Upheaval at Viz Media

Viz Media has laid off 60 people and apparently closed its New York office. My sympathies to everyone involved. Nick Mamatas confirms that he’s still employed, so I’m guessing that Haikasoru, Viz’s SF/F imprint, will continue publishing; that would certainly make good business sense, since SF/F sales are steady while manga sales are dropping. I’ll update this post when I get official confirmation one way or another.

UPDATE: Jane Lui at Viz confirms that Haikasoru is sticking around and says, “We have no plans at this time for drastic measures such as product cancellations or business line closures.” Another source inside the company tells me the New York office is still open: “Apparently someone decided ‘not picking up the phone’ means ‘closed forever.’” Whew!