Kodansha USA III
An Open Letter to Messrs. Cthulhu and A-Nony-Mouse, with a side note for Mr. Green
Checking in with Kodansha and Cthulhu
I’ll have my hat, with a side of crow, and some humble pie.
This has been a rocky road [to Dublin] but a discussion on Twitter [& twitter being what it is, I can’t link to that particular conversation; I could copy it whole but it’s kind of tangential to the whole thing] led to a number a people asking: So, what’s up with Kodansha Comics?
Well, first: they still haven’t resolved any of the web site issues I noted 7 months ago — there is no Kodansha Comics web site, or at least, not one that isn’t being hoarded by a cyber-squatter [short editorial: you cyber-squatters *suck*, but Kodansha really should have fixed this by now].
To get anywhere I’ve been reduced to trawling the New York Department of State, Division of Corporations and their current listings.
This is so far from actual news I’m almost embarrassed to propagate it, but once again: no one else is reporting it. Dear Internet, Please Note: just because I can do business searches doesn’t mean I want to; is there really no other blog willing to go there?
My complaining aside:
Kodansha USA, Inc. is the current iteration of Kodansha in [*cough*] the USA.
SEP 16, 1988 KODANSHA INTERNATIONAL (USA – NEW YORK) LTD.
DEC 12, 1988 KODANSHA INTERNATIONAL (USA) LTD.
JUL 19, 1990 KODANSHA AMERICA, INC.
JUL 01, 2008 KODANSHA USA, INC.
Confusingly, there is also a new company Kodansha USA Publishing LLC — which as far as my understanding goes is the actual publisher of Kodansha Comics (distributed to the book store market via Random House) while Kodansha USA is the official rights holder, and is responsible for any (to date: non-existent) marketing on Kodansha titles, while also being the new, official publisher of all non-comic Kodansha titles, previously published by Kodansha International and still distributed by Oxford University Press.
[if they could make this any more complicated I’m not sure how… oh, wait: they could set up a new umbrella company using an unpublicised legal dodge and corporate card shuffling and not let anyone know: WHICH IS EXACTLY WHAT THEY DID. Did we get too close? Is it such a sin to know where our books are coming from?]
My bitching aside, the other reason to post an update is both Akira and Ghost in the Shell (formerly of Dark Horse but now re-released [with no edits, and also retrograde in that they’re releasing first editions not the later ones] by Kodansha Comics) on top of my comments in the parenthetical aside, have also been delayed.
Ghost in the Shell, Vol 2 18 May
Akira, Vol 2 8 June
Akira, Vol 3 13 July
Akira, Vol 4 12 October
I suppose the good news, such as it is, is that we still have dates for these volumes and they didn’t just slide off the face of the earth (as it first seemed)
Still: no other titles announced, or even hinted at.
If I die in the next six months, I want “Kodansha Releases Did Him In” carved into my tombstone.