Backbone Entertainment Announces Death, Jr. Manga

New addition to the franchise will be developed by Seven Seas Entertainment

Backbone Entertainment announced that it is collaborating with Seven Seas Entertainment to produce an all-new original manga based on the hit Death, Jr. franchise. Death, Jr. began its life as a successful video game for the PSP and comic series, and has since built up a vibrant franchise, including a forthcoming sequel for the PSP system game called Death, Jr. 2: Root of Evil, a new game for the Nintendo DS called Death, Jr. and the Science Fair of Doom, a second comic book series, and an assortment of other collectible merchandise.

"We're excited to see DJ, Pandora, and all of the unforgettable Death, Jr. characters come to life in such a popular format", says Mike Mika, studio head of Backbone Entertainment's Emeryville location. "Seven Seas has helped create a great visual concept and storyline for the manga that will attract long-time DJ fans, and will really appeal to a new audience."

"A big driving force behind manga is the female audience, so it's the perfect opportunity to put a shoujo manga spin on Death, Jr.", says Seven Seas president Jason DeAngelis. "The Death, Jr. universe is one of those unique sandboxes that's a blast to get in and play, and we'll be taking these characters along a wild ride the likes of which they've never seen."

The Death, Jr: Pandora manga will be presented in the standard manga format: black and white, digest-sized, 192 pages. Look for it in 2007!

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