Papercutz Announces Fall Internship Opportunities

Papercutz Announces Fall Internship Opportunities

Papercutz is searching for interns for the fall! Marketing and digital media internships start in September and editorial internships start in October.  Please contact whitman@papercutz.com with any questions.

Marketing Internship

Papercutz Graphic Novels is looking for a Fall Marketing Intern. Candidates should have an interest in media (specifically publishing) with a strong background in writing, analytics and digital marketing. Duties include market research, creating content for company website and social media, analyzing website and social media performance and improving SEO,creation and production of promotional materials as well as working with the VP of Marketing to develop and execute title specific marketing campaigns.

Requirements:

  • This internship is unpaid. Preference will be given to applicants that can receive college or graduate school credit but credit is not required.
  • Must be available 10 hours a week (2 days) to come into the Papercutz office in Manhattan. 10 week internship starting in September.
  • Able to show experience in writing and digital tools like Google Analytics, WordPress and basic social media.
  • A strong interest in media, specifically in marketing and publicity.
  • Must be able to bring your own laptop with Internet and Word Processing abilities for use in the office
  • Preferred applicants will at least basic experience with digital marketing

Send resumes and cover letters to whitman@papercutz.com by August 15.

Editorial Internship

Papercutz Graphic Novels is looking for a fall editorial Intern to provide assistance to the editorial department. Candidates should have a strong interest in comic book publishing, some proofreading skills, and an inquisitive mind. Duties include proofreading comics lettering and scripts, some organizing and filing, minor copy writing, providing input on current projects, some research, and general administrative tasks.

Requirements:

  • This internship is unpaid. Preference will be given to applicants that can receive college or graduate school credit but credit is not required.
  • Must be available 10 hours a week (2 days) to come into the Papercutz office in Manhattan. 10 week internship starting in October
  • Able to show experience in creative writing and editing.
  • A strong interest in publishing, specifically in comics writing and/or editing.
  • Must be able to bring your own laptop with Internet and Word Processing abilities for use in the office
  • Preferred applicants will have basic computer experience with relevant programs including MS Word and email. Experience in Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and InDesign is a plus, but not necessary for consideration.

Send resumes and cover letters to whitman@papercutz.com by September 1.

Digital Media Internship

Papercutz Graphic Novels is looking for a fall digital media Intern to provide assistance to the Marketing department. Candidates should have an interest in comic book publishing with a strong background in graphic design and digital marketing. Duties and projects for the term will include creating digital previews of Papercutz titles, creating graphics for marketing use, assistance with social media campaigns and building and maintenance of Papercutz websites.

Requirements:

  • This internship is unpaid. Preference will be given to applicants that can receive college or graduate school credit but credit is not required.
  • Must be available 10 hours a week (2 days) to come into the Papercutz office in Manhattan. 10 week internship starting in September
  • Must have experience in graphic design and the Adobe Creative Suite.
  • A strong interest in publishing and marketing, specifically in comics
  • Must be able to bring your own laptop with Internet, Adobe Creative Suite and Word Processing abilities for use in the office.
  • Preferred applicants will have experience with online programs such as WordPress, Mailchimp, and various social media platforms.
  • Experience using Acrobat Pro, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and with HTML and CSS.

Send resumes, portfolios, and cover letters to whitman@papercutz.com by August 15.

NICKELODEON MAGAZINE HITS THE NEWSSTANDS TODAY!

NICKELODEON MAGAZINE HITS THE NEWSSTANDS TODAY!

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New Monthly Magazine is “First Fruit” of new Papercutz-Nickelodeon Deal

Papercutz, the industry leader in children’s graphic novel publishing is proud to announce the debut of the first publication to emerge from their “First Look” deal with kids’ media powerhouse Nickelodeon– the all-new monthly NICKELODEON MAGAZINE. The first issue of the new publication will be released today, June 23rd and the magazine features a mix of comics, games, puzzles and “behind the scenes features” starring Nickelodeon’s animated characters. The launch issue features hit properties SANJAY AND CRAIG and BREADWINNERS in all-new comic stories.

The new magazine will provide a mix of content but the focus is definitely on comics, with over two-thirds of each issue devoted to comic book material. The new version of the magazine will preview the comics content that will be featured in upcoming Papercutz graphic novels, debut new properties in comics form and also feature a variety of games, puzzles and other activities for kids.

