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Tokyopop Says Pulled Titles Are Delayed, Not Cancelled

posted on 2008-08-15 14:40 EDT
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The North American publisher Tokyopop told the Publishers Weekly trade magazine that the 28 Summer releases and 11 January 2009 release that were listed by Diamond Comics Distributors as "cancelled" are only postponed. Diamond caters to direct-sales retailers such as comic book stores through its Previews catalog of upcoming releases. In the past, Tokyopop and other publishers have "cancelled" the solicitation of books in Previews, and then re-solicited the same books at a later date.

Tokyop Marketing Director Marco Pavia noted that his company's recent restructuring has forced the company to lower its monthly output of books. However, he also acknowledged that a few of the books may only be released online, and he did not rule out the possibility of dropping some titles. Some world manga creators have said that Tokyopop notified them of their works' outright cancellation. Comic store manager and Comics212 blogger Christopher Butcher lists the books that are no longer solicited by Diamond.


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