Sep. 1st, 2009

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The Beat has the latest news regarding the recent development of Kodansha allowing their licenses to publish titles with Tokyopop to expire. As it turns out, there is news of a publishing deal with Random House for Kodansha manga including new editions of Akira and Ghost in the Shell.

Anyone still have those phone-book sized volumes of Akira? I lusted after them like crazy, and they were just out of my financial reach (like now). It's exciting news to read that Kodansha manga will return, but sad that it won't be through Tokyopop. Ten years ago manga were selling $15 and up (my bilingual GTO was $19.95). The average reading material was limited to whatever had been a recent anime hit (Evangelion, Akira, Ghost in the Shell). Worse, I'd find the company publishing a favourite series (Slam Dunk) had gone out of business. When TP came out with books that were affordable and sold at major bookstores (no more searching for anime shops), it was really revolutionary.

Such asis the market today that it makes good business sense to go into publishing with a partner, rather than through an intermediary. I can't help but feel it's a real shame, though. There's quite a few series that'll won't be wrapped up. has a list of Kodansha titles published by Tokyopop that will be affected. The titles I'm interested in are already out of print, and for sure someone would probably be selling their copy of Tramps Like Us on ebay anyway.



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