As we’re about to ring in the new year, let’s look forward at some of the exciting titles we’ve got coming up!
Brina the CatVolume 1: The Gang of the Feline Sun Written by Giorgio Salati Illustrated by Christian Cornia Brina, a city cat, moved to the mountains with the owners for a summer holiday. Here she meets some stray cats who call themselves “The Gang of the Feline Sun”. The new friends convince her to escape her owners and become a free cat. But while Brina enjoys her newfound freedom and all the new types of delectable bugs the countryside has to offer, her young owners are panicking over losing her, a member of their family. Brina must make a choice to live with her owners, where it’s safe (but confined) or go free in the wilderness. A heartwarming tender cat tale. Available January 14th, 2020
Gillbert Vol.2: “The Curious Mysterious” Written and Illustrated by Art Baltazar Young Gillbert is the prince of the underwater world of Atlanticus. Together with his best friend Sherbert and mysterious new friend Anne Phibian, Gillbert is curious to where all these bottled messages floating throughout the ocean are coming from. Could the fiery Pyrockians from space have something to do with it? Or maybe it is something more mysteriously monstrous? Plus, Gillbert must deal with being a new big brother, when his little sister Matilda is actually much, much bigger than him! The most fun had under the sea since “The Little Merman”! Created by Tiny Titan’s Art Baltazar! Available January 28th, 2020
Cat and Cat Volume 1: Girl Meets Cat Written by Christophe Cazenove and Hervé Richez Illustrated by Yrgane Ramon Life was quiet for Cath and her dad, living alone. But when they adopt a cat named Sushi, things get a bit too exciting! Between turning everything into either a personal scratching post or litter box, and the constant cat and mouse game of “love me/leave me alone,” Cath and Dad have a lot to learn! Cath also learns how good it is to have a constant companion, a role Cath’s dad is trying to fill on his own. It’s a hilarious and heartwarming adventure of daily life of this little girl…with a dad and a cat along for the ride! AvailableFebruary 11th, 2020
Chloe & Cartoon Volume 1 Written by Greg Tessier Illustrated by Amandine By now, you all know Chloe “Misty” Blin, the breakout middle school star of her own Charmz graphic novel series. Now, get to know the origin story of the Blin family feline, the mischievous Cartoon! Cartoon arrives as a three-month-old kitten to Blin household many years ago, back when an excitable Chloe is not embarrassed to be called Misty and before her brother Arthur is born. Chloe’s dad is not as excited to share his house with a cat. Little does the family know that Cartoon is about to make their lives much more animated! Available February 18th, 2020
The Only Living Girl Vol.2: Beneath The Unseen City Written by David Gallaher, Illustrated by Steve Ellis Harvey Award-winning graphic novel stars David Gallaher and Steve Ellis return with their mysterious world full of super science… and ancient secrets, in the second follow-up graphic novel to THE ONLY LIVING BOY series. When members of her city are poisoned by an unknown element, Zandra Parfitt, known as “Zee,” discovers there’s only one place to find help: Dianoia, the deadly catacombs under an invisible city. But when Zee, and her friends, Erik Farrell, the Only Living Boy, and Morgan the Mermidonian warrior, embark on their quest, they quickly realize that their lives are also at risk. And if their adventure doesn’t destroy them… the Consortium and the diabolical Doctor Twice are lurking in the wings to finish the job. Available March 17th, 2020
The Mythics Volume 1: Heroes Reborn Written by Philippe Ogaki, Patricia Lyfoung, and Patrick Sobral Illustrated by Alice Picard, Jenny, Magali Paillat, and Valeriane Duviver In the ancient times of Gods and heroes, evil attempted to seize the world disguising themselves as six different gods. While they were spreading all their power of destruction, six heroes, each with extraordinary powers and brandishing sacred weapons, rose against these incarnations of evil. The evil was defeated and sealed in a secret place within the red desert on the planet Mars …Today, enter six young heirs: Yuko of Japan, Parvati of India, Amir of Egypt, Abigail of Germany, Miguel of Mexico, and Neo of Greece suddenly pulled from their everyday lives. About to face the greatest threat that the contemporary world has ever known, in a flash, they get to discover just how worthy successors they may be of the ancient heroes. Available March 24th, 2020
