Kodansha to let Tokyopop licenses lapse

LoveHina3The Japanese publisher Kodansha has decided to let its licenses with Tokyopop expire, according to Marketing Manager Kasia Piekarz, which means that series in progress will not be completed by Tokyopop and existing volumes will not be reprinted. Accordingly, a number of series have been put on the Out of Print list. Tokyopop made the following official statement:

The Japanese publisher Kodansha, from whom TOKYOPOP has licensed many terrific series over the years — Chobits, Love Hina, Samurai Deeper Kyo, Rave Master, Initial D, Kindaichi, Life, GetBackers, and Love Attack, to name a few — has decided to let all existing contracts with TOKYOPOP expire on all manga series that they have licensed to us. As a result, Kodansha will not renew any licenses with TOKYOPOP for any new manga volumes. What does this mean? TOKYOPOP will not be allowed to complete the publication of any series that is currently in progress; in addition, TOKYOPOP will not be allowed to reprint titles after the current inventory has been sold out, so once these series are sold out at retail, they will not be available for consumers to purchase. The reasons for Kodansha’s decision were not communicated to TOKYOPOP.

We have received many emails and phone calls about titles related to this announcement, and given the nature of the negotiations, we could not definitely answer any of those questions until now. We love all of these series, and we are disappointed that we will not get to enjoy the outcome of some of our favorite manga. We hope to see these series completed some day…. However, if they are ever published again, they will not be published by TOKYOPOP.

Given that Tokyopop seems to have turned the corner lately, I wonder what Kodansha is up to. Remember they refused to renew their licenses with Tokyopop Germany earlier this year.

ETA: David Welsh has a list of affected titles at Precocious Curmudgeon.

ETA2: And here’s Tokyopop’s full Out of Print list, which includes some non-Kodansha titles.

New manga, news from Deux, the annotated bookshelf

Lori Henderson has a thorough roundup of the week’s manga news at Manga Xanadu, and Erica Friedman checks in with the latest edition of Yuri Network News at Okazu.

The Comics Village clan makes their picks from this week’s new releases.

David Welsh, meanwhile, contemplates the upcoming titles featured in the September Previews.

Gottsu-Iiyan posts some Naoki Urasawa sketches from a Japanese magazine at The Eastern Edge.

The Daily Yomiuri reports that Japanese publishers are putting more of their works online to beat scanlators, since legal means have had limited success.

Things were looking kind of bleak at Deux Press a few months ago, so it’s nice to hear some good news, via Kris at Manic About Manga: Spicy but Sweet and Cigarette Kisses will be out in September, and another special sale is in the works.

Coming this fall: The Rough Guide to Manga, authored by a frequent linkee on this blog, Honolulu Star-Bulletin columnist Jason Yadao. Congratulations, Jason!

This is pretty cool: LJ’er st-aurafina posts an annotated photo of her manga-filled bookshelf.

Jason Thompson is going to be at Kumoricon in Portland, Oregon, on Labor Day weekend, and he has a full schedule of activities planned.

Viz Media’s Japanese parent companies Shogakukan, Shueisha, and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions have acquired two European companies and will fold them into their European arm, Viz Media Europe.

Reviews: Kate Dacey reviews three kid-friendly manga at Good Comics for Kids. Jeet Heer joins the Robot 6 staff, including me, in this week’s What Are You Reading column. My picks include 20th Century Boys, which I’ll write a real review of one of these days. Lori Henderson checks out the SIGIKKI lineup at Manga Xanadu. Ed Sizemore reviews a handful of recent volumes from Del Rey at Comics Worth Reading. And the Manga Recon team has another set of Manga Minis up for your reading pleasure. Other reviews of note:

Julie on vol. 2 of Animal Academy (Manga Maniac Cafe)
Snow Wildsmith on vol. 1 of Aoi House (omnibus) (Fujoshi Librarian)
Diana Dang on vol. 1 of Ballad of a Shinigami (Stop, Drop, and Read!)
Dan Polley on vol. 1 of The Battle of Genryu (Comics Village)
Lorena Nava Ruggero on vol. 3 of Beauty is the Beast (i heart manga)
Danielle Van Gorder on vol. 28 of Berserk (Mania.com)
Johanna Draper Carlson on vol. 6 of Bizenghast (Comics Worth Reading)
Deb Aoki on Black Bird (About.com)
Connie on vol. 1 of Bloody Kiss (Slightly Biased Manga)
Connie on vol. 2 of Choco Mimi (Slightly Biased Manga)
Johanna Draper Carlson on CSI: Intern at Your Own Risk (Comics Worth Reading)
Connie on Cut (Slightly Biased Manga)
Michelle Smith on Dining Bar Akira (Manga Recon)
Lissa Pattillo on Dystopia (Kuriousity)
Danielle Van Gorder on vol. 3 of Gantz (Mania.com)
Snow Wildsmith on Golden Prince & Argent King (Manga Jouhou)
Julie on Junior Escort (Manga Maniac Cafe)
D.M. Evans on vol. 1 of Knights (Manga Jouhou)
Lorena Nava Ruggero on vols. 5 and 6 of Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service (i heart manga)
Erin Finnegan on vol. 1 of Little Fluffy Gigolo Pelu (Manga Recon)
Erica Friedman on vol. 1 of Lucky Star (Okazu)
Johanna Draper Carlson on The Manga Guide to Calculus and The Manga Guide to Electricity (Comics Worth Reading)
Melinda Beasi on vol. 7 of Monkey High (There it is, Plain as Daylight)
Connie on vol. 9 of MPD-Psycho (Slightly Biased Manga)
Connie on vol. 32 of Oh My Goddess (Slightly Biased Manga)
Michelle Smith on vol. 2 of Phantom Dream (Soliloquy in Blue)
Julie on vol. 2 of Rasetsu (Manga Maniac Cafe)
Connie on vol. 6 of Slam Dunk (Slightly Biased Manga)
Lissa Pattillo on vol. 22 of Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle (Kuriousity)
Shevaun Morrison on vol. 1 of Welcome to Wakaba-Soh (Kuriousity)

