New In Stores:











Breaking News!

YEN PRESS TO PUBLISH MANGA ADAPTATION OF
NEW YORK TIMES #1 BESTSELLING SERIES

GOSSIP GIRL

Anthology17A

NEW YORK, DECEMBER 2, 2009 – Yen Press has announced that it will publish a manga adaptation of Cecily von Ziegesar’s New York Times bestselling series, GOSSIP GIRL, about the lives of girls at an elite New York City private high school. GOSSIP GIRL: FOR YOUR EYES ONLY will be serialized monthly in the YEN PLUS manga anthology, starting with the January 2010 issue.
Unlike other manga adaptations that Yen Press has undertaken in the past, GOSSIP GIRL: FOR YOUR EYES ONLY will be an original re-imagination of the girls’ senior year focusing on the lives of Blair and Vanessa, written and illustrated by HyeKyung Baek.
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers’ Poppy imprint, the series, called “deliciously catty and immediately engrossing” by Kirkus, launched in 2002 and has sold over 5.3 million net copies. There are 13 original Gossip Girl books in addition to 4 books devoted to “The Carlyles” as well as a hit television series airing on the CW. The New Yorker noted that author Cecily von Ziegesar “pulls off the tour de force of wickedly satirizing the young while amusing them” and The New York Times notes that “these novels are fantasies and projections of imaginary world where…lost boys and girls struggle on their own with good and evil, or in this case, Bergdorf Goodman and evil.”
Kurt Hassler, Publishing Director of Yen Press says: “There are few series in the publishing world that have been as impactful or successful as Cecily von Ziegesar’s GOSSIP GIRL. The novels have captured the imaginations of young women around the world, and we look forward to demonstrating with GOSSIP GIRL: FOR YOUR EYES ONLY that graphic novels as a medium can be just as welcoming to girls as it is to boys.”
Cecily von Ziegesar is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Gossip Girl series. She grew up in Manhattan and attended a small private girls’ school on the Upper East Side. She began writing poems and short stories as soon as she could hold a pen. Gossip Girl was her first novel. She has always lived in New York City. You can read Gossip Girl’s juicy secrets at www.gossipgirl.net
HyeKyung Baek, a renowned manga artist in South Korea who made her professional debut with HAPPY SPIDER has since established herself with her beautifully detailed art, fresh characters, and a unique sense of humor that maximizes the effect of the medium. Her best known titles, Bring It On! and Chiro specialize in capturing the hearts of teenage girls, and as a huge fan of von Ziegesar’s GOSSIP GIRL, Baek is the perfect artist to bring these characters to life, in manga.

Be Sociable, Share!

You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

82 Responses to “Breaking News!”

  1. bansheeblue13 Says:

    I’ll admit it…I watched gossip girl on TV and I LIKED IT, but I don’t know anything about the books. So the girl on the cover of this issue…is how should I say….BARBIE???
    IS ANOTHER SERIES/MANGA GOING TO BE DROPPED???

  2. [...] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Scott VonSchilling, May S. Young and yenpress, Pro Shôjo Spain. Pro Shôjo Spain said: RT @yenpress: will begin serializing an original Gossip Girl story starting in the Jan issue of Yen Plus! http://yenpress.us/?p=1922 [...]

  3. bansheeblue — Nothing is coming out of the magazine. Gossip Girl is simply being introduced as a new monthly feature.

  4. Social comments and analytics for this post…

    This post was mentioned on Twitter by yenpress: Yen Press will begin serializing an original Gossip Girl story starting in the Jan issue of Yen Plus! http://yenpress.us/?p=1922

  5. Wow, this is sure out of left field. xD

    Actually, I’m very excited for this. My sister is a huge fan of the show, so she’ll probably like the manga too. Here’s hoping it’s actually good. You’re going to be getting a lot of first-timers reading this graphic novel. Better give them the best!

    …and what do you mean, making manga “just as welcoming to girls as it is to boys”? I thought girls already read lots of manga? My shojo-packed collection disagrees with you. ^_^

  6. bansheeblue13 Says:

    WOW…that was a quick response…I’m impressed…I probably should have read in the article closer that it was a monthly feature, but I appreciate the quick response.

  7. [...] Press will publish a manga based on Cecily von Ziegesar’s bestselling Gossip Girl young-adult novels, to be [...]

