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Guilt|Pleasure’s In These Words Chronology

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A reading chronology for Guilt|Pleasure’s amazing story-cum-universe. Some information herein was borrowed from the Guilt|Pleasure FB page, but most of it is first hand information as I own all of the titles listed. Updates pending new releases. Left to right; top to bottom.

Available titles are individually linked below, but the full Guilt|Pleasure catalogues can be found here: PRINT | eBOOKS

NEW: Official Guilt|Pleasure In These Words Chronology Chart PDF

LUCIDITY

  • ♦ Novelization of New York Minute + 9p extras
  • ♦ Novelization of First, Do No Harm + 7p extras
  • ♦ Novelization of One of These Nights + 7p extras
  • ♦ 22p illustrated preview, “Equilibrium” + 1p extra
    • • Prequel f. David and Katsuya
    • • Prerequisite: None; New York Minute, First, Do No Harm, and One of These Nights recommended
  • ♦ Print: EN | EN (BLX) | KR
  • ♦ eBook: EN

In These Words V01 [801 Media; 2012]

  • ♦ In These Words Prologue, C01-C05 + 6p extras
  • ♦ Prerequisite: None
  • ♦ Out of Print

In These Words V01 [Guilt|Pleasure & Bolexiang; 2015]

  • ♦ 216p manga incl. In These Words Prologue + C01-C05 + 12p extras
  • ♦ Prerequisite: None
  • ♦ Includes 2 full-color, double-sided posters showcasing the covers of In These Words chapters 2-5 (bound in the front of the volume).
  • ♦ Print: CN | CN (BLX)EN | EN (BLX)FR | FR (Ltd Ed) | DE | DE TPJP | KR
  • ♦ eBook: --

In These Words V02 [Guilt|Pleasure & Bolexiang; 2015]

  • ♦256p manga incl. In These Words C06-C11 + Wrapped Around Your Finger + 3p extras
  • ♦ Prerequisite: Volume 1
  • ♦ Includes 4 full-color, double-sided posters showcasing the covers of In These Words chapters 6-9 (bound in the front of the volume), chapter 11, and Wrapped Around Your Finger (bound in the back of the volume).
  • ♦ Print: CN (BLX) | EN | EN (BLX)FR | FR (Ltd Ed) | DE | DE TP | KR
  • ♦ eBook: --

In These Words V03 [Guilt|Pleasure & Bolexiang; 2017]

  • ♦232p manga incl. In These Words C12-C16 + 6p illustrated prose, "If Only You Believe"  + 9p extras
  • ♦ Prerequisite: Volumes 1 and 2
  • ♦ Includes 4 full-color, double-sided posters showcasing the covers of In These Words chapters 12, 14-16 (bound in the front of the volume)
  • ♦ Print: CN (BLX) | DEEN | EN (BLX)
  • ♦ eBook: --

Table for Two

  • ♦ One-Shot Collection by Suzume Paige
  • ♦ 10 one-shots:
    • • Table for Two (David & Katsuya)
    • • Officer and a Gentleman, Trick or Treat (David & Katsuya)
    • • Midnight Snack (David & Katsuya)
    • • The Help (Shibata & Katsuya)
    • • The Dreaming (Shinohara & Katsuya)
    • • Christmas Cookies (David & Katsuya)
    • • Long Distance (Shinohara & Katsuya)
    • • Ninety-Ten (Chriss Keller & David)
    • • Necessary Evil (M & Katsuya - A/U Post Script to EQUILIBRIUM)
    • • Leftovers (David & Katsuya)
  • ♦ Prerequisite: None 
  • ♦ Print: --
  • ♦ eBook: EN

Chain Reaction: The First Sequence

The prequels offer a look at the In These Words characters’ backgrounds and do not contain spoilers. You can read them without being familiar with the main storyline.

