Another popular book series is being adapted into comics form, this time The Clique, by Lisi Harrison, a #1 New York Times bestselling series in the Gossip Girl-ish vein. Yen Press will publish a manga version illustrated by Yishan Li in July 2010.
With nearly 8 million copies sold and a popular feature film from Warner Bros. and Executive Producer Tyra Banks out on DVD, THE CLIQUE (called “Sartre with lip gloss” by Time magazine), is set at Westchester County’s most exclusive girls’ private middle school, and it exactly captures the super-pressured environment in which today’s teenagers compete in every way to be the “best”. Through these endlessly entertaining stories readers live vicariously (and often, hilariously) through the lives of the memorable “Pretty Committee” where the only thing harder than getting in is staying in.
Kurt Hassler, Publishing Director of Yen Press, says “THE CLIQUE has been an absolute phenomenon in the young adult publishing world, and Yen Press is extremely grateful to be able to work on this visual adaptation of Lisi’s story. It’s exciting to be able to work on a project like this that has such amazing potential to introduce a new generation of young female readers to the medium of comics.”
Yen Press’s manga visualization of the story will be the perfect companion for legions of existing fans of THE CLIQUE as well as an ideal introduction to the series for the ever-expanding number of manga enthusiasts, particularly in the area of shojo manga which specifically targets female readers between the ages of 10 and 18.
Artist Yishan Li was born in Tianjin, China but currently resides in Edinburgh, Scotland. One of her best known projects was “The Adventures of CG!”, a monthly manga strip which appeared in the pages of CosmoGirl magazine to which she contributed from August 2007 to April 2008.
While living in New York City, Lisi Harrison created and developed shows for MTV. She now resides in Laguna Beach, CA, where she is at work on her next novel in THE CLIQUE series.