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‘Twilight’ Graphic Novel Adaptation Continues in October

Following the predictable success of Twilight: The Graphic Novel Adaptation Vol. 1, Yen Press has announced the release of a second volume. On sale October 11 and based on the novels by Stephanie Meyer, Twilight vol. 2 is adapted and illustrated by Young Kim. The first volume sold 66,000 copies in one week, so volume 2′s first print run will be 350,000.

In his review of Twilight volume 1, ComicsAlliance’s Chris Sims gave writer/illustrator Young Kim high marks for her “fantastic job” with the material despite its deeply dubious nature. Twilight creator Stephanie Meyer agreed, and praised Kim’s work in a new press release.

“Knowing how beautifully Young Kim rendered the Twilight universe in the first volume, I couldn’t wait for this next one,” remarked Meyer. “Her illustrations of characters and settings gorgeously capture the world and are very close to what I saw in my mind’s eye while writing Twilight.”

However, Twilight volume 1 came with what Sims and other commentators have correctly identified as some of if not the worst comic book lettering ever produced. It remains to be seen whether volume 2 will repeat the typographical crimes of its predecessor, but given that book’s enormous success, it would appear Twihards aren’t particularly choosy about their lettering… or about anything else, really.

Yen Press, the graphic novel imprint of Hachette Book Group, announced that it will publish the eagerly-awaited second volume in the graphic novel adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight on October 11, 2011. Twilight: The Graphic Novel, Volume 2 will be released as an e-book and in hardcover for $19.99 ($22.99 CAN) with a first printing of 350,000 copies.

A visually arresting retelling of the story that has captured the hearts and minds of countless fans, Twilight: The Graphic Novel, Volume 2 contains selected text from Meyer’s original novel with illustrations by the talented Korean artist Young Kim. Kim’s unique artistic style which combines Asian and Western comic techniques are showcased in this black-and-white graphic novel with color interspersed throughout. Meyer consulted throughout the artistic process and had input on every panel.

“Knowing how beautifully Young Kim rendered the Twilight universe in the first volume, I couldn’t wait for this next one,” remarked Meyer. “Her illustrations of characters and settings gorgeously capture the world and are very close to what I saw in my mind’s eye while writing Twilight.”

Kurt Hassler, Yen Press Publishing Director, commented, “The first volume of the Twilight graphic novel was an utter phenomenon in the category, and the reception by Stephenie’s fans was absolutely overwhelming. It’s an incredible testament to the collaboration between Stephenie and Young Kim, and we cannot wait to be able to put the second volume into the readers’ hands!”

Stephenie Meyer has become a worldwide publishing phenomenon. The Twilight Saga’s translation rights have been sold in nearly 50 countries and 116 million copies have been sold worldwide.

[Via The Beat]

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