Undertow Preview

  • ♦ 8p illustrated prose
  • ♦ Prequel f. Katsuya & Takahashi Ken
  • ♦ Prerequisite: None
  • ♦ This is a preview (chapters 1 and 2) for what happens approximately 11 years prior to New York Minute.
  • ♦ Print: Shipped with V01 or V02
  • ♦ eBook: EN

Undertow

  • ♦ 48p illustrated prose incl. 8p extras
  • ♦ Prequel f. Katsuya & Takahashi Ken
  • ♦ Prerequisite: None
  • ♦ This novella explores the few days after Katsuya's High School graduation and his brief affair with his first man, Takahashi Ken; approximately 11 years prior to New York Minute.
  • ♦ Print: CN (BLX)EN
  • ♦ eBook: --

Father Figure

  • ♦ 120p illustrated novel incl. 8p extras
  • ♦ Novel connected via Katsuya and David
  • ♦ Prerequisite: None
  • ♦ Print: EN
  • ♦ eBook: EN

Remember Tomorrow

  • ♦ Novella f. David & Katsuya
  • ♦ Prerequisite: None; Father Figure recommended
  • ♦ Currently only available as a complete work in the August 2017 Zine
  • ♦ Print: --
  • ♦ eBook: --
  • ♦ eChapter: EN
  • ♦ FB: C01 | C02 | C03 (Must be a member)

New York Minute

  • ♦ Karte 1
  • ♦ 56p comic incl. 19p illustrated prose, “Prey” + 8p extras
  • ♦ Prequel f. David and Katsuya
  • ♦ Prerequisite: None
  • ♦ “Prey” includes a very minor spoiler for the end of Father Figure.
  • ♦ Print: CN (BLX)EN | KR
  • ♦ eBook: CNEN

First, Do No Harm

  • ♦ Karte 2
  • ♦ 40p comic incl. 8p extras
  • ♦ Prequel f. David and Katsuya
  • ♦ Prerequisite: None; New York Minute recommended
  • ♦ Print: CN/EN | CN/EN (BLX)KR
  • ♦ eBook: CN/EN

One of These Nights

  • ♦ Karte 3
  • ♦ 48p comic incl. 4p extras
  • ♦ Prequel f. David and Katsuya
  • ♦ Prerequisite: None; New York Minute and First, Do No Harm recommended
  • ♦ Print: CN/EN | CN/EN (BLX)KR
  • ♦ eBook: CN/EN

Bad Company Part: 1

  • ♦ Karte 4
  • ♦ 44p comic incl. 5p extras
  • ♦ Prequel f. David and Katsuya
  • ♦ Prerequisite: None; New York Minute, First, Do No Harm, and One of These Nights recommended
  • ♦ Print: CN/EN | CN/EN (BLX) | KR
  • ♦ eBook: CN/EN

Bad Company Part: 2

  • ♦ 56p comic incl. 1p extra
  • ♦ Prequel f. David and Katsuya
  • ♦ Prerequisite: Bad Company Part: 1; New York Minute, First, Do No Harm, and One of These Nights recommended
  • ♦ Print: CN/ENCN/EN (BLX)
  • ♦ eBook: CN/EN

Bad Company Part: 3

  • ♦ 64p comic incl. 6p extras
  • ♦ Prequel f. David and Katsuya
  • ♦ Prerequisite: Bad Company Part: 1 and 2; New York Minute, First, Do No Harm, and One of These Nights recommended
  • ♦ Print: CN/ENCN/EN (BLX)
  • ♦ eBook: --

Equilibrium - Side A

  • ♦ 64p illustrated novel incl. 2p extras
  • ♦ Prequel novel f. David, Katsuya, and M
  • ♦ Prerequisite: None; Prologue included in LUCIDITY recommended
  • ♦ Print: EN | EN (BLX)
  • ♦ eBook: EN
  • ♦ eChapters: EN

Equilibrium - Side B

  • ♦ 88p illustrated novel incl. 2p extras
  • ♦ Prequel novel f. David, Katsuya, and M
  • ♦ Prerequisite: Equilibrium - Side A; Prologue included in LUCIDITY recommended
  • ♦ Print: EN | EN (BLX)
  • ♦ eBook: EN

Maybe Someday

  • ♦ 56p illustrated prose incl. 10p extras
  • ♦ Prequel f. Shinohara
  • ♦ Prerequisite: None
  • ♦ Print: CN (BLX)EN | EN (BLX) | KR
  • ♦ eBook: EN

The main storyline begins approximately 2 years after the prequels which are still being published. You can read this without being familiar with the prequel events.

