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Breaking: DC Comics Announces End of CMX Manga in July

By May 18, 2010

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Megatokyo Vol. 6The North American comics publishing biz is still reeling from last week's one-two punch of the apparent demise of Go! Comi and the big layoffs at VIZ Media. Now in keeping with the "bad news comes in threes" truism comes the third bit of bad news for the U.S. manga world. This morning, I received word that as of July 1, 2010, the DC/Wildstorm manga imprint CMX Manga will cease publication.

Here's the official statement from DC /Wildstorm co-publishers Dan Didio and Jim Lee:

"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."

CMX Manga logoStill undetermined is  the fate of any unfinished CMX Manga series (such as the critically acclaimed shojo manga classic Swan by Kyoko Ariyoshi and popular but controversial Tenjho Tenge by Oh! Great.  Further details are still being worked out, but more news may be forthcoming in days to come.

UPDATE: Received a list of the last batch of scheduled CMX Manga releases through the end of June 2010.

On sale: June 23, 2010:

On sale: June 30, 2010

Other titles previously announced and solicited CMX titles for July - September 2010 release, including much buzzed-about titles like 51 Ways to Save Her, Nyankoi, Phantom Guesthouse and Shisso Holiday will not be published. At this time, series that are incomplete will remain that way until DC says otherwise (or unless some other publisher picks them up at a later time.)

What remains unclear is fate of the current CMX Manga staffers, but given that this topic is a sensitive one, this will likely take a while to sort out as well.

However, if you have questions for the CMX Manga / DC Comics crew, post them below, and I'll do my best to get them answered for you, if at all possible.

In the meantime, my thoughts are with CMX Staffers Jim Chadwick, Asako Suzuki, Chynna Cluggston and Larry Berry, who have been fighting the good fight for great manga for the past six years. Thanks for all that you've done, and hoping that all shakes out well for each of you.

UPDATE: Posted a roundup of commentary about the end of CMX Manga, and added a few comments of my own on the situation.

Image credits: (c) FredArt Studios, DC Comics


May 18, 2010 at 12:55 pm
(1) Kris says:

Just concerned about current titles, and pre-ordered volumes. Herm…. Vol 10 of I Hate You More Than Anyone comes out in July. Would be a shame, after reading it for so long, if it were to just stop. :(
It’s weird that this is coming from a company like DC, and not a smaller, private publisher. I wonder what’s going on? Just not getting the sales they want?

May 18, 2010 at 1:10 pm
(2) bahamut says:

So does this mean series that have yet to begin (like 51 Ways to Save Her) are not happening? And I guess some of their older stuff is going out of print??

May 18, 2010 at 1:22 pm
(3) Sam says:

This is such an awful day for me. :( They had some of the best shojo lines around.

I was really looking forward to Nari Kusakawa’s oneshot, The Phantom Guesthouse (or is it gonna make it to bookstores? It was supposed to be released in July…). Guess it’s time to chuck Teru Teru x Shonen, cuz it’s not getting finished now.

May 18, 2010 at 1:45 pm
(4) Marc McKenzie says:

This is _definitely_ bad news. I have collected a few CMX titles (yes, I remember the controversy of Tenjo Tenghe, but I was very glad that they put out MADARA and others).

I’m enjoying BROKEN BLADE, one of their new titles, and the next volume was due to ship in August…darn. I do hope that someone does pick up the titles, but…

And no, I’m not turning to scanlations.

This is all a real shame, since the manga and anime market in the US has been taking a lot of hits for some time, and instead of really sitting down and discussing it there’s just blame and insults and cynicism being thrown around.

May 18, 2010 at 2:47 pm
(5) Lau says:

Really, it’s a shame and too bad.
I was especially looking forward to some new titles they were going to publish in July, like Nyan Koi! and Nadeshiko Club. And what will happen to Swan and others that already have one title out? Will they be picked up by another company now? (Slim chance, I know.)

Ah, and so sad to for all the employees to lose their job all of a sudden.

May 18, 2010 at 3:54 pm
(6) Safety says:

I am… devastated. I feel terrible for the people who are losing their jobs. They had a knack for finding beautiful little stories and you could feel the love in those releases.

As someone who loves manga this past week has been brutal. As an older manga fan I remember the wilderness of the pre-boom days, and I curse the misguided people who think it would all be better if the market were more “elite”.

I curse the scanslators, even though I was one. I curse the kids that seem to have no sense of the value of something that someone creates. I curse young people, and the fickle tastes. I even lay some blame on the industry that just now diversified into “older” titles when it should have happened during the boom so the kiddies would have had something to grow up with. Esp. the girls. I think so much of that mid 2000′s audience is gone, either “outgrown” shojo or went back to a re-invigorated YA section. (I think there is something to the Twilight theory…)

I may have been yapping on lately about how nice it was that there was so much manga available in France, but still… it doesn’t compare. That’s not going to bring back what was lost.

