reporting to TOKYOPOP founder and CEO, Stu Levy. During his time at TOKYOPOP, Marc has doubled year on year revenue of the company, expanded the brand’s presence in North American marketplace via retail channel expansion and partnership, increased market share, and implemented a new production process to efficiently scale content output.
Before joining TOKYOPOP, Marc was VP of Sales and Business Development for indie comics publisher, TKO Studios, where he managed worldwide distribution, marketing, PR, licensing, printing, and D2C, e-commerce, trade, and independent retail channels. During his tenure, he doubled TKO Studios’ print sales and expanded the digital catalog to all major trade, comic book, and library channels.
Marc also previously served as the Senior Business Development Manager at Ingram Content Group, where he developed new revenue streams for both the print and digital content distribution businesses, increased unit margins, and doubled unit sales for key legacy clients.
Before Ingram, he served in Director of Sales roles for Callisto Media, Inc. and Lonely Planet/ BBC Worldwide.
About being promoted to COO and Publisher, Marc said, “I am thrilled to expand my role at TOKYOPOP and look forward to leading a variety of initiatives to expand our reader base and market share,”.
He further added, “This is an exciting time for the juncture of pop culture and publishing and TOKYOPOP is well positioned to be at the forefront of the momentum that is driving the global popularity of manga and graphic novels.”
“Marc Visnick has contributed greatly to the success of TOKYOPOP since joining us in 2022 and he is extremely well suited to assume the roles of COO and Publisher. I have great confidence that his leadership and vision will continue to make a difference,” said Stu Levy, founder and CEO of TOKYOPOP.
About TOKYOPOP, Inc.
Founded in 1997, TOKYOPOP brings Asian pop culture to Hollywood and beyond. TOKYOPOP established the market for manga in North America, introducing the term to the English language in the process, and expanding the market in Germany, publishing thousands of books in both languages, distributing anime and Asian films on home video and television, licensing merchandise to consumer goods and companies, and creating graphic novels of both original content and major IP adaptations.
TOKYOPOP’s core values focus on multiculturism and diversity; aestheticism and artistic integrity; and passionate and positive storytelling.
Source: Press Release.