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NEWS - 2009

Yosh in TVAmadora

Date: 20 December 2009
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TVAmadora's interview with Yosh and our fellow Swedish artist Natalia Batista has been uploaded on their webiste. During the interview we talked about Swedish manga and our award-winning manga series . Watch the interview here (English).

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Yosh receives international award

Date: 04 December 2009
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Yosh's manga novel "Beneath the surface" is one of the ten artists who receives an award from the Foreign Ministry of Japan in The International Manga Award. The award is established to encourage comic artists outside Japan who use visual or story-telling techniques used in Japanese comics. Taro Aso who was the foreign minister at that time described the prize as the "Nobel prize in manga".

The Embessy of Japan in Sweden has released a press release about Yosh as one of the prize winners.

Check out the list of the ten winners.

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"Meja i spökjägarnas sal"-Premiere in 19 feb

Date: 30 November 2009
Place: Stockholms Stadsteater

We are currently working on a play together with Stockholm's City Theater which is a spinoff of our award winning Swedish manga Kick Off. The premiere is scheduled to 19th Februari. Read our blog to get a sneakpeak in the theater's workshop where they create the magic.

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Premiere for Yokaj Podcast Season 1!

Date: 17 November 2009
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We are now launching Yokaj Studio's podcast for all of you who wants to follow the work of the studio, Swedish manga and the Swedish manga market and much more. We will be sending a new episode every Monday evening, and also bring you a special episode every month ? the Monthly Special, in which we have a featured guest who discuss manga with us. Click here to read more or listen to the podcast!

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Over 100 members!

Date: 12 November 2009
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Yokaj Studio's page om Facebook has broken the 100 member count! And it's only been two weeks. We want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has joined. If you're curious to see what this is all about, click here (and join)!

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We have blogged about our Portugal visit day

Date: 06 November 2009
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As some of you know the studio has been invited to FIBDA,an international comic festival in Portugal. During our stay we recorded on podcast episode every day which were published here in our blog. Now we are back in Sweden, and we have blogged about our first day in Portugal which you can read here!

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Yokaj Podcast Beta Episode 6 and 7 are up!

Date: 05 November 2009
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Our visit in FIBDA, the international comic festival in Amadora, Portugal, has reached an end. In the two last podcasts BETA episodes you will follow us as we search for at over 150 years old recepy. And in the last episodes we summarize the whole trip and talk about the future. We hope those of you who have followed our podcast enjoyed it as much as we did. You can listen to the two last episodes in Swedish here!

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Yokaj Podcast episod 5 is up!

Date: 05 November 2009
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We have now uploaded the 5th Yokaj Podcast episod about our visit in FIBDA - the international comics festival in Amadora, Portugal. Listen to the podcast by clicking yourself to our Swedish blog!

Yokaj Podcast is in the moment recorded in Swedish, but we have plans to do English podcasts in the future.

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Yokaj Podcast beta episod 3 & 4 are up!

Date: 02 November 2009
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Two new podcast episodes about our visit at Portugal's comic festival FIBDA have been uploaded to our Swedish blog. Check it out here. (Swedish only)

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Launch of Yokaj Podcast!

Date: 30 October 2009
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We have launched Yokaj Studio´s podcast for our Swedish listeners. Check our Swedish blog to listen.

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Yokaj has a Facebook page now!

Date: 26 October 2009
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Wanna be updated with the studio's news? Click here to find find us on Facebook!

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Yokaj in national television program Sverige!

Date: 25 October 2009
Place: SVT2, Sverige!, 18.00

This Sunday you can see Yokaj Studio in Swedish national televisoin SVT2 in the culture program Sverige!. The television team visited our studio to know more about our award winning manga series Kick Off. Below is the rerun list for the show:
SVT24 26/10, kl 21.00
SVT1 26/10,kl 03.05
SVT2 27/10,kl 23.55
SVT24 28/10,kl 17.15
SVT2 30/10,kl 15.50

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Yokaj Studio will be attending International

Date: 28 October 2009
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Yokaj studio has been invited to the International Comic Festival of Amadora in Portugal. We will be representing Swedish manga together with our collegue Natalia Batista from Nosebleed Studio. The festival celebrates its 20th anniversary and comic artists from all over the world will be there. The festival takes place in 23rd October to early November. Read more here>/a>.

