Steady Beat creator Rivkah Greulich heard from her editor at Tokyopop last week that the third volume of Steady Beat would be web-only.
I’m not sure how much I should say for fear of causing an outright panic with other creators, but essentially, nearly all of Tokyopop’s future books will be going straight to web. This wasn’t a case-by-case scenario. Neither I nor any other single creators were singled out. It looks like the whole line of non-licensed material will cease printing and be promoted online only.
Actually, it turns out that the outlook is better for some creators, worse for others. Bettina Kurkoski was told that volume 3 of My Cat Loki would not be published, which is a shame, but she’s going to keep busy working on Tokyopop’s Star Trek and Warriors manga, which have not been cancelled, plus she has some other irons in the fire.
On the other hand, Christy Lijewski’s Re:Play made the cut, and vol. 3 will not only be published, it will be published in print form. Tony Salvaggio is waiting for the other boot to drop on Psy-Comm. And Rikki Simons posted a few days ago that all systems are go for vol. 6 of Shutterbox.
Even before Tokopop split into two companies, a number of creators were told their series were cancelled or curtailed, including Dark Moon Diary, Divalicious, and Sea Princess Azuri.
One point to ponder: So far there has not been a huge wave of outrage from creators. One reason for that may be that a number of them seem to be working on Tokyopop’s licensed properties, which don’t seem to be in any danger of cancellation: the Star Trek, Warcraft, and Warriors series, and of course the many Princess Ai projects. I wonder if this is what the future holds for Tokyopop: More focus on licensed properties, fewer original projects?
Edit: Heidi posted Rivkah’s comments at The Beat, and as always, her comment thread is well worth a look.