In follow-up to my post yesterday regarding the speculated end of Viz Media’s Shojo Beat anthology, today Viz representatives confirmed the news:
“The final issue of Shojo Beat magazine will be the July 2009 issue which is on newstands June 16th.
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“
This information has also been posted on the Shojo Beat website.
So there you have it. A shame but I suppose with all else happening due to the economy it’s not a surprise. Current subscribers will hear the available options regarding their subscriptions (likely the option to recieve Shonen Jump instead) or possible refunds in August.