Today, we have yet another casualty of the manga bubble bursting. CMX, the manga publishing wing of DC Comics, has announced they will not publish any new volumes as of July 1st, 2010. DC has not made any statements regarding whether any of the Japanese titles will continue under the DC brand, but Jim Lee and Dan DiDio did confirm that they will continue to publish Fred Gallagher’s Megatokyo. CMX originally opened its doors in 2004 and has published titles Tenjho Tenge, Musashi No. 9, Emma, and From Eroica with Love among others. It’s sad to see yet another publisher take a hit in such a short time. Recently, VIZ Media just laid off a substantial portion of its staff and Go! Comi closed down completely without formal announcement.
The official statement about the closure can be found below:
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.
–Co-Publishers Jim Lee and Dan DiDio
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