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News: DC Gives Details to Manga Imprint's October Launch
posted June 23, 2004
June 23 -- DC Comics will move into the manga business in a formal way in October, detailing how it would follow through on its February announcement. DC had been considered likely to start publishing manga properties in some capacity since advertising in 2003 for a full-time position to coordinate that kind of work. The imprint CMX will join DC's imprint-happy family of comics lines with three titles: Madara, Mekakushi No Kuni, and Eroika Yori Ai Wo Komete.
Perhaps the most interesting aspect of DC's announcement is that company officials have pledged to use CMX as a place for manga series of every variety rather than targeting a specific audience. As expected, DC's offerings will mirror the bookstore-friendly trades favored by companies like Tokyopop, coming in at a 5 inch by 7 and 3/8 inch size, rather than the much less popular for this material comic book serial format by which it built its American comics empire. Volumes will be published on a quarterly basis.
Upcoming titles include Tenjo Tenge, 9 Banme no Musashi, Swan, Monster Collection, Akuma de Soro and Gals. Jack Tarbox has been hired to head the imprint, moving to DC from his position as International Affairs Manager and Vice-Editor-Chief of Raijin Comics. Tarbox was responsible for the Gutsoon! Entertainment subsidiary -- one of the major efforts in this wave of putting manga into North American hands -- and edited that company's entry into newsstand magazine publishing Raijin Comix. Tarbox will have the title of Group Editor.