It seems to me there have been a lot of reasons for manga fans to rejoice these past few years, but also a lot of reasons for manga fans to grit their teeth because of something a manga publisher has done.
Admittedly, it’s easy for me to see where some publisher decisions are coming from. The manga publishing industry needs at least three things in order to succeed: money, the good favor of the Japanese rights holders and the good favor of the fans. A lot of publishing decisions fans hate seem to stem from the first two, but you can’t win over the fans if you don’t have either money or happy rights holders.
That said, fans will be bitter even if they understand the decision, and there is definitely still one publishing decision that makes me really mad: the sudden closure of CMX by its parent company, DC.
I understand why CMX was closed, it wasn’t making DC any money and times were too tight for an imprint not to be making money. It was really the way DC handled the situation that bugged me, and still bugs me to this day. By this I mean that the shut down was so sudden that CMX had new licenses popping up on Amazon the day before.
It was just disrespectful to CMX and to the manga fans who loved CMX to treat the company in such a manner. If DC had bothered to let CMX know long enough ahead of time, then the new licenses could been pulled before the fans found out and got their hopes up. Instead, it was so sudden that I have to wonder if the CMX employees found out their jobs were getting wiped in a manner similar to how I found out about Tokyopop ceasing its North American publishing operations. (I found out from news sources, not from the company itself.) That was a deeply hurtful experience for me, just to give you some emotional context.
Anyway, there are many ways publishers can upset fans, but I want to know what has grinded you the most. So feel free to rant away in the comments section about your hated publisher of choice! (Although I can’t promise to respond to every comment due to my position as an editor for some companies. Sorry! I just want to hear what people hate the most as manga fans.)