DC Closes Doors On CMX Manga

After nearly six years as a player in the manga market, DC Comics announced today that it would shut down its CMX imprint with the final titles shipping in July. Co-publishers Dan Didio and Jim Lee released the following joint statement to CBR News:

"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."

Aside from the original English language title that is "Megatokyo," CMX published a variety of Japanese and Korean comics titles with many fan favorite comics in its backlist if not many breakout sales hits. These titles included the Victorian England romance "Emma" and the over the top fight series "Tenjho Tenge."

DC provided a list of volumes that would ship through June before the entire imprint closed down in July:

Musashi #9 Vol 17Venus Capriccio Vol 4 Two Flowers for the Dragon Vol 6 Polyphonica: Cardinal Crimson Vol 1Stolen Hearts Vol 2Teru Teru X Shonen Vol 7Orfina Vol 8

This is the latest in a string of hits to the manga segment of the comics industry, including massive layoffs at industry leader Viz and the apparent closing of publisher Go! Comi.

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