The Super Sisters Written by Christophe Cazenove Illustrated by William Maury Being a sister is super! Being a super sister is even better! From the pages of THE SISTERS and spinning out of Maureen and Wendy’s imagination, these two siblings are donning flight packs and space suits to keep the galaxy safe! They battle intergalactic thieves and multi-limbed troublemakers but can all their sisterly-fights prepare them for their greatest foes…their clones? AvailableApril 7th, 2020
Bluebeard Written and Illustrated by Metaphrog Award-winning duo, Metaphrog, transform the classic folktale into a feminist fairy tale, about the blossoming of a young child to womanhood striving for independence. Eve spends an idyllic childhood of long summer days with her sweetheart Tom, and together they dream of exploring the world. But that dream is soon shattered as she comes of age. The mysterious Bluebeard is looking for a new bride and has his sights set on Eve, and rumor has it that his former wives have all disappeared. What will Eve find in the castle beyond the enchanted forest? A forbidden chamber, a golden key and the most terrifying secret, take on a new life in this gothic graphic novel. Available May 5th, 2020
Fuzzy Baseball Volume 3: R.B.I Robots Written and Illustrated by John Steven Gurney The Fernwood Valley Fuzzies have a baseball game set with the undefeated and impeccable Geartown Clankees. The Clankees perform like well-oiled machines…mainly because they are robots in disguise just wanting to fit in and feel the love of good sportsmanship deep inside their gears. It’s a battle of bolts, brawn, and stamina as the Fuzzies must keep up with their robotic counterparts if they are to win the game. With their rookie, Blossom Honey Possum, benched due to her fear of robots and their hitter, Walter Wombat, determined to win at any costs, the Fuzzies are up for the fight of their lives. Forget about 7 inning stretch, try 38 inning stretch! Play ball! Available May 12th, 2020
Asterix Omnibus Volume 1 Written by Rene Goscinny, Illustrated by Albert Uderzo Asterix is celebrating 60 sensational years as an international comics superstar, and in the first collected edition from Papercutz, the stories are newly translated into American English for a new generation of fans! The story of Asterix starts here. Asterix Omnibus volume one collects “Asterix the Gaul,” “Asterix and the Golden Sickle,” and “Asterix and the Goths.” Three classic adventures in one great volume. Available May 19th, 2020
Asterix Omnibus Volume 2 Written by Rene Goscinny, Illustrated by Albert Uderzo Asterix mixes it up with everyone from Julius Caesar to Cleopatra in this outstanding Omnibus! After conquering Europe, where this feisty, little warrior is a true pop culture super-star, Asterix is invading America with another three classic adventures, newly translated into American English. Asterix conquered Europe ironically by keeping his tiny village in Gaul from being conquered by the Roman Empire. Turns out, Asterix and his fellow villagers have a secret weapon, a potion that imbues them all with super strength. Available May 19th, 2020
Asterix Volume 38: The Chieftain’s Daughter Written by Jean-Yves Ferri Illustrated by Didier Conrad Upheavals and pandemonium are definitely on the horizon! Adrenaline, the daughter of the famous Gaulish chieftain is being hunted down by the Romans. She secretly finds refuge in the village of our indomitable Gauls – the only place in Roman-occupied Gaul that can guarantee her protection. And let’s just say that having this very special teenager around will cause plenty of confusion, and not just for Obelix… Available May 19th 2020
Attack of the Stuff Written and Illustrated by Jim Benton In what is described as “an 8 year old’s fever dream,” New York Times bestselling author introduces us to Bill Waddler. Bill is a duck who dreams of being smothered by farting snakes. He also has a special gift. He is able to hear appliances complain. Imagine what toilets would complain about. Bill doesn’t need to imagine. While working as a cash-only hay seller (that doesn’t accept credit cards), Bill doesn’t know that he, and a very confused orange juice sales clerk, are about to save the world. If you could hear this book complain, it would be saying “where have you been all my life?” Available May 26th, 2020
Brina The Cat Volume 2: City Cat Written by Giorgio Salati Illustrated by Christian Cornia On a vacation in the countryside, Brina got a taste of her innate feline freedom when she briefly escaped her owners and joined a band of wild cats who left (or were left by) their owners. Now, Brina and her human owners, Samuel and Margret return to life in the city. Brina must re-adapt to being a closed up indoor cat in an apartment and finding her own sense of freedom. Join Brina as she takes on would be car thieves, an army of street rats, pesky pigeons, and the hustle and bustle of city life. Available June 2nd 2020
