Tokyopop to Close US Branch

Say it isn’t so! I am a huge fan of Tokyopop as the main go-to publisher of my many manga addictions. I don’t know if I am right or not, but aside from like VIZ, they are the major publisher of manga out there. You go into Borders or Barnes and Noble and you see the shelves mostly filled with Tokyopop manga. They were the forerunner in the industry, acquiring North American rights for mangas. They were also one of the first companies to publish the mangas in their traditional format. How will it affect sales and distribution of their many titles in the US now that they are closing this branch?

And, on another note, Stu Levy of Tokyopop will be going to Japan for a year to make a documentary of the earthquake disaster. The proceeds from the movie will be used to aid the victims. Really cool for him and wishing him all the best on that endeavor!

For more information, check out the Anime News Network article.


  • first shojobeat, now tokyopop?!? what’s next??? …heck, the only other publisher that’s left on my shelf besides those two is… oh, wait! i just looked! there are a few other companies left, i guess.

    but TOKYOPOP?!?

    • What’s funny, if you go to their website, you can’t see any official statement about them closing the US branch and they have a now hiring ad for interns for this summer. What the what is going on, I don’t know. It will be really sad if they do indeed go as they are probably the most prolific. How horrible am I, I didn’t even know Shojobeat was gone 😛

      • I didn’t know Shojobeat was gone until I tried to find a subscription rate for their magazine. I kept clicking buttons, and nothing was working, and I wound up having to resort to Google to figure out what in the world was going on.

        Ahhhhh, communication to customers! Who needs it, eh???

        • I totally understand where you’re coming from. I got to lit mag websites and they may or may not be outdated and I am looking around for subscription stuff or anything and next thing you know a google search pops up saying the magazine is gone. If it’s gone, take down your website or put up and official notice. Some mags even disappear and never refund the money to their customers.

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