Viz has announced they will be closing down the print version of their Shojo Beat magazine with the final issue appearing on newsstands in June. With the cost of paper rising and the economy still squeezing personal budgets, it doesn’t come as a surprise to see Shojo Beat closing in the increasingly shrinking world of print media.
The final issue of Shojo Beat magazine will be the July 2009 issue which is on newsstands 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.