Official Press Release
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Viz Communications, Inc. todayannounced the cancellation of PULP: The Manga Magazine. Following anannouncement in the magazine's latest issue (May, Vol. 6, No. 5) that saidthe final edition would be the August issue (Vol. 6, No. 8), which hitsstands in July, Viz provided further details regarding the cancellation andwhat readers can expect.
Despite critical acclaim (PULP's Uzumaki is nominated for an Eisner thisyear for "Best U.S. Edition of Foreign Material"), Viz confirmed that thecancellation is a result of low sales and it is no longer fiscally viable tocontinue the publication of the magazine. PULP was the firstEnglish-language magazine to run the kind of manga that make comics a massmedium for ordinary adults in Japan, from dynamic action narratives toavant-garde ventures, when it debuted in December 1997. With innovativeeditorial features; film, book and music reviews; and columns on Japaneseculture, PULP offered readers a Japanese comics contrast to both thesuperhero genre that typifies American comics and the stereotypical"anime-esque" manga often offered to U.S. readers, by introducingsophisticated manga series such as Bakune Young, Banana Fish, Dance TillTomorrow, Even A Monkey Can Draw Manga, Junko Mizuno's Cinderalla, ShortCuts and Uzumaki, all which currently run in the monthly magazine.
Even with the magazine's cancellation, Viz will continue to publish eachserialized series in alternate formats. Bakune Young, Junko Mizuno'sCinderalla and Uzumaki will conclude in the remaining issues of themagazine, as well as continue in graphic novel format, while Banana Fishwill move to PULP's sister magazine, Animerica EXTRA. The remaining serialswill be published in straight-to-graphic-novel format, with Dance TillTomorrow concluding in Volume 6 and 7 of the graphic novel edition of theseries, Short Cuts debuting in graphic novel format in June (to be followedby a second and final volume), Junko Mizuno's Cinderalla debuting in a fullcolor single-issue in July and the first Even A Monkey Can Draw Mangarelease by the end of the year. In addition, Viz will continue itscommitment to putting out the best in sophisticated manga by releasing newPULP-type manga in graphic novel format, including titles like No. 5 andPhoenix: A Tale of the Future.
To round out its remaining issues, PULP editors have planned specialfeatures for its fans. The June issue (Vol. 6, No. 6) will include anexcerpt from Osamu Tezuka's Phoenix: A Tale of the Future, which the authorcomposed over a span of decades and considered to be his "life's work"; theJuly issue (Vol. 6, No. 7), a previously unseen, original story from theJuly graphic novel release of Junko Mizuno's Cinderalla; and the finalAugust issue (Vol. 6, No. 8), a special entitled "Manga Hell" that profilesand features excerpts from the worst, weirdest, most outrageous manga thatno one would ever dare translate, let alone publish!
Upon the completion of the magazine's final issue, subscriptions willautomatically be transferred to Animerica EXTRA, a monthly manga anthologyfeaturing shôjo (girls' comics) titles, for the remainder of the paid PULPsubscription. However, should PULP subscribers not wish to have theirsubscription transferred, they can call 1-800-394-3042 weekdays between thehours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. PST to receive credit for the balance of theirsubscription. Credit can be issued for the Viz Shop-By-Mail store or as acomplete refund for the balance of the subscription.