And I’m very sorry that my hunch was correct – I went on a CMX buying spree this weekend after grabbing all of the GoComi stuff I thought I’d want to read. I’m glad Wildstorm gave it as long as it did and protected it from some of the larger forces at DC/Warner. They did some beautiful work that I’ll be re-reading for a long time.

May 18, 2010 at 5:01 pm
(7) LKK says:

*sigh* Your update about the future of CMX’s July releases is depressing but expected. I suppose it was too much of me to hope the July shutdown meant the end of the month rather than the beginning. I was looking forward to Phantom Guesthouse. Being a big fan of Nari Kusukawa, I was hoping to get yet one more of her books before the end of CMX.

I hope DC Comics will have the curtesy to finish out the CMX series that are close to ending at the time of the shutdown. It’s probably too much to expect them to continue some of the longer running titles. But I hope they will at least give us the last volume of Two Flowers for the Dragon, Tale of an Unknown Country, and Venus Cappriccio. To have series like them with only one volume left to completion not be completed is like throwing salt on an open wound.

May 18, 2010 at 10:15 pm
(8) Nathan says:

Any word on the status of The Young Magician vol. 14? The retailer listings I’ve found indicate that it was due out this month. It sucks for any series to get dropped, but especially so when it’s the final volume. I’ve enjoyed the CMX series I’ve purchased and will miss the diversity they brought to the marketplace.

May 18, 2010 at 10:45 pm
(9) Deb Aoki says:

Unfortunately, if the CMX Manga title you’ve been waiting for is not on the list of June 2010 releases, it’s likely never going to be published… or at least that’s what the current company position is.

I wonder if it would make any difference at all to send a letter to the folks at DC pleading with them to at least finish series that only have one or two more volumes to complete their story — but given the economic climate lately, I’m inclined to think the answer is “not really.”

May 18, 2010 at 11:15 pm
(10) Gaiti says:

Agh, what awful news! They have brought some awesome stuff to us and it’s a shame to lose them!!

I’m wondering about From Eroica with Love. I feel like it’s a fairly popular title and I’ve wanted to get it for quite awhile now . . . i’d better track them down before all the stock is sold off! Any news concerning Eroica would be grand, thanks!

May 19, 2010 at 12:48 pm
(11) badzphoto says:

I’m very sad about this news.
Thanks for the list of CMX shipping in June.
How about “Tale of an unknown country” #3? It is scheduled for June 9. Will it be published?

May 20, 2010 at 9:37 pm
(12) Mary says:

Grasping at straws: From their announcement; “we have decided that CMX will cease publishing new titles as of July 1, 2010.” it almost sounds like they might finish any series that at least was close to it’s ending.

I did a scan of their offerings and found out I had 6 of their finished series, was following 10 current series and had 13 other titles that I was interested in. Real bummer if they don’t complete the outstanding series or at least pass the rights on to another publisher that will complete them.

Do you think it would do any good if there were a massed effort to contact them and try to get them to at least finish the current series?

Any further information you find about this “disaster” would be appreciated.

May 21, 2010 at 6:57 am
(13) Anne-Li says:

I’m so, so very sorry about this. I so hope that some other company will take over especially From Eroica With Love. I need my Eroica fix!

May 21, 2010 at 8:30 am
(14) Kadorienne says:

Second the motion, we need our From Eroica With Love! I only hope some other publisher takes it over….

May 21, 2010 at 9:00 am
(15) heathersparrows says:

I am also devastated. It was so good to have official translations of the Manga classic “From Eroica With Love”. I just hope they will find another source to continue the series.

May 24, 2010 at 8:58 pm
(16) Elizabeth McClung says:

Well good thing I just gave a big review on Name of the Flower, should I include “Get it now while supplies last”. I simply find it odd that already Emma titles are out of print, when they sell for $30 up, and Emma and Name of the Flower are both award winners and Emma the standard of historical Manga.

Some blame scantalations, but I and thousands of others are content to wait for the next book, except when Go!Comi goes down, CMX follows, after the stopping of printing by Del Rey, the elimination of titles at Tokyopop, the stopping of printing at NetComics, Media Blasters, and Aurora Publishing, stopping printing (all three imprints), then for the first time ever, my only choices are a) Learn Japanese/Korean or b) turn to illegal scans and translations. Neither is a choice I want to make.

I would like to know if “I hate you more than anyone #10″ is coming out or will it just be a few days too short of the deadline.
I would like to see Fire Investigator Nanase #5 since number 4 ends with the protagonist waiting to find the name of the enemy and the connection to her (is it her father?).
Also would like to know ‘Tale of an unknown Country 3 is coming out?

And why put out manga like Diamond Girl 1, or any volume 1 when going out of business?

June 20, 2010 at 12:29 pm
(17) blue-y says:

Hi, so future releases of SWAN will not be released am i right? Including vol.16 which they stated in vol.15 will be released Oct 2010? How can this be?! NOOOOO!!!! Swan is my must-read series!!!!!!!!!!!!!

