DC Gives the Ax to CMX Manga Line

cmxDC Comics’ foray into Manga publishing is no more.  The CMX line has ceased to be.  It has expired and gone to meet its maker.  It’s a stiff.  Bereft of life, it rests in peace.  If one hadn’t nailed it to the perch it”d be pushing up the daisies!  Its metabolic processes are now history.  It’s off the twig.  It’s kicked the bucket, it”s shuffled off ths mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the bleedin’ choir invisibile.

This is an ex-publishing line.

Official spin:

“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.”

Don’t get me wrong.  I’m not necessarily celebrating this news.  But I’m not decrying it either.  I always thought DC was a little late to the Manga party, and that high-quality titles such as Swan and Tenjho Tenge would be better served by a different, Manga-dedicated publisher.  As one of the largest retailers of such material in the United States I  must admit that our CMX numbers were underwhelming to say the least- for various reasons- with little growth throughout its run.

July 1st is the official last day of publication for the line.

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