PRINCESS COURTNEY!

Well, kind of, there's a new Manga character based on her...

Courtney Love has teamed up with publishers TOKYOPOP INC to create a fantasy MANGA series called ‘PRINCESS AI’, fuelled by the singer’s passion for the cartoon animation genre.

Following the story of a smart and talented, yet controversial young woman, ‘Princess Ai’ uses the public stage not only for self-expression but to also hide from her assailants. The princess of an unknown and mysterious land, she has escaped to Earth and takes refuge in the nightclubs of Kabushiki-Cho.

Courtney Lovesaid: “I have always loved the Japanese culture and the people. Princess Ai is a great character because she feels like my alter-ego, but in a fantasy setting.” She added, “I’m very excited to work with Tokyopop, a company that is truly innovative in its approach towards crossing creative boundaries.”

Featuring the character design of famed Manga artist Ai Yazawa and the creative input of DJ Milky, the duo have been working with Courtney Love‘s lyrics to build the story and dialogue. With the release of her new album ‘America’s Sweetheart’ in October, the controversial frontwoman plans to include ‘Princess Ai’ imagery into her music and both live and recorded video.

“We are very pleased that we could team up with one of the most influential rock stars of our generation and certainly one of the most colorful personalities,” said Tokyopop CEO and CCO, Stuart Levy. “Manga is just the start. Look for animation projects, merchandise and other evolutions of ‘Princess Ai’ in the near future.”

As previously reported on NME.COM, Courtney Love has signed a three album deal with Virgin and will kick off her US tour on November 10.