June 23rd, 2004 -

Forthcoming titles include the international bestsellers Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne and Tenjo Tenge, as well as titles by Tajima Sho-u (who created the character designs for the anime sequences in the film Kill Bill: Volume 1) and Fujii Mihona's Gals! (the basis for the popular anime series SuperGals!)

Paul Levitz, President & Publisher of DC Comics announced today that DC Comics will launch CMX, a new imprint of manga graphic novels, with the publication of three titles in October, 2004. The first three to be released are the initial volumes of MADARA (art by Tajima Sho-u and written by Otsuka Eiji from Kadokawa), MEKAKUSHI NO KUNI (illustrated and written by Tsukuba Sakura from Hakusensha), 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 which are being released for the first time in the United States, and 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 Fujii Mihona's Gals (Gals has been adapted as the popular anime series SuperGals!) from Shueisha, 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 John Nee, Vice President Business Development at DC Comics. "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 today that DC Comics 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-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.
Interesting that someone involved with Raijin is heading things up, maybe there's a faint glimmer of hope that their titles will eventually continue under this banner.

I had been wondering when the hell anyone was gonna translate Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne, it's a great looking manga.