News Go! Comi Updates Status in Tough Manga Marketplace
posted on 2010-01-26 02:42 EST by Crystalyn Hodgkins
The North American manga publishing company Go! Comi posted an update on its web forum regarding the status of the company and its publications on Friday. In the post, the company's site administrator apologized for its delays and explained that the company is being hit hard "due to a combination of economic downturn and digital theft."
The post also said that "a lot of small-to-medium publishers […] have had to scale back their operations, let employees go, double up workloads, and put many of their books on hiatus or cancel them entirely. It would not be unreasonable to assume Go! has had to do some of these things itself, though I can't get into specifics there."
The post added that Go! Comi's online store reflects what has been released and is available in stores and what has yet to be released. If a volume is not yet available on its online store, it may be on hold, but the post added "what is on hold today might literally go into production tomorrow."
The post also said Go! Comi may need to scale back on its website and online community or may need to shut it down all together "until the economy picks up again." For now, however, customers are encouraged to use the online store to buy volumes that they cannot find at local retailers.