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Enter Sandman Slim

The Haikasoru gang spotted Richard Kadrey’s latest book at Comic-Con last week. It’s a petite-trim, sharp little thing called Sandman Slim and I’m happy to report that the novel is already getting good notices from people like Cory Doctorow and William Gibson.

You may be wondering why we’re promoting Kadrey’s book on a blog about Japanese science fiction. The reason is simple: he’s one of us. Years ago he spent time under our circus tent editing manga. If memory serves me right, he briefly helmed Video Girl Ai, Beet the Vandel Buster, Descendants of Darkness and Angel Sanctuary before leaving to pursue his own personal muse. And back when Haikasoru was just a hopeful glimme in our eyes,  Richard was nice enough to share his wisdom and give us counsel. We assembled a loose confederacy of science fiction experts to help guide us toward launch, and much of what he told us helped focus our publishing agenda. Richard’s a good guy. Go out and buy Sandman Slim today.

San Diego Comic-Con 2009: Bag in Black

Every year at Comic-Con I see tons of fans waiting in line at the VIZ Media booth hoping to score a free bag. People tell me they’re somewhat collectible. And I have to admit the totes are pretty snazzy. But this year my favorite giveaway bag came from the Ace/Roc crüe. As you can see, it rocks hard, dude.

I was so smitten by the bag I decided to attend the Ace/Roc industry panel. What a gas! I can only hope that one day our Haikasoru books inspire such fervent behavior from readers. People in the audience were squealing with delight as they peeped covers of upcoming books.

It was also fun to see the editors on stage. They were bubbly and cute, and seemed genuinely enthusiastic about the books they worked on. A shiny gold star to both Anne Sowards and Jessica Wade—you guys put a big smile on my face.

In other Comic-Con news: I heard a bit of Twilight bashing on the Bram Stoker panel (apparently vampires aren’t supposed to “sparkle” in the sunlight). And author Patrick Rothfuss (The Name of the Wind) was bold enough to snip at Harry Potter during the Evolution of Fantasy panel. Later, at the Monster Mash panel, there was Comic-Con love for Amber Benson (Tara from Buffy the Vampire Slayer). And finally On the way home late Sunday night, I spied a copy of The Lord of the Sands of Time in the bookstore at SFO. Thus proving that Compass Books is one of the best bookmarts in San Francisco.

Like Henry V???

Our pals at io9.com have reviewed our launch titles to great glee and joy here at HQ.

All You Need Is KILL: Sakurazaka consciously constructed All You Need Is Kill like a great video game. In this he is mostly successful. The reader will feel immersed into Kiriya’s dilemma, not just through the all the action movie box ios but also through his internal struggle to keep from giving up, to puzzle out what the hell is happening. The Lord of the Sands of Time! there’s a great deal of passion to be found in The Lords of the Sands of Time. More of a tease than a spoiler there’s a stirring speech to the troops in the penultimate act that has the same punch as Shakespeare’s St. Crispin’s Day Speech. Yeah that’s right, I just referenced The Forever War and Henry V …

Aw yeah!

Hail Britannia!

Ever seen one of those old space opera serials? The kind that feature an evil space dictator in flowing robes? And then he bellows, “AHAHAHA! THE WHOLE OF THIS PUNY MUDBALL YOU CALL EARTH BELONGS TO ME NOW!” so loud that the walls of the flimsy set shake and some extra’s tin foil helmet falls off.

Well, that’s how I feel today, thanks to these shots from England. We’ve got Haikasoru sightings in the Waterstone’s at Piccadilly Circus. Yup, our books are all over England and Ireland now too! These snaps come from az screen recorder Junko Sanchez (Sr. International Sales Manager at VIZ) and Sarah Anderson (Retail Development Manager, Simon & Schuster UK Ltd.)

Here’s a pro-tip: salespeople enjoy being blogged about. And now, on to the pics…

Kill on a shelf
All You Need is KILL right next to Salvatore. Sweet placement. Thank you, alphabet.

Lord on a shelf
Lord of the Sands of Time. Ooh, the books are three for the price of two. Personally, for my third book I think I’d pick up that copy of Evil Evil on the bottom left. I’m sure it’s Good Good too.

smiley people
As it turns out, when you say “Just act natural, I’m trying to take a picture!” in England people stare at the camera and laugh just as they do in America.

We’re not just at Waterstone’s, by the way. Amazon UK has us up top in its SF/F section. Take that, Hugo nominees! (Of which I am one. I kid because I love.)

And now it’s time for tea.

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