Let’s start with the latest anonymous rumor to hit the internets, shall we? Someone going by the handle of Cthulhu, who claims to be an industry insider, posted this comment on Comics212 last night:
Kodansha is forming their own manga publishing biz over here and says they will no longer be licensing to Del Rey or Dark Horse or anyone else. In fact, they are aggressively cutting off the existing contracts and at least one company had to make a panicked phone call to their printer to cancel several dozen reprints.
“Cthulhu” further claims that this was announced at BEA but no one noticed, and that the company will open its doors in September in LA, “sharing space and staff with a multimedia division.” Keep reading that thread, and check out this one at The Beat, for some discussion. An interestingly wide range of people have heard nothing about this, although some are not surprised. Anyone who can shed light on this is welcome to post in the comments or e-mail me directly at the address on the upper right. (Cover of Pocyomkin, just cuz I liked it, from the Kodanclub website.)
At The Beat, Heidi lists the Tokyopop folks who lost their jobs this week, including Rob Tokar, Tim Beedle, Hope Donovan, and Paul Morrissey. That’s a lot of talent to be leaving the room all at once. Lissa Pattillo quotes a BLU editor who is upset at losing a colleague, and Gia hears from some former employees (in comments) that they weren’t given any warning, just brought to the conference room first thing and given the bad news.
Meanwhile, Rivkah Greulich must have negotiated a good contract, because she says Tokyopop has to pay her for Steady Beat whether or not it sees print—and that she is determined to issue a print edition one way or another. And then she posts some of the pencils, so we’ll see why.
In other news, ICv2 posts the Bookscan top 20 graphic novels list for May. In case you were thinking the manga world was imploding, 17 of the 20 are manga, and only 3 are Naruto.
Chloe Ferguson’s discusses light novels in her latest Panelosophy column at ComiPress.
Review: Orange Skirt reviews the Ouran High School Host Club manga and anime at Sleep Is For the Weak. Lissa Pattillo reads vol. 1 of Croquis Pop at Kuri-ousity, and by the end she still isn’t sure whether she likes it or not. FWIW, I just finished it and had a similar reaction. At Active Anime, Scott Campbell reviews vol. 11 of Claymore, Rachel Bentham checks out vol. 30 of Boys Over Flowers, and Holly Ellingwood gets an advance look at The Devil’s Secret. There’s a trio of new reviews up at Comics Village: John Thomas on Haridama: Magic Cram School, Charles Tan on vol. 6 of Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service, and Lori Henderson on vol. 8 of Inubaka. Julie checks out vols. 1 and 2 of Magic Lover’s Tower at the Manga Maniac Cafe. Tiamat’s Disciple is a bit disappointed by vol. 2 of Legend. At Slightly Biased Manga, Connie reads Museum of Terror 3: The Long Hair in the Attic, vol. 1 of Selfish Mr. Mermaid, and vol. 1 of Kingdom of the Winds. Deb Aoki looks at an unusual 4-koma release from Yen Press, vol. 1 of Shoulder-a-Coffin Kuro. Erica Friedman doesn’t find much yuri in vol. 2 of Gakuen Alice, but she’ll keep reading it anyway.