Thin wallets, fat bookshelves: A publishing news round-up

• Can nothing stop Craig Yoe? The Modern Arf, Boody and Secret Identity editor and author is apparently getting  his own imprint, entitled YOE! Books, and courtesy of IDW. The first book released will be the hardcover Art of Steve Ditko.

Same Hat blogger Ryan Sands reveals that he and Evan Hayden will be adapting Suehiro Maruo's The Strange Tale of Panorama Island for Last Gasp. The manga won the New Artist Prize at the Annual Osamu Tezuka Cultural Prize earlier this year. Sands and Hayden previously translated Tokyo Zombie for the company. Island will be released in spring 2010. You can read Ryan's description of the book here.

Heidi MacDonald notes that up and coming cartoonist Alexa Kitchen, daughter of publisher and cartoonist Denis Kitchen, will have a book out from Hyperion this fall entitled Grown-Ups Are Dumb! (No Offense).

Del Rey has picked up the rights to two Kodansha manga series: Samurai Deeper Kyo and Wild@Heart. Tokyopop originally published the first 34 volumes of the former series. Del Rey will release an omnibus edition of volumes 35 and 36 in December. Wild@Heart will be released in January.

• Editor and British comics devotee Steve Holland has set up his own publishing imprint, Bear Alley Books, which will reprint ...wait for it ... classic British comics.

• Brooklyn artist Jason Fraspin is working on a comic about WWII pilot Ben Steeple and has a preview over at his blog.

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