Ever since Tokyopop pulled down their metal shutters with a resounding CLANK, fans have been wondering just what would become of all their beloved series. Quite a few are left unfinished and/or unpublished in the wake of their closing, and Tokyopop recently took stage on their facebook page to address the issue.
Unfortunately, it’s probably not the good, or even terribly conclusive, news everyone was hoping for:
It’s been a while since we’ve commented on the status of all the titles that are left unfinished or unpublished. Just so you know, we’re still reading all of your comments and want to explain a few things.
Our general absence on Facebook hasn’t gone unnoticed, but it’s mainly due to the fact that we were looking for answers to all of your questions too! Shutting down a publishing company like TOKYOPOP isn’t exactly pulling a plug out of a wall, so please understand that it might take a little bit longer than usual before we get to your questions.
Secondly, we’re very grateful that even in these hard times, our fans still stand behind us. Of course, there are some rants here and there … but we can’t blame you for being emotional; so are we. It means a lot to us to still receive fan mail on a daily base and read all of your comments here in Facebook. It’s good to know that even when TOKYOPOP is gone, the community will still remain.
Thirdly, the unfinished/unpublished titles. What is going to happen to them? To be honest: it’s out of our hands now. The licenses belong to the original Japanese creators, so it’s up to them what to do with the series. They might pull the plug on some series, or find another publishing company to complete their series. The best thing that you can do is keep supporting the original creators, hoping that they’ll here your cries like we did so many years ago.
If you have any questions, we will try to answer as many of them as possible. We’re here, we’re listening and we’re answering …