In These Words Prologue

  • ♦ 8p illustrated prose
  • ♦ Prerequisite: None
  • ♦ Shipped with C01
  • ♦ Collected in In These Words V01 (2015)

In These Words C01

  • ♦ 52p comic incl. extras
  • ♦ Includes the Prologue, but only in Chinese
  • ♦ Prerequisite: Prologue
  • ♦ Collected in In These Words V01
  • ♦ Print: CN/EN | CN/EN (BLX)
  • ♦ eBook: CN/EN (includes the prologue)

In These Words C02

  • ♦ 40p comic incl. 8p extras
  • ♦ Prerequisite: Prologue, C01
  • ♦ Collected in In These Words V01
  • ♦ Print: CN/EN | CN/EN (BLX)
  • ♦ eBook: CN/EN

In These Words C03

  • ♦ 40p comic incl. 4p extras
  • ♦ Prerequisite: Prologue, C01-C02
  • ♦ Collected in In These Words V01
  • ♦ Print: CN/EN | CN/EN (BLX)
  • ♦ eBook: CN/EN

In These Words C04

  • ♦ 56p comic incl. 5p extras
  • ♦ Prerequisite: Prologue, C01-C03
  • ♦ Collected in In These Words V01
  • ♦ Print: CN/EN | CN/EN (BLX)
  • ♦ eBook: CN/EN

In These Words C05

  • ♦ 48p comic incl. 4p extras
  • ♦ Prerequisite: Prologue, C01-C04
  • ♦ Collected in In These Words V01
  • ♦ Print: CN/EN | CN/EN (BLX)
  • ♦ eBook: CN/EN

In These Words C06

  • ♦ 48p comic incl. 8p extras
  • ♦ Prerequisite: Prologue, C01-C05
  • ♦ Collected in In These Words V02
  • ♦ Print: CN/EN | CN/EN (BLX)
  • ♦ eBook: CN/EN

In Those Words Qbook

  • ♦ 48p parody comic
  • ♦ Prerequisite: New York Minute; C01-C05
  • ♦ Print: EN
  • ♦ eBook: --

In These Words C07

  • ♦ 40p comic incl. 2p extras
  • ♦ Prerequisite: Prologue, C01-C06
  • ♦ Collected in In These Words V02
  • ♦ Print: CN/EN | CN/EN (BLX)
  • ♦ eBook: CN/EN

In These Words C08

  • ♦ 48p comic incl. 7p extras
  • ♦ Prerequisite: Prologue, C01-C07
  • ♦ Collected in In These Words V02
  • ♦ Print: CN/EN
  • ♦ eBook: CN/EN

In These Words C09

  • ♦ Redux Arc - Little Lies
  • ♦ 48p comic incl. 13p extras
  • ♦ Prerequisite: Prologue, C01-C08
  • ♦ Collected in In These Words V02
  • ♦ Print: CN/EN | CN/EN (BLX)
  • ♦ eBook: CN/EN

Wrapped Around Your Finger

  • ♦ Redux Arc
  • ♦ 40p comic incl. Father Figure sequel, Between Devil and the Deep Blue Sea preview Part 1 - Prologue + 8p extras
  • ♦ Side story f. Shinohara and Katsuya
  • ♦ Prerequisite: Father Figure
  • ♦ Collected in In These Words V02
  • ♦ Print: CN/EN | CN/EN (BLX)
  • ♦ eBook: CN/EN

In These Words C10

  • Redux Arc - One Thing Leads to Another
  • 40p comic incl. Father Figure sequel, Between Devil and the Deep Blue Sea preview Part 2 + 2p extras
  • Prerequisite: Prologue, C01-C09
  • Collected in In These Words V02
  • Print: CN/EN | CN/EN (BLX)
  • eBook: CN/EN

In These Words C11

  • ♦ Redux Arc - Self Control
  • ♦ 48p comic incl. 2p extras
  • ♦ Prerequisite: Prologue, C01-C10
  • ♦ Collected in In These Words V02
  • ♦ Print: CN/EN | CN/EN (BLX)
  • ♦ eBook: CN/EN

