Thursday, February 17, 2005

Animerica to shift to convention distribution

ICv2 has word that Viz's 13-year-old anime and manga monthly, Animerica, will end its run as a newsstand, direct market and subscription magazine with its June issue, and will be made available only at anime conventions.

The retailer website notes that the presumably free distribution at conventions, which begins in July with Anime Expo, will allow Viz to make the magazine available "to a larger fan audience, while keeping the majority of its current readers, who are already attending at least one major anime convention anyway."