‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’: Where to Buy Vol. 1 of the Graphic Novel, ‘Deserted Island Diary’

The Animal Crossing: New Horizons world is expanding to comics. VIZ Media announced in 2021 that the Animal Crossing graphic novel, which first launched in Japan in June 2020, will make its way to the U.S. on Sept. 14. Designed by artist Kokonasu Rumba, the book will showcase quirky stories from the island featured in the hit Nintendo Switch game. Here’s where fans can get their hands on the graphic novel.

'Animal Crossing: New Horizons' characters sit together in the fall
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What is the ‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ graphic novel about?

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Vol. 1, Deserted Island Diary follows four new villagers — Coroyuki, Himepoyo, Benben, and Guchan — as they explore a deserted island turned thriving community. In addition to the new villagers, the story includes some fan-favorite Animal Crossing: New Horizons characters.

According to Collider, the Animal Crossing graphic novel will feature adventures with Gulliver, Blathers, and more. Of course, Tom Nook, the debt-collecting, money-obsessed raccoon, will also star in Vol. 1. Check out the full synopsis for the 128-page manga:

In the global phenomena video game Animal Crossing, gamers are used to having one human islander live in the video game. Now, the game’s first official English graphic novel Animal Crossing New Horizons—Deserted Island Diary offers a new special twist with four islanders living with Tom Nook and fan-favorite villagers. Join the humorous Coroyuki, princess Himepoyo, scholar Benben, and sleepy Guchan as they indulge in the island paradise. From collecting bells to creating their dream home, these four islanders give first-time and frequent fans a new unforgettable experience!

Where to buy ‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons Vol. 1, Deserted Island Diary’

The Animal Crossing graphic novel doesn’t arrive until Sept. 14, but eager fans can pre-order it now. The manga is currently listed on VIZ Media‘s website for $9.99. Interested buyers can order the novel from most online book retailers, including Barnes & Noble, Simon & Schuster, Books-a-Million, and Bookshop.org. Additionally, fans can find the graphic novel at Amazon, RightSurf, Wal-Mart, and comic book stores.

VIZ Media has not yet offered a look inside the novel, but the company did provide a glimpse at the cover. It’s a recreation of Nintendo’s Animal Crossing: New Horizons video game cover, featuring a human villager crafting at a wooden bench while another emerges from a tent. Meanwhile, popular characters roam the beach in the background, including the Nook family, Raymond, Wisp, Blathers, Gulliver, and Dom. Readers should hopefully see many of these characters in the novel.

The ‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ graphic novel even includes a game guide


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In addition to the story, Animal Crossing: New Horizons Vol. 1, Deserted Island Diary will include an exclusive game guide. The guide will offer some tips and tricks for creating an island, plus some information on Animal Crossing villagers.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons, which came out in March 2020, is a cozy life simulation game, but with a twist: the player is the only human on a deserted island filled with anthropomorphic animals. When players first arrive on the island alongside two friendly villagers, the space is mostly bare. However, they have the chance to turn the island into a community with shops and more residents. The island and the player’s home are completely customizable, so there’s plenty of freedom to get creative.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is available on Nintendo Switch now.