“Nickelodeon has always been known for creating great comics material”, noted Papercutz Editor-in-Chief Jim Salicrup. “And we’re proud to continue that tradition with our new publication. I’m personally excited by the opportunity to get the great work of our writers and artists out in front of the biggest possible audience possible. The magazine is going to be a great way for kids to sample our graphic novels and be introduced to some of the fantastic Nickelodeon characters. It’s also a great way for us to put comics in places that haven’t seen this type of material in quite a while.”

“Nickelodeon characters already reach millions of kids worldwide”, explained Sven Larsen, VP of Marketing for Papercutz. “But we wanted to help them grow their audience and give existing viewers new opportunities to enjoy their favorite shows. The new NICKELODEON MAGAZINE is another great way for fans to experience the brand and spend more time with characters they love!”

PAPERCUTZ CELEBRATES 10TH ANNIVERSARY WITH NEW PRINT PROGRAM!

PAPERCUTZ CELEBRATES 10TH ANNIVERSARY WITH NEW PRINT PROGRAM!

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Papercutz, the children’s graphic novel publisher turns 10 years old this year and the company has a some special plans to mark the occasion.

Founded in February 2005 by industry veterans Terry Nantier and Jim Salicrup, the company was initially formed to take advantage of a vacuum in graphic novel publishing at the time.

“It may seem hard to believe now,” explained (Papercutz’s President) Nantier. “But in 2005 there was hardly any graphic novel material being created for kids. Comic stores had become largely inhospitable to younger readers and the larger trade houses had yet to see the potential in children’s graphic novel publishing. Jim and I discussed the state of the market and realized there was an opportunity to create accessible material for kids and distribute it to the trade bookstores and other retail outlets where kids hung out. We started with NANCY DREW and THE HARDY BOYS and haven’t looked back since!”

“I think that starting with those titles and then adding in time-tested brands like CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED, we sent a clear message to parents and educators that this really was “all-ages” material,” added Editor-In Chief Salicrup. “But we never talked down to younger readers or packaged anything in a “kiddie” manner. I think that you need to respect kids’ taste and intelligence if you really want to connect with them and that’s why so many of our series have succeeded with that audience.”

From an initial small stable of licensed properties the company has expanded to work with a who’s who of the entertainment industry including DISNEY, DREAMWORKS, SONY, FOX, SABAN and LEGO and noted creators like Sho Murase, Riff Rebs, Scott Lobdell, Emmanuel Guibert and Lewis Trondheim. The future looks equally bright with new series from the minds of Neil Gaiman and Stan Lee and a “first look” with NICKELODEON. Now Papercutz, is celebrating their legacy with a special anniversary print program that pays tribute to some of the franchises they’ve worked with over the past decade.

“With 2015 marking 10 years of publishing kids’ graphic novels, we wanted to share our excitement with our readers and fans by creating these special prints,” explained Papercutz VP of marketing Sven Larsen. “We’ve enlisted some of the top names in comics to help express what a special event this is for us and celebrate some of the wonderful properties we’ve been lucky enough to be involved with.”

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The print program debuts at this year’s BookCon in New York City, where the publisher will debut a special print featuring NANCY DREW by acclaimed artist Stephanie Buscema. Hot on the heels of that debut will be a CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED print by Riff Rebs featuring the legendary Captain Nemo that will be offered for the first time at the American Library Association Conference in San Francisco. Plans call for four more posters in the series, debuting at special events throughout the rest of the year. Each print will be limited to 250 copies, numbered and marked to indicate the extent of the run. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the prints will go to help different charities including the Children’s Book Council, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and the Hero Initiative. Fans who are unable to attend one of the events where the prints are sold will also be given the chance to purchase the prints online or through their local retailer.

“We’re excited to debut these beautiful pieces of art”, enthused Papercutz publisher Terry Nantier. “And we can’t wait to celebrate our anniversary with our fans. In addition to this program we’ve got some special programming at ComicCon this year, some unique promotional items, and a lot more in the pipeline for this year. Best of all we’ve got some great books coming out in the summer and fall that will reflect the tradition of quality and diversity that’s a hallmark of Papercutz’s publishing program.”

“We’ll be announcing more artists in the poster series soon (as well as our big San Diego plans)”, promised Larsen. “So as Jim likes to say, ‘Watch out for Papercutz!’”

