Recorded this morning (posting record!), the latest episode of the Manga Out Loud podcast features Ed and I talking about Tokyopop’s closing. We recap their history, discuss the pros and cons of the OEL Manga effort, and recall their website efforts in social networking. Along the way, we wander into discussions of why comic stores often don’t carry manga and debate when comics became for more than just kids in the popular consciousness.
I forgot to mention — I was away from the internet for most of the day yesterday, so I missed the news breaking and the instant reactions. The first thing I heard about it was actually via email from a group of creators … and not the ones you might expect. A set of self-publishers of indy comics were shocked by the news, and wondering about the rights questions, since their memories of Tokyopop were mostly around the OEL works by such creators as Becky Cloonan and Ross Campbell.