Papercutz is dedicated to publishing great graphic novels for all ages. Popular with reluctant readers and gifted readers alike, Papercutz graphic novels for kids, tweens, and teens include a wide range of genres, including humor, action adventure, mystery, horror, and favorite characters. Papercutz is proud to be the only publisher exclusively dedicated to children’s graphic novels. We work every day to introduce young readers to the imaginative wonders waiting to be discovered in comics.
Meet the Team!
Inspired by the success of the graphic novel format in France, where one book in every five sold is a graphic novel, CEO and Publisher Terry Nantier decided to import this concept to the U.S. in the 1970s through the founding of NBM, at a time when comics for adults were a rarity. Becoming a leading indie comics press and one of the most highly respected houses in what has become known as “literary comics,” NBM has grown steadily ever since. In 2005, Terry recognized that the tides had turned and children’s comics had become a rarity; he founded Papercutz to meet this need.
Editor-In-Chief Jim Salicrup started his career as a teen at Marvel Comics under apprenticeship with Stan Lee, eventually becoming editor of their flagship Spider-Man line where he relaunched the character in a bold new look that proved extremely popular, selling over two million copies. Hired away by Topps, he founded their comic book line by acquiring top licenses like The X-Files, Xena: Warrior Princess, and Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. While at Marvel, Jim was instrumental in creating Spidey Super Stories, the first comic specifically designed for beginning readers. He brings this devotion to popular storytelling and early literacy to the entire Papercutz line.
Recognized in numerous categories for his innovative approach communications and product development, Vice President of Marketing Sven Larsen brings over 20 years of marketing experience to the Papercutz team. Sven began his publishing career with Marvel Comics, where he founded the company’s marketing department and worked on numerous successful campaigns (including the multi-million selling X-MEN #1 launch). Sven has also held executive positions at Time-Warner and Penguin Books and served as COO/Publisher for Teshkeel Media, producers of THE 99. Most recently, Larsen served as CMO for digital advertising agency Zemoga, where he worked with clients like A & E Television, HBO, Rodale and Nickelodeon.
Associate Editor Michael Petranek grew up loving the comics work of several writers and artists he would eventually work with at Papercutz. After working for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Michael joined Papercutz in 2008 as an editorial assistant. In addition to his editorial duties, he letters the MONSTER series, several SMURFS comic strips, and the ARIOL series. He enjoys fighting crime with his cat, Robin.
Production Coordinator Jeff Whitman is a big kid at heart. Although he prefers dogs to cats, he is happy to be a part of Papercutz! With an extensive background in languages; he loves reading comics from all over the globe and is waiting patiently for his hand at translating. He has written for several comic blogs and enjoys creative writing. His hobbies include exploring, taste testing and, of course, comic book collecting.