  8. Meh, never read the books or watched the TV show. Just not my cup of tea. I hope this succeeds, though, simply for the fact that YP deserves the sales, and the art at least looks nice (I’m confused as why a manhwa artist is being called a manga artist, though…Manhwa needs more recognition, and labeling it as manga just seems like taking away its cultural identity). I do hope YP will pick up some original stories, though…The OEL and other European graphic novels seem to be mostly composed of female-aimed romance stories or adaptations of books. Same thing with a nice chunk of manhwa; on that note, I’d love if the manhwa The Breaker or something like it was licensed, that’s definitely male-oriented but appeals to females as well. We have titles such as Jack Frost, but they are overshadowed by the several romance titles it seems.

  9. this is distressing news.

  10. and in a fashionista vector style too.
    not into CW or Fox shows but glad this is added because this will bring in even more new eyes to manga

  11. Just because Maximum Ride is getting NEW YORK TIMES Bestseller(for manga) and that Nightschool is actually cool dosen’t mean that I, as an indiviual, will like every OEL Manga.

  12. Eh, I’m really not sure about this one….

  13. I have a sinking feeling that this is not going to go well.
    Yen Press, you really haven’t been making wise decisions lately ever since your Spice and Wolf episode.
    But I’ll give it a chance in the next issue.

  14. That’s, um, interesting? Never thought I’d hear Gossip Girl being turned into a manga.

    Even though I’m not a Gossip Girl fan myself, I hope the venture helps boost sales, so that Yen Press can license more series. *cough*You guys should totally license the manhua 1/2 Prince*cough*

  15. Arc, Yen Press has been pretty consistent at calling their novel comicizations “manga,” even though all of them announced so far have had/will have Korean artists. Yen Press seems not to assign a geographic connotation to the word “manga.” I’ve posted my thoughts on that issue (as well as a relevant quote from Mr Hassler about the relative dearth of OEL in Yen Press’s offerings) here: http://yenplus.info/daniel-x-coming-to-yen-plus-manhwa-spat

  16. Er…I’m not sure about this. Gossip Girl fans are usually the ones that laugh at anime/manga/manhua fans.(I’m not saying that all of them do…)Plus, IMO the cover art could have been better and not so Barbie-ish.

    Good luck Yen Press…

  17. Oh joy, another series to not read.

  18. Cool another series! ^^ I just saw someone with a Gossip Girl book yesterday. Love how you are using manhwa artist to do your OELs!

  19. [...] Yen Press does it again.  They’ve announced a new adapatation of another popular YA novel series.  Gossip Girls, which has several books and a [...]

  20. Gossip Girl is ok. I’m glad it’s going to be manhwa style art because manhwa style looks more sophisticated in my opinion. Manhwas I usually read have more maturity in them too than the mangas I read.

  21. Kaoru Shieru Says:

    I must confess my first reaction to this post was WTH!!! damn owo i saw the cover art and felt like i was sinking in a barbie world ._. NO KIDDING! “im not saying its bad OK ” but since i was a little girl i hate barbies so you can imagine it LOL… I never like gossip girl well..i didn’t give the series a chance but my friends really like it so i will give it a try in this issue:3

  22. Kaoru Shieru Says:

    I forgot o0o i wanna see the other cover <3!

  23. [...] focusing on the lives of Blair and Vanessa (Serena?), written and illustrated by Hye-Kyung Baek. Read the press release on Yen Press website for more [...]

  24. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Gossip Girl? Seriously?!?! Manga and Gosip girl are practically polar opposites. I read YenPlus because its NOT a barbie girly magazine! You keep cutting all the best mangas out, so far I’ve liked mostly what you’ve replaced them with but this? I will seriously have to consider weather its worth renewing my subscription this year.

    On a different note, I loved Nightschool, cant wait for next month, please never drop it!

  25. [...] notizia potrebbe far felice molte ragazze ma far piangere molti altri… Yen Press ha annunciato, dopo il manga di Twilight, l’adattamento del best seller Gossip Girl, di Cicely von [...]

  26. Wow.

    [long uncomfortable silence]

    I am so entirely uninterested in this and pissed that it will be taking up space in the anthology.

    If I thought “Meh, it’s just not for me, but I can see how others will like it,” I’d just keep my mouth shut. I have an intermediate understanding of the publishing market (part of my job) and I see (what I assume to be) the reasoning behind this decision. Still,the fan part of me shares the sinking feeling others have mentioned.

