Alice In The Country Of Clover Will Be Coming Soon From Seven Seas
The folks from Seven Seas didn't make it to New York Comic Con this year, but they managed to grab a bit of the spotlight by sending out a press release about their latest new license, Alice in the Country of Clover, a followup to Quin Rose's Alice in the Country of Hearts.
Their timing couldn't have been better. Alice in the Country of Hearts was originally licensed by Tokyopop, and when that company closed its U.S. publishing arm, readers were left with five volumes of the six-volume series. At NYCC, Yen Press announced that they had licensed Alice in the Country of Hearts and would publish it in three omnibus volumes, each containing two of the original volumes, thus giving Alice fans their much-desired closure.
This was a shrewd move on Yen's part, as the first three volumes of Alice all made the New York Times manga bestseller list—the first volume for a total of ten weeks. Alice has a following.
Alice in the Country of Hearts takes the familiar characters of Alice in Wonderland and converts most of them to bishies, then totally changes the plot. It's based on a visual novel that's designed to appeal to women—hence the popularity of the manga in the U.S., presumably driven by female fans. The original manga ran in Mag Garden's Monthly Comic Avarus and featured art by Soumei Hoshino.
Alice in the Country of Clover stems from the same source material, but it's a totally different animal. Drawn by Mamenosuke Fujimaru, it started running in Ichijinsa's Comic Zero Sum last June, and there are two volumes, which appear to stand alone: Alice in the Country of Clover: Bloody Twins, which Seven Seas will publish in June 2012, and Alice in the Country of Clover: Cheshire Cat Waltz, due out in September. These stories can be read together with Alice in the Country of Hearts but they also stand on their own. Both volumes will be published as oversized editions and will include "impressive artwork and color pin-ups," which should be a special treat.