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Dark Horse: CLAMP Mangettes On Hold

Some sad news from C2E2: no new international project from mangaka superstars CLAMP.


 Here, have a cover for a book you won't see in print any time soon.
 Here, have a cover for a book you won't see in print any time soon.
Some news out of C2E2, courtesy of MangaBlog's Brigid Alverson (this time reporting at Robot6): the CLAMP "Mangettes" project Gate 7, an attempt to create a new, internationally-released work by one of the top names in Japan, are officially on hold for the time being, according to the publisher behind the project: Dark Horse.

The CLAMP mangettes were originally announced back at Comic-Con International in 2007 as a project to be released multinationally, in more than just Japan and the US. It was going to be released in monthly chunks of 80 pages; the title was a pun-- "ettes" being a suffix for small, and "getsu" meaning "montH" in Japan. 

Details trickled out very, VERY slowly, and just over a year ago the title (Gate 7) and cover were released on Amazon. Unfortunately, word is now that the Mangettes are on hold as far as Dark Horse is concerned-- they're working on their CLAMP omnibuses first --and the listing originally on Amazon.co.jp is now gone.

This is really a shame; I was looking forward to CLAMP being simul-released, and in print rather than online-- although online would have been better than not at all. On the other hand, some of the framework is still here, so perhaps the work will come out somehow, somewhen.
chibiyuutoon April 19, 2010 at 6:19 p.m.
 CLAMP just got back from a trip in the Kansai area where they did some research for their "new work": 
http://chibiyuuto.livejournal.com/294474.html
http://chibiyuuto.livejournal.com/294944.html
http://chibiyuuto.livejournal.com/295198.html  
Looks like things are finally moving forward! But if the project does happen this year, it'll definitely be in the 2nd half of the year, there's still a lot to do and we don't even have a proper announcement yet.
John_Martoneon April 20, 2010 at 11:18 a.m.
Oh man, that cover is kind of awesome, I look forward too it eventually.

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