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DC to Launch CMX Manga Imprint in October

DC Comics President & Publisher Paul Levitz has announced that DC will launch a new imprint of manga graphic novels, CMX, with the publication of three titles in October.

The first three CMX books scheduled for release are the initial volumes of Madara (illustrated by Tajima Sho-u and written by Otsuka Eiji from Kadokawa), Mekakushi No Kuni (illustrated and written by Tsukuba Sakura from Kahusensha), and Eroika Yori Ai Wo Komete (illustrated and written by Aoike Yasuko from Akita Shoten).

“There's tremendous enthusiasm for manga in the States,” said Levitz. “New readers, particularly girls and women, have rushed to embrace new talent from abroad, which we're excited to bring to American audiences as part of DC Comics' commitment to publishing diverse and exciting works from around the world.”

Each of the CMX titles are Japanese manga being released for the first time in the United States, and they will be published in the traditional manga format -- sized at 5” x 7 3/8”, with black-and-white interiors. Subsequent volumes of each series will be released on a quarterly schedule.

Upcoming titles include Gals (by Fuji Mihona from Shueisha; previously adapted as the popular anime series, SuperGals!), Tenjo Tenge (by Oh! Great from Shueisha), 9 Banme no Musashi (by Takahashi Miyuki from Akita Shoten), Swan (by Ariyoshi Kyoko from Akita Shoten), Monster Collection (by Sei Ito from Kadokawa Shoten), Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne (by Tanemura Arina from Shueisha), and Akuma de Soro (by Takanashi Mitsuba from Shueisha).

“We believe that manga readership is going to continue its rapid growth and also evolve in the U.S.,” said DC Vice President - Business Development John Nee. “CMX is committed to publishing all genre of manga, including horror, fantasy, science fiction, and adventure titles, and the line will be as diverse, and as author-friendly, as that of DC Comics, Vertigo, and WildStorm.”

Nee also announced that DC has hired Jake Tarbox as the Group Editor of the CMX imprint. Tarbox has spent the last 14 years living in Tokyo, Japan where he worked at Coamix, Inc. as the International Affairs Manager and Vice Editor in Chief of Raijin Comics; administered the creation of the American subsidiary company, Gutsoon! Entertainment; and edited the manga magazine, Raijin Comics. Tarbox will handle the editorial responsibilities for the CMX imprint, including overseeing the translation and printing of manga titles into English.

Look for the initial CMX offerings in the August Previews.