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Gail Carriger's SOULLESS Gets Manga Adaptation
Yen Press racks up another novel to manga title
By Chris Beveridge
October 10, 2010
© Gail Carriger
Yen Press announced today that it will publish a manga adaptation of SOULLESS, Gail Carriger’s debut novel and the first in her Parasol Protectorate series. SOULLESS is a comedy of manners set in a Victorian London full of werewolves, vampires, dirigibles, and tea-drinking. It stars Alexia Tarabotti, a very proper Victorian lady who is pulled into the world of supernatural politics after killing a vampire with her parasol at a party.
Yen will be doing direct adaptations of the first three books in the Parasol Protectorate series (SOULLESS, CHANGELESS, BLAMELESS
), all available from Orbit Books. Individual chapters of the series will make their debut next year in Yen Plus, Yen’s online manga anthology (www.yenplus.com
). Print editions of the complete books will follow shortly thereafter.
Kurt Hassler, Publishing Director of Yen Press, says: “Everyone at Yen has been a huge fan of SOULLESS, to the point that we ran an excerpt of the book in one of the early issues of the Yen Plus magazine — something we’d never done before or since with prose that wasn’t originally published in Japan. We have no doubt that this project will become a favorite of both Gail’s existing fans and avid manga readers.”
Gail Carriger says that “as a longtime manga fan I am beyond excited to see what Yen does with the Parasol Protectorate. I have no doubt it will be brilliant cheeky fun.”