Although DC’s recently shuttered manga line, CMX, isn’t shutting down until the end of June, DC has already taken down the CMX website and completely scrubbed the rest of their site for any mention of the offending imprint. Despite the fact that books are still coming out. When you’re dead, you’re dead. Or as David Welsh notes
Pieces like this are important, as DC has already dismantled its CMX web site, and all links to title information now go to a listing for the second issue of the Brightest Day mini-series. That strikes me as both telling and tastelessly ironic.
Luckily quite a few people still remember. Mania.com presents a list of 20 Must Have CMX Manga. And Katherine Dacey eulogizes the books that appelaed to the audience outside DC’s core demographic.
The demise of CMX was a real blow to librarians who work with pre-teen and young teen readers, as CMX published a lot of terrific series for kids in this underserved 8-to-13 age group. As my colleague Robin Brenner noted last week, other companies may be publishing material for teens, but series like Black Bird and Vampire Knight aren’t really appropriate for the middle school crowd. And that’s where CMX came in
All told, it looks like DC won’t be going outside its core demo for quite a while now.
Comics, wake up! The call is coming from inside the house!
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.