We're continuing our look at various publishers' plans for the new year with an in-depth look at the Random House imprints Del Rey and Villard, which are best know for the number of manga, Webcomics and licensed material they release. What's on their schedule for 2010? Click on the link to find out.
Ben 10: Doom Dimension. Written by Peter David; Illustrated by Dan Hipp. In this OEL manga spin-off of the popular cartoon series, our hero Ben finds himself literally blasted into the mysterious Fourth Dimension, where he's sought after by a fearsome bounty hunter. Note that the art is by the creator of Gyakushu.96 pages, $7.99. In stores Feb. 23.
Panic X Panic by Mika Kawamura. "Mitsuki and Kakeru are childhood friends — and rivals! When Mitsuki is attacked by a demon, she and Kakeru discover that they have magical powers. An ancient scroll decrees that they must work together to save the world from a demon invasion. And so begins a demon-filled adventure." 208 pages, $10.99. In stores Feb. 23.
The Splendid Magic of Penny Arcade: The 11 1/2th Anniversary Edition by Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik. One of the most popular Webcomics evar makes its official move to Del Rey, with this Hardcover, 176 pages, $24. In stores Feb. 23.
Bakugan: The Evo Tournament Volume 1 Written by Nunzio DeFilippis and Christina Weir; Illustrated by Kris Sisson. Since I officially qualify as an old fart (at least according to some) I've got no idea what this whole "Bakugan" thing is about. It involves cards, right? Or is that Pokemon? Are there toys involved? Anyway, here's the official manga version. 176 pages, $10.99 In stores March 2.
Pink Innocent by Kotori Momoyuki. Clueless Kokona has a dreamy, talented and smart boyfriend but has no idea what to do now that they're going out. Oh, get your head out of the gutter, this is more of a "relationship advice" manga. 176 pages, $10.99 In stores March 23
Genshiken: Return of the Otaku by Kio Shimoku and Iida Kazutoshi. Not a manga, but an illustrated novel starring the characters from the popular seinen series. When their beloved club is threatened by the arrival of a new club organization chariman, what will the Genshiken members do? 240 pages, $9.99. In stores April 13.
The Stuff of Legend Written by Mike Raicht and Brian Smith; Illustrated by Charles Wilson. Originally published by Third World, this is a story about a group of toys that rally together to save their young owner from the clutches of the Boogeyman. 128 pages, $13. In stores April 27.
The Essential Wonder Woman Encyclopedia by Phil Jimenez and John Wells. I think this one has been known about for awhile. Everything you could possibly want to know about the Amazonian wonder but were too afraid of failing Trivial Pursuit: The DC Version to ask. No doubt a Superman version is waiting in the wings as well. Oh look, it is! 496 pages, $30, paperback. In stores April 27. An exclusive hardcover edition will be distributed by Diamond.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Graphic Novel by Seth Grahame-Smith and Jane Austen Adapted by Tony Lee; Illustrated by Cliff Richards. Oh come on, you knew this was coming. It was just a matter of time. 176 pages $14.99. In stores May 5.
The Last Airbender Movie Prequel Written by Dave Roman and Alison Wilgus; Illustrated by Nina Matsumoto. As the title suggests, I would imagine this ties more into the upcoming big-budget movie than the well-established and beloved cartoon series, but it's nice to see Roman getting more big-ticket work, though I'm not familiar with Ms. Wilgus at all I'm afraid. 112 pages, $10.99. In stores May 11.
The Talisman: The Road of Trials Adapted by Robin Furth, Illustrated by Tony Shasteen Collecting the ongoing adaptation of the Stephen King/Peter Straub novel. I didn't find the first few issues of this to be good in any definable way, but I'm sure it will find an audience nevertheless. 160 pages, $25. In stores May 25
CLAMP in America by Shaenon Garrity and CLAMP This should be very good. Garrity is one of the most engaging and readable comics critics around, and she knows manga like the back of her hand. I'd easily pay good money to read her thoughts one of the most popular creative manga groups around. 352 pages, $27.99. In stores May 25
Goats: Showcase Showdown by Jonathan Rosenberg. The latest print collection of Rosenberg's popular Webcomic. These obviously must be doing well for Del Rey, as this is the third volume in the series with no signs of letting up any time soon. 168 pages, $15. In stores May 25.
Fairy Navigator Runa by Miyoko Ikeda and Michiyo Kikuta I've got no idea what this book is about, but I bet it somehow involves fairies. 192 pages, $10.99. In stores May 25
Avatar: The Last Airbender Volume 1 by Nickelodeon Somehow I doubt that every single person who works at Nickelodeon had a hand in this amanga or adaptation or what have you, but there you have it. I think this might be a photo-comic, actually, similar to the kind Tokyopop used to do. 96 pages, $7.99. In stores June 22.
Penny Arcade 6: The Halls Below by Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik. Another collection of Penny Arcade comics. I imagine this one contains more recent material. 208 pages, $15. In stores June 22.
The Last Airbender Movie Tie-In Written by Dave Roman and Alison Wilgus; Illustrated by Joon Choi And if you're not completely Airbendered out by this point, here's the official, super-official, graphic novel tie-in to the film. 144 pages, $10.99. In stores June 22.
Octopus Pie: There Are No Stars in Brooklyn by Meredith Gran. See what I mean about Del Rey being a Webcomic publishing machine? Anyway, here's (I think) the first ever non-self-published trade of Gran's popular humor series. 272 pages, $16. June 22
Code: Breaker Volume 1 by Akimine Kumijyo. From Wikipedia: "the story of a high-school girl who is trained in martial arts and a new transfer student, a boy with mysterious powers." Del Rey is labeling this a "major summer release." Oooooo. 208 pages, $10.99. In stores July 27.