 

PAPERCUTZ TO COLLECT HIT WEB-COMIC THE ONLY LIVING BOY IN 2016

PAPERCUTZ TO COLLECT HIT WEB-COMIC THE ONLY LIVING BOY IN 2016

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As Children’s Book Week 2015 kicks off its celebration of beloved children’s characters, young readers can look forward to a new hero hitting their shelves early next year. David Gallaher and Steve Ellis, the award-winning creative team behind digital hits HIGH MOON and BOX 13 are teaming up with industry-leading kids graphic novel publisher Papercutz to bring their webcomic sensation THE ONLY LIVING BOY to bookstores and libraries everywhere. The publisher has announced a multi-volume deal with Gallaher and Ellis’ Bottled Lightning Studio, brokered by Dara Hyde at the Hill Nadell Literary Agency, that will see the webcomic collected into a series of paperback and hardcover volumes beginning in March 2016. Publishing of the print collections will begin with a 72 page first volume entitled “Prisoners of the Patchwork Planet” set to arrive in March 2016. Plans call for subsequent books to be released on a regular schedule with the entire story eventually collected in five volumes.

THE ONLY LIVING BOY tells the story of 12-year old Erik Farrell, who runs away from home only to find himself without his memory, stranded on a patchwork planet with danger lurking around every corner. Every day is a struggle to survive. Erik quickly allies himself with Morgan, a mermaid warrior and Thea, a teenage princess from a mysterious insect race. He’ll need their help to escape the Dreaded Lord Baalikar and the evil Doctor Once and maybe, one day, find his way back home.

“Our story has dragons, an insect princess, a mermaid warrior, dangerous and exotic creatures and a boy who just might be the last human alive,” said Ellis. “It was important for me, as a father, and for David, who’s been a teacher, to create a story that will capture the imagination of young readers today, while channeling the excitement of the adventure novels, old-time radio broadcasts and epic storytelling we loved as kids.”

The brainchild of Harvey award-winning creators Gallaher and Ellis, the series has received both critical and fan acclaim since its launch. Mark Waid (DAREDEVIL, KINGDOM COME) said “Paul Pope and Jack Kirby never had a chance to work together, but if they had, it would be only slightly less awesome than this.” Mental Floss called it “an all-ages adventure book inspired by pulp serials, Saturday morning cartoons, Jack Kirby, and even the music of Paul Simon.”

“THE ONLY LIVING BOY is a timeless tale that combines all the best elements of classic adventure fiction with a modern sensibility,” said Papercutz Editor-in Chief Jim Salicrup. “Erik and his predicament are something any kid can identify with. Everyone has felt like ‘the different one.’ Erik’s struggle to figure out the strange world he’s found himself in, and his friendships with characters like Morgan and Thea are perfect analogs for kids’ everyday lives. But the fantastic settings, incredible creatures and perilous situations transport the reader into an utterly unique world where those experiences become something truly special. This is the kind of comic I loved when I was a kid.”

“We wanted a print partner with a deep appreciation of children’s publishing,” said Gallaher. “When we looked at Papercutz’s range of titles, with everything from graphic novel adaptations of Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys to contemporary characters like Geronimo Stilton, we knew we had found a home for THE ONLY LIVING BOY.”

“We’ve got a terrific mix of great characters, great content and great creators here,” notes Papercutz publisher Terry Nantier. “We’re looking forward to introducing Papercutz readers and kids graphic novel fans to their new favorite series!”

Deb Lucke, THE LUNCH WITCH Creator is On the Fly!

Deb Lucke, THE LUNCH WITCH Creator is On the Fly!

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Why should Grunhilda have all the fun? THE LUNCH WITCH author Deb Lucke is on the fly this Spring, traveling near and far to meet her fans and talk about the creation of her first graphic novel. Here are just some of the places you can find Deb in the next few weeks …

MAY 8th-10th  – TORONTO COMIC ARTS FESTIVAL

Deb will be heading north of the border to sign copies of THE LUNCH WITCH and sketch for fans at the Papercutz booth at TCAF.

MAY 19th – SOCIETY OF ILLUSTRATORS 2015 COMIC AND CARTOON ANNUAL RECEPTION (Invite Required)

Deb will be at the Society of Illustrators in New York City to celebrate THE LUNCH WITCH’S inclusion in the 2015 COMIC AND CARTOON ANNUAL.

MAY 29th-30th BOOXEXPO AMERICA/BOOKCON

Deb will be appearing at the ABA’s “Author Speed Dating” Event on the Friday and signing books at the Papercutz booth on Saturday at 2 pm.

