Publishing | Long-troubled manga and anime distributor Central Park Media has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy (liquidation), citing assets of $126,282 and debt of nearly $1.2 million. Founded in 1990, the New York-based CPM played an important role in the growth of anime in the United States.
The company later branched out into manga and manwha with such imprints as CPM Manga, CPM Press and Be Beautiful, but was forced to cut back drastically in 2006 after the bankruptcy of the Musicland retail chain. [Anime News Network, ICv2]
Sales charts | Naruto and Watchmen continue their slide down USA Today’s bestseller list as the 43rd and 44th volumes of Masashi Kishimoto’s ninja saga drop to Nos. 105 and 107, respectively, the collection of the Alan Moore-Dave Gibbons miniseries falls to No. 110. [USA Today]
Awards | Online voting is open for comics professionals for the 2009 Eisner Awards. Ballots are due by June 15. [Eisner Awards]
Awards | Three graphic novels have been nominated for the Independent Book Publishers Association’s Benjamin Franklin Awards: Cleburn: A Graphic Novel, by Justin S. Murphy and Al Milgrom; The Soddyssey, And Other Tales of Supernatural Law, by Batton Lash; and Will Eisner’s The Spirit: A Pop-Up Graphic Novel, by Will Eisner and Bruce Foster. The winners will be announced next month during BookExpo America. [IBPA]
Publishing | Just a week after debuting, the much-publicized online serialization of Rumiko Takahashi’s manga Rin-Ne has been delayed because of the Japanese holidays. The new chapter will be released on Saturday. [The Rumic World]
Publishing | John Jackson Miller breaks out the charts and graphs to see how Diamond’s Top 300 comics for March 2009 stands up against previous years. [The Comichron]
Publishing | Scott Allie, senior managing editor of Dark Horse Comics, discusses some of the company’s titles, including The Umbrella Academy and recently announced Green River Killer. [Omnivoracious]
Creators | Artist and designer Rian Hughes talks typography, and mentions upcoming collaborations with writers Grant Morrison and Steven Seagle. [MyFonts]
Publishing | A guide to some of the titles being offered for Free Comic Book Day. [Decider Chicago]
Publishing | A preview of Boilerplate: History’s Mechanical Marvel, by Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett. [Ominvoracious]
Creators | I’m really enjoying the “Artists I’m Working With” feature on writer Paul Tobin’s blog. [Paul Tobin]
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