    I guess I’ll have to report back when I’ve managed to pick up a copy of the January issue. I’ll try to remain calm and keep an open mind until then… but only ‘cause I love you guys and you’ve always tried to fix oopses in the past, ‘kay? I’ll keep my fingers crossed.

  27. Sarah, are you saying you’re actually more inclined to not renew your subscription than you were before this announcement, when Yen Plus had all the same stuff except Gossip Girl? You can skip over it, you know (just as I find Yen Plus to be a better magazine when I skip over Jack Frost and the Otaku Pimp column). You should decide to renew because it has comics you like, not decide to not renew because it has comics you don’t.

  28. [...] According to their press release, the manga will be “an original re-imagination of the girls’ senior year focusing on the lives of Blair and Vanessa.” Wait, what? Vanessa? We’re pretty sure they meant Serena, considering she’s featured on its cover art and all with her signature low-cut cleavage. We’re skeptical that the worlds of manga and “Gossip Girl” will go well together, considering how different their demographics are, but we’re still curious to see how it will turn out. Or maybe the genius of it is that our favorite mass-text sender will now reach an entirely new audience, furthering her goal for complete global domination. You know you love her. [via Yen Press] [...]

  29. I wonder if anyone ever bothered to send letters to Shonen Jump in Japan to tell them to stop running Naruto because it’s taking too long, and the plot died a long time ago…whiny, whiny, whiny. But that’s just my view: I like that Yen+ has the function of letting people comment on their releases.

    Let it be. Not everything in the mag will appeal to everyone!

    ***scurries off with Nightschool volume 2***

  30. D:

    …Well, I think I might be a bit embarrassed to buy next months issue with that cover ^^;;;

    I didnt really think that Gossip Girl was the type of thing that Yen+ would pick up, I dont know, it just feels weird xD; I understand about trying to draw others into the manga industry, but I think the type of girls who like Gossip Girl are generally the ones who make fun of us comic-lovers ^^

    Well, I personally dont think I approve/will enjoy this series, but I still love that you have almost all of my favorite series~ (Kuroshitsuji, Pandora Hearts, Pahanzip, Nabari no Ou~ :D !)

    Also, I hope your talent search will be happening very soon~

  31. Haha, oh no. Seems that Photoshop Hero got ahold of the Sparkle Brush.

    In my opinion, Gossip Girl sounds like an ideal shojo series, but the impression that I get is that you are trying to go general-audience with it. Good luck, I hope it works out. :)

  32. I honestly don’t think this will appeal to the general audience. Sure Gossip Girl is a hit teen novel and TV series, but think about it: what type of people are Gossip Girl fans anyway? I don’t mean to stereotype, but I when I think Gossip Girl fan, I picture a teen girl with a good fashion sense, an overt and obsessive interest in looking good, and has no taste in something depicted as “nerdy,” since as you all are well aware, nerdy things destroy any chance you have at becoming homecoming queen (sarcasm).

    And normally, those who go to the manga section at the local Borders are definitely not “first-timers” to manga. I would assume that they are companies’ like Y+ prime market audience, and getting girls who normally scoff at anything anime related to buy manga sounds like a real hard thing to accomplish. Seriously Y+ who is more likely to buy manga? Manga fans or someone who’s never read manga in their life?

    Of course I’m open to accept that I might be dreadfully wrong. Maybe it will sell well, who knows. I’m probably not going to buy it though. Reading about annoying, self-conscience teenage girls who trash talk about other annoying, self-conscience teenage girls is definitely not what I’m into. But good luck anyway….

    And as a plug, you HAVE to license Karneval by Touya Mikanagi! Please, I beg you! xD It would go great with the releases of Kuroshitsuji and Pandora Hearts…

  33. What.

  34. Why is everyone being so hard on this series, just because it probably won’t appeal to “normal” manga fans? Yen is trying to reach NEW audiences. They’re not going after existing manga fans, they’re going after Gossip Girl fans who might read this just because it’s got the name– regardless of whether it’s “nerdy” or not.

  35. @MichaelJ: THANK YOU!! Finally, someone with common sense! AND NIGHTSCHOOL <<<<<<<<<333333333333

  36. I agree with Andrea K. I really don’t think that a manga of gossip girl really fits in with any crowd.
    Most manga lovers aren’t or don’t like gossip girl, and most people who watch gossip girl aren’t going to want to associate nor read something as ‘nerdy’ or out of place as manga.

