Sporadic Sequential
Monday, March 31, 2008
Dead Manga Walking

From Deb Aoki's coverage of the Dark Horse panel at Sakura-Con '08:
But what also came out in the lively Q&A with editor Carl Horn was a list of some of Dark Horse's critically-acclaimed titles that are returning disappointing sales figures. Struggling titles mentioned include horror/suspense titles Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service and Mail as well as Hiroshi Hirata's samurai epic, Satsuma Gishiden.
Also, don't forget, if you want to see Volumes 8 and beyond of Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service and more volumes of Mail in English, bug your local bookseller to stock them or order these graphic novels online. And tell them Carl Horn send [sic] you!
Two thoughts:
  1. Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service isn't selling well? C'mon, people! This is a great horror / mystery / humor manga that appeals to everyone from noted mangaphiles like David Welsh and Shaenon K. Garrity to manga neophytes such as Valerie D'Orazio and Chris Sims! Don't pull another great manga horror series out from under me. (I thought I wouldn't have to worry about beloved books being cancelled before their time once I left superhero comics behind, but it looks like even manga is subject to the same problems of more obscure works getting lost in the shuffle.)

  2. There are more volumes of Mail available to put out in English??? Now that is exciting news, even if it ultimately ends up being frustrating. Based on everything I'd read, I thought Mail had ended with the third volume. I can't find any additional volumes listed on Amazon.co.jp, though. Is it still being serialized in Shonen Ace?
Dang it, I'm not going to be able to read any more work by Housui Yamazaki in English, am I? Darn you, ironic consequences of manga's increasing popularity!

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