Shojo Beat Closes, Dozens Saddened
Anime News Network announced Viz Media will conclude publication of manga digest for girls, Shojo Beat.
The following is an official release from Viz:
Yes, the final issue of Shojo Beat magazine will be the July 2009 issue which is on newsstands June 16th.Shojo Beat began its US publication in 2005. The July issue makes #49 for the magazine.
We are very proud of the past issues of Shojo Beat magazine and the efforts of the entire team. The magazine developed quite a fan base but unfortunately in today's difficult economic climate we felt the need to place our resources elsewhere at this time.
Of course all of our great shojo manga titles previously serialized in Shojo Beat magazine will still be published and available as graphic novels under the Shojo Beat imprint from Viz Media.
Each Shojo Beat Subscriber will be receiving a free copy of the August issue of Shonen Jump magazine with the pertinent information on what their subscription/refund options will be.
Subscribers and fans of shojo manga can get the latest information on all new Shojo Beat titles and news by visiting www.shojobeat.com.