    But hey, while we’re suggesting things, may I suggest Rust Blaster?
    It’s a short, one-shot and one volume vampire themed manga by the creator of Kuroshitsuji, Yana Toboso. I would abseloutely kill for an english copy of it, it’s only around 12 chapters (one volume) and it makes for a surpisingly good story. I think it’d be ideal for Yen Press to pick up and publish. ^^

  37. I don’t know how anyone can say that readers of Gossip Girl and readers of mangoes are mutually exclusive. Would you say the same about readers of Max Ride? Or Twilight? Even if you say that GG fans won’t pick up the GG comic because it is a comic, does that necessarily mean that comic fans won’t pick up the GG comic because it is GG?

    Don’t you think Hachette (the parent company of both Yen Press and GG’s publisher) has better data as to the demographics of its customers than you do?

    I invite you all to read this lengthy interview with Kurt Hassler here: http://manga.about.com/od/mangaartistswriters/a/KurtHassler.htm . It discusses his past as a comics buyer for Borders – if you’ve ever wandered into a big bookstore and spent a few enjoyable moments browsing the manga section, you likely have Mr Hassler to thank. After reading this, I dare any of you to come back and say you don’t believe he knows what he’s doing – that he doesn’t know how to sell a comic book. If he thinks that a GG manga will sell, it would be mighty presumptuous of me – or you – to second-guess him.

  38. [...] Cecily von Ziegesar’s GOSSIP GIRL,” said Yen Press Publishing Director Kurt Hassler in the official announcement of the series. “The novels have captured the imaginations of young women around the world, [...]

  39. Chill people, just ignore it if you don’t like it, nothing is getting replaced and it’ll bring in some new readers.
    I do agree though that the people who like Gossip Girl aren’t exactly in on the manga scene. So…I hope the Gossip Girl fans will even know this exists. :\

    On a completely different note, I’m thiiis close to being offended by the comment about graphic novels being “just as welcoming to girls as it is to boys.” First of all, lots of girls read graphic novels aimed at boys. Second, I’m 102% sure that readers of graphic novels are no longer predominantly male.

  40. @kirakira

    If you reread my comment, I think you’ll find that I never for a moment suggested that girls don’t read comics or that there aren’t very good comics for girls out there. However, as many very good comics for girls as there are out there and as many girls who are out there who read comics that may not specifically target them demographically, the fact remains that the perception of the general public remains that comics are very much a boy’s club. (I’m sure you’d have no trouble whatsoever finding many an article out there with the shocking headline, ‘Wow! Girls are reading comics!’)

    With Gossip Girl, we have an opportunity to take a very high profile property — something that is very much in the mainstream — and render it in the comics medium without any ambiguity whatsoever as to who the target audience is. We see that as a very good thing for expanding the readership of comics in general.

    I also think that you’ll find that even in the postings here that there is a very strong sentiment that comics and manga are only for certain “types” of girls, and that, too, is a perception we would like to change. Comics are a medium that can and should offer something for everyone, and it is very much our goal to bring new readers into the fold.

  41. [...] Gossip Girl is being turned into a comic book/graphic novel. [...]

  42. This actually does seems like a good idea. I googled gossip girl manga and on the first page there was and mtv article, and a perez hilton article. So that means the people that most likely haven’t heard of yen plus will know that it’s out there and ready to be read. Yen plus could become more well known which for a magazine is probably good. On the perez hilton article (a site which I honestly thought wouldn’t say anything that I would care to read) there were several people saying that yes they will read it. Well there were like 2 and some random swearing and perez hilton bashing about something… yeah…

    Kay then time to switch the subject. Mr. Hassler is there some sort of definitive end date for nightschool? I read the publisher’s weekly interview where it was said “The press has also extended Svetlana Chamakova’s original manga series, Night School, to an additional volume bringing the series in at four volumes.” It didn’t say much about it ending at four volumes. So could it go on? Or is unknown and based on what Svetlans wants to do with her story. And sales of course.

  43. [...] Yen Press has announced that it will publish a manga adaptation of Cecily von Ziegesar’s New York Times bestselling series, GOSSIP GIRL.  [...]

