Official Press Release
Del Rey Books, an imprint of The Random House Publishing Group, announced two new major Kodansha manga acquisitions today, both geared for release in May of 2004.
Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle and XXXHolic are both creations of CLAMP, Japan's wildly popular four-woman manga artist and writing team. CLAMP is the creative team behind such lucrative properties as Cardcaptor Sakura and Chobits, which is currently one of the most successful manga properties in the United States. Chobits Volume 7 hit #17 on Bookscan's adult trade paperback bestseller list, and #1 on their graphic novel bestseller list.
Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle is the most highly-anticipated U.S. manga releases of 2004 and will feature crossover characters with XXXholic. In addition, both titles will also feature crossover characters from the Cardcaptor Sakura and Chobits series, in addition to many other CLAMP titles.
"CLAMP have created some of the most beautiful and compelling works of manga published in the U.S. or Japan. Tsubasa and XXXHolic are the best work I've ever seen come out of their studio," said Dallas Middaugh, Del Rey Director of Manga. "Manga readers have made CLAMP the most popular manga creators in America, and given the quality of this work, I don't see any reason for that to change in 2004!"
The acquisition of these two titles rounds out the four-title May 2004 launch of Del Rey's new manga program. The first two title acquisitions, Gundam Seed, a manga adaptation by Masatsugu Iwase of the latest Gundam anime and Negima, a new series by Love Hina creator Ken Akamatsu, were announced at San Diego Comic-Con this past July.
About Del Rey Books:
Del Rey Books (http://www.delreydigital.com) was founded in 1977 as a division of Ballantine Books under the guidance of the renowned Judy-Lynn del Rey and her husband, Lester del Rey. Del Rey publishes the best of modern fantasy, science fiction and alternate history in hardcover, paperback, and now e-book formats. The Random House Publishing Group is a publishing group of Random House, Inc, the U.S. publishing company of Random House, the trade book publishing division of Bertelsmann AG, one of the world's leading international media companies.
About Kodansha Ltd., Publishers:
Kodansha is the largest trade book publisher in Japan. Founded in 1909, the company by virtue of its long history, the quality of its publishing, and its established network of sales and marketing is regarded as the trade book market leader in the publishing business in Japan. Moreover, Kodansha has been recognized as the leading publisher with a mission to introduce Japan through its publishing business.