To clarify, although I agree TokyoPop probably over-expanded with
the OEL manga, the company's woes probably go deeper than that.
Here's a bit from what I posted on my MySpace blog about them
recently. I knew they'd re-org'ed but:
"What I found is that the economy has hit TokyoPop to a degree I
never expected. They don't even have a receptionist or a lobby any
more. We [a securty guard and I, he had to escort me to the office!]
knocked on the door, and a girl who looked like a student intern
wandered out and said, 'Everyone's on deadline.' (Everyone? Does
that really mean the whole office is reduced to maybe five people?)
Just as I thought, Susan Hale, the publcist, doesn't work there any
more. Neither does Luis Reyes or some of the other people I once
knew, although Lillian [Diaz-P.] apparently does. I gave the intern
my card and a note about what manga I was requesting [to review]. If
it actually shows up, I'll be surprised."
What I got later was an unsigned postcard that said, "Sorry but the
manga you requested is not available." I called Lillian's ext. and
left a message about BLU manga, and she never responded. I suspect
what that means is they're not sending out eval. copies of manga
anymore--it's a cost-cutting measure that shows things are much worse
than just their OEL manga under-performing.
What's happening is happening to not just TokyoPop, but company
after company in today's economy. People not being able to afford
manga the way they did just a few short years ago is part of it, but
the global economic crisis is more complicated than that. I hope ALC
weathers the storm, and I wish you good luck!
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, Erica Friedman <alecto_fury@...>
> > To: Yuricon@yahoogroups.com> From: lynmarenjensen@...> Date: Fri,
23 Jan 2009 19:40:58 +0000> Subject: [Yuricon] Re: Steady Beat 3> >
Thanks for the very useful link to see what Rivkah's got to say for >
the past couple of years. Very informative, but also very >
disheartening, as it shows how the economy has affected the >
manga/comics market, even larger companies like TokyoPop, that seemed
> to be thriving and on the upswing only a few years ago.
> I don't believe that the issue with OEL had anything to do with the
economy. Very few OEL titles sold well.
> Tokyopop is re-releasing it's online version of the Takuhai
magazine, and I notice that it has "how to draw manga" info, so I
wonder if they are pretending to care, trying to find a gem or two in
the rough, or just taking a different tack on the magazine. Time will
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