  44. Um. Well, hope it helps boost sales, but I won’t be reading this. :/ I’ll just skip it, just like I do with Jack Frost every month…

  45. @Albright

    I didn’t mean to talk about Gossip Girl fans and manga fans in “absolutes.” Though, now that I re-read my comment, it does sound like that, huh? (and I definitely wasn’t trying to say that I know the exact statistics either heheh) I bet there are manga fans who are also GG fans, but my intention of my comment was supposed to be on the negative side. I was looking at the downs instead of the ups for this move. Like I said, I could be totally wrong, but I think “self-image” plays a big role in these types of things. Oh, and thanks for the article. It was a very interesting read.

    Now looking at Hassler’s and Paul’s comments, I think I might change my mind a little. (I’m kinda easy to persuade when it comes to somebody who knows what they’re talking about ^^;) I was thinking too much about “mainstream = death.” That happens to be another bad habit of mine. (shows my maturity level, huh?) Makes me feel like those Negative Nancys who ragequitted when they heard Zac Efron loves Death Note and Full Metal Panic and wants to do a Death Note movie.

    Anyway, maybe going to the mainstream will help bring about a broader audience and more revenue to license more manga *COUGH*Karneval*COUGH*. And if I learned anything from my Business course, keeping your business exclusive might just bring about failure….sorry for changing my opinion so drastically–it’s just who I am ^^;

  46. Nothing to do with the Gossip Girl issue (although I applaud your effort to reach new audiences; hopefully it’ll reach the same level of success as Maximum Ride), but I want to praise you on your release of Pandora Hearts. I’m extremely happy that you opted to change Shalon to Sharon, especially since we were such bitches about it.

    Thank you! That was my only gripe with the Yen+ issue. ?

  47. umm…how can you expect gossip girl fans to actually pay attention to the manga world? they’re the ones who call this stuff weird (and other names).

    plus, a lot of manga fans are ALREADY girls, so this won’t make much sense.

    Plus i’m really hoping there won’t be any mediocre, biased comment about New Jersey and other eastern states that are always bombarded by new yorkers’ comments. if so, Im not reading it.

  48. Hahaha, oh wow. This’ll SURE to boost sales huh? Not.

    No offence, but this will NOT boost sales at all. I mean, the cover looks like freaking Barbie drawing. Nor do many people even like Gossip Girl.

    I’m really offended that one of my favourite series, Soul Eater, will be running along side this garbage. I’d rather Del Ray to pick up Soul Eater now then you guys. And Del Ray doesn’t do this kind of dumbass thing.

  49. Omigawd GOSSIP GIRL? Seriously? I’ve only read the first book, and I’ve never seen the tv series. It’s fun to read catty girly books, though most of what I like is fanatsy. I have got to see what my girly, boy-crazy best friend says about this…

  50. Andrea, congratulations and thank you for realizing that you have nothing to fear by “manga” going “mainstream” (whatever those two words may really mean) and that it actually helps publishers like Yen Press and the industry as a whole to have popular products and sell lots of books to lots of people.

    It’s an immature rut the fanboy/fangirl mind gets stuck in to imagine their fandom as some sort of exclusive club that will all fall apart if other people start finding out about it. It’s bizarre to me that this attitude is so pervasive particularly in the aminu/mango fan community. I guess that’s what’s coming to play in many of the comments here.

    Ash_Ka_Chan, I have to call yours out as particularly odious. You think the GG comic is a “dumbass thing?” Way to pass judgment on something you haven’t read yet. But if you don’t want to read it, then… don’t. Just skip it. That goes for everyone here. JUST SKIP OVER IT. (Though I would hope you’d have the respect to Yen Press to at least read the first chapter or two if you’re going to get Yen Plus anyway… I plan to, even though I’m a male with my high school years well behind me.)

    Why is Yen Press thriving in this crap economy? How were they able to start up and grow even as TokyoPop and Viz went through severe cutbacks and ADV crashed and burned completely? Maybe they DO know what they’re doing, DO know how to turn a profit in the post-anime/manga-bubble marketplace. (I think that’s significant to note; Yen Press is really the first new post-bubble company in this market, or at least the most successful.) And maybe that includes publishing some products you’re not interested in, like a Gossip Girl comic. But now that they are, their other products like Soul Eater have somehow become worse by proxy? Care to explain to me how that works?

    But maybe you’re right; maybe Del Rey should pick up the Soul Eater license so that they could start serializing it in their own telephone-book-sized monthly anthology. Oh wait.

  51. I agree with Albright. I don’t think it is fair to criticize something you haven’t read. I use that arguement all the time about manga and anime. I plan to read it even though I am a male and usually don’t read this kind of series.

