Konami Cross Media NY Inks Yu-Gi-Oh! Deals


Konami Cross Media NY has landed new publishing agreements for the Yu-Gi-Oh! IP with Landoll Publishing and Nelson Publishing.

Landoll Publishing is producing Yu-Gi-Oh! inspired coloring books and storybooks as well as sticker, puzzle and educational activity books. The line is now available across U.S. and Canadian outlets.

“Landoll Publishing’s retail partners expressed a strong interest in anime-related content for the genre’s growing fanbase,” said Jennifer Coleman, VP of licensing and marketing at Konami Cross Media NY. “Yu-Gi-Oh!, with an expanding global presence on so many platforms, is well poised to attract a Gen Alpha demographic to Landoll Publishing’s products.”

Jennifer Denn, Landoll Publishing’s general manager, added: “With nearly 60 years of expertise in the development and publishing of coloring, activity and educational books for children, Landoll Publishing’s goal has always been to surpass consumer expectations by creating engaging and entertaining experiences for youngsters who are discovering the wonder of books and reading. Yu-Gi-Oh! provides us with a limitless number of innovative characters and monsters which can be incorporated into a wide array of activity, coloring and sticker books.”

With Nelson Publishing, an imprint of Carlsen Publishing, Konami Cross Media NY has secured a licensing agreement for a German-language edition of The Official Yu-Gi-Oh! Guidebook under the Nelson imprint. It will debut in the market at the end of 2024. A German-language edition of The Art of the Cards, a coffee table book that will be published under Carlsen Publishing House imprint, will be available in 2025.

“Nelson Publishing has a demonstrated passion for children’s publishing, as evidenced by its work with such franchises as Harry Potter, Tintin, Son Goku, Peanuts and Naruto,” said Coleman. “We are happy to work with the team at Nelson to make these wonderful books available for our German-speaking and reading Yu-Gi-Oh! fan base.”

Nelson Publishing’s Thorben Thoosen added: “We are excited to partner with Konami Cross Media NY to build a publishing program in the German market for Yu-Gi-Oh! We know that Germany has a strong fan base and we look forward to providing a new kind of content that they can enjoy.”