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Meet us at book fair on Friday

Date: 25 September 2009
Place: Bok- och biblioteksmässan i Göteborg

It's time for the Swedish book fair in Göteborg, the biggest book fair in Sweden! We will be on Nallescenen around 17.00 to be interviewed by Bokjuryn about our award-winning manga Kick Off (which was voted 'Best comic 2008')!

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We will be at Valbo library at Thursday!

Date: 17 September 2009
Place: Valbo library in Gävle, Sweden. 18.00-20.00

This Thursday we will be heading to Gävle in Sweden to hold a seminar about our award-winning manga series Kick Off.

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Meet us at Solna Day and PUNKT Medis

Date: 12 September 2009
Place: Slaktarbacken in Solna and Medborgarplatsen

We have a lot of things coming up this Saturday. We will be attending to Solna's Festival to talk about Kick Off and to mangafy people. You will find us there in Slaktarbacken between 12-16.

Later we will be visiting PUNKT Medis library in Medborgarplatsen to talk about Kick Off. We will be there 18-20.

Both events are free! Please come by and say hello if you have your ways there!

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Big interview with Yokaj in Bild & Bubbla!

Date: 31 August 2009
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It's finally out! The new issue of the Bild & Bubbla #179, a comic magazine owned by the Swedish comics association, features a big interview with Yokaj Studio about our award-winning manga series Kick Off. The interview was made by the Fredrik Strömberg, a known Swedish comics journalist.

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Upcoming manga lecture at Swedish libraries

Date: 12 September 2009
Place: PUNKTmedis in Stockholm, Valbo library in Gavle

We will be visiting a two libraries in Sweden to talk about our work with our award winning manga series Kick Off. Everyone is welcome!

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Kick Off mentioned in national radio!

Date: 09 June 2009
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This Thuesday Swedish national radio station P4 invited Daniel Gustavsson, also known as Mangabibliotekarien (Eng. The Manga Librarian) who reviews manga in his blogg, to talk about manga. At the end of the show Daniel mentions Kick Off! Click here to listen to the show (Note: Swedish only. P4 removes their shows from the public archive after a while).

Daniel Gustavsson also write articles for the Swedish morning paper Arbetarbladet. In his latest article "All sport duger" he talks about manga with sport themes and mentions Kick Off. Read it here (Swedish only)!

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Childrens' library has interviewed us!

Date: 08 June 2009
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Childrens' library is a site for children who love reading books. They are also the organizers of Bokjuryn, which every year give awards to the best children books of the year. This year our manga Kick Off was awarded Best comic 2008. Check out their interview with us, you can read it here (Swedish only)!

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Best Swedish manga

Date: 26 May 2009
Place: Göteborgs-Posten

Today our Swedish manga Kick Off made it to the first page of the Swedish morning paper Göteborgs-Posten's culture section! Read the article here (Swedish only!).

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Kick Off 1 voted best comic 2008!

Date: 19 May 2009
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Swedish children and teens have voted our manga Kick Off 1 as the best comic book 2008! This year 42 000 kids could choose among 880 nominated books. Yokaj Studio went to Bokjuryn's award ceremony in Örebro and received one of the finest awards of them all, the love from our readers. Thank you all for voting! You can read more about the award ceremony in our blog later.

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The winners of Yokaj doll contest are decided

Date: 17 May 2009
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We annonced a couple of contests when Yokaj Studio celebrated its 5 years anniversary. One of them was our traditional Design Your Yokaj doll-contest. During two weeks our Swedish website visitors could vote for their favorite dolls, and now we have the winners. Check them out here(Swedish only)!

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New Kick Off 2 reviews and fanart!

