View Full Version : MINX Young Adult Line Cancelled

Troy Wall
09-25-2008, 12:32 AM
From CBR News:

CBR News has confirmed through multiple sources that MINX, the young adult graphic novel line published by DC Comics, has been cancelled. Creators were informed this morning, and some have been assured their solicited or otherwise greenlit projects will be published, while others have been told their books — at least one of which is actually completed -- will not be released, at least not as part of the MINX line.

Masterminded by longtime Vertigo editor Shelly Bond, MINX publishes original graphic novels aimed primarily at teenage girls and debuted with “The Plain Janes” by "Street Angel" artist Jim Rugg and novelist Cecil Castellucci, author of the successful young adult novels "The Queen of Cool" and "Boy Proof.” The line also includes work by other novelists such as Rebecca Donner (“Sunset Terrace”) and Alisa Kwitney (“Flirting in Cars”), as well as mainstream and acclaimed comics creators like Mike Carey, Brian Wood and Andi Watson.

Bond was inspired to create MINX after observing the growing number of teenage girls reading manga in bookstores. “I started to wonder what was going to happen in a few years when those readers would want something new,” she said at the MINX launch in February, 2007. “So I pitched this line as an alternative to manga, but also as an alternative to traditional fiction, because I thought that it was really about time that teenage readers had their own imprint and that they could experience a brand new visual reading experience."

Developed over several years and backed with the full financial support of DC Comics parent Warner Bros., the MINX line and its many titles are generally well reviewed, and the imprint’s ambitious goal was met with optimism and support from direct market retailers. Nevertheless, CBR News was told that Random House, DC’s book trade distributor, has not been able to successfully place MINX titles in the coveted young adult sections of bookstores like Barnes & Noble.

Multiple sources close to the situation agree Bond and DC aren’t to blame for MINX’s cancellation, and that this development should be seen as a depressing indication that a market for alternative young adult comics does not exist in the capacity to support an initiative of this kind, if at all.

The question of rights reversions is presently being asked by some MINX creators whose books will not be published under the imprint, but there also exists the possibility for some in-progress or otherwise unreleased MINX projects to be repurposed as Vertigo titles, should the content transfer easily. Indeed, the MINX line was partially inspired by the success of Vertigo’s “My Faith in Frankie” black-and-white digest-sized release by Mike Carey and Sonny Liew & Marc Hempel, who went on to produce “Re-Gifters” for MINX.

DC Comics had no comment when approached by CBR News.

09-25-2008, 01:04 AM
This is surprising. In Asia most readers for novel and other fiction are women and young girls. Chicklits (I mean, literatures made for young women...yes they should have come up with a better word for it) rule the market with light stories and abundant titles. I failed to understand why the same thing do not occur in the states, are your women oppressed? :blink:

Wayne Drake
09-25-2008, 01:24 AM
they're busy shilling cash out for this crap


L Jamal
09-25-2008, 09:05 AM
My oldest daughter loved all the Minx books. However, the only place to find them was the comic book shop where most girls don't venture. They dropped the ball big time on distribution for these books as they should have been on those cheesy Scholastic book lists that still come home with the kids.

09-25-2008, 10:57 AM
No Surprise.

Like i said... they need to provide bigger names to make these things go.


09-25-2008, 10:58 AM
That's ironic. Here comic books, especially trade paperbacks and graphic novels, have been steadily gaining recognition and placed in large bookstores like Kinokuniya among other novels and classic literatures.

09-25-2008, 11:02 AM
as an aside to this...my girl works in a school in manchester and the librarian (who is a friend of ours) has just orderd Bone, Watchmen and some Lee/Romita Spiderman trades for the School.

Mark Bertolini
09-27-2008, 04:59 PM
as an aside to this...my girl works in a school in manchester and the librarian (who is a friend of ours) has just orderd Bone, Watchmen and some Lee/Romita Spiderman trades for the School.

My son just started kindergarten, and has been bringing home those book order forms, and man, they've got the whole Bone backlist! I'm ordering those for myself. He can read 'em when he's older (and can read).

And good on Aidy's lady (hey, that rhymes!) for putting some quality books into school libraries.