Eight more staffers, including editor Bryce Coleman, were laid off from Tokyopop this week, as confirmed by marketing director Marco Pavia. The other staff cuts were from around the company. The move came in response to the bad economy. “It’s one of the worst selling periods in history,” Pavia said. “We’re trying to be responsive to the new realities, and unfortunately some very talented people have been cut.”
Pavia also noted that Tokyopop’s release schedule will be adjusted, with some releases spaced out more. Details are forthcoming. According to Amazon, upcoming Tpop releases include several volumes of Aria and Hannah Montana and High School Musical cine-manga.
Despite the setbacks, he emphasized that “Tokyopop is still in business, and we are still focusing on our core business.”