  52. I was surprised when I got my copy of Yen+ today. I’ll admit I know basically nothing about Gossip Girl, so I’ll give it a chance, but it still seems like kind of an odd title to make into a manhwa…

  53. I crawled out of my exam studying stupor to more anti-something-or-other…at least some people held onto their brains during this.

    As for the Nightschool interview, it might be possible that what they are referring to is a contract.

  54. Maximum Ride is back!!! And NaRae Lee rested up!!!

    I love NaRae Lee’s work. As a former tech writer at Adobe & Intel who has been too sick to work for close to a decade (or even read much or go online until last year), I know now that taking care of yourself is the most important thing. I went on a business trip with bronchitis & went to college at night when I came back and had caught something else as well, and since fall 2000 I’ve regretted it. My immune system totally crashed. So, you did the right thing, NaRae Lee!

    But I just HAVE to say–it’s soooo cute that the picture she drew for Washington DC is obviously Seattle, Washington State! I live in Seattle on the hill opposite to the one that has the view that she drew, and she did an AMAZING job on the residential area of Queen Anne Hill, the Lower Queen Anne buildings that rise as tall as they can get without overpowering the Space Needle, the Needle itself, and I can even recognize some of the downtown buildings! She drew Mt. Rainer too pointy, but beyond that it was **perfect**–and perfectly the wrong place!

    But we love her, so it’s ok. I laughed with love and understanding of what being sick can do to you. And momentary confusion at the juxtaposition of the text and the picture.

    ps. Thanks for treating her well, Yen Press! If only Intel were like you, I might have my private long-term disability that I paid for, so I have an appreciation for people who take care of their people. Good job!!! And you can fix that in the collected work, anyway.

    pps. OH! Looking more closely, I can even recognize the building I used to work in before getting sick! Impressive.

  55. …having not read the series yet, I just realized it could be the text that was wrong.

    Whichever. NaRae Lee still did a great job of picking out and drawing both representative parts of the skyline and a representative view, without over-cluttering it with every single building. And captured one of the aspects of Seattle that I love–the flow from quiet residential streets to fun neighborhoods of low-rise apartments and quirky businesses to downtown and out to nature. It really felt like my home.

    – geekdiva/Cheryl in Seattle

  56. [...] when I first saw the announcement for it from Yen Press, I though to myself, “What were they thinking turning this trashy novel and TV show into a [...]

  57. I thought the same thing when I saw the announcement. Really? WTF? But it actually may be a good idea. Those of us who are more critical of ANY manga or manhwa will remain so, whether it is Gossip Girl or any other Manhwa/Manga.

    This endeavor may actually try a new market who has never read manga. I admit that I hated the writing of Twilight, and the actors in it were awful, but I know a hell of alot of people who love it, which is the case for Gossip Girl, and they will buy it because THEY like the show and books.

    I agree with everyone who says skip over it if you hate it, but at least let Yen Press, or ANY publishing company find ways to pick up new fans, so that they can continue publishing. Plus I think widening the variety is never a bad thing. I don’t read the newspaper because ALL of it is good… But having the choice to read different things, good or bad is nice. Plus who is the expert on what manga is good or bad? It’s all about what you enjoy to read~

  58. geekdiva, yes, it looks like poor NaRae was working from the wrong reference photo for “Washington.” But I suppose it’s a mistake that any non-American could make. Kinda wonder why nobody Stateside caught it in the editorial process, though.

    Okay, having received my issue and just finished reading Gossip Girl – let me say that again; I have actually read the first part of the Gossip Girl comic – I’ll say that it’s both what I was expecting and NOT what I was expecting. Mild spoilers: It’s pretty… mature. It contains one implied sex scene, briefly mentions one character suffers from bulimia, and pretty much features teenage drinking of various levels of binge-ness throughout. Good gravy! Here I was thinking this was going to be targeted more to tweens, but if I caught my little sister reading this, I’d slap it out of her hand – and she’s a high school senior. (Maybe I’m overprotective?)

    But all that aside, story-wise, I think it’s very manga-ish. Stronger spoilers: Two former best friends have had a spat. Friend A tries to make up with Friend B, but Friend B rejects her. When Friend B sees Friend A hanging out with her boyfriend, happy and in love, Friend B vindictively decides to spite Friend A even more by breaking them up somehow. Take away the words “Gossip Girl” from the cover and tell me that couldn’t be the storyline to any random shoujo manga you could find on the shelf!

