Category Archives: Manga News

A Blank Slate: No Del Rey Manga After November?

At Kuriosity, Andre Paploo speculates on what’s going on with Del Rey Manga. He notes that they have no listings in the latest Previews catalog (for October, coming out tomorrow), and he couldn’t find any relevant entries at Amazon.ca for manga releasing after November. He goes on to offer speculation as to what this will mean, including (journalism alert!) asking the marketing contact, who responds, “we have no comment at this time.” Del Rey has had a mixed past year. […]

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Another Bad Manga Industry Sign: Del Rey Lays Off Ali Kokmen

Not much to the news beyond that, unfortunately. Ali Kokmen, friend of this blog and all-around terrific guy, has been laid off from Del Rey, as revealed in the fourth paragraph of this Publishers Weekly Comic-Con writeup: … there‚Äôs another casualty in the manga market downturn. Longtime Del Rey manager marketing manager Ali Kokmen (who is roaming the floor at Comic-Con) has been laid off. Like every other manga publisher, Del Rey has been cutting back on the number of […]

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It’s Fumi Yoshinaga Week!

Melinda Beasi at Manga Bookshelf had the lovely idea of having a Fumi Yoshinaga Week this week. So far she’s written about All My Darling Daughters, provided an overview of Yoshinaga’s boys’ love titles, and written a wonderful appreciation of the Flower of Life series. I’m afraid I’m too swamped to have anything new to add, but I have covered most of Yoshinaga’s work previously in these reviews: All My Darling Daughters Antique Bakery Flower of Life volume 1 Flower […]

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DC Closes CMX Manga Imprint

Brigid Alverson at Robot 6 reports that DC is closing the CMX Manga imprint as of July 1 due to “the challenges that manga is facing in the American marketplace”. (Update: As of 5/21/10, DC has removed the CMX website as well.) CMX launched in October 2004, and while their early title list was uneven, lately, they had been releasing a number of enjoyable titles, including Stolen Hearts My Darling! Miss Bancho The Name of the Flower The Lizard Prince […]

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Bad News for Manga Companies Continues: Viz Lays Off 40%

Publishers Weekly is reporting that Viz Media laid off “as many as 55 people”. In addition, it appears its small New York office, which had about 5 staffers, has been closed. The number of staff released represents about 40% of the employees at Viz Media. Declining sales in the US manga industry over the past two years are blamed, although manga still does well in comparison to other book genres. In a formal statement the company confirmed the layoffs although […]

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Go! Comi No Longer Online; Do They Have a Future?

Speculation has been swirling this week over what’s going on with manga publisher Go! Comi. Signs aren’t good, with their online presence now gone. Go! Comi launched in 2005 with four titles: Cantarella, Her Majesty’s Dog, Tenshi Ja Nai!!, and Crossroad. (All of which are still available from Amazon.) They went on to publish a variety of series, of which the only one I read was Japan Ai (published in 2007, now out of print). Their last big project was […]

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Aurora Pulls Online Manga From Netcomics

Netcomics, the online manga pay site, has posted a notice that reads, in part: In response to a request from our provider Aurora Publishing, we will be dropping all series from Aurora publishing, including those under Deux Press and Luv Luv Press imprints, promptly after midnight PST April 14th. Aurora last released a new title in October 2009 (a book originally promised for March). Throughout most of last year, and still ongoing, their books have been available at fire-sale prices. […]

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Tokyopop’s Summer Intern Tour

Tokyopop has advertised a unique internship — they’re looking for students to spend the summer, from the end of May to Labor Day, traveling with them “to promote TOKYOPOP, our stories, and our characters.” They’re looking for those who can plug the company using “social media tools”; setup, host, and take down events at conventions and bookstores; and “plan, shoot, edit, and upload video for a web-based “reality show”-styled grassroots marketing endeavor”. The company has already set up a promotional […]

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