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|Parent company|| Kadokawa Corporation (51%)|
Hachette Book Group (49%)
|Country of origin||United States|
|Headquarters location||New York City, New York|
|Distribution|| Hachette Book Group (US)|
Diamond Book Distributors (international)
Yen Press, LLC is an American manga and graphic novel publisher co-owned by Kadokawa Corporation and Hachette Book Group. It published Yen Plus , a monthly comic anthology, between 2008 and 2013. In addition to translated material, Yen Press has published original series, most notably a manga adaptation of James Patterson's Maximum Ride and Svetlana Chmakova's Nightschool .
Yen Press was founded in 2006 by former Borders Group buyer Kurt Hassler and DC Comics VP Rich Johnson. In July 2007, it was announced that Yen Press was to absorb ICEkunion, a Korean publisher that had been publishing manhwa in the United States. While the manga titles bearing ICEkunion's label would be continued to be sold in stores, subsequent printings would bear the Yen Press logo. Hassler assured fans, "We plan to pick up all the existing [ICEkunion] titles...We're going to continue everything, so fans shouldn't worry. None of these series are going to fall into a void."
The first issue of Yen Press's comic magazine Yen Plus was published on July 29, 2008. The magazine became online-only in 2010 and was discontinued altogether in 2013.
In 2009, Yen Press announced that it had acquired the rights to Kiyohiko Azuma's manga Yotsuba&!and Azumanga Daioh from their former licensee, A.D. Vision. In September 2009, Yen Press reissued the first five volumes of Yotsuba&!, in addition to publishing the sixth volume; Azumanga Daioh was reissued with a new translation in December 2009.
On April 11, 2016, it was announced that Yen Press would function as a joint venture between Hachette Book Group and major Japanese publisher Kadokawa Dwango, with Kadokawa owning 51% of the company.
In 2017, Yen Press launched JY, an imprint for publishing graphic novels aimed towards middle grade readers.
On April 15, 2022, Yen Press, in collaboration with REDICE Studio and RIVERSE, launched Ize Press, an imprint for publishing Korean webtoons and novels, with their first titles being, 7Fates: Chakho, Dark Moon, and The Star Seekers all written and illustrated by HYBE in collaboration with BTS, Enhypen, and Tomorrow X Together respectively. Other titles included were Tomb Raider King, The World After the Fall, The Boxer, My Gently Raised Beasts, The Remarried Empress, and Villains Are Destined to Die.
At Anime NYC 2022, J-Novel Club announced its partnership with Yen Press in order to print their titles.
† - Digital distribution rights only due to being a Square Enix title. Viz Media has the rights for series' paperback releases.
* - Published under the JY imprint
+ - Serialized in Yen Plus
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