Tokyopop To Shut Down U.S. Publishing Division

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Yesterday, longtime American manga publisher, Tokyopop, announced that it would be closing down its manga publishing operations in the U.S. in late May. The announcement read:

 

“Today, we are sad to inform our loyal community of manga fans, our passionate creators of manga content, our business and retail partners, and other stakeholders who have supported us through the years that as of May 31, 2011, TOKYOPOP is closing its Los Angeles-based North American publishing operations.”

 

Comics Beat report that, after their last round of lay-offs, Tokyopop’s employee count had whittled down to just six people. It’s unknown what will happen to Tokyopop’s publishing licenses, but the company will still maintain its European endeavours and televisions projects.

 

In addition to the announcement, Tokyopop founder Stuart Levy’s blog featured a personal statement from him, which you can read here.

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.