North American manga publisher PictureBox announced on the company’s Tumblr account that the company will no longer release any new titles as of December 31, 2013.
Dan Nadel, the company’s founder, stated, “This was not an easy decision, but the company is no longer feasible for me as a thoroughgoing venture.”
The company is hosting a 50% off sale through January 2, 2014.
PictureBox’s titles will still be available in stores and customers through the company’s distributors and its official website.
PictureBox announced during the company’s Toronto Comic Arts Festival panel that it will be releasing a new gay erotic manga anthology called Gay Erotic Manga And The Men Who Make It in spring 2014.
The collection will include manga by Jiraiya, Gengoroh Tagame, Takeshi Matsu, Seizoh Ebisubashi, Go Fujimoto and Kazuhide Ichikawa. The tentative lineup also includes Guy Mizuki, Inu Yoshi, Fumi Miyabi, Kumada Poohsuke, and Noda Gaku.
Anime News Network is reporting that PictureBox will be publishing Seiichi Hayashi’s Gold Pollen and Other Stories and Yuichi Yokoyama’s World Map Room in Fall 2013.
Gold Pollen and Other Stories will include short stories that Hayashi produced in the 1960s and 1970s, including “Red Dragonfly,” “Yamauba’s Lullaby,” and “Gold Pollen.” Manga scholar Ryan Holmberg is working on this collection. ANN is also reporting that Gold Pollen and Other Stories is the first volume in a new “Masters of Alternative Manga” book series, which Holmberg is helming.
World Map Room will ship in either September of October 2013. The release is a softcover volume with a dustjacket, and it will retail for US$19.95.
The Comics Reporter is reporting that PictureBox has added Osamu Tezuka’s The Mysterious Underground Men manga as the second title for the publisher’s “Ten Cent Manga” line that focuses on “mass-produced genre works in Japanese postwar comics.”
According to the report, The Mysterious Underground Men will be released as a 160-page hardcover book in October 2013.
Anime News Network is reporting that PictureBox will be releasing Shigeru Suhiura’s 1974 manga adaptation of James Fenimore Cooper’s The Last of the Mohicans. The manga will be released on April 30, 2013, and will retail for US$19.95. Manga scholar Ryan Holmberg will be editing and translating the manga, and will also be providing an introduction essay.
Anime News Network is also reporting that The Last of the Mohicans will be launching PictureBox’s “Ten Cent Manga” line, which focuses on “mass-produced genre works in Japanese postwar comics.”