June 29, 2010 at 10:25 pm
(18) Trish says:

I can’t believe they’re closing up with single volumes left to end a series. ONE VOLUME LEFT… It all feels so incomplete and like a waste of my money.

July 7, 2010 at 3:57 am
(19) Tami says:

I also really hope that series that have 1 or 2 volumes left will be published. People have also mentioned scanlations. I have noticed that most of CMX titles didn’t ever have any scanlations, ever. That is why I have been so excited to buy CMX manga, it was something I hadn’t read before that had beautiful and cute art and new stories!! Apothecarius Argentum is what I’m waiting for. I am looking forward to getting the last volume that was scheduled for release this summer!

July 29, 2010 at 7:37 pm
(20) EKim Haras says:

Nooooooooo….I knew something was up when they never had the actual release date of Eroica with Love vol.16 on the back. I just want everyone to know that even though It was easy to get these used or on e-reader I always bought mine new…..and I will continue to buy them new if they are picked up by another publisher….I always buy my favorites in hardcopy…so that they will still be released over here, and everybody gets their money, and everyones happy!

I also started reading Swan and will do the same for it. Even if I have to learn Japanese so i can get a tangible hardcopy. I know its hard times with all this crap going on , but for my favorite series I always paid for the new books.

WHY does it have to be my two favorites!? (Swan and Eroica)

August 27, 2010 at 7:38 pm
(21) Randy says:


I left a damn looong ass comment earlier but it didn’t let it for some damn reason so I’m fuckin pissed right now. I WANT MY MANGA YOU DAMN COMPANIES! YOU MAKE MANGA, I GET MY MANGA, YOU GET YOUR MONEY!!!


September 3, 2010 at 7:46 pm
(22) Meo says:

Uwaaahh! I wanted Nyankoi sooooo bad!!

December 1, 2010 at 2:19 am
(23) Dawnie says:

So, does that mean i wont be able to get land of the blindfolded, Penguin revolution or the devil does exist anymore?

December 7, 2010 at 6:20 am
(24) Chau says:

I wonder if the Swan series is going to be completely translated into english. I can’t believe after two weeks of reading this serie, I found out that CMX is no longer doing the publication. Hate it when things are left incomplete!

Since there’s a section that said to post any questions regarding any manga, will the complete Swan serie be published?

I’m still hoping to get my hands on volume 15…

December 20, 2010 at 5:41 pm
(25) Rynn says:

It just really sucks that “Venus In Love” is TWO VOLUMES away from being complete and now we’ll never get the end of the series. I wish that they could at least finish the series that they are in the middle of instead of leaving us all hanging, especially those of us that have been faithfully following and buying titles from them.

January 29, 2011 at 9:31 pm
(26) Cassidy says:

This is just plain BAD! How could they??? Swan was such an amazing series, and I was so excited for the Oct 2010 release. I didn’t know until today, because I had been offline for a while, and today I remembered that vol. 16 was supposed to come out…and THIS is what I find? Some other manga publishing company just HAS to come out and PUBLISH this stuff! I can’t possibly live without knowing what happens next!

February 12, 2011 at 11:23 am
(27) Liz says:

This really sucks! I really love “From Eroica With love” series and really hoped they would translate the character “Agent Z” books as well. I really hope they pass this manga on to another company so it keeps going.

March 17, 2011 at 1:45 am
(28) Dream-Girlz says:

When I heard about this, I was really disappointed. I loved a lot of the series that CMX was putting out like STOLEN HEARTS, THE DEVIL DOES EXIST, I HATE YOU MORE THAN ANYONE, KEY TO THE KINGDOM, KING OF CARDS, LAND OF THE BLINDFOLDED, THE NAME OF THE FLOWER, SEIMADEN, TWO FLOWERS OF THE DRAGON, VENUS CAPRICCIO, and more. This is what is going to have people turn over to scanlations online than having the real manga book even if they dont’ want to. I personally prefer to have the real manga book and not a scanlation but at this rate it will only make me lean toward finding other means than buying them. They can’t just leave a series unfinished. That’s not a nice way to treat manga supporters. I remembered when Geneon Animation was going out of business and I really enjoyed a lot of their animation but some was never finished. Still upset on how I have to find other ways to finish the animations.

March 17, 2011 at 5:02 pm
(29) Victoria Harlette says:

I just discovered Diamond Girl volume 1, and was looking for Volume 2 because it was supposed to come out in August 2010, but what do I see? I googled CMX Manga, and learn to find out that CMX got shut down.

…I want my volume 2. ;-; And 3… and any more that were supposed to be made. =(

I hope some other manga company picks it up or DC lets it run.

March 20, 2011 at 7:42 pm
(30) junjo_J says:

i guess this the end for from eroica with love then (sign).

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