Date: 13 May 2009
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Kick Off 2 has now been in Swedish bookstores for a month and we have received a couple of new reviews and fanarts! We have gathered them all in a blog entry, check it out here.

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Help us rate the Yokaj dolls!

Date: 03 May 2009
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In order to celebrate Yokaj Studio's 5 years anniversary, our website visitors could participate in our Design your Yokaj doll contest as our birthday tradition. Now we have uploaded all the entries, and as usual we would like your help to choose the winner! Click here to start rate the dolls (Swedish only).

This is one of three contests we have to celebrate our anniversary. Click here to read about the other contests (Swedish only).

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Kick Off 2 - best selling manga on Adlibris!

Date: 20 April 2009
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It's fantastic! Kick Off 2 is the best selling manga on Adlbris, the biggest Scandinavian bookstore. We didn't browse to the Manga cathegory when we reported our 2nd place last time, but luckily Shivi did! Thank you Shivi for letting us know.

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Kick Off 2 placed 2nd in Adlibris' top 10!

Date: 17 April 2009
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Kick Off 2 has only been released for just a week in Swedish bookstores and has already climbed to 2nd place on Adlibris' (the biggest Scandinavian bookstore) top 10 list of manga! Read more in our blog.

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English Kick Off trailers on YouTube!

Date: 14 April 2009
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Kick Off is a Swedish manga graphic novel series by Yokaj Studio, published by B. Wahströms. Two books of the series are published in present. Check out the video trailer for Kick Off! 1 and Kick Off! 2.

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Our anniversary contests are still going!

Date: 14 April 2009
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Yokaj Studio's 5 years anniversary and book release event is over, but our contests are still on! You can for example design a t-shirt to Krille which he will wear in Kick Off book 3, or you can design your own Yokaj doll. Please visit the contest site for more information (Swedish only).

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Read our blog about the event!

Date: 13 April 2009
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Thank you everyone who came to Sci-fi bookstore to celebrate Yokaj Studio's 5 years anniversary! We have updated our Swedish blog with pictures from the event. The English blog will be updated shortly when the translation is finished. Meanwhile, if you want to see the pictures, please visit bloggat om eventet.

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Come and meet us at Sci Fi bookstore!

Date: 11 April 2009
Place: Science Fiction bookstore, Sweden

We will be celebrating our 5 years anniversary and book release of Kick Off 2 tomorrow Saturday at Science Fiction bookstore! Come and meet us, listen to our seminar about our work and take part in our funny contets. The event is open to the public and everyone who's attending has a chance to ge an manga extra in the next Kick Off 3! Hope to see you there.

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A couple of interviews with Yokaj!

Date: 10 April 2009
Place: nwt.se and Fried Rice

As our manga Kick Off 2 has been released we have been interviewed by a Swedish newspaper called Nya Wermlands-Tidnigen (NWT) and Fried Rice (a Swedish community for Sweden born asians). Read the interviews on NWT and Fried Rice (Swedish only)!

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Kick Off 1 trailer on YouTube!

Date: 06 April 2009
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The Swedish version of the trailer is now availible on YouTube! Click here to watch it! If you want to see the trailer in English, please visit Kick Off's official site www.kickoffmanga.com.

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Kick Off 2's first review!

Date: 06 April 2009
Place: www.ikikata.se

Kick Off 2 has not even been in the book stores in a week and we have already received a book review by Ikikata, a Swedish blog about Japanese popular culture etc. And the best thing is it's a very positive one! Read it here (Swedish only, and warning for small sppilers).

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Kick Off 2 is released!

Date: 07 April 2009
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It's finally out there in bookstores, Kick Off 2, a Swedish manga graphic novel series by Yokaj Studio! There are ads for KO2 in the subways of Stockholm (check our blog to see photo). This weekend we will be celebrating our 5 years anniversary and KO2 book release in Science Fiction bookstore in Stockholm. If you are in Stockholm, Sweden, right now, please come by and say hello!

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We are back från PicaCon!

Date: 07 April 2009
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We are back from PicaCon, a Swedish convention in Kristinehamn. One of our readers cosplayed as Meja, a ghosthunter in our manga Kick Off. Check it out in our blog!

