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Viz to Publish Novels

posted on 2005-06-04 12:41 EDT

Viz has sent out a press release stating that they are further expanding into the novel publishing business. Their first novels will me Fullmetal Alchemist: The Land of Sand, Ghost in the Shell: Innocence After the Long Goodbye and Steamboy, published under the Viz Media label, and Socrates in Love and Kamikaze Girls, published under the Shojo Beat Fiction label.

Fullmetal Alchemist ($9.99), Ghost in the Shell ($19.99) and Socrates in Love ($17.99) are due out in October, followed by Steamboy ($17.99) in December and Kamikaze Girls ($17.99) in February 2006.

Viz will also be releasing the Kamikaze Girls live action movie, based on the novel, this summer.

This isn't Viz's first foray into publishing novels; they published the English adaptation of Battle Royal in 1999.

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