Yen Press Plans Twilight Manga
Stephanie Meyer’s hugely successful vampire series Twilight, the cultural phenomenon that has already been translated into candy, action figures and a major motion picture will now become a graphic novel from Yen Press. Illustrated in the style of manga and manwha by Korean artist Young Kim, Meyer is heavily involved in the book’s art choices according to EW.com. No publication date is currently available, but preview art from the book is available in the issue of Entertainment Weekly that hit the stands on July 17.
Rand’s Anthem to be Graphic Novel
Anthem, Ayn Rand’s tale of a dystopian future in which all individuality is banned and erased, is slated to become the first graphic novel adaptation of the philosopher’s work. The book has been acquired by NAL in a deal negotiated by literary agent Colleen Lindsay. It will be adapted by comics writer Charles Santino, best known for his work on the Conan comics series. No artist has yet been announced.
Penguin Grabs Sex Is Fun
Penguin’s Gotham Books has just acquired the North American English language rights to Kidder Kaper’s Sex Is Fun, a sex guide in humorous graphic novel format. The deal was negotiated by Scott Mendel of Mendel Media Group. As well as creating the book, Kaper is also the owner of the adult sex game company Great Sex Games.
Spider-Man party at Hanley's
Manhattan-based comic book store Jim Hanley’s Universe is throwing a party celebrating Amazing Spider-Man’s 600th issue. Comics writer Dan Slott will be signing the book and partying with the store’s patrons. The party will feature comics, cake and special surprises. Amazing Spider-Man #600 will be a 104-page special issue made up entirely of new content with a 60-page lead story by Slott. Jim Hanley’s Universe is located at 4 West 33rd Street, New York, NY near 5th Avenue.
Mouse Guard RPG Nominated
The roleplaying game based upon the popular Mouse Guard series of comics has been nominated in multiple categories in Gen Con’s ENnie gaming awards. The Mouse Guard Roleplaying Game has been nominated for Best Interior Art, Best Production Values and Product of the Year. The game was created by Luke Crane and the comic’s creator David Petersen.
Stan Lee's Time Jumper Premier
Time Jumper, Stan Lee’s new digital comics multimedia series, will launch July 23rd on www.TimeJumperComics.com with downloads available on the site and on iTunes, with a related app available on the iTunes App Store. Time Jumper will consist of ten 5-8 minute serialized episodes released every two weeks from now until December. The first episode will be free.
SDCC 09: Papercutz, CBLDF, G4
Papercutz will be premiering their new line of Geronimo Stilton graphic novels at the convention. Art from the books will be on display at the Papercutz booth and at the Papercutz panel. Coming out in August, the series chronicles the time-travelling adventures of the heroic anthropomorphic mouse Geronimo Stilton and is set in the same universe as the popular children’s novels of the same name. Singer-songwriter Amanda Palmer of The Dresden Dolls will be giving a benefit concert on Friday night on behalf of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, and the show will be held at the San Diego Women’s Club located at 2557 3rd Avenue, San Diego with the doors opening at 7pm. Cable network G4 will be covering the convention, with roving reporters on the show floor and at events. The highlight of this will be the first ever live broadcast of a SDCC panel, as G4 will bring the ever popular Lucasfilm and Star Wars panel to televisions everywhere on July 25. The panel runs from 5:15- 6:15 p.m. Pacific Time and more details are available on G4’s SDCC site. Acclaimed comics artist Jim Lee will have a one-man show of his work in the Chuck Jones Gallery at 252 5th Avenue, San Diego starting July 23rd. Stan Lee and Hiroyuki Takei represent Ultimo at SDCC
This Week @ Good Comics for Kids
This week School Library Journal’s blog Good Comics for Kids has a list of the blog’s All Ages Picks from April-June 2009, a review of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzimaya Vol 2 & 3, the 7/8 listing of comics suitable for all ages, and a collection of links for the week including Amulet, Mo Willems and more from Brigid Alverson.