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Yokaj Studio's 5 years anniversary!

Date: 11 April 2009
Place: Science Fiction bookstore, Sweden

The oldest manga studio in Sweden is turning 5 years old on 3rd April! During these years we have won manga contests, got comissioned by international and national companies and celebrities, been guests in natioal radio and TV shows and now we are working on our dream project – our manga graphic novel Kick Off. We would like to thank our readers and fans for supporting us, it's because of you we have achieved this much! Now we would like to celebrate our 5 years anniversary and release of Kick Off 2 together with you! Click here to read more. (Swedish only)

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We are going to PicaCon in April

Date: 04 April 2009
Place: Kristinehamn, Sweden

We have been invited to the Swedish manga convention PicaCon in Kristinehamn as guests. We will do a Kick Off seminar och some selling some merchandise. Please take a look at PicaCon's blog for more information about the convention.

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New edition print of Yosh! Teckna manga!

Date: 16 March 2009
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The first editoin of Yosh! Teckna manga, our handbook in manga drawing, has been sold out! A second edition has been printed and are now availible at Swedish bookstores.

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We have a winner of Yokaj design contest!

Date: 21 February 2009
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We have the result of the Yokaj mascot design contest which we held at UppCon09. Congratulatoins to our winner! You can check out the winner's design here(Swedish only).

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Yokaj Studio in Bild & Bubbla #179!

Date: 18 February 2009
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Bild & Bubbla is a magazine about comics released by Swedish Comics Association. Their chairman, Fredrik Stromberg, gives a sneak peak of the newest issue with a cover by Yokaj Studio in his blog. There will also be an interview and a comic by Yokaj Studio in the magazine. The issue is not released yet but we will keep you updated when it is released!

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Doll contest extended a week!

Date: 10 February 2009
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The deadline to rate the dolls has been extended to 20th February. We will announce the winner the 1-2 days after. The doll contest is a design contest arranged by Yokaj Studio at Swedens biggest manga convention Uppcon. To join the contest you need to make your own design of the Yokaj Studio mascot.

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New Kick Off icons to our Guestbook/BBS

Date: 25 January 2009
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It's been quite a lot of writing action in our Swedish guestbook/BBS since we got back from Sweden's biggest manga convention UppCon. We now have over 3000 entries in our Swedish guestbook/BBS! It's fantastic! We would like to thank you guys for writing by creating new BBS icons. This time it's two characters from our manga Kick Off. Hope you like them!

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Vote on the Yokaj dolls!

Date: 19 January 2009
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This has become our tradition at conventions, to let people be creative by holding our Design your Yokaj doll contest! We have just come back from the biggest Swedish convention UppCon. We have broken new record in number of participants! Please click here to start voting for the doll designs! (Swedish only)

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Back from UppCon!

Date: 18 January 2009
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We're back from UppCon! The blog is going to get some updates about the event real soon and the entries from the design contest we held there will soon be uploaded. Check back later!

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We are visiting UppCon!

Date: 16 January 2009
Place: Uppsala Konsert & Kongress, Uppsala

Hope to see many of you there! You can find us at the Dealer's floor and also in one of the rooms on floor 3. Take a look in the UppCon schedule to see when we are having our seminars!

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We are going to UppCon next weekend!

Date: 04 January 2009
Place: Uppsala Konsert & Kongress, Uppsala

It's time again for Sweden's biggest manga and anime convention UppCon! This year 3000 visitors are expected to come. Yokaj Studio will of course be there! We will be holding seminars and singning sessions for our manga graphic novel Kick Off!, sell our books in the merchandice floor and much more! If you happen to be there, please come by to say hello!

Our schedule at UppCon:

Friday
10:00-21:00 Seminar - How we make Kick Off 1+signing
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13:00-14:30 Same seminar as Friday

Sunday
12:00-13:00 Seminar - What we did to get published

Check out the whole UppCon schedule.

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Latest update: 29 July 2010