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VIZ Original Content Still On?

Is VIZ really putting original content on hold? Maybe not.

I reported back on word from comicker Tina Anderson that VIZ had allegedly put its original content line on hold. But today, PWCW's The Beat noted that VIZ is still in the process of hiring an editor, which they take as evidence that the original content is NOT on hold (along with other, unspecified evidence).


I'm not so sure-- VIZ needs editors for all of its licensed materials, too, after all, and the job listing doesn't specify anything about original content; it even says that the editor's job involves suggesting new acquisitions, presumably from Japan as well as possibly original.


But there is another piece to the puzzle: a new post today from Rob L. McCarthy, creator of the webcomic Hell On Wheels (along with Sheanon Garrity) and a VIZ editor, on VIZ's blog. In his post he offers advice to new manga and comics creators who are submitting their work, and it sounds like it comes from his own readings of such submissions-- which seems to imply that VIZ is still looking over new works.


So, sounds to me like there's still something going on, at least.

Ruby_Alexandrineon Feb. 17, 2009 at 11:11 p.m.
Oh dear!  Icarus Publishing stated that Diamond will discontinue distribution/de-list thousands of Viz manga volumes once "current stocks are exhausted." (Good thing I purchased Golgo 13 and Banana Fish prior to the news!)  Now this!  I hope everything goes well with Viz.

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