  59. Jeez, people it’s no big deal just think of all the other books out there that are worse than Gossip Girl

  60. Albright:

    Pffffffft. Are you kidding me? Yen Press is bearly doing well. Almost NONE of Yen Press’s titles, besides Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuustu, Soul Eater, and Maxium Ride, made it on the New York Times bestseller list. So far, I think their only cashcow is Soul Eater.

    Either way, I am not buying the next volume of Soul Eater until Yen Press gets rid of this series.

  61. [...] MTV has a five-page preview of the Gossip Girl manga from Yen Press. [...]

  62. Not sure if people know this, but the New York Times bestseller list is…biased.

    If you know the story of Robert Munsch, writer, he didn’t know he was a bestseller…because a certain “popularity” list hadn’t been updated for x-number of years.

    And I refuse to believe that every new volume of Naruto makes the list. (Well, I might, but…@_@)

  63. “Almost NONE of Yen Press’s titles, besides Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuustu, Soul Eater, and Maxium Ride, made it on the New York Times bestseller list.”

    I think you might be trolling at this point, but in case you’re not, consider that a book doesn’t have to make some arbitrary best-seller list in order to be profitable. It merely needs to bring in more money than it cost to produce. Seeing as how Yen Press’s library expands well beyond those three titles, they must be making a profit with at least some of their lesser-known titles as well. (And you realize you impressed nobody by using Haruhi’s Japanese title, right?)

    “Either way, I am not buying the next volume of Soul Eater until Yen Press gets rid of this series.”

    I used to love Fig Newtons until Nabisco came out with Nutter Butter cookies! I’ve never had a Nutter Butter cookie, but I’m absolutely repulsed by the idea. I will never, ever buy another pack of Fig Newtons, or any other Nabisco cookie, until they stop making those dumbass Nutter Butters.

  64. “Almost NONE of Yen Press’s titles, besides Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuustu, Soul Eater, and Maximum Ride, made it on the New York Times bestseller list.”

    Higurashi it made onto the list for about one or two weeks, if I remember correctly.

    “Either way, I am not buying the next volume of Soul Eater until Yen Press gets rid of this series.”

    Can I swear? Because I really want to swear. Probably not. So I’ll say this, you disgust me.

  65. Really…. you cannot be serious. Why? This choice seems desperate or just plain stupid really…. Cannot believe I just renewed my subscription too….
    Whose brilliant plan was it to disgrace manwha and manga with such a vile existence as Gossip Girl? And here we were all just thinking after sticking with Yen+ since the beginning, “Yen+ has been adding great series into their magazine!” jinxed?
    You have ticked off and disguested quite a few people, Yenpress, but I will wish you much luck here, you will need it.

  66. This has nothing really to do with your news post, but thank you YP for finally releasing Volume 7, of Moon Boy! We hope you guys do publish the final two books. Actually, I have to order Vol 7, myself, just to check the final page and hope to see a “TBC”.

  67. why are all the people whom are being negative basing their ideas off the gossip girl tv show. As stated, its going to be based off the books so at least read that chapter in yen plus first before you pass judgement. I for one have read the first chapter and its really nice art inside as well as a pretty good storyline so far. Give it a chance before you start acting like little 5 year olds.

  68. This “Gossip Girl” doesn’t seem like something I’d like but I’m willing to read with an open mind and if it gets Yen Plus more readers, that would be nice. I desperately want Yen Plus to survive (I miss Shojo Beat so much!) and I love reading Time and Again along with Hero Tales. I like the multicultural tone of Yen Plus too.
    Just as long as things stay fresh and original! Can’t wait for my subscription to start (been waiting two months plus).

  69. Another failure for Shounen kind.

    You’ve lost me Yen Plus.

  70. i finally got mine…yaaay!!
    gossip girl eh?? i guess it’s….ok!! it’s not really my thing, but it’s ok!!!

  71. “Shounen kind?”

    Mr Hassler answered a question about comic-izing novels here:
    http://www.tiamatsreviews.com/?p=2053

    In it, he makes the point that comic publishers in Japan are making comics out of hit young adult novels all the time – which is true and I feel kinda silly for not making the connection before. So there’s something else for your indignant otaku to consider – is it a bad thing that a comic publisher in the US is behaving more like comic publishers in Japan? Because everything in Japan is better, right?

