The news hit this week that Yen Press is developing a graphic novel adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's bestselling vampire novels, the Twilight trilogy. Now the July 24, 2009 issue of Entertainment Weekly has just hit the newsstands and inside its pages are a few more sketches from Korean manhwa talent Young Kim, featuring first looks at Edward, Bella and now
Sam Jacob, the werewolf.
Entertainment Weekly's write-up (which is part of their Comic-Con Preview) also reveals a bit more about this project than the initial post that broke the news on EW.com. For one thing, the print article reveals that this will be a two-volume series, and its official working title is Twilight: The Graphic Novel.
Interestingly, the word "manga" is never mentioned once in this write-up, much less "manhwa," which should give readers a clue that Yen Press and Meyer are aiming for a broader readership than just manga fans here -- they want any and all fans of the Twilight novels and movies who may not even know the word "manga," to seek out and buy these (ahem) graphic novels.
There's a great deal of emphasis on Meyer's involvement in this project, as if to reassure fans of the novels that this will not be a hastily-done knock-off aimed to cash in on this publishing phenomenon. The article quotes Yen Press Publishing Director Kurt Hassler, who reports:
"Stephenie is reviewing every page, every panel. People should feel like they are getting a rare glimpse inside her vision of the property."And no, sorry, still no word on even a ball park release date for the first volume, but we may hear more details about this at San Diego Comic-Con this coming week. You can also pick up the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly to see this and more (mostly non-comics related) sneak-peeks featured in their Comic-Con preview issue.
So now that you've seen a little more, what do you think? The Twilight manga readers' poll is still open and ready for your votes. Or if you've got more to say, add your comments below or sound off in the forums.
Can't wait for Twilight: The Graphic Novel to hit the stores? See my list of 18 vampire manga for a tidbit or two to tide you over until then.
© 2009 Hachette Book Group, photograph by Michael Muller, as featured on Entertainment Weekly