DC Comics to Shut Down CMX Manga Imprint in July
posted on by Egan Loo
The American publisher DC Comics will shut its CMX Manga imprint down as of July 1. DC Comics Co-Publishers Jim Lee and Dan Didio offered the following statement:
Over the course of the last six years, CMX has brought a diverse list of titles to America and we value the books and creators that we helped introduce to a new audience. Given the challenges that manga is facing in the American marketplace, we have decided that CMX will cease publishing new titles as of July 1, 2010.
The shuttering of the CMX line does not affect the best-selling series Megatokyo which will continue publication, now as a DC Comics title with story and art by Megatokyo's award-winning creator Fred Gallagher.
We'd like to take a moment to acknowledge the efforts and dedication of the CMX staff and to thank our fans who have supported CMX.
The About.com website reports that details about CMX's other unfinished titles are still being worked out.
Update: Seven books — Musashi No. 9 Vol. 17, Venus Capriccio Vol. 4, Two Flowers for the Dragon Vol. 6, Polyphonica: Cardinal Crimson Vol. 1, Stolen Hearts (Toraware Gokko) Vol. 2, Teru Teru × Shōnen Vol. 7, and Orfina Vol. 8 — will still ship to stores next month.
DC Comics launched CMX in October of 2004 with three titles: Madara, Land of the Blindfolded, and From Eroica with Love. Tenjho Tenge, Gals!, The Devil Does Exist, Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne, and Swan would join the imprint's lineup in the following year. The CMX edition of Tenjho Tenge drew criticism for its editing, although CMX's other titles would largely remain unedited.
Later CMX titles included Crayon Shin-chan, Emma, Venus in Love, Apothecarius Argentum, Dokkoida?!, and A Girl Who Runs Through Time. DC Comics signed an investment agreement with Japan's Flex Comix in 2007, and the partnership led to CMX's release of Broken Blade, Polyphonica: Cardinal Crimson, and other titles.
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