Sad news: Tokyopop ceases North American publishing


Senior Vice President of Tokyopop, Mike Kiley, has announced that Tokyopop will close their Los Angeles office, effectively shutting down North American publishing on May 31. However, the company's film production will continue, and Tokyopop's office in Hamburg, Germany will stay open in order to continue global acquisition, publishing, and distribution. According to Anime Nation, the company announced that "Tokyopop will announce the future of specific titles and other releases in the coming weeks."

But just what has brought this on? Well in 2009, Kodansha took all of their titles away from Tokyopop, opting to self distribute instead, although the founder of Tokyopop, Stuart Levy also remarked that the 2011 bankruptcy of Borders had a huge impact on the company, even resulting in multiple staff layoffs.

It's sad to see yet another publisher go by the wayside in the U.S., especially in an industry that's already struggling. Are you sad to see them go? Were there any titles by Tokyopop that you had been looking forward to? Let's just hope that as many titles as possible are resolved before a complete shut down of North American publishing.

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