Cat & Cat Volume 2: Cat Out Of Water Written by Christophe Cazenove and Herve Richez Illustrated by Yrgane Ramon The adventures of Catherine and her cat, Sushi, continue in more comic escapades. To get away from it all, and get some rest and relaxation, Cat, her cat, and her dad visit the great outdoors. Being a single parent is never easy, and having a daughter such as Cat, not to mention a cat that’s also very much a part of the family, may be too much for her dad to handle no matter how much they all may love each other! Rough waters are ahead for the family of three, especially after Dad drops the bombshell: they’re moving! And we all know how much cats love water…! Available June 16th, 2020
School for Extraterrestrial Girls Volume 1: Girl on Fire Written by Jeremy Whitley Illustrated by Jamie Noguchi Tara Smith’s parents are super strict with all their rules and routines, and Tara is a dutiful daughter. Rule #1: No friends her own age. Rule #2: keep her bracelet on, or else. But when she breaks her routine—and then loses her bracelet—she’s in trouble. Now outed as an extraterrestrial after wielding fire and losing her humanoid form, Tara is captured by the government. She’s given two options: get shipped far away where she won’t be a danger to anyone or stay on Earth and join a school for other extraterrestrial girls like her. Things at the school aren’t easy—especially for the girl whose only friends were textbooks. But Tara’s goal to learn how to control her powers is soon sidelined by the discovery that the people she’s called Mom and Dad all these years aren’t her parents. Available August 4th, 2020
Papercutz is proud to take over US publishing of
the world’s bestselling comics series Asterix in honor of his 60th
anniversary! All graphic novels will be reissued in all-new translations and
new formats. To start, Papercutz will be collecting the original stories in 2
omnibuses with three volumes worth of stories in each, as well as presenting
the newest, best-selling album, the 38th in the series, “The
Chieftain’s Daughter” in a single hardcover volume. All three of these great graphic
novels will be releasing in May 2020. Moving forward, Papercutz will be
releasing 4 of these omnibus volumes per year for 3+ years, which will
eventually collect every single Asterix story to date. This also includes publishing
the newest albums every 2 years as they are released. Papercutz is proud to
reintroduce such a beloved comic book character to a wider audience.
What is Asterix
He is the main character in a village of holdout
Gauls who were never vanquished by the occupying Roman army. One reason they’ve
successfully held off the Roman forces: a secret potion the village’s druid
Panoramix knows how to concoct that makes all the village’s citizens
super-powerful! Well, at least for short period of time.
Beyond this premise, the series has been a
vehicle for satire on humanity and politics along with delectable puns for
names thrown in. The humor is an amazingly agile mix from slapstick to
sophisticated satire. It’s this secret recipe (potion?) that has made Asterix
so widely popular, not just with kids but their parents as well. Co-creator and scriptwriter Goscinny, who lived part of
his life in New York, was steeped in and greatly inspired by everything from
the heyday of Mad magazine to the whimsical humor of Walt Kelly’s Pogo. His
co-creator partner, artist Uderzo, brought his sharp unmistakable caricatural
style. The collaboration was electric.
The Asterix Phenomenon
Asterix is 60 years old today! Since his first appearance in 1959, the
character has brought together readers from all walks of life and all
generations. A real wonder that we owe to its creators: the geniuses René
Goscinny and Albert Uderzo. Whether in battles against their eternal Roman
enemies, the magic potions of the Druids, or the famous quarrels between
colorful characters, the Gauls have conquered schoolyards, museums and
libraries around the world. But who could have imagined, just 60 years ago,
that our little Gaul and his faithful friend Obelix, carver of menhirs
(Stonehenge-like monuments), carriers of humanist and positive values
(fraternity, freedom, irreverence, resistance, friendliness…), would be
today, with 380 million albums sold, THE huge international stars appreciated
by the uncowed of the whole world!