  72. The Mad Manga Massacre Says:

    Recently received the latest issue of Yen Plus in the mail. Upon reading the first chapter of Gossip girl: For Your Eyes Only, the story translated well into a shoujo comic. A smut scene to please that sector of the shoujo manga reading audience, some teenage soap-opera scenes, and really beautiful art(contrary to what the cover may lead you to believe). While not my favourite series in the magazine (I am more interested in historical series such as black butler and Tim and Again), I look forward to reading more chapters in the future issues!

  73. Gossip Girl manga…? I myself am not a big fan of Gossip Girl, but some of my family is. This might be a good way to finaly get the rest of the relatives into manga!!! I actualy read some of it and I must say, I like it.

  74. Gossip Girl stinks.
    I’m sorry & I really think you should stop dropping comics so much.
    It’s making me sad!
    You need to go a little farther & more juicy parts of the comic series.
    Then dropping it, like SUMOMOMO MOMOMO!
    I want to buy some more of that series && SARASAH.
    But please don’t drop any more for a while. . .
    :)
    Only like two & that’s it! Hahaha

  75. When I first saw the Gossip Girl cover, I was surprised, to say the least. I have nothing against the series, although I never got around to reading the novels. The first chapter was nothing like I expected. The artwork inside was pretty, with nice detailing, although a bit over the top sparkly. The artist’s style is perfect for the series, though. The fact that there was more than just one or two color pages was impressive. The color pages had plain awesome artwork. Anyway, I am glad Yen Plus decided to serialize GG. It was refreshing to see some “western” references (like when a character has bulimia. You don’t really see that in traditional manga) without sacrificing a more “manga” or manhua style artwork, as is sadly the case with many OELs, although Nightschool and Max Ride are great exceptions. I really hope GG fans will try to give this a go, even if most of them are probably not manga fans.

    On another note, I am really anticipating the vol. 1 release of Black Butler! It’s been a favorite series of mine all along, so thank you Yen Press. The way that this manga anthology has titles that are not just Japanese, but instead varied is why I’m a fan of Yen Plus. I mean, Shonen Jump’s all right, but it only serializes the really mainstream series, like Naruto and Bleach. Other lesser-known titles don’t really get that much coverage…unlike Yen Plus!

    :3

  76. o.o Gossip Girl…manhwa? o.0;; I got this issue already and the art is nice but 0.0;; WTH?

  77. [...] Jezebel recently highlighted the licensed manhwa version of Gossip Girl. Interestingly, even the publisher decided to describe this graphic novel / comic by a Korean artist manga (the term for this art literature [...]

  78. Here’s an excerpt from my previous post: “I guess I’ll have to report back when I’ve managed to pick up a copy of the January issue. I’ll try to remain calm and keep an open mind until then… but only ‘cause I love you guys and you’ve always tried to fix oopses in the past, ‘kay? I’ll keep my fingers crossed.”

    Yep . So I read this with an open mind, as promised. Sadly, I have to report my disappointment. The artwork was lovely. The story and characters however left me downright cold. I didn’t find a single character sympathetic in any way. Not a single one. I tried! Oh, I tried! I wanted to feel bad for somebody or hate somebody else, but I just can’t seem to care about their (largely self-created) “problems.” Worse than earning my hate, this manhwa has earned that far deadlier response: my indifference.

    Sigh. At least everything else in the issue was good. I loved me One Fine Day, Hero Tales, Jack Frost, and Night School!

  79. i wonder if they’re basing this off the show or book.
    if it was up to me they should base it off the book. the show is amazing but the book is thousands of times better.

  80. I’m shocked that nobody is exited for this.
    And I’m shocked that you’re shocked of the plot! Guys backstabbing, friendships,betrayal, love and fashion is what this AWESOME manga and TV show is ALL about! If you never heard of Gossip Girl, or have never read the critically acclaimed books, or the hit series DO NOT judge a book by it’s cover!

  81. I can see that you are an skilled in this subject. I am beginning a web site soon, and your subject matter will be very functional for me.. Thanks for all your help and wishing you all the prosperity in your business.

  82. [...]      1. My first attempt at the chevron nail design. 2. Ombre hair care on a budget.3. Out with the old, in with the new and on sale!4. The Cheesecake Factory’s Pizza & Salad lunch is humongous.5. Heavenly Cupcakes in downtown San Diego.6. Spotted at Comic-Con: There’s a Gossip Girl Manga? [...]

Leave a Reply