Hachette Book

PARIS (February 28, 2007) -- On the heels of the recent announcement regarding Hachette Book Group USA's graphic novel imprint Yen Press' first acquisitions comes another exciting announcement from Hachette's parent company Lagardère. Today, Lagardère announces that Hachette Livre is acquiring PIKA, the third largest manga publisher in the French market. The acquisition of PIKA will also contribute to manga businesses across Hachette Livre, including Yen Press.

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More new titles announced at NYCC 07:

Yen Press:
- Spiral - Bonds of Reasoning by Kyou Shirodaira/Eita Mizuno
- Zombie Loan by PEACH-PIT
- Black God by Dall-Young Lim/Sung-Woo Park
- Alice in Deadlines by Ihara Shiro

Del Rey:
- Aventura
- Pumpkin Scissors
- Psycho Busters
- Shiki Tsukai

Del Rey also announced a Complete Guide to Manga, a guide book to all the manga released in the U.S.

- Two Flowers of the Dragon by Kusakawa Nari
- Venus in Love by Nakaji Yuuki
- Tears of a Lamb by Hidaka Banri
- King of Cards by Tateno Makoto
- I Hate You More than Anyone by Hidaka Banri

Also, Bandai has announced that it will release its Witchblade manga in June 2007.

- MangaCast

MangaBlog's Brigid interviews Kurt Hassler, the former Graphic Novel Buyer at Borders and the most powerful person in American manga publishing who went on to establish Yen Press.

Yen Press, Hachette Book Group's new young men/adults oriented comic imprint, is looking for an Editorial Assistant:

Editorial Assistant -Japanese Translation Required

Hachette Book Group USA (HBG), a division of Hachette Livre, the third largest book publisher in the world, seeks to fill the position of Editorial Assistant. [...]

Source: MangaBlog

ICv2 interviews Rich Johnson of Yen Press, who talks about the new publishing enterprise, as well as how it will be handled by himself and Kurt Hassler.

The Hachette Book Group has announced a new young men/adults oriented comic imprint called Yen Press. According to PW, "The imprint will be directed by former DC Comics v-p Rich Johnson, who joined Hachette last month, and Kurt Hassler, formerly the graphic novel buyer for the Borders Group, who will join Yen Press November 27." Kurt Hassler recently ranked No.1 on ICv2's "Ten Most Powerful People in Manga" list.

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