We’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who stopped by to say hello at Comic-Con last month! And an even bigger thank you to those of you who came to our panel!
For those of you who weren’t there, we made just a few announcements, but all of them are very, very exciting. At least for us!
One of the very first books released by the infant Yen Press three years ago was With the Light, the story of a mother learning to raise her autistic son. As some of you may know, creator Keiko Tobe passed away earlier this year, leaving the story of Hikaru’s journey unfinished. We were terribly sad to learn of Tobe’s passing, but we are proud to announce that we will be publishing the final volume of With the Light in the fall of next year. This volume contains the remaining finished chapters, as well as Tobe’s outlines for next few chapters and some of her earlier short stories. If you are not already a fan of With the Light, we encourage you to check out this series that has already touched so many readers.
For those of you who fancy vampires and werewolves, parasols and tea, then you simply must meet Alexia Tarabotti. Some of you may remember reading a sample of Miss Tarabotti’s adventures in the pages of Yen Plus. In an alternate Victorian London in which vampires and werewolves have taken their place in high society, Alexia Tarabotti is soulless. That is, whenever she comes into contact with one of the aforementioned supernaturals, his powers temporarily vanish and he becomes mortal. This makes her quite a threat to the immortal set, and Alexia’s life of tea and biscuits is constantly being interrupted by all sorts of trouble. Yen Press is pleased to announce we will be adapting the “Parasol Protectorate” novels into graphic novel form. Keep your eyes peeled for an artist announcement soon! Click here for a sample of the first novel from Orbit Books!
And last but not least, many of you were very sad to learn that Svetlana Chmakova would be taking a break after the completion of The Weirn Books arc of Nightschool. But don’t worry. Svet’s not going far! In the coming months, Svetlana Chmakova will be working on the manga adaptation of James Patterson’s Witch and Wizard series! Whit and Wisty Allgood live in world where the New Order has taken power…and taken away pretty much everything else. No music, no books, and definitely NO MAGIC. Which is bad news for Whit and Wisty, whose magical abilities are just beginning to manifest. You can check out James Patterson’s Witch and Wizard by clicking here! Whether you’re a Patterson fan, a Chmakova fan, or you just like a good read about corrupt totalitarian governments and magic, you’ll definitely want to check out Yen Press’s Witch and Wizard adaptation, coming soon in the pages of Yen Plus!
In addition to our licensing announcements, we also unveiled the Yen Press iPad app, which will be available in the coming weeks. The Yen Press app will allow you to purchase full Yen Press volumes that you can read anywhere! In creating this digital app, our team has made the quality of your reading experience a priority. Books on the app will feature crisp artwork, offer spread or single-page navigation, and allow you to save your place automatically. In addition, the app will include special bonus features, like mini comics from your favorite Yen Press artists and some of the short stories you’ve seen in YEN PLUS magazine! Keep your eyes peeled for the Yen Plus app, coming soon!
Now, that’s all for new announcements, but as many of you noted, Mr. Hassler hinted very strongly that there would be some new Japanese license announcements coming very soon. So keep your eye on YenPress.com! Thanks again for your continued support!