After reading this:
In addition to making some manga available for reading online, the new Tokyopop site will also offer fans the ability to order some exclusive manga in book form that will not be available through retailers. The titles are a combination of never-before-released series and series that were launched through the trade that are now being converted to Web exclusives. Among the series that have previously been sold through retailers that are now being sold only through the Website are One, Neck and Neck, Heaven Above Heaven, Sorcerer Hunters Authentic Relaunch, Soul to Seoul, Dragon Head, Dragon Voice, and Arm of Kannon.
I was prompted to email this:
Dear Tokyopop persons,
I just read the news that your manga ‘Dragon Head’ is going to go to being exclusively distributed through your website. I’m sorry to hear this, as it ensures I will no longer be buying and reading Dragon Head, a book I really enjoy.
Right now I get new volumes through my comic shop, Modern Myths, as part of my regular order. This is convenient for me and helps support a shop I like. Moving to web-exclusive removes this convenience, asking me to place an additional order somewhere and pay shipping. As much as I like the book, and I like it very much, at the end of the day it’s just a funnybook, and now that you’ve made it more of a hassle to order it, I won’t do so. I can live without it.
In addition, this now makes me wary of buying any of Tokyopop’s titles. What if I start to enjoy something else and then find that it too will be made more difficult for me to get hold of? Rather than go through the annoyance of such a thing, it’s easier to simply avoid your titles altogether.
I urge you to reconsider this decision, as it is alienating to your readers and to the retailers.
Thank you for your time,
Swell move there, Tokyopop.
(Hat tip: Chris Butcher)