This press release went out earlier today, and one of the things that is catching everyone’s eye is the 350,000-copy first printing, which shows a certain… confidence in the book. By contrast, the first printing of volume 1 of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya manga was 75,000 copies, and that seemed pretty optimistic. The first printing of the third Scott Pilgrim graphic novel was 10,000. (If you’re curious, I wrote about the topic here a few years ago.)
Then Yen Press tweeted that the book made it into the Amazon top 10 today—not bad for a book that won’t be published for another two months. Read on for all the details.
YEN PRESS ANNOUNCES
TWILIGHT: THE GRAPHIC NOVEL, VOL. 1
WILL GO ON-SALE ON MARCH 16, 2010
NEW YORK, NY (January 20, 2010) — Yen Press, the graphic novel imprint of Hachette Book Group, announced that it will publish the highly-anticipated first volume in the graphic novel adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight on March 16, 2010. Twilight: The Graphic Novel, Volume 1 will be released in hardcover for $19.99 ($22.99 CAN) with a first printing of 350,000 copies. As is typical in graphic novel publishing, due to the length of the prose novel, the book will be divided into two volumes and the release date for the second volume is forthcoming.
Twilight: The Graphic Novel contains selected text from Meyer’s original novel with illustrations by Korean artist Young Kim. A rare fusion of Asian and Western comic techniques is reflected in this black-and-white graphic novel with color interspersed throughout. Meyer consulted throughout the artistic process and had input on every panel.
“I’ve enjoyed working on this new interpretation of Twilight,” said Meyer. “Young has done an incredible job transforming the words that I have written into beautiful images. The characters and settings are very close to what I was imagining while writing the series.”
Kurt Hassler, Yen Press Publishing Director, said, “Few American publishing properties are better suited to introduce a vast readership to the medium of graphic novel than the phenomenon that is Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight. Yen Press will certainly continue to expand this audience with the help of Bella and Edward.”
In four years, Stephenie Meyer has become a worldwide publishing phenomenon. The Twilight Saga’s translation rights have been sold in nearly 50 countries and 85 million copies have been sold worldwide.