What Will Happen To CMX’s Licenses?

By Ishaan . August 28, 2010 . 3:01pm


After six years of operations, DC recently closed down their CMX manga imprint, leaving fans wondering what would happen to the licenses they’d acquired and what publishers they might end up with.


In an interview with ICv2, DC co-publisher, Jim Lee, dropped some hints as to what might be in store for CMX’s acquisitions. He begins by explaining that part of the reason CMX went out of business was due to the difficulties of obtaining licenses and the lengthy negotiating process.


“We had put in a number of good years trying to make a real concerted effort to be in that business. It’s difficult because the licenses, the key licenses, are not easy to obtain. It’s a very long negotiating process where you have to work with lesser-known titles and work your way up to the key licenses. That hurt us from the get-go.”


Lee then goes on to talk about the fate of all those CMX-licensed series.


“We’ve actually had interest from a couple of other creative studios that were interested in taking over the role on a couple of books. We’re talking to them. Right now I assume they’re going to revert back to the publishers and they’ll figure it out. I think Dark Horse had expressed interest…”


Dark Horse have been expressing some interest in branching out. As MangaBlog notes, Dark Horse posted a message to their Facebook page, thanking fans for their support and asking their readers what they’d like to see next.


Which of CMX’s licenses would you like to see picked up?

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  • zhemos

    I hope someone picks up Nyankoi. I was so happy that I’d be able to collect it but then yea, kind of sucks. :

  • thebanditking

    Manga is very tricky in the west, it was huge in the 80’s and 90’s but of late has begun to slow down. Japanese publishers are also very reluctant to give over their big licenses despite that those series are what it takes to be successful over here. I am seeing a rise in interest in western comics again with the popularity of the superhero movies being the driving force.

  • Hraesvelgr

    Well, I’d say one of the biggest things that hurt them is the bad reputation they had for editing the stuff they licensed.

    • ThunderGod_Cid

      Ain’t that the truth….

  • I had honestly never heard of them before this post, I guess Ill go to wiki, wow Ive never heard of any of them

  • doubleO7

    Ed Chavez from Vertical mentioned afew months ago that another US publisher (although he wouldn’t say which) was interested in picking up Tenjho Tenge. Thats probably the main title that Dark Horse is interested in (Tenten is published by Shueisha, so aside from Viz, Dark horse is the only other publisher with connections to them, therefore its very likely that this is one of titles that Lee was refering to).

    As for stuff I’d like to see relicensed (aside from Tenjho Tenge):

    – Broken Blade
    – Emma
    – Monster Collection
    – Crayon Shin-Chan

  • Roses4Aria

    Hmmm. I’d at least like to see someone pick up Two Flowers for the Dragon as it had only one more volume to go and I would have liked to see how it ended. After King of Cards and Tears of a Lamb ended, there wasn’t really any other CMX series that I seriously followed besides My Darling Miss Bancho, but somehow I doubt that will get picked up by anyone. :(

    I really wish Go Comi would also make some kind of official announcement and put readers out of their misery. It seems pretty obvious to me that they’re defunct and there are some titles there that I’d like to see move on to other publishers as well. (CoughUltimateVenusCough)

  • liamscanlan
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