Tina Anderson at Gynocrat writes that Viz’s plan for original manga has been put on hold, following the departure of guiding editor Marc Weidenbaum:
Weidenbaum’s departure has been confirmed independently, but the fate of Viz’s original content line would leave a huge gap. Tokyopop’s once-aggressive original manga program has dwindled to nothing, as, for instance, a post from Becky Cloonan regarding the second volume of her well-received EAST COAST RISING makes clear:
And a lot of you are probably wondering, “Oh, Becky! When O when is East Coast Rising v2 coming out?” and to that I can only say I don’t know. I have kept quiet since they decided not to print it last year, but I’m very close to finishing it; about 30 pages away from completion, I’m just waiting on the “go” from TP. Every time I think we get close to making a deal, something happens that makes it seem like it won’t go through, so right now I’m just waiting. Hopefully I’ll have some good news about it soon, but in the meantime I’m treating it like a pet project that one day I might see printed…
Viz’s entry into the original field was seen as a huge move by the giant — and the talent is certainly there to produce some interesting books. Let’s hope the program is on hold and not scuttled.