Yesterday, Comics Worth Reading posted a list of cancelled Tokyopop titles, but as I pointed out earlier, that list reflects cancelled solicitations, not cancelled series. I just finished a volley of e-mails with Marco Pavia, Tokyopop’s marketing director, and confirmed that indeed, the list reflects a shift in timing. Here’s Marco:
You are correct that we’ve postponed—not cancelled—these series, although the .Hack Manga-Novel Special Edition (a manga & novel combo book of two previously pubbed volume 1’s, at a value price) is something we may not publish, because of some licensing issues.
In general, we have spaced out the release frequency of some slower-selling titles, and as a result, we have fewer releases each month. I believe our release-plan refinement was reported in December.
Yes, it was, although that’s a bit vague. I asked Marco for some books that had been previously listed as cancelled, and he responded with vol. 5 of Love Attack, vol. 2 of StarCraft Frontline, and the Camp Rock Cine-Manga, which I have a copy of right now so I can vouch that it exists. I looked back at the list of cancelled fall titles that Christopher Butcher posted at Comics212 a while back, and I did find some volumes that have made it to print: vol. 3 of Silver Diamond, the Ai Yori Aoshi omnibus. Also, vol. 3 of Jyu-oh-Sei, which is on Johanna’s list, is now scheduled for a June 2009 release.
So, more or less as I reported last August, Tokyopop is slowing their releases. Mathematics as well as economics would dictate that this means some books will never re-appear, and Tokyopop could be more forthcoming about that, but the fact is that a cancelled solicitation does not necessarily mean a cancelled volume or series; in some cases, it’s just a matter of timing.