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Yen Press has announced two manga style adaptations of bestselling YA novels: Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Chronicles of Nick and Cassandra Clare’s The Infernal Devices trilogy.  HyeKyung Baek is attached to The Infernal Devices as artist.  Both series will initially be serialized online at Yen Plus before graduating to a print edition.  Does “online serial followed by print edition” sound familiar?  It should.

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YEN PRESS ANNOUNCES MANGA ADAPTATION OF CASSANDRA CLARE’S THE
INFERNAL DEVICES
NEW YORK, NY (10/14/2011) — At New York Comic Con, Yen Press announced that it has
entered into an agreement with #1 New York Times bestselling phenomenon Cassandra Clare, in
a deal negotiated by Barry Goldblatt at Barry Goldblatt Literary, to create a manga adaptation of
her epic The Infernal Devices trilogy with artist HyeKyung Baek.
The Infernal Devices, a standalone trilogy set within the universe of her immensely popular The
Mortal Instruments series, is the story of Tessa Gray, a sixteen-year-old American girl traveling
alone to Victorian London who runs afoul of the city’s sordid supernatural underworld. Rescued
by the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, Tessa quickly finds herself caught up in an
intrigue that may very well destroy her new friends – including the two enigmatic young men,
Jem and Will, who have taken her under their wing…
Cassandra Clare said of the deal: “As a long-time fan of manga, I’m so excited to be working on
this adaptation with Yen Press. Manga has influenced a great deal of the way I envision narrative,
and the chance to see my work rendered in the form is something I couldn’t pass up. I look
forward to seeing HyeKyung Baek’s evocative art bring The Infernal Devices’ world of gaslit
romance to life.”
Kurt Hassler, Yen Press Publishing Director, said: “I confess that I’m a sucker for Victorian Era
storytelling, and I was already a fan of Cassie’s The Mortal Instruments series. The combination
of the two that is The Infernal Devices had me rapt from page one, and I knew that I wanted to
see this story unfold through sequential art. I cannot think of another illustrator better suited to
evoking this world visually than HyeKyung Baek, and I can hardly wait to see these pages start
crossing my desk!”
Chapters of The Infernal Devices will be serialized in Yen Press’s monthly online anthology
magazine, Yen Plus, with publication of the first volume slated for Fall 2012.
Cassandra Clare vaulted onto the publishing scene with her first YA novel, City of Bones, and
has published three other bestselling novels in The Mortal Instruments series. First published
in August of 2010, Clockwork Angel marked the first installment of Cassandra’s The Infernal
Devices trilogy and debuted at #1 on the New York Times list. The second book in the series,
Clockwork Prince, is scheduled to release on December 6, 2011. Both The Mortal Instruments
and The Infernal Devices have been optioned for film by Unique Features.
Yen Press is an imprint of Hachette Book Group dedicated to publishing graphic novels for
adults and young readers. Yen Press’ focus is primarily on licensed manga, but also publishes
across the wide spectrum of the graphic novel market, including, but not limited to: original
manga publications, original American comics/graphic novels, webcomics, licensed adaptations,
and children’s graphic novels. For more information, visit www.yenpress.com
Hachette Book Group is a leading trade publisher based in New York and a division of Hachette
Livre, the second largest publisher in the world. Hachette Book Group’s product lines include
adult, illustrated, religious, children’s and audio books under the Little, Brown and Company,
Little Brown Books for Young Readers, Grand Central Publishing, FaithWords, Center Street,
Orbit, Yen Press and Hachette Book Group Digital Media imprints. For more information, visit
www.hbgusa.com.

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YEN PRESS ANNOUNCES MANGA ADAPTATION OF SHERRILYN KENYON’S

CHRONICLES OF NICK SERIES

NEW YORK, NY (10/14/2011) — Yen Press, the graphic novel imprint of Hachette Book Group, announced that it has entered into an agreement with internationally acclaimed author Sherrilyn Kenyon to create a two volume manga adaptation of her #1 New York Times bestselling Chronicles of Nick series.

Chronicles of Nick, a YA prequel to Kenyon’s immensely popular Dark-Hunter novels, reveals the path of a young Nick Gautier and the circumstances that led him to become the man with whom readers first became familiar in Kenyon’s earlier books.  Chronicles of Nick and the forthcoming manga adaptation from Yen Press to be titled  Dark-Hunters: Infinity provide a perfect entry point for young readers into the world of the Dark-Hunters as well as rich and visual  back-story for existing fans.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled to be working with Yen Press,” Sherrilyn Kenyon said. “As a major otaku, I’ve been a fan of their manga and magazine for years. I count Soul Eater and Spice & Wolf among some of my all time favorite tales. I know Chronicles of Nick couldn’t be in better hands, and I look forward to a partnership I know will thrill my fans and make the stories come alive for a whole new audience.”

Kurt Hassler, Yen Press Publishing Director, said of the project: “The first time I had the pleasure of meeting Sherrilyn, I was truly impressed by her level of enthusiasm for manga and anime. We had a great conversation about cosplay and various characters and series. It’s that level of enthusiasm  that will truly make this an extraordinary endeavor, and we look forward to finding the perfect artist to bring Sherrilyn’s beloved characters to life in Dark-Hunters: Infinity!”

Chapters of  Dark-Hunters: Infinity will be serialized in Yen Press’s monthly online anthology magazine, Yen Plus (www.yenplus.com), with publication of the first volume slated for Fall 2012.

The #1 New York Times bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon is a powerhouse with more than 25 million copies of her books in print in over 30 countries. Since 2006, she’s placed over fifty novels on the New York Times list with over a dozen of them landing the #1 slot. During that same time, she claimed ten #1 slots on Publisher’s Weekly. Sherrilyn lives a life of extraordinary danger…as does any woman with three sons, a husband, a menagerie of pets and a collection of swords. But when not running interference (or dashing off to the emergency room), she can be found chained to her computer where she likes to play with all her imaginary friends.

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Yen Press is an imprint of Hachette Book Group dedicated to publishing graphic  novels for adults and young readers.  Yen Press’ focus is primarily on licensed manga, but also publishes across the wide spectrum of the graphic novel market, including,  but not limited to: original manga publications, original American comics/graphic novels, webcomics, licensed adaptations, and children’s graphic novels. For more information, visit www.yenpress.com

Hachette Book Group is a leading trade publisher based in New York and a division of Hachette Livre, the second largest publisher in the world. Hachette Book Group’s product lines include adult, illustrated, religious, children’s and audio books under the  Little, Brown and Company, Little Brown Books for Young Readers, Grand Central Publishing, FaithWords, Center Street, Orbit, Yen Press and Hachette Book Group Digital Media imprints.  For more information, visit www.hbgusa.com.

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