In These Words C12

  • ♦ Redux Arc - The Sum of Yesterdays
  • ♦ 56p comic incl. 1p extra
  • ♦ Prerequisite: Prologue, C01-C11
  • ♦ Collected in In These Words V03
  • ♦ Print: CN/EN | CN/EN (BLX) | KR
  • ♦ eBook: CN/EN

In These Words C13

  • ♦ Redux Arc - The Man With No Name
  • ♦ 40p comic incl. 6p extras
  • ♦ Prerequisite: Prologue, C01-C12
  • ♦ Collected in In These Words V03
  • ♦ Print: CN/EN | CN/EN (BLX) | KR
  • ♦ eBook: CN/EN

Little by Little

  • ♦ 32p comic incl. 2p extras
  • ♦ Side story f. Shinohara and Katsuya
  • ♦ Prerequisite: None
  • ♦ Uncollected
  • ♦ Print: CN/EN | CN/EN (BLX)FR
  • ♦ eBook: CN/EN

In These Words C14

  • ♦ Redux Arc - Eclipse
  • ♦ 36p comic incl. 2p extras
  • ♦ Prerequisite: Prologue, C01-C13
  • ♦ Collected in In These Words V03
  • ♦ Print: CN/EN | CN/EN (BLX) | KR
  • ♦ eBook: CN/EN

In These Words C15

  • ♦ Redux Arc - Icarus Complex
  • ♦ 56p comic incl. 6p extras
  • ♦ Prerequisite: Prologue, C01-C14
  • ♦ Collected in In These Words V03
  • ♦ Print: CN/ENCN/EN (BLX)
  • ♦ eBook: CN/EN

In These Words C16

  • ♦ Redux Arc - Day After Day
  • ♦ 40p comic incl. 7p extras
  • ♦ Prerequisite: Prologue, C01-C15
  • ♦ Collected in In These Words V03
  • ♦ Print: CN/EN | CN/EN (BLX)
  • ♦ eBook: CN/EN

In These Words C17

  • ♦ Redux Arc - PENDING ARRIVAL
  • ♦ PAGES PENDING ARRIVAL
  • ♦ Prerequisite: Prologue, C01-C16
  • ♦ Uncollected
  • ♦ Print: --
  • ♦ eBook: --

The David S. Krause novels tell the story of our favorite NYPD Detective after the timeline of the prequels. SPECULATION: I'm pretty sure there won't be a one-to-one match, but it seems like their timeline will be generally concurrent with the main storyline, give or take a few years. So far it seems that you'll be able to read them without being familiar with the prequel events, but things will most likely make more sense if you are.

Pressure Drop Book 1

  • ♦ Chapters 1-5
  • ♦ Illustrated novel by Suzume Paige & Kadono Yooichi
  • ♦ Prerequisite: None; New York Minute, First, Do No Harm, One of These Nights, Bad Company, and Equilibrium recommended
  • ♦ Print: --
  • ♦ eBook: EN

Pressure Drop Book 2

  • ♦ Chapter 6 - 11
  • ♦ Illustrated novel by Suzume Paige & Kadono Yooichi
  • ♦ Prerequisite: Pressure Drop Book 1New York Minute, First, Do No Harm, One of These Nights, Bad Company, and Equilibrium recommended
  • ♦ Print: --
  • ♦ eBook: -- EN

Pressure Drop Book 3 - Cantata

  • ♦ Afterstory
  • ♦ WIP illustrated novel by Suzume Paige & Kadono Yooichi
  • ♦ Prerequisite: Pressure Drop Books 1 and 2; New York Minute, First, Do No Harm, One of These Nights, Bad Company, and Equilibrium recommended
  • ♦ Print: --
  • ♦ eBook: --
  • ♦ eChapters: EN

Rebel Waltz

  • ♦ Uncollected novel by Suzume Paige & Kadono Yooichi
  • ♦ Prerequisite: Pressure DropNew York Minute, First, Do No Harm, One of These Nights, Bad Company, and Equilibrium recommended
  • ♦ Print: --
  • ♦ eBook: EN

Corner Soul

  • ♦ WIP novel by Suzume Paige
  • ♦ Prerequisite: Rebel WaltzNew York Minute, First, Do No Harm, One of These Nights, Bad Company, and Equilibrium recommended
  • ♦ Print: --
  • ♦ eBook: --
  • ♦ eChapters: EN
According to G|P, since Lynch, from The Doll, would just shoot everyone and be done with it, David got drafted to be the authority (?) figure in The Bride's universe, so the ITW-verse grows with it.