In addition, Deb has recently confirmed she will be attending:

JULY 18th – VALCON COMIC FESTIVAL

Deb will be a guest at ValCon, a library convention taking place from 10am to 4pm at Valley Cottage Library on Route 303 in Valley College, New York.

Unlike her creation, DEb is super friendly, so if you’re planning on attending any of these events make sure to say hi!

 

 

 

 

 

THE LUNCH WITCH has a website!

THE LUNCH WITCH has a website!

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Not content to win rave reviews and the hearts and minds of readers everywhere, Grunhilda, the Lunch Witch has launched her own website. Of course, as the graphic above clearly illustrates, you may want to be careful about clicking on her URL!

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The new site enhances the reader experience from the acclaimed THE LUNCH WITCH graphic novel, providing more details on some of the characters seen in the first volume (as well as sneak peeks at characters who will be appearing in later volumes of the series). It also helps the reader immerse themselves in Grunhilda’s world with recipes for favorites like Dog’s Breakfast Cookies and Engorged Tick Scones.

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Not convinced about the effectiveness of Grunhilda’s potions? Then you may want to check out the “Testimonials” portion of her website, where satisfied customers endorse her homemade remedies like the Donkey potion (which turns your annoying relative in to a donkey). The site really is the best way to interact with Grunhilda as the Gallery section highlights the unfortunate fates of some of the brave souls who have tried to track her down in person.

If you’re feeling lucky (or just really need a Stink Eye Potion), why not venture over to thelunchwitch.com and learn a little bit more about “the hag with a heart”?

Just don’t say we sent you!

 

 

 

Using Comics to Teach English Language Learners

Using Comics to Teach English Language Learners

Editor’s Note: Papercutz recently sponsored a special edition of SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL’s “Extra Helping” newsletter focused on “using Comics to teach”. For the next few days, we’ll be running excerpts from that issue on our blog and linking back to the original articles. If you’re an educator who is already using graphic novels in your classroom or you’re contemplating taking the plunge, these articles should prove invaluable.

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I discovered the power of graphic novels as a language-learning tool while teaching English in Japan in 2006. As a non-Japanese speaker, I was encouraged by my colleagues to learn more vocabulary by reading manga or comics, specifically the classic comic strip Sazae-san(Kodansha International, 1997). Since then, I have become an avid reader and teacher of graphic novels. In Japan, manga is everywhere. It was not unusual to see students reading it in the classroom, between classes, or in the cafeteria. If you’re a high school teacher in the United States today, the sight of graphic novels in the hands of a teen reader is not uncommon.

From 20082011, I taught English as a Second Language (ESL) at Pan American International High School in Queens, NY. I was excited to share the love and passion I’d acquired for graphic novels with my students. Fortunately, I had colleagues and literacy coaches who were already experienced in creating curricula around teaching graphic novels like Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis (Pantheon, 2004) and Gene Luen Yang’s American Born Chinese (First Second, 2006) that supported English language learners’ (ELL) development in multiple literacies. Studies have also shown increased engagement and vocabulary development in ELLs when reading graphic novels and producing visual narratives.

During my tenure as a high school ESL teacher, I developed curricula that enabled students to practice their English language skills across all modalities by reading and creating visual narratives. Teaching graphic novels with ELLs requires specific planning and scaffolding of activities. Here are some of my best practices for using graphic novels in the ESL classroom.

TEACHING ART SPIEGELMAN’S MAUS

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When planning to teach reading comprehension and literary analysis to ELLs using graphic novels, it is best to assess students’ prior experiences with visual narratives and subject interests. From survey results gathered at the beginning of the fall 2009 semester, I realized most of my 11th grade intermediate and advanced ESL students wanted to learn more about world history. From my research, using online educator resources such as theInternational Literacy Association’s Read Write Think website, I decided to teach Art Spiegelman’s Maus (Pantheon, 1991), the Pulitzer prize−winning graphic novel about the journey of his father, who survived the Holocaust.

Although a number of students were familiar with reading manga, others needed to learn the basic visual grammar of graphic novels. This meant providing explicit instruction of graphic novel terminology such as panels, dialogue, captions, and speech bubbles. Because I had a mixed-level class, I chose excerpts from Maus for students to read aloud during class, combining excerpts that focused primarily on the main character’s experience living in concentration camps.

To help students understand the historical context of the story, I did in-class activities about Polish ghetto life. Students matched captions I’d written to select photographs of Mendel Grossman, whose work was published in the book My Secret Camera (HMH books, 2000). I also facilitated activities using PowerPoint presentations, explaining the causes and outcomes of World War II, and focusing on the rise and fall of Nazi powers in Europe.