Review: CSI: Intern at Your Own Risk

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Story by Sekou Hamilton
Art by Steven Cummings
Rated T, for Teen, 13+
Tokyopop, $12.99

I’m going to confess up front that I have only watched the CSI TV show a few times, and I didn’t really care for it; the close-up shots of innards always struck me as a bit cheesy. My tastes lean more toward Law and Order, Bones and NCIS, which go a bit lighter on the bodily fluids.

Fortunately, Tokyopop’s CSI manga doesn’t lean much on the TV show. Instead, it’s geared for teen readers with a group of high-school students who get the awesome experience of being interns at the Las Vegas CSI labs, with the characters from the show playing the part of their kindly but distant instructors.

If you haven’t already suspended disbelief, please do so now.

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New manga on the way

Lori Henderson lists this week’s kid-friendly manga and comics at Good Comics for Kids.

Digital is going to publish the Maiden Rose manga.

At The Eastern Standard, David Goodwin does a bit of hunting and notes that almost all of Viz’s Sigikki titles are slated for print, while Del Rey and Dark Horse are slowing down their releases. Interesting discussion of Alive in the comments. Also, here’s a peek at the cover of the first volume of Moyashimon.

News from Japan: Gia has a peek at a horror manga by Nagaru Tanigawa, the author of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. ANN reports that The Legend of Kamui, Yubisaki Milk Tea, and I’ll Give It My All… Tomorrow are all returning from hiatus, and they also post the latest comics rankings from Oricon and Tohan.

Reviews: At Manga Recon, Chloe Ferguson liked vols. 1 and 2 of Crown a lot less than I did. Elizabeth Shupe continues her look at Mitzukazu Mihara’s early works at Girlamatic. Tangognat has some short takes on the Sigikki series.

Greg McElhatton on vol. 4 of 20th Century Boys (Read About Comics)
Danielle Leigh on vols. 1 and 2 of Bamboo Blade (Comics Should Be Good)
Lori Henderson on vol. 1 of Children of the Sea (Manga Xanadu)
Anna on The Color of Water (2 screenshot limit)
Alain Mendez on vols. 1 and 2 of Dazzle (Comics Village)
AstroNerdBoy on vol. 8 of Gakuen Alice (AstroNerdBoy’s Anime and Manga Blog)
Michelle Smith on vol. 6 of Goong (Soliloquy in Blue)
Billy Aguiar on vol. 1 of Mad Love Chase (Prospero’s Manga)
David Welsh on vol. 1 of Nightschool (Precocious Curmudgeon)
Melinda Beasi on vol. 7 of Nora: The Last Chronicle of Devildom (There it is, Plain as Daylight)
Lorena Nava Ruggero on vol. 5 of The Palette of 12 Secret Colors (i heart manga)
Casey Brienza on vols. 2-4 of St. Dragon Girl (ANN)
Julie on vol. 1 of Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee (Manga Maniac Cafe)
Deb Aoki on vol. 1 of X-Men: Misfits (About.com)
Emily on Yami no Purple Eye (Emily’s Random Shoujo Manga Page)
Carlo Santos on vol. 2 of Yokai Doctor (ANN)

PR: Digital's omnibuses and Yaoi Con exclusives

littleyellowadI’m catching up with my in-box after a busy week, and I can see that everyone has returned from vacation and started gearing up for fall. The folks who post the new releases lists have been commenting that pickings have been rather slim lately, but from the looks of things, that’s about to change.Digital Manga Publishing is reissuing Hinako Takanaga’s Little Butterfly in omnibus format; you may remember from the last post that Tokypop is publishing Takanaga’s Liberty Liberty, so this is a banner year for her fans. Also on the menu at Digital is an ominbus edition of Makoto Tateno’s Yellow, and DMP will have advance copies of both omnibuses (omnibi?) available at Yaoi Con, whiere Tateno will be making a guest appearance. Read on for more.

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PR: Tokyopop's fall lineup

51pRXHMk1fLHere’s an overview of Tokyopop’s fall lineup, which includes Domo: The Manga, Maria Holic, by the creator of Dazzle, and This Ugly Yet Beautiful World, based on the anime of the same name. As always, it’s an eclectic group of titles, ranging from hearts-and-flowers to blood-and-guts. Read on for details.

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