Viz Originals to Adapt Beloved YA Novel
Viz Originals, an imprint from the manga publisher announced last year as an outlet for “original graphic novels developed by manga-inspired creators”, has made public news of one of its first titles.
Due out in October is a graphic novel adaptation of Rainbow Rowell’s novel Fangirl. (I love this book. I had her autograph it in Chicago this year.) Fangirl: The Manga will be adapted by Sam Maggs (The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy) and illustrated by Gabi Nam (who doesn’t seem to have any previous credits – best of luck on the debut!).
The whole story will take place in four volumes. Viz’s site has the first book priced at $16.99 (for 216 pages, according to Amazon). It’s the story of a twin who feels abandoned by her sister when they don’t go to college together, and how she learns to be more comfortable with herself and her interests, which include writing fan fiction.
I’m still curious about what other titles will be coming from the imprint, but they had planned to have prose adaptations from the beginning. And this is a great choice!