Two more manga publishers have detailed their plans for releases over the next few months, reflecting the multiple problems and approaches to solve them that have become the norm in the coronavirus year.
Tokyopop’s April and May titles, both comic and paperback, will be delayed due to its printer, lettering team, distributor and other parts of its publishing process shut down by coronavirus-related public health orders. The company does not expect to have to delay titles scheduled for June or later at this point, the announcement said.
Seven Seas laid out its release schedule for the next few months via Twitter, and the outlook is mixed. Distribution via Diamond Comic Distribution to comic stores is shut down, but Seven Seas core imprint is distributed to the book trade by Macmillan, and April titles are expected to release to that channel on time.
Seven Seas’ Ghost Ship mature readers imprint is distributed by Diamond Book Distributors, which is shut down (see “DBD Confirmed Closed”), so those April titles are indefinitely delayed to both channels.
For May, both Seven Seas and Ghost Ship titles will be delayed to new dates TBD. Digital versions will continue to release as scheduled. The schedule for June and July titles isn’t known yet.