Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Troubling Times For Manga Fans
First Tokyopop, long the leader for North American manga publishing, announced lay offs and a big cut in their production schedules, now the Japanese manga giant Kodansha has announced that it is moving into the US market directly. It will be translating and selling its own material. In the long term, this could be excellent news for manga fans. In the short term it is going to mean some confusion. Currently Kodansha licences its titles to North American publishers (Del Ray, Dark Horse), but will it continue now that the company is selling things directly? Right now no one knows.