Asterix by the Numbers:
1959: First appearance, October 29, in the magazine Pilote. 1961: Publication of the first Asterix album, Asterix the Gaul. 6,000: Copies for the initial printing of the first album. 38: Number of albums published through October 24, 2019. 111: Number of languages and dialects translated into (including Latin!). 380 million: Number of albums sold worldwide since 1959. 50 million: Number of visitors at Asterix Parc for 30 years 14: Number of Asterix movies (including 10 animated movies and 4 live action movies) And finally for its most recent success: 5 million: number of copies distributed to date of the 38th album The Chieftain’s Daughter, published just 7 days ago, October 24. An unparalleled success in the field of global publishing.
A New Partnership
“Papercutz is thrilled
for this opportunity to bring the world’s bestselling series to America with a
true push here for the first time,” said Papercutz Publisher Terry Nantier,
”and the all-new more American translations, as well as our redesign of the books
(new covers and new format) will make this series relevant to our American
audience. After 60 years, the little Gaul Asterix is an ongoing mighty hit in
most countries and languages and thus has proven himself to cross borders very
successfully, and we say watch out America, we’re letting loose Asterix and his
magic potion of power!”
“I am delighted to collaborate with Papercutz, a fantastic and clever comics publisher, to have for the first time ever the full Asterix collection released on the US market in a specific American edition,” said Céleste Surugue, Managing Director of Les Éditions Albert René, the rights holders: “Having this universe widely available to the US readers is a major event for one of the most famous and fun comic characters. The 2 creators have been huge fans of American comic artists from Caniff to Kurtzman or Gottfredson who inspired their art very much. The Asterix albums have been published in 111 languages and dialects until now and have sold in excess of 380 million copies. It was high time to have the American translation Asterix deserves. We are really looking forward to having the full series including the latest volume, The Chieftain’s Daughter, available in a brand-new American edition!”
For The Creators, a Strong Bond with the US
Rene Goscinny was born in Paris in 1926. After growing up in Argentina, he lived in NYC
for 7 years where he had the chance to work at the Charles William Harvey
Studio with Harvey Kurtzman, Will Elder, Charlie Stern and John Severin who
then created the famous Mad Magazine, an association that would mark him
for life. René Goscinny had been nourished by this very specific Anglo-Saxon
humour in all his future works. In 1959, he co-founded with Albert Uderzo the
magazine Pilote which premiered what was to become the most successful comic
series anywhere: Asterix. By the late sixties, Pilote turned to an older
audience pioneering an absolute revolution in comics styles, narration and
sophistication. Goscinny’s genius was not only in writing but also in editing,
launching many famous and enormously innovative comics authors within the
creative cauldron that Pilote magazine had become under his leadership, helping
to raise comic art into a full-fledged art form. He died suddenly and way too
early of cardiac arrest in 1977 at the age of 51, but his legacy continues.
Albert Uderzo was born in France in 1927 to Italian Immigrants. After a number of years in children’s illustration and co-launching a comics syndicate and agency (doing up to nine pages a week!) he created with Goscinny in 1959 the soon to be legendary Asterix series. He has been inspired by the works of Walt Disney since his early childhood starting with the 1st Journal de Mickey! Ever since then, Albert has been seeking inspiration from American Comics and the works of Walt Disney. He never missed a chance to pay tribute to American artists, and time would tell that this love would pay off.
In 1959, Goscinny and Uderzo became editor and artistic director (respectively) of Pilote magazine. Their creation, Asterix, became a runaway success. After Goscinny’s death in 1977, when 24 volumes of Asterix were complete, Uderzo continued to write and illustrate the Asterix books on his own, publishing 10 volumes. The cover credits still read “Goscinny and Uderzo.” He retired from writing and drawing in 2011 but still oversees Asterix and the current publications by 2 prominent French comics artists, Jean-Yves Ferri and Didier Conrad.
