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Chuang Yi Publishing Pte Ltd. (Simplified Chinese: 创艺, Pinyin: Chuàngyì, meaning "creative arts") was a publishing company based in Singapore that specialized in producing domestic and imported comics and comics-related merchandise, in English and simplified Chinese. Chuang Yi distributed all or some of its products in Singapore, Malaysia, India, and the Philippines. Distribution to Australia and New Zealand occurred through Madman Entertainment and used Australian English translations.
The company is now defunct.
Chuang Yi Publishing was founded in 1990 as a distributor of Japanese comics published in simplified Chinese. It had early success with Dragon Ball and Slam Dunk, and soon began importing titles from Hong Kong, Taiwan, and South Korea.
In 1995, Chuang Yi set up its first branch office in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and launched two Japanese comic series in Malay. In 1998 and 1999, Chuang Yi published its first TV-drama-to-comic adaptations of Legend of the Eight Immortals and Liang Po Po. Chuang Yi expanded into the English-language market in 2000 with the launch of its Pokémon series, and two Taiwanese comics began serialisation in local newspapers. In 2003, Chuang Yi secured licensing rights to distribute its comics to Australia, New Zealand, and the Philippines, and in 2004 branched into the magazine market including licensing of several Disney titles. Chuang Yi began distribution of sticker collectibles from Panini Comics and Topps UK in 2004 and 2005, and in 2006 began distribution of comics in India. In 2007, the company secured the rights to develop stationery merchandise for Pokémon and Disney products, and began exclusive distribution of DC Comics and Marvel Comics products to Singapore and Malaysia.
Due to a series of unfortunate events, the company has ceased operation, leading to non publishing and eventually liquidated.
Manga published by Chuang Yi Publishing in Chinese
Manga published by Chuang Yi Publishing in English
Other comic magazines published by Chuang Yi Publishing in English
Since 2004, Chuang Yi has published magazines based licensed franchises, accompanied by themed real-world events, graphic novels, sticker books, and other merchandise. The magazine contents are Singapore-specific. Current franchises are:
- Disney Princess
- Disney Fairies
- Winx Club (up to issue #39; MediaCorp has handled Winx from No. 40 onwards)
In the past they have also produced Winnie-the-Pooh and Monster Allergy franchise magazines. Chuang Yi also distributes two imported magazines from Australia: Bratz from Otter Press, and Krash from Nuclear Media and Publishing. It also holds licenses to produce and distribute a variety of stationery products, children's toys, keychains, and stickers for the Pokémon and Looney Tunes franchises.
Manhwa published by Chuang Yi Publishing in English
- "New Madman Manga for 2005". Mania (archived from Anime on DVD.com). 4 January 2005. Retrieved 21 July 2008.
- "Japanese Manga Comics to debut in India courtesy Chuang Yi and Sterling Publishers". Tech Shout!. 7 June 2007. Retrieved 21 July 2008.
- "Distribution". Chuang Yi. Archived from the original on 16 June 2008. Retrieved 19 July 2008.
- SS (by Shohei Harumoto) was published under 2 languages, both are exactly same, only title and dialogues are different.
- Official website (Archive)