At the San Diego Comic-Con, Del Rey Manga announced that it will publish both a manga prequel and a manga adaptation of M. Night Shyamalan’s live-action feature film The Last Airbender, which is slated to debut on July 4th, 2010. Dave Roman (associate editor of Nickelodeon Magazine) is writing both the prequel and the adaptation. Joon Choi is illustrating the adaptation in full manga style, while Nina Matsumoto, who just won an Eisner for her work with Bongo comics and is the creator of Yokaiden, will illustrate the prequel, which is due out from Del Rey about three months prior to the movie’s debut.
Del Rey is also taking over the publication of the full color, screen-capture-based, “film comic” manga based on the Nickelodeon Avatar: The Last Airbender animated TV series with the first Del Rey Avatar “film comic” volume slated for release in the summer of 2010 and a second set for publication in the fall of 2010.
Del Rey has already released “film comics” based on the Ben 10 and Bakugan animated TV series. At
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