Twilight Manga Announced

Putting out a Twilight manga is a perfect combination for the teen girl target audience. No specific release date has been announced, but publisher Yen Press should have a huge hit, especially if they can get it out around the July 2010 date of the third movie. (I’m guessing November of this year, when the second film, New Moon, is due, is too soon.)

Twilight Manga

Art is by Korean artist Young Kim, which makes me think it will be left-to-right, which will make it an easier read for much of the American audience. This guess is backed up by the original news post referring to the project using the term “graphic novel”.

Many comic/manga fans are dismayed, since they hate the novels, but they also acknowledge this is a great business decision for the company. The big question is, as always, will this translate into additional comic or manga readers? Other popular franchises (Buffy, for example, or some of the science fiction titles) have found that while fans will buy more adventures of their favorites in illustrated format, that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re willing to buy other comics. Also, this Twilight project sounds like an adaptation, so fans may feel that they already know the story. (That didn’t harm the movie, but there’s an additional thrill from *seeing* the characters you’ve envisioned.)

Many purchases of this will likely happen in bookstores, so they don’t necessarily have a reason to encourage the customers to try other graphic novels or manga. Melinda Beasi is more optimistic.

Twilight by Lucy Knisley

If by some reason you’re not already familiar with Twilight, Lucy Knisley has a wonderful comic strip about her experience becoming addicted to the series. Then she drew very funny short summaries of each book.

77 Comments

  1. im really happy there is a manga comeing out. i mean like i have been working on my own for the longest time ever.. but eh

  2. the only thing is now all those crazy girls are all gonna want to start reading manga..

  3. Wow. You know, the sad thing is, I’m kind of interested in buying it. Not exactly sure why everyone’s upset about it. My friend reads manga religiously, and she’s all pissed off and mad. Though, she’s pissed off and mad that the only manga I read is Tokyo Mew Mew…so, go figure. :/

  4. Worst idea ever =.= way to ruin manga

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  6. Can’t wait for the Twilight manga! It’s the perfect topping for the world winning book. Hopefully it’ll be one of the best manga anyone will ever read.

  7. D': I lost faith in humanity.
    wtf is this crap?

  8. And the last safe medium that wasn’t Twicrap infested is raped….*sigh* this is an insult to real manga readers, it’s already a poorly written book, why does it hafta be a poorly written crappy manga too? Anime/manga and Twilight shouldn’t mix, and Twilight needs to die already and stop pushing itself into every entertainment media it can find like an attention-grabbing whore.

  9. That you would use the word “rape” to describe a licensing deal suggest you need to get a sense of proportion. A successful property wants to expand into a new medium. It looks awful, and you’re not interested. What do you care? Getting upset over this is like getting upset that they make Transformer toys AND cartoons AND movies AND comics.

    It’s actually a compliment to manga readers, I think, that it’s considered a successful enough venue to target.

  10. Just another way for the world to screw me over.

    Manga fans endure enough blind fangirl-ing as it is. You stay on your side of the wall, thank you very much. We already have our sparkle-tastic vampire romance series. No need for more.

    If I see one of these books at a bookstore, I’mma chuck in in the trash where it rightfully belongs. Or a fire pit.

  11. Theft and vandalism is not a good idea. You appear to be taking this much too personally.

  12. Why must they invade the one thing I have left in my life that was Twicrap free…..

  13. Because they have exhausted other mediums and feel that they need to push their crap wherever Twilight tweens might be, just in case they haven’t heard about it yet, not likely since it’s literally everywhere that sells any form of media entertainment, clothing, and recently as Burger King has shown us, even food. Apparently, if the entertainment source doesn’t have Twilight, it needs a good dose of sparkly fairy-in-denial crap thrown in. Yea I acknowledge that it’s popular, but come on, there’s a line between advertisement and just shoving it down people’s throats everywhere they turn, and Twilight has not only crossed that line, it has obliterated it.

  14. They just killed the love of all mangas

  15. I feel so sorry for new manga lovers to have to read such vomit like this. With poorly written story line, character development, and shame to the vampire name.. Are they trying to start a riot? I can honestly say this does not look good for us genuien manga fans, to have something this reched brich our sancutary is just.. just unacceptable. Please stop this insanity now..

  16. What I think it’s sad about this whole deal is that all these preppy chicks that thought that **coughs** real **coughs** vampires were disgusting now are all like “OMG I totally love vampires now cause they sparkle and it’s like sooo awesome” and the same is gonna happen to manga — sad day for manga readers … //_-

  17. You know, my sister has this manga. I was going to ignore it, but all the insane bile about it here has me wanting to read and review it…

  18. Jeez, I don’t know what is up with some people taking this too far. Plus I can’t understand how this manga ruins manga everywhere. Twilight isn’t that bad. I mean it isn’t my favorite series, but still, it is kinda interesting. For it to be in manga form means that the series is a success. This helps me a lot because I don’t want to read the long books. So I’m gonna buy this manga and add it to my collection. It’s gonna be awesome! :P

  19. Am I the only one amused at the fact that Buffy is mentioned in this article?

  20. Peter Says:

    “I feel that most people who ‘hate the book’ don’t actually hate the book, but what its done

    “An example is that I can’t spend five minutes without my girlfriend talking about it, and making suggestions that i should ‘Do my hair like Edward’ or ‘Watch her while she sleeps’…”

    Tell her that you already like your hair the way it is and that you respect both her and yourself too much to do creepy stuff like watching her while she sleeps. :D

    Peter Says:

    “…Or when I was in Borders and I was standing in the ‘Best sellers section’ next to the twilight series; somebody asked me if I had read them. All I replied was ‘I tried them, but didn’t really like them’,…”

    That’s a good and polite answer. :)

    Peter Says:

    “…and I’ll never forget the swift change in facial expression, or the quick hiss of ‘Your just jealous because Edward’s hotter than you’…”

    What a jerk! Next time someone accuses you of being jealous of Edward, say something like “Jealous? I’m not jealous of stalkers and possessive types, I’m too much of a gentleman to want to be like that.”

