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2002 PRESS RELEASES
VIZ DETAILS CANCELLATION OF PULP: THE MANGA MAGAZINE

Last Issue Scheduled for August 2002

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — April 29, 2002 — Viz Communications, Inc. today announced the cancellation of PULP: The Manga Magazine. Following an announcement in the magazine's latest issue (May, Vol. 6, No. 5) that said the final edition would be the August issue (Vol. 6, No. 8), which hits stands in July, Viz provided further details regarding the cancellation and what readers can expect.

Despite critical acclaim (PULP's Uzumaki is nominated for an Eisner this year for "Best U.S. Edition of Foreign Material"), Viz confirmed that the cancellation is a result of low sales and it is no longer fiscally viable to continue the publication of the magazine. PULP was the first English-language magazine to run the kind of manga that make comics a mass medium for ordinary adults in Japan, from dynamic action narratives to avant-garde ventures, when it debuted in December 1997. With innovative editorial features; film, book and music reviews; and columns on Japanese culture, PULP offered readers a Japanese comics contrast to both the superhero genre that typifies American comics and the stereotypical "anime-esque" manga often offered to U.S. readers, by introducing sophisticated manga series such as Bakune Young, Banana Fish, Dance Till Tomorrow, Even A Monkey Can Draw Manga, Junko Mizuno's Cinderalla, Short Cuts and Uzumaki, all which currently run in the monthly magazine.

Even with the magazine's cancellation, Viz will continue to publish each serialized series in alternate formats. Bakune Young, Junko Mizuno's Cinderalla and Uzumaki will conclude in the remaining issues of the magazine, as well as continue in graphic novel format, while Banana Fish will move to PULP's sister magazine, Animerica EXTRA. The remaining serials will be published in straight-to-graphic-novel format, with Dance Till Tomorrow concluding in Volume 6 and 7 of the graphic novel edition of the series, Short Cuts debuting in graphic novel format in June (to be followed by a second and final volume), Junko Mizuno's Cinderalla debuting in a full color single-issue in July and the first Even A Monkey Can Draw Manga release by the end of the year. In addition, Viz will continue its commitment to putting out the best in sophisticated manga by releasing new PULP-type manga in graphic novel format, including titles like No. 5 and Phoenix: A Tale of the Future.

To round out its remaining issues, PULP editors have planned special features for its fans. The June issue (Vol. 6, No. 6) will include an excerpt from Osamu Tezuka's Phoenix: A Tale of the Future, which the author composed over a span of decades and considered to be his "life's work"; the July issue (Vol. 6, No. 7), a previously unseen, original story from the July graphic novel release of Junko Mizuno's Cinderalla; and the final August issue (Vol. 6, No. 8), a special entitled "Manga Hell" that profiles and features excerpts from the worst, weirdest, most outrageous manga that no one would ever dare translate, let alone publish!

Upon the completion of the magazine's final issue, subscriptions will automatically be transferred to Animerica EXTRA, a monthly manga anthology featuring shôjo (girls' comics) titles, for the remainder of the paid PULP subscription. However, should PULP subscribers not wish to have their subscription transferred, they can call 1-800-394-3042 weekdays between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. PST to receive credit for the balance of their subscription. Credit can be issued for the Viz Shop-By-Mail store or as a complete refund for the balance of the subscription.

 

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