The Bride

  • ♦ 40p illustrated novel
  • ♦  Originally unrelated to the ITW-verse, but now connected via David's appearance in the sequel, The Human Stain
  • ♦ Prerequisite: None
  • ♦ Print: CNEN
  • ♦ eBook: EN

The Human Stain

  • ♦ WIP Novel f. David post ITW/Suzume novels
  • ♦ Prerequisite: The Bride
  • ♦ Print: --
  • ♦ eBook --
  • ♦ eChapters: -- EN

Some years after the main events of Cruel to be Kind--originally released as a stand-alone title--its world wends its way into the In These Words universe through the appearance of Shinohara Kenji; this is prior to the start of the main In These Words storyline.

Cruel to be Kind

  • ♦ 88p illustrated prose incl. 3p extras
  • ♦ Prerequisite: None; Maybe Someday recommended
  • ♦ Print: EN
  • ♦ eBook: --

Icarus Syndrome

  • ♦ WIP sequel novel f. Shinohara pre-ITW
  • ♦ Prerequisite: Cruel to be Kind; Maybe Someday recommended
  • ♦ Print: --
  • ♦ eBook --
  • ♦ eChapters: -- EN
According to G|P, since Lynch, from The Doll, would just shoot everyone and be done with it, David got drafted to be the authority (?) figure in The Bride's universe, so the ITW-verse grows with it.

The Bride

  • ♦ 40p illustrated novel
  • ♦ Originally unrelated to the ITW-verse, but now connected via David's appearance in the sequel, The Human Stain
  • ♦ Prerequisite: None
  • ♦ Print: CNEN
  • ♦ eBook: EN

The Human Stain

  • ♦ WIP novel f. David post ITW/Suzume novels
  • ♦ Prerequisite: The Bride
  • ♦ Print: --
  • ♦ eBook --
  • ♦ eChapters: -- EN

The following are short stories without a specified hook into the timeline, though the general placement will be noted for each. Though, if G|P decides to develop any of these further--into a novel or novella--the chronology listing will be moved into the appropriate section. The featured images are not necessarily related to the corresponding work. All were sourced from the FB comm or my books.

Homecoming

  • ♦ David & Katsuya
  • ♦ Prerequisite: None
  • ♦ Hook: Prequel
  • ♦ Uncollected
  • ♦ Print: --
  • ♦ eBook: --
  • ♦ eChapter: EN

Between Devil and the Deep Blue Sea: Prologue

  • ♦ Philip and Katsuya
  • ♦ Prerequisite: Father Figure
  • ♦ Hook: Main Storyline - Early on
  • ♦ Uncollected
  • ♦ Print: --
  • ♦ eBook: --
  • ♦ eChapter: EN

If Only You Believe

  • ♦ Shinohara & Katsuya
  • ♦ Prerequisite: None
  • ♦ Hook: Main Storyline - Redux Arc
  • ♦ Collected in In These Words V03
  • ♦ Print: --
  • ♦ eBook: --
  • ♦ eChapter: EN

Below you'll find a miscellany of ITW-verse things that may be of interest to you. WIPs (of things that may or may not become something more), shorts, and interviews among other things.

WIPs

Brave New World
Prequel f. M and David

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

In Another Lifetime
(The DOLL universe)

Shorts

F the Police LJ | FB

New Year's

Midnight Snack

V01 Omake 1

Stranger in a Strange Land
(Prelude to EQUILIBRIUM)

AUs

Paper Doll (Prequel) G|P | AO3

Interviews

All links jump directly to the interview unless otherwise noted, but since the original FB comm posts often have anecdotal info from Neko or Jo, the [FB] links are provided as well.

w/ BeBoy Gold [FB]

w/ 801 Media/DMI [FB]

w/ AnimePro (DE) [FB]

w/ Julia Weisenberger DE | EN [FB]

w/ TAIFU EN | FR [FB]

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