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    Kodansha Dissolves Relationship With Tokyopop

    Big news for manga fans: Kodansha, Japanese publisher of many popular manga titles, will not renew its licenses with Tokyopop. This means any manga series in progress will not be completed, and there will be no reprints of any current volumes.

    Brigid Alverson from MangaBlog posted Tokyopop’s official press here, but here’s an excerpt:

    The Japanese publisher Kodansha, from whom TOKYOPOP has licensed many terrific series over the years — Chobits, Love Hina, Samurai Deeper Kyo, Rave Master, Initial D, Kindaichi, Life, GetBackers, and Love Attack, to name a few — has decided to let all existing contracts with TOKYOPOP expire on all manga series that they have licensed to us. As a result, Kodansha will not renew any licenses with TOKYOPOP for any new manga volumes. What does this mean? TOKYOPOP will not be allowed to complete the publication of any series that is currently in progress; in addition, TOKYOPOP will not be allowed to reprint titles after the current inventory has been sold out, so once these series are sold out at retail, they will not be available for consumers to purchase. The reasons for Kodansha’s decision were not communicated to TOKYOPOP.

    Brigid also noted that Kodansha also opted not to renew its licenses with Tokyopop Germany last year.

    What do you all think of this latest development? Are you disappointed that so many manga series will be stopped in their tracks? Do you still read Tokyopop, or have you moved on to Dark Horse’s CLAMP or other manga publishers?

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    Battlestar Galactica‘s Next-to-Last Episode Airs Tonight!

    It’s been quite the ride for fans of Ronald D. Moore and David Eick’s Battlestar Galactica, on Sci-Fi Fridays at 10:00 p.m./9:00 p.m. Central. And now we’re at the final two episodes, with Daybreak: Part 1 airing tonight and Daybreak: Part 2 showing next week!

    And what a ride it’s been. When the show first debuted, it mostly got attention for making Starbuck and Boomer, originally male characters on the Glen A. Larson series, women played by Katee Sackhoff and Grace Park (oh, and for having lots of hot Cylon chicks).

    Today, the series is recognized as a complex, fiercely ambitious show that has dealt with genocide, politics, loyalty, personal freedom, and identity. While it may not have always fulfilled its ambitions in the minds of its fans, Battlestar Galactica has always been known for its intense performances and powerful storylines.

    So what now? Never fear, you can still follow the crew of the Galactica in dozens of comic books and graphic novels by Dynamite Entertainment and Tokyopop. In fact, we’ve revamped our Battlestar Galactica Theme Shop so you can easily find all of the Battlestar Galactica comics, toys, and collectibles you’ll need to take the edge of your withdrawal after March 20th!

    Who out there is a Battlestar Galactica fan? Do you have any graphic novel recommendations? Are you sad the show is coming to an end, or do you think it has run its course? Post below!

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