In the fall of 2007, USA Today had an article declaring that Manga was dying. Despite that Tor has signed a joint venture with Seven seas Entertainment to produce and distribute original manga titles and compete for the licenses of top Japanese Manga.
Total sales for Manga is up by 10% to “more than $220 million, and about 1,468 titles are estimated to have been released last year.”
The USA Today article pointed to the rise of cellphone reading that has captured the attention of Japanese’s reading public and that Manga simply wasn’t well suited to that format. Perhaps with the rise of e-ink readers, particularly color e-ink displays, Manga will have a resurgence in Japan and continue to rise in the US.