We are currently working with Julie Kagawa on developing a manga/ comic book version of the best selling YA novel “The Iron King”. As a huge fan of the YA world, this benefits both me as a publisher and Julie for her love of manga. Her agent contacted us to see our interest level; We have done YA adaptations with fame SE Hinton so they knew we would take care of their project. It has been fun working with Julie on this to get her characters right. She has her hands totally in it. I am not a fan at licensing something – I want to make sure we work one on one with the people. And yes, working with SE Hinton was a dream come true for me (but more on that later).
I was one of those kids who was always afraid of reading. I was your typical reluctant reader growing up. Seeing a book that was more than 100 pages – I automatically shut down. It impacted by school work and I was pretty much a C student (with a couple of D’s). There were two tools that helped my reading skills growing up – one was SE Hinton books (it shocks me when teachers do not know who she is) and the other was comic books. My parents did not care at the time what I read, as long as I was reading.
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