Yen Press Announces New Licensed Series and Adaptations at San Diego Comic-Con

SAN DIEGO, CA (7/13/2012) — Yen Press, the graphic novel imprint of Hachette Book Group, announced today at a panel at San Diego Comic-Con several upcoming releases, including new licenses of Japanese series and an original adaptation.

BTOOOM! is a debut manga series by Junya Inoue originally published by Shinchosa Publishing. Ryota Sakamoto, one of the top-ranked players of BTOOOM!, an online battle game, wakes one evening to discover he's now in a real-life version of his favorite game, forced to battle other players to the death to survive. The first volume is slated for a Spring 2013 release.

Welcome to the Erotic Bookstore by Pon Watanabe is a unique comic memoir orginally published by Media Factory relating the author's experiences managing a used bookstore when the owner decides to add erotic paraphernalia to their product mix. This two-volume comic essay will be released as a digital exclusive with the first volume to be released in Winter 2012.

Another by Yukito Ayatsuji is a popular duo of mystery/horror novels from Kadokawa Publishing that follows a boy named Koichi Sakakibara who finds himself caught up in a web of mysterious deaths at his middle school and investigates their connection to a girl who died in the same class in 1972. The overwhelming success of these novels spawned a twelve episode anime adaptation as well as a four-volume manga adaptation by artist Hiro Kiyohara. In addition to the novels which will be released as digital exclusives, Yen will be collection the four-volume manga adaptation as a single volume omnibus edition.

Yen Press also announced that a graphic novel adaptation was in the works for Brent Weeks's The Way of Shadows. The Way of Shadows will be a single-volume adaptation of Weeks's bestselling epic fantasy novel, coming in 2013.

Yen Press is dedicated to publishing graphic novels and manga in all formats and for all ages, creating a diverse list of books that represents the best in manga and graphic novels from around the world. In 2011, Yen Press became the #2 largest manga publisher in the US based on market share. It has had over 77 New York Times bestsellers since its launch in 2007, including Stephenie Meyer's TWILIGHT: THE GRAPHIC NOVEL, James Patterson's MAXIMUM RIDE series, and market leading licenses from Japan for series such as Black Butler by Yana Toboso and Soul Eater by Atsushi Ohkubo. Visit us at

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