UPDATE via Manga Blog: This blogger says how to make manga mavan Christopher Hart is also doing an OEL/OGM/americmanga for Del Rey.
Christopher Hart is drawing/writing The Reformed. http://www.artstudiollc.com/ here’s his site, wherein he hints at this project here http://www.artstudiollc.com/whatsnew/whatsnew.html
At his website, Hart says:
Not allowed to talk about the specifics yet, but I just sold a seriously cool manga graphic novel to Del Rey Manga (a division of Random House). It’s a very exciting story – more on this later – I promise.
They say Avril Lavigne is a young punker, and sure enough she’s following in Courtney Love’s footsteps by launching an original manga. What’s different is the publisher — Del Rey. This marks the line’s debut into original manga content…a huge story in and of itself. THe book — MAKE 5 WISHES — will tie in to Lavigne’s upcoming album release and tour, making it one big media synergy.
Here’s the PR:
Del Rey Manga, an imprint of Random House Inc. and one of the premiere publishers of manga in the U.S., announced today the acquisition of MAKE 5 WISHES, created in collaboration with platinum-selling and Grammy Award-nominated recording artist Avril Lavigne.
Del Rey Manga will publish the first volume of MAKE 5 WISHES on April 10, 2007. Avril Lavigne’s new album The Best Damn Thing will release shortly after on April 17, 2007 from RCA Records. In volume one of MAKE 5 WISHES, introverted teenager Hana stumbles upon a website that will change her life forever. After a demon grants her a series of wishes that go bad, Hana meets her hero Avril Lavigne, who helps her find the courage to conquer her own personal demons once and for all. The concluding volume of MAKE 5 WISHES will release in July 2007. Both volumes will appear in full-color.
More than simply lending her talents to the creative process, multiple award-winning singer, songwriter, model, and actress Avril Lavigne also appears as a character in the manga. When asked what inspired her to be a part of this project, Avril Lavigne had this to say, “I know that many of my fans read manga, and I’m really excited to be involved in creating stories that I know they will enjoy.”
Acquiring editor Betsy Mitchell, Editor-in-Chief of Del Rey Books, said this about the enthusiasm surrounding MAKE 5 WISHES, “In the past few years, manga [the Japanese art form] has grown exponentially in the United States. For our very first original English-language manga, we’re very excited to be working with a person as versatile in her talent as Avril Lavigne.”
Del Rey Manga purchased world rights for the books in a deal brokered by Terry McBride, CEO of Nettwerk Management.
ABOUT AVRIL LAVIGNE
Avril Lavigne was born in the small town of Napanee, Ontario, Canada, and stood out from the crowd at an early age. Her musical talents were noticeable by the age of two, and by the time she was in her early teens she was already writing songs and playing guitar. Singing in the church choir and local festivals allowed Lavigne to get her voice heard.
On a trip to New York at age 16, Lavigne was signed to Arista Records when she caught the attention of Antonio “LA” Reid. With her major label deal signed, Lavigne moved to New York City, but not long after moved on to Los Angeles to work on her record. By early 2002, her debut CD Let Go was released. With 15 million albums sold, 8 Grammy nominates and three #1 singles—”Sk8ter Boi,” “Complicated,” and “I’m With You”— Lavigne gave young women a defiant voice.
In 2004, Lavigne returned with Under My Skin. This time the Canadian chanteuse took charge of her creative direction and reflected a more introspective Avril. The album debuted at #1 on charts worldwide and delivered her fourth #1 single, “My Happy Ending.”
Twenty-six million albums later, and following numerous awards, multiple world tours, and myriad magazine covers and TV appearances, Lavigne is now finding time to concentrate on her other loves, acting and fashion.