During class, students enjoyed reading aloud select pages from Maus while writing their thoughts and responses to questions in reading guides that I’d created. They were prompted to review what happened in a scene, foreshadow what might happen later, and analyze the symbolism Spiegelman uses in the story. Students were asked why they thought the author chose to represent Jews as mice and Germans as cats, and how this device was effective to convey key concepts of the story.

After collectively analyzing Maus, students were asked to write a comparative literary essay using this story and another work of literature. I created a packet that scaffolded the essay writing process that would help prepare students for the required New York State English Language Arts Regents exam. Overall, the students were engaged throughout our selected chapter readings and discussions ofMaus. A few extended their interest in learning about the Holocaust by opting to go on a field trip to the Brooklyn Academy of Music to watch a puppetry production about Auschwitz later that semester.

You can read the full article on the SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL website.

Resources for Teaching Graphic Novels in the Classroom

Resources for Teaching Graphic Novels in the Classroom

Editor’s Note: Papercutz recently sponsored a special edition of SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL’s “Extra Helping” newsletter focused on “using Comics to teach”. For the next few days, we’ll be running excerpts from that issue on our blog and linking back to the original articles. If you’re an educator who is already using graphic novels in your classroom or you’re contemplating taking the plunge, these articles should prove invaluable.

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Good stuff: ten great graphic novels for schools; online resources; information about publishers; and other recommended reading.

Online resources

cbldf_logo_shadowComic Book Legal Defense Fund (CLDF) A nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the First Amendment rights of the comics medium.

Reading With Pictures  A national organization that advocates for the use of comics in the classroom. Their graphic textbook Comics that Make Kids Smarterhas just been published by Andrews McMeel.

No Flying, No Tights  Graphic novel reviews by librarians.

Good Comics for Kids Graphic novel news, reviews, and interviews by librarians and other critics.

The Comic Book Teacher High school English teacher Ronell Whitaker reviews graphic novels and discusses how he uses them in the classroom.

Comics in Education  Gene Luen Yang, the author of a number of acclaimed graphic novels includingAmerican Born Chinese and Boxers & Saints, is also a high school teacher. This website is the online version of his Masters degree in education project and includes information on the history of comics in education and the use of comics in education as well as other resources.

Diamond Bookshelf This monthly newsletter from Diamond Book Distributors, which specializes in graphic novels, features information about graphic novels for children and teens, as well as graphic novel lesson plans.

 

Additional reading

Banned Books Week Handbook, available for free download from the CBLDF website.

CBLDF Presents Manga; Introduction, Challenges, and Best Practices, edited by Melinda Beasi (Dark Horse, 2013)

Graphic Novels and Comics in the Classroom: Essays on the Educational Power of Sequential Artedited by Carrye Kay Syma and Robert G. Weiner (McFarland, 2013).

contentareaUsing Content-Area Graphic Texts for Learning: A Guide for Middle-Level Educators by Meryl Jaffe (Maupin House, 2013)

Graphic Novels in Your School Library by Jesse Karp (American Library Association, 2012)

GraphicNovelClassroomThe Graphic Novel Classroom: POWerful Teaching and Learning with Images by Maureen Bakis (Corwin Press, 2011).

Teaching Graphic Novels: Practical Strategies for the Secondary ELA Classroom by Katie Monnin (Maupin House, 2010). The author is an assistant professor of literacy at the University of North Florida.

Graphic Novels and Comic Books edited by Kat Kan (Reference Shelf, 2010). A collection of essays on using graphic novels in libraries and classrooms, including writings on graphic novels as literature and interviews with Marjane Satrapi, Gene Luen Yang, and other creators.

22_tencentThe Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic Book Scare and How It Changed America by David Hajdu (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2008). A very readable account of the anti-comics movement of the 1940s and 1950s and the effect it had on the industry in subsequent decades.

Going Graphic: Comics at Work in the Multilingual Classroom by Stephen Cary (Heinemann, 2004).

The Power of Reading: Insights From the Research (Second Edition), by Stephen D. Krashen (Heinemann/Libraries Unlimited, 2004). Krashen devotes a chapter to comics as light reading.

 

You can read the full article on the SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL website.