    Reii Says:

    “Why must they invade the one thing I have left in my life that was Twicrap free…..”

    Diana Says:

    “…Yea I acknowledge that it’s popular, but come on, there’s a line between advertisement and just shoving it down people’s throats everywhere they turn, and Twilight has not only crossed that line, it has obliterated it.”

    Wait a minute, you two. I have plenty of things left in my life that are Twilight free and plenty of places I turn where it’s not shoved down my throat. For one of many examples, my bathroom. ;) If you live with a sibling or roommate who puts Twilight posters all over the place, try asking her or him to tone it down.

    OTOH, if one of your parents/guardians is a fan who puts this stuff everywhere and won’t listen to you asking her or him to tone it down, then I understand how it’s so hard to avoid. :/

    Priscilla Says:

    “They just killed the love of all mangas”

    Do you think fans of other manga are going to stop liking those titles because of this one?

    phantom Says:

    “I feel so sorry for new manga lovers to have to read such vomit like this…”

    Nobody has to read this, not even new manga lovers. There are other new manga titles available in bookstores, and the older titles are still available in libraries (even if one has to use interlibrary loan) for new readers to find and read.

    phantom Says:

    “…With poorly written story line, character development, and shame to the vampire name…”

    As if everything from Bram Stoker’s Dracula to Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer didn’t already make the vampire name look bad?

    phantom Says:

    “…Are they trying to start a riot? I can honestly say this does not look good for us genuien manga fans, to have something this reched brich our sancutary is just.. just unacceptable. Please stop this insanity now..”

    It’s cashing in on a lucrative brand name. It’s not trying to start a riot, it’s not making genuine manga fans look bad (unless you riot over this), and it’s not breaching anyone’s sanctuary.

    You still don’t have to read or watch any versions of Twilight.

    You still don’t have to date someone who stalks you and is possessive of you before he or she barely knows you (no matter how much your parents/guardians say Edward is a good male role model).

    You still don’t have to stay married to someone who beats you up in bed (in fact, if you’re stuck in a situation like that, post your region here and I’ll look up resources for you and post them here too).

    You still don’t have to promise an infant’s hand in marriage to anyone (again, if your family and/or in-laws are pressuring you to agree to an arrangement like that, post your region here and I’ll look up resources for you and post them here too).

    And so on.

    Vanessa Says:

    “What I think it’s sad about this whole deal is that all these preppy chicks that thought that **coughs** real **coughs** vampires were disgusting now are all like ‘OMG I totally love vampires now cause they sparkle and it’s like sooo awesome’…”

    The word you’re looking for while you’re coughing is “traditional” ;)

    Meanwhile, I agree with you that all this “won’t it be original if we make the [gangsters/hitmen/serial killers/sociopaths/vampires/etc.] the main characters this time?!” stuff is played out. It’s reached the point where the 2009 movie Daybreakers is refreshing for actually siding with innocent people who don’t want to be abused.

    Vanessa Says:

    “…and the same is gonna happen to manga — sad day for manga readers … //_-”

    What on earth is wrong with preppy chicks liking manga instead of being disgusted by the format? I’m (among other things) a manga reader myself, and it sure won’t be a sad day for me if and when some more people enjoy something I already enjoy. :)

  21. This is the WORST idea EVER!! Now there are going to be so many more tween wannabe vampire whores at anime conventions trying to say how much they love anime and manga. This will be a comic worth burning.

  22. god this is worse than the hsm manga way way worse why do they have to ruin manga like this things like this should never be published

  23. [...] the cash cow for everything it's worth. (speaking of milking the cash cow, did'ja hear about the Twilight Manga? __________________ Are You Thinking of Me? | One Shots | The Lost Art of Keeping A Secret [...]

  24. QOUT:Zoey
    02/08/2010 at 12:23 PM
    Wow. You know, the sad thing is, I’m kind of interested in buying it. Not exactly sure why everyone’s upset about it. My friend reads manga religiously, and she’s all pissed off and mad. Though, she’s pissed off and mad that the only manga I read is Tokyo Mew Mew…so, go figure. :/
    END QOUT

    I agree with Zoey.
    I think the art I’ve seen on this so far looks very pretty. Even though it is something I would probably not read since I am into a more “cutesy” style of manga (bigger eyes and such)I still dont think all the hate is called for. To me Twilight is a pretty boring story where the guy (Edward) isent possesive enough xD (yeah I like the crazies) and I read 3 of the actual books and they were pretty boring… But just because its not my thing, I dont hate it. Now it is really popular, but it’s no different then how people are about Naruto (narutards! Run!) so people, you just have to accept it and dont let yourselves waste time on hating something.

  25. “it’s no different then how people are about Naruto (narutards! Run!) so people, you just have to accept it and dont let yourselves waste time on hating something.” – Laurel Kat

    so there is a smart person amongst ye :D

  26. Riiko Kizama

    I’ve actually taken a look at this new release, and I have to say it looks to be quite good. But remember, I only looked through it, I didn’t read it. The art seems to be alright! :D

  27. Yea but you will only like it, if you like vampires. Or sparkly things. wait…sparkly and vampires in the same sentence? Sorry but thats dumb. Even for vampires, and those who consider Hellsing to be entertainment or Beserk.

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