Universal Launching ‘Mail Order Ninja’ Comic This Sunday

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By: E&P Staff

“Mail Order Ninja,” the latest Japanese-style “manga” comic from Tokyopop and Universal Press Syndicate, will launch this Sunday and run through July 8.

The weekly strip features young Timmy McAllister from Indiana, who orders a ninja through the mail. When Yoshida Jiro arrives in a shipping crate, Timmy and his family “are thrown into a whole new world of adventure,” notes Universal.

“Mail Order Ninja” creators include Joshua Elder (writer) and Erich Owen (illustrator). Elder, a Northwestern University graduate with a degree in film, won Tokyopop’s 5th “Rising Stars of Manga” competition. Owen’s experience includes illustration, sequential art, flash character animation, cartooning, photographic retouch, and video game concept art.

The first Universal/Tokyopop “manga” release was “Peach Fuzz,” which chronicled the adventures of a girl and her precocious ferret. That was followed by “Van Von Hunter,” starring an unlikely vampire hunter.

Universal said these features have appeared in about 50 U.S. and international newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, and papers in Australia and China.

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