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Witch and Wizard Series Gets Manga Adaptation
James Patterson's series coming from Yen Press
By Chris Beveridge
October 10, 2010
Witch and Wizard
© James Patterson
Hachette Book Group USA announced today at New York City Comic-Con that its graphic novel imprint, Yen Press, has acquired world rights to a graphic adaptation of the first three books in James Patterson’s young adult series WITCH AND WIZARD.
The #1 New York Times bestselling series, for which a hotly anticipated Hollywood screenplay adaptation is currently in the works, tells the story of Whit and Wisty Allgood, who only learn about their magical powers when they are arrested by guards of the New Order dictatorship and locked in a reformatory.
The artwork and adaptation of the WITCH AND WIZARD
series will be done by Svetlana Chmakova, creator of theNew York Times
best-selling manga series Nightschool
, and will be serialized in Yen Plus (www.yenplus.com
“James has already proven that he is a master storyteller in any medium, and the manga adaptation of his Maximum Rideseries has been a runaway success,” says Kurt Hassler, Publishing Director of Yen Press. “Coupled with Svetlana’s amazing artwork, we know that this project is a classic in the making.”
Patterson says “Manga is a cool medium and it’s fun to watch my stories and characters visually jump to life on the page through stunning artwork. It’ll be another great way to experience Whit and Wisty’s adventures."