So I said this on October 2nd:
So, I read Deb Aokiâ€™s transcript of the panel The State of the Manga Industry from last weekendâ€™s New York Anime Festival. Did you? You probably should, itâ€™s very interesting in spots, particularly Kurt Hasslerâ€™s answers about Yen Pressâ€™s plans as they approach their first anniversary (Black God Volume 1 shipped through Diamond on October 10th, 2007).
And then today this:
Hachette’s Yen Press manga and graphic novel imprint will join Orbit, Hachetteâ€™s science fiction and fantasy imprint, in a new division named Orbit, with Orbitâ€™s Tim Holman as VP and Publisher of the division, reporting to CEO and Chairman David Young.Â Holman had success with Orbit in the UK, where it is â€œthe market-leading imprint,â€ according to Young. Kurt Hassler, formerly Yen Press Co-Publishing Director, will become Publishing Director; Rich Johnson, who was Co-Publishing Director with Hassler, will leave the company at the end of October. – ICv2.com
So, uh, I guess we know the plans that were made, approaching their first anniversary.
ICv2 is pretty gentle with their re-write of the press release, I think. Being downsized and absorbed by another imprint, a year into your publishing effort? That’s not a vote of confidence in your vision, or at the very least, your results. I’m tempted to make a comparison to Minx, but really there is none. Except that hindsight is 20/20 of course, and maybe a 1-year-mark course correction could have resulted in a different outcome there. Or not.
The Haruhi manga is selling well here at the store, and the anthology is selling surprisingly well (issues 1-3 sold out at Shonen Jump numbers, #4 is fairing less well…). That’s two feathers in Yen’s cap.