Oh Yen Press -- you're so low-key, it's almost lovable. After announcing in December that they'll be debuting a manga version of James Patterson's bestselling Maximum Ride series in their Yen Plus anthology magazine in Summer '08, we haven't heard a peep.
But a quick browse through the Free Comic Book Day page reveals down at the bottom a sneak peek of pages from Maximum Ride, which is their featured giveaway on Free Comic Book Day, May 3. If you click on the cover artwork, it'll launch a download of a 5-page PDF preview of sample pages created by newcomer Narae Lee.
Free Comic Book Day is exactly that -- a day when anyone can pop into their local comic shop and pick up some free comics. Many major publishers (and more than a few indies) are participating, with a few manga publishers in the mix too, with a Shonen Jump sampler from VIZ Media and a "Gekiga" sampler from Drawn and Quarterly on tap to be there for the takin'. Find a participating comic shop near you with this handy comic shop locator and mark your calendars for May 3 to pick up your freebies.
UPDATE: Maximum Ride is currently serialized in Yen Plus magazine, with the graphic novel due out in early 2009.
UPDATE: As of February 2009, Maximum Ride Volume 1 is out and I posted my review of the graphic novel. Readers are also welcome to share their reviews of the Maximum Ride graphic novel. Just click on "write a review" at the top of the page, near the star ratings.
Image credit: © James Patterson / NaRae Lee