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Tuesday, October 25, 2005
Extremely Frustrated with Manga for December
Dark Horse Please, seriously, stop publishing these manga novels. Yes, I realize they're big in Japan. But they're a weird hybridization that neither satisfies manga fans nor novel readers.
Also, all these horror titles you plan to publish? Yeah, you had just better hope that the current Asian horror fad lasts another year or two, or you're going to be left holding a lot of devalued licenses.
Ah, and Space Pinchy? No, make it go away.
DC/CMX Hmm, maybe these would be selling better if DC had a stronger focus to their imprint other than "edited mature readers titles" and "the shojo titles we could afford." I mean, Chikyu Misaki and Musashi #9 are good, but they're not exactly flagship titles, are they?
Del Rey The nice thing about this line was that it was modest, so I felt more confidant in finding the good material and the material that would sell. With eight titles scheduled to ship in December, the lines growing to the point where that's harder to do.
Dr Masters I just plain don't like the production quality on these books.
Tokyopop We've cut orders on all the original titles down to one. We could probably not bother to order any of them at all and not have to worry about losing out on any sales. Our customers just plain do not want them. And frankly, having been unimpressed with most of them, I don't blame our customers for not showing any interest. In most cases, the quality simply isn't there. Oh, and the Cine-Manga titles? Ugly. God, they're ugly. I cringe every time I open one up.
Viz Stop trying to be Tokyopop. You're better than that. Besides, the last thing we need is a Viz/Tokyopop publishing duality in manga to rival the DC/Marvel one in monthly comics.