Shonen Jump USA will be digital only starting May 2012!

This is quite unexpected, didn't think it would happen so soon.

North American manga publisher Viz Media announced at New York Comic Con on Friday that its Shonen Jump magazine will end publication next March with a "farewell April 2012 issue." Viz announced the print magazine's end in conjunction with the unveiling of its successor — the digital anthology Weekly Shonen Jump Alpha.

At least three of the manga titles in Shonen Jump's most recent print issue (October/November 2011) will continue in the digital Weekly Shonen Jump Alpha next January: Bleach, Naruto, and One Piece. Shonen Jump has been publishing Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan, Toriko, and Bakuman. online since 2010 with a supplement only available to print magazine subscribers.

Wow I really loved to collect the print version :-(

Shonen Jump USA edition started in 2002, due to the growing popularity of anime and manga series outside of Japan.

At least the advantage I see is that its format will be weekly instead of monthly!

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