Technical troubles are delaying this post of mine on Del Rey’s Saturday panel, but I did attend and there was plenty of info shared by the pleasantly enthusiastic staff.
The panel of staff members included Del Rey’s Associate Publisher, Editor, Licensing and Acquistion Handler, Marketing Manager… and “just a writer” (info was withheld so as not to spoil news delivered in the panel).
X-men Misfits (Vol. 01) – Raina Telgemeier, Dave Roman, and Anzu
Ninja Girls (Vol. 01)
Moyasimon: Tales of Agriculture (Vol. 01)
“… the story of a boy who can talk to micro-organisms.”
Four-Eyed Prince (Vol. 01) – Wararu Mizukami
CLAMP in America – Shannon Garrity and CLAMP
Originally planned for October 2009, moved to March 2010
– Move was due to when in planning stage, CLAMP sent so much artwork that the book needed to be larger than initially planned, both to accomodate more artwork and larger presentation sizes.
The original book was supposed to be around 170 pages but is now 384 pages (almost triple what was originally planned!).
King of RPGs – Jason Thompson
Yokaiden (Vol. 01) – Nina Matsumoto
(Vol. 01) Released November 2008
(Vol. 02) Due November 2009
Samurai Deeper Kyo – Kamijyo Akimine
Del Rey has officially picked up the remainder of the series from Tokyopop. The remaining four volumes will be released as two omnibus books (2 in 1). As of now the decision to republish older volumes will be determined by sale numbers of new books.
Code Breaker – Kamijyo Akimine
New license, first volume in Summer 2010
Ben10: Alien Force
Written by Peter David, Art by Dan Hipp
Bakugan: Battle Brawlers
This Del Rey commissioned adaptation was written by Nunzio DeFilippis and Chrstina Weir, with art by Kris Sison. Despite the popularity of the anime series (and related media), Bakugan has never had a manga until now.
The Secret Saturdays: The Kur Stone (Vol. 01)
Nighthead Genesis (Vol. 01)
Written by George Iida, Art by You Higuri
Nighthead Genesis was originally a novel, then become a live-action series, and then become a manga. Del Rey’s first volume is due out November 2009
Wild @ Heart (Vol. 01) – Natsumi Ando (creator of Kitchen Princess)
Panic x Panic – Mika Kawamura
New license, described loosely as “…manga X-files…”
Pink Innocent – Kotori Momoyuki
New license; rich girl likes boy, boy likes computers, girl wants boy, girl must win over computers
The Last Airbender (film version)
Written by Dave Roman with prequel art by Nina Matsumoto and adaptation by Joon Choi. Movie director, Shamalyn, is said to be very involved with the adaptation work.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
By Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith; Art by Cliff Richard
“…zombies killing people in corsets.”
The Stuff of Legend
Original comic currently being published in comic form by ‘The 3rd World Studio’. Story is about a boy who is caught by boogieman and dragged into his closest to another world. Only his toys can save him so they band together to do so. The first volume is due out spring 2010.
Other neat tidbits of info:
Nina Matsumoto won an Eisner award for her artwork in ‘Treehouse of Horror’, a Simpsons comic collection.
Del Rey is launching a new imprint: DelRey Comics. Their first comic is Stephen King/Peter Straub’s The Talisman. Releases will be monthly in classic floppy format. The final full edition will be full-colour (preview issues offered at SDCC are only black and white).
Other books coming out from Del Rey the near(ish) future:
The Splendid Magic of Penny Arcade: The 11 1/2 Anniversary Edition
Goats: Infinite Typewriters by Jonathan Rosenberg
Flight (Vol. 06)
Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files (comic adaptations)
Del Rey Q & A
Why are you publishing periodical comics? In an industry whose future is already in question.
Though the comics would not make enough money to make back what they cost on a monthly basis, the monthly releases offer an opportunity to spread out the cost of creation over time. Theyy’re also only going to do comics that they really believe in, really believe have a shot, and that comics haven’t been hit as dramatically by current economy woes as some make it out.
Will Del Rey be continuing the Genshiken series?
Unfortunately the artist is done at the ninth series. He has since moved on to a new series. Del Rey is releasing a novel of the series coming out in Fall 2009.