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TOKYOPOP Cancels Manga Titles?

TOKYOPOP cancels 16 volumes. Uh-oh!

This is not good news for TOKYOPOP: Comics Worth Reading reports that sixteen of Tpop's titles-- all released within the last two months –have been cancelled, a very bad sign for recent releases...and some of them big names like ARIA, Initial D, and the .hack//SIGN novel.


I have a call out to TOKYOPOP for confirmation and comment, and I'll let you know if I get any further information out of that.

Void_Wizardon Jan. 29, 2009 at 9:34 a.m.
OMG this sucks balls and I just ordered 1-3 of Aria I wondered why 4 was so hard to get d*mn I better go order it quick.
ScottGreenon Jan. 29, 2009 at 9:55 a.m.
Not my original insight, but it's been pointed out that releases planned for this time frame predated the December layoffs.  These titles may go MIA, but these cancellations also may reflect new staffing realities/reorganized release schedule and not an end to the series
HeeroYuyon Jan. 29, 2009 at 10:09 a.m.
Phew! The Fate/Stay Night manga is safe still... I was gonna get pissed as hell if that got pulled after everyone stopped scanlating it because it got licensed.
giaon Jan. 29, 2009 at 10:47 a.m.
Scott: Yeah, I saw your tweet about it...hope I hear back from Tpop soon for more details.
Kiriskaon Jan. 29, 2009 at 11:37 a.m.
No wonder some people think that TP will be dead by 2010. :\
MorpheusDreamweaveron Jan. 29, 2009 at 2:54 p.m.
That's pretty depressing. I'd been enjoying the .hack novels.

Still, if the sales numbers aren't there, it's better to let them go than keep losing money on them.
transgojoboton Jan. 30, 2009 at 7:38 a.m.
How's DJ Milky's "media" arm of T-POP doing these days, when it's not sucking revenue down a black hole?

At this point, if they haven't already, Tokyopop is going to have to take a long, hard look at themselves and decide who they wants to be. If they want to continue publishing, then they're going to have to scale way, WAY back and concentrate solely on titles that are selling; what little there are. Their days of playing with the Big Boys™ are now over (see: ADV). They're going to have to be content with becoming a smaller, boutique publisher, if they want to remain in business.

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One of the highest-volume manga publishers in the U.S., with a recent refocusing more into their own original properties (although they continue to license works from other countries as well).

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