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Tokyopop to close at end of May

Postby Mr. Poolman » Fri Apr 15, 2011 4:00 pm

Tokyopop to close at end of MayThe publisher that helped revolutionize the manga market in the US will cease operations in May.



Unfortunate news for manga fans in the US, as Tokyopop, which opened up manga for a sizable American audience, has announced that it will shut its doors late in May.  The company made its name in the early 2000's translating and publishing some of the most popular manga titles in the US in its original right-to-left page format, which helped popularized manga in the American bookstore market, reaching teen and tween readers that American comic book publishers struggle to find.  They eventually got into the business of publishing Original English Manga (OEL) titles by a variety of creators from around the world.  

However, the company had run into a lot of problems lately, and according to The Beat, laid off all but six employees in their Los Angeles office.  A statement from Tokyopop reads:
For nearly 15 years, TOKYOPOP, led by Stu Levy, its founder, CEO and Chief Creative Officer, has pioneered the English-language manga movement and touched the hearts, minds and souls of enthusiasts worldwide.Today, we are sad to inform our loyal community of manga fans, our passionate creators of manga content, our business and retail partners, and other stakeholders who have supported us through the years that as of May 31, 2011, TOKYOPOP is closing its Los Angeles-based North American publishing operations.TOKYOPOP film and television projects and European operations, including the German publishing program, will not be affected by the Los Angeles office closure. In addition, TOKYOPOP will continue its global rights sales via its office in Hamburg, Germany.




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Re: Tokyopop to close at end of May

Postby Herald » Fri Apr 15, 2011 4:10 pm

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Wow. I didn't think they were in that dire straits. I've been buying this company's stuff since its beginning with MixxZine. :-(
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Re: Tokyopop to close at end of May

Postby Royal Nonesuch » Fri Apr 15, 2011 4:11 pm

:shock: :shock: :shock:

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Re: Tokyopop to close at end of May

Postby sdsichero » Fri Apr 15, 2011 4:16 pm

They've been pulling back the amount of stuff they've been publishing. *sigh* I guess I won't see later iterations of my favorite manga officially published in English....

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Re: Tokyopop to close at end of May

Postby Kolimar » Fri Apr 15, 2011 4:27 pm

Sigh... :-(
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Re: Tokyopop to close at end of May

Postby Mr. Poolman » Fri Apr 15, 2011 4:30 pm

Same as you guys, this was unexpected :-(
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Postby GLX » Fri Apr 15, 2011 4:33 pm

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Re: Tokyopop to close at end of May

Postby misac » Fri Apr 15, 2011 5:47 pm

sdsichero wrote:They've been pulling back the amount of stuff they've been publishing. *sigh* I guess I won't see later iterations of my favorite manga officially published in English....

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And what's that?

I guess teen girls outgrew manga. :smt102
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Re: Tokyopop to close at end of May

Postby The Old Doctor » Fri Apr 15, 2011 5:50 pm

Watch Viz and Dark Horse.... ummm, Viz pick up the licenses. Then again, the actual Japanese publishers are thinking of coming straight to North America anyway.

I never thought Tokyopop was going to last. They're picks seemed hit and miss to me.
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Re: Tokyopop to close at end of May

Postby The Old Doctor » Fri Apr 15, 2011 5:51 pm

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And what's that?

I guess teen girls outgrew manga. :smt102


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Re: Tokyopop to close at end of May

Postby sdsichero » Fri Apr 15, 2011 6:38 pm

misac wrote:
And what's that?

I guess teen girls outgrew manga. :smt102


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Funny though, I see a lot of teens at Banes and Noble reading manga.
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Re: Tokyopop to close at end of May

Postby Greg » Fri Apr 15, 2011 6:43 pm

I want my Poison Candy sequels, TokyoPop! :x
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Re: Tokyopop to close at end of May

Postby 3MJ » Fri Apr 15, 2011 6:45 pm

What the fuck? They were like the "To catch a predator" of the bookshop world. How will I know who my little niece should avoid now?

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Re: Tokyopop to close at end of May

Postby Victorian Squid » Fri Apr 15, 2011 6:47 pm

sdsichero wrote:
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Funny though, I see a lot of teens at Banes and Noble reading manga.


Yup, sitting around reading them for free or file-sharing.

Oddly, if enough people don't pay for a product they may eventually quit producing it.
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Re: Tokyopop to close at end of May

Postby dairydead » Fri Apr 15, 2011 7:51 pm

Tokyopop was generally shit. The whole Anime/manga thing is past, and this is pretty recent. In the past three years, cons went from hordes of Naruto,Bleach, and Death Note fans to just a variety of things. Right now in fandom, there is no uniting or popular fandom when it comes to the anime/manga crowd. Honestly right now the most popular fandom is Panty and Stocking, and that hasn't even been translated. Its weird how quickly anime faded out of the mainstream.

on another note though, anime cons are blowing up all over the country. I dont think there has been a single major convention to not gain a large number of attendees each year. :smt102
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