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DC to shut down its CMX manga imprint

Emma, CMX's most successful manga (aside from Tenjho Tenge)

Emma, CMX's most successful manga (aside from Tenjho Tenge)

Bad news for manga lovers today: DC Comics is closing CMX, its manga division, as of July 1.

CMX set up shop six years ago and got into hot water with fans a few months later, when they tried to publish Oh! Great’s boobs-and-battles manga Tenjho Tenge with a teen rating by censoring it heavily. Fans reacted with indignation, but a CMX editor was heard to remark years later that TenTen was its best-selling title. The imprint also published a number of classic shoujo (teenage girls) manga series, including Swan and the comedy-adventure title From Eroica With Love.

Asako Suzuki took over as director of manga in 2006 and quickly shifted the tone. She and Editor Jim Chadwick went out of their way to establish rapport with fans, and a number of the series they licensed, including Emma, The Name of the Flower and Kiichi and the Magic Books, garnered good reviews. They also published a number of all-ages and kid-friendly series, such as The Palette of 12 Secret Colors. CMX books were hard to find in bookstores, however, and at conventions the imprint often seemed to be an afterthought, with little space allotted to the division in the DC booths and panels.

In addition to Japanese manga, which it licensed through a co-publishing agreement with the Japanese cell-phone publisher Flex Comics, CMX also published Fred Gallagher’s Megatokyo. That series will continue under the DC banner.

The official statement can be found after the break:

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.

– DC Comics Co-Publishers Jim Lee and Dan Didio

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All the CMX book I ever saw were thin and over-priced. $10 for a 100-page book? No thanks, I can get 200-page books for the same price. Seriously, when placed next to manga from Viz or TokyoPop or Kodansha, CMX’s titles looked anemic.

Joe, CMX’s books had the same page count as any other manga, they just used paper that was thinner/softer though not as thin as what TP used on a batch of books recently. Yen press is using the same stock on CLAMP’s Kobato.

CMX’ll be missed- excellent books, professional, slick presentation and so many quirky pickups we’d never have otherwise. I think they were the victim of a lot of fandom misunderstandings like the above, book sales being down in a poor economic climate, the general piracy issues affecting much of the comics industry, and a lack of publisher support- though the fact that they last 6 years is proof they did some things right and had an audience that cared, when you consider how short lived past DC imprints like Helix, Humanoids and Minx were in comparison.

This is incredibly disappointing! CMX always had interesting titles. Does that mean that they’re not finishing series they’ve already started?

Chris Mautner

May 18, 2010 at 1:14 pm

Nuts. Just when I was starting to get caught up on Swan too.

I guess I’d better buy up Emma!

That’s too bad. I’m not a manga fan, but my nephew loves the stuff, and I want as many people reading comics as possible.

Andrew Collins

May 18, 2010 at 7:50 pm

@Cathy
Nope, anything scheduled to come out after July is officially cancelled. Even the stuff in next week’s Previews catalog.

Well, gosh. That sucks. They only published 8 out of 12 volumes of Venus in Love. I guess I’ll be happy I saved some money and find somewhere else to read the rest of the series.

I hope Jim Lee gives Asako Suzuki and Editor Jim Chadwick transition positions to finish story arcs for loyal readers. As it would be the right thing to do.

Dan Didio doesn’t fill me with confidence.

This is incredibly disappointing! CMX always had interesting titles. Does that mean that they’re not finishing series they’ve already started?

Joe H said:

“All the CMX book I ever saw were thin and over-priced. $10 for a 100-page book? No thanks…”

This looks like a steal for people buying DC and Marvel’s superhero titles, where $4 bucks before tax gets you a damn pamphlet.

Never seen them anywhere. I would have bought Emma if I’d known anybody was printing it. Sheeeeeesh.

Absolutely gutting! I was eagerly awaiting the new volumes of The Young Magician and Apothecarius Argetum. First Brocolli Boooks goes and I lose E’s and now this. It’s pretty much a guarantee that no one else will take up such unknown manga. I’m already dependant on shipping in titles from the US, if this keeps up I’ll have to learn japanese just to be able to read my favourite titles.

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