Announced at San Diego Comic-Con, Yen Press will be launching JY, a kids' graphic novel imprint, this fall. Named after JuYoung Lee, the deputy publisher of Yen Press, the first of three series will debut with the fall launch. Lee will curate and edit the JY list with plans of publishing 12 books per year.
Yen Press is the publisher of Svetlana Chmakova's bestselling middle grade graphic novels, Awkward and Brave. The popularity of Chmakova's graphic novels along with the rise in demand for graphic novels for younger audiences sparked the decision to launch the JY imprint.
JY will kick off their imprint launch with the release of the first three-book story arc of W.I.T.C.H. known as The Twelve Portals. Current plans are to publish three volumes at a time, every four months. W.I.T.C.H. is a teen-girl focused series that follws five young girls known as the "Guardians of the Veil" after they've gained magical powers.
According to Yen Press publisher Kurt Hassler, the three volume launch will deliver a "satisfying chunk of content to a new audience" since the original W.I.T.C.H. series was never published in English.
In fall 2018, JY will be publishing an original graphic novel adaptaion of Big Hero 6, the animated DIsney feature film. The series will be illustrated by Hong Gyun An, a new artist from New Yorks' School of Visual Arts. The adaptation is slated to receive two volumes with the possibility of more, and will feature new adventure stories based on the original film.