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Newtype USA to Cease Publication

posted on by Christopher Macdonald
February issue to be the last

Newtype USA
November 2002 Issue
Representatives of A.D. Vision (ADV) have contacted retail partners to inform them that the February issue of Newtype USA will be the last. At this time, it is unclear if this refers to the official February issue, which is set to go on sale later this month, or the March issue, which would go on sale in February.

According to reports from those contacted by ADV, the company is planning to replace Newtype USA with another magazine. No information about the new magazine has been made public.

Newtype USA's circulation is estimated to be similar to that of the competing Anime Insider publication, which is in the neighborhood of 50,000 to 75,000 copies per month. No North American anime magazine publishes audited circulation numbers.

After briefly being attached to Digital Manga, Newtype USA was launched by ADV with issue 0 at Anime Expo 2002. The first regular issue was the November 2002 issue. Including issue 0 and the February 2008 issue (on sale in January), 65 issues will have been printed — 66 if the final issue is the March issue (on sale in February).

Newtype USA was licensed by ADV from Kadokawa Shoten, the publisher of the original Newtype magazine in Japan. Newtype Japan has been in publication since 1985, with the March 1985 issue being the first. The original Newtype magazine is named after the fictional Newtype evolution of humans in the Gundam anime franchise.

In addition to Newtype USA, there is also a Korean Newtype magazine which has been published by Daiwon C&A Holdings since 1998.

A representative of Newtype USA was unavailable to comment in time for this article.

This article has a follow-up: A.D. Vision to replace Newtype USA with PiQ in March (2008-01-10 13:53)
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