NYCC Yen Press: Alice In The Country Of Hearts, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, and More!

Yen Press has picked up the license for Alice in the Country of Hearts and will publish the complete series in three omnibus volumes at the same time.

The series was originally published in the U.S. by Tokyopop, which closed down its U.S. division before the sixth and final volume could be published. “We are releasing it in omnibus editions, so instead of six volumes you get three, and the full series will be published in its entirety in June of next year,” said publishing director Kurt Hassler.

Hassler also announced four more Japanese licenses. Puella Magi Madoka Magica is a magical-girl story adapted from the award-winning anime, which is published in the U.S. by Aniplex. The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan, is a spinoff of the light novel The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya, set in an alternate universe in which the SOS Brigade does not exist. Hassler described Hiroshi Takashige’s Until Death Do Us Part as “a new addition to the manly, manly manga in the American market.” The 15-volume series about a girl who can tell the future will be released in two-volume omnibuses by Yen.

The fourth license is Soul Eater Not, by Atsushi Ohkubo, will be released in the online magazine Yen Plus on the same day it will appear in print in Japan. “This is a huge, bold move by creator Atsushi Ohkubo, a huge first step,” said Hassler. “Yen Plus is available worldwide, and this will be available worldwide simultaneously with Japan. If we can show this is what works, if we can show this is what people have been wanting for years, we have the opportunity to open the floodgates.”

Soul Eater Not is published in Japan by Square Enix, which has its own online manga store, so it is significant that Yen Plus will be publishing this series. “I am not being coy when I say this is a test,” said Hassler. “That is going to be very telling for opportunities going forward. When we relaunched the mag digitally, our goal was for everything to be simultaneous with Japan.”

In addition, Hassler announced two graphic novel adaptations of works by best-selling authors: Cassandra Clare’s The Infernal Devices series, which will be illustrated by Gossip Girls artist HyeKyung Baek, and Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark-Hunters: Infinity, a prequel to her Dark-Hunters novels.

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