 

Teaching With Graphic Novels

Teaching With Graphic Novels

Editor’s Note: Papercutz recently sponsored a special edition of SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL’s “Extra Helping” newsletter focused on “using Comics to teach”. For the next few days, we’ll be running excerpts from that issue on our blog and linking back to the original articles. If you’re an educator who is already using graphic novels in your classroom or you’re contemplating taking the plunge, these articles should prove invaluable.

 

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On March 14, 2013, teachers in the Chicago Public Schools were told, without explanation, to remove all copies of Marjane Satrapi’s graphic novel Persepolis (Pantheon, 2003) from their classrooms.

A day later, facing protests from students and anti-censorship organizations, Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett explained the move. The “powerful images of torture” on a single page of the book made it unsuitable for seventh graders and required the district to give teachers in grades eight through 10 special professional development classes before they could teach it. The book was pulled from classrooms for those grades, but remained in school libraries.

This is the paradox of graphic novels: The visual element that gives them their power can also make them vulnerable to challenges. Researcher Steven Cary calls this the “naked buns” effect. “It’s the rare student or parent who objects to the words ‘naked buns,’” he writes in Going Graphic: Comics at Work in the Multilingual Classroom (Heinemann, 2004). “But an image of naked buns can set off fireworks.”

At the same time, graphic novels are increasingly used in the classroom. For over a decade, public librarians have been promoting graphic novels as literature, and researchers have studied their benefits in educational settings.

You can read the rest of the article on the SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL website

THE RED SHOES Trailer Debuts

THE RED SHOES Trailer Debuts

While we’re all still excited by the debut of our first original graphic novel of the year, THE LUNCH WITCH, we’re also looking forward to our next OGN, THE RED SHOES. Metaphrog, the incredibly talented duo behind THE RED SHOES have put together a haunting trailer for this special volume (coming from Papercutz in October of this year). Once you’ve watched the video below, we’re sure you’ll be counting the days until October too!

 

Read THE LUNCH WITCH for Free!

Read THE LUNCH WITCH for Free!

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It’s almost here! Tomorrow see the long-awaited publication of THE LUNCH WITCH, Deb Lucke’s hilariously entertaining graphic novel. You’ve heard us rave about the book and seen the terrific reviews the book has received from publications like BOOKLIST and PUBLISHER’S WEEKLY. Now you get to sample the goods for yourself!

Still not convinced? Well, as a special celebration of  THE LUNCH WITCH’s debut, we’ve created an exclusive preview edition that let’s you read th first two chapters for free. We guarantee that once you get your first taste of THE LUNCH WITCH’s special brew you’ll be hooked.

Click here to visit the Papercutz store and download your free preview copy today!

 

Secrets & Magic – Our Interview With THE LUNCH WITCH Author Deb Lucke

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They say a good magician never reveals his secrets. But we guess the same maxim doesn’t apply to witches. Author Deb Lucke answered some questions we had regarding THE LUNCH WITCH and its creation. Have a burning question for Deb? Let us know and we will ask!

Q: How did you decide on Grunhilda becoming a Lunch Lady? 

DEB: One of my long-time friends, Cheryl Wilson, got a job as a lunch lady. She told me her new job title with pride and also with humor. I started thinking about what her job was like and then—me being me—I started imagining a lunch lady with secrets. I worked in the school cafeteria myself in college so I knew what went on behind the scenes. Somehow Cheryl who looks more like Olive Oyl than Grunhilda morphed in with my Great Aunt Hulda and several other older female relatives who impressed me with their heavily-gridled bodies and gruff manner when I was young. The book is dedicated to Cheryl.

Q: Did you consult with any lunch ladies while working on the book? 

DEB: Cheryl sent me photos of her cafeteria and told me a few stories. Since she isn’t a mean, old witch, they were mostly nice stories. I gathered from her that certain kids hang around and that none of the kids actually eat their lunches. I also spent a day with the lunch ladies at a local school in the Hudson Valley (I didn’t tell them why). I did a lot of drawings of the students eating and photographed the kitchen for reference. I go into schools to do readings so I always try and scope out the cafeteria.

In addition, I had another relative who was the Head Lunch Lady of an entire school district. She used to talk a lot about how to turn a cheese single into a sail on a chili “boat” and how to do that cost effectively for a thousand lunches. It’s a bit frightening the things I have stored in my head.

Q: Did any of them react in a special way to THE LUNCH WITCH?

DEB: Cheryl can’t wait until she gets a copy of the book. I’m a bit fearful how others might react. If anyone shows up at