[PR] YEN PRESS LAUNCHES IPHONE APP WITH FREE GOSSIP GIRL, PSYCHO KILLER DIGITAL COMIC

{The San Diego Comic Convention is this week, and I’m starting to get some press releases from the publishers in attendance.  Here’s one of the first. I’ll have to give the app a spin.  I am curious about the 22 page Gossip Girl, Psycho Killer comic; the cover cracks me up.  Have you heard any SDCC news? Comment below and share.}

YEN PRESS LAUNCHES IPHONE APP WITH FREE GOSSIP GIRL, PSYCHO KILLER DIGITAL COMIC

SAN DIEGO, CA July 23, 2011 — Friday night at San Diego Comic Con, Kurt Hassler, Publishing Director of Yen Press, announced the expansion of their Yen Press comics app to include the iPhone and iPod Touch. As a special bonus, a free promotional comic and three chapter excerpt of the hugely anticipated novel GOSSIP GIRL, PSYCHO KILLER by New York Times bestselling author Cecily von Ziegesar is available through the application for an exclusive first look.

Cecily von Ziegesar’s forthcoming GOSSIP GIRL, PSYCHO KILLER (Poppy, 10/3/2011, 978-0-316-18509-7) is a gruesome and hilarious take on her iconic novel GOSSIP GIRL wherein the infamous socialites are reimagined as serial killers. To promote the release of the novel this October, artist HyeKyung Baek — who adapted and illustrated the GOSSIP GIRL: FOR YOUR EYES ONLY manga series — has created a special 22-page digital comic book preview of the book for fans.

Kurt Hassler said: “The concept behind GOSSIP GIRL, PSYCHO KILLER is brilliant and we knew we wanted to do something special to help promote it. HyeKyung Baek’s graphic interpretation will be a thrill for fans — if you thought these girls were bitchy before, this is just taking it to a whole new level!”

 

This exclusive digital comic was created to celebrate the expansion of the Yen Press app on the iPhone and iPod touch. In addition, Yen Press is also holding a month-long promotion whereby most first volumes in series available for download through the app will be priced at $2.99, including fan favorites like MAXIMUM RIDE, DANIEL X and NIGHTSCHOOL.
Kurt Hassler said of the new platforms: “Expanding our storefront manga application onto the iPhone and iPod touch gives readers an easily accessible way to read their favorite manga on the go – and to keep up with what’s happening with Yen Press.”

The Yen Press app is free to download at http://itunes.com/apps/yenpress.
Yen Press is an imprint of Hachette Book Group dedicated to publishing graphic novels for adults and young readers. Yen Press’ focus is primarily on licensed manga, but also publishes across the wide spectrum of the graphic novel market, including, but not limited to: original manga publications, original American comics/graphic novels, webcomics, licensed adaptations, and children’s graphic novels.
Hachette Book Group is a leading trade publisher based in New York and a division of Hachette Livre, the second largest publisher in the world. Hachette Book Group’s product lines include adult, illustrated, religious, children’s and audio books under the Little, Brown and Company, Little Brown Books for Young Readers, Grand Central Publishing, FaithWords,