Papercutz will release Asterix Omnibus Volumes 1 and 2 in full color hardcover (7.5” x 9.5”, 160pp., ISBN: 9781545805657 (Volume 1)/ 9781545805671 (Volume 2), $22.99 each) and full color paperback(7.5” x 9.5”, 160pp., ISBN: 9781545805664 (Volume 1)/ 9781545805688 (Volume 2) $14.99 each) on May 19th, 2020. Papercutz will also release Asterix Volume 38: The Chieftain’s Daughter in full color hardcover (7.5” x 9.5”, 48pp. ISBN: 9781545805695, $9.99) on the same day, May 19th 2020.
Asterix Omnibus Volume 1 collects: “Asterix The Gaul”, Asterix and The Golden Sickle”, and “Asterix and The Goths”. Available May 19th, 2020! Asterix Omnibus Volume 2 collects: “Asterix The Gladiator”, “Asterix and The Banquet”, and “Asterix and Cleopatra”. Available May 19th, 2020!
We hope you all had a sweet treat-filled Halloween! Feeling the post-Halloween blues? Well, you’re in luck! All purchases from our website are now coming with a bonus copy of our Loud House Halloween Special comic while supplies last! Grab them now before they disappear back into the candy bowl!
To get everyone into the Halloween Spirit, we’re treating our fans to a special 20% discount on all our books on the website! This isn’t a trick! Just enter the code “e20” when you check out and enjoy the discount! But act fast, the deal is only until the end of the month. These deals will disappear faster than candy on November 1st!
Hey everyone! It’s that time of year again! ALA is right around the corner and you don’t want to miss all the great signings we’ve got planned at our booth at the Walter E Washington Convention Center in Washington DC!
First things first, you’ll be able to find us at Booth 3535, right on the corner of the Comics Pavilion. This is where you’ll find all our signings and giveaways, so swing by to say hey!
Next, we’ll have ARCs for two of our upcoming series, BRINA and CAT & CAT! You won’t want to miss these hair-raising, cat-tastic new books!
Finally, we have the main attraction, our talent signings! We have a full house of creators with us this time around, and we’ll have signings throughout the weekend of their books for a small fee of $5. Here’s the all-star team we’re bringing with us!
The dynamic duo of David Gallaher and Steve Ellis will be around signing copies of their fantasy adventure series THE ONLY LIVING BOY OMNIBUS, as well as copies of their new hit follow up to the series, THE ONLY LIVING GIRL VOL.1: THE ISLAND AT THE EDGE OF INFINITY!
The mother-daughter super team of Liz and Lucy Lareau will be signing their STEM/Girl Power series GEEKY F@B FIVE with volumes 1 and 2! Liz and Lucy will also be doing a special signing at 2pm on Saturday June 22nd at Hooray for Books (1555 King Street, Alexandria, Virginia)!
Famous cartoonist Art Baltazar will be signing copies of his nautical adventure series GILLBERT VOL.1!
Famed cartoonist John Steven Gurney will be around signing his new home run series FUZZY BASEBALL with volumes 1 and 2!
Here’s a breakdown of the signing schedule:
Friday June 21st
5:30pm-7:00pm Liz and Lucy Lareau signing Geeky Fab Five Volumes 1 and 2 Art Baltazar signing Gillbert Volume 1
Saturday June 22nd
9:00am-10:30am Liz and Lucy Lareau signing Geeky Fab Five Volumes 1 and 2 David Gallaher and Steve Ellis signing The Only Living Boy Omnibus and The Only Living Girl Volume 1
10:30am-12:00pm John Gurney signing Fuzzy Baseball Volumes 1 and 2
12:00pm-1:30pm Art Baltazar signing Gillbert Volume 1
1:30pm-3:00pm David Gallaher and Steve Ellis signing The Only Living Boy Omnibus and The Only Living Girl Volume 1 John Gurney signing Fuzzy Baseball Volumes 1 and 2
Sunday June 23rd
9:30am-11am Art Baltazar signing Gillbert Volume 1
11:00am-12:30pm John Gurney signing Fuzzy Baseball Volumes 1 and 2 Liz and Lucy Lareau signing Geeky Fab Five Volumes 1 and 2
2:00pm-3:30pm David Gallaher and Steve Ellis signing The Only Living Boy Omnibus and The Only Living Girl Volume 1
Can’t wait to see you all there! Keep an eye on our social media for more information!