Lots of questions have popped up about Diamond’s decision to stop carrying over 1,000 Viz items, mostly manga. I pitched a few at Viz spokeswoman Evelyn Dubocq and got some answers:
MangaBlog: Are these volumes going out of print?
Evelyn Dubocq: No.
MB: What other retail channels will carry them?
ED: Simon & Schuster, AAA Anime, Baker & Taylor, Ingram among others
MB: Some of these series, such as Bastard and Prince of Tennis, are still ongoing. Do you plan to continue releasing new volumes of these?
ED: There are no plans at this time for discontinuing these series
So there you have it. The series are still available in bookstores and other sales channels, and none are slated to be cut. I’m guessing that these titles sell better in those venues than in comics stores, and that’s the reason for the de-listing. Ev wouldn’t comment on why Diamond took this step, referring me to them for info on their business decisions, which is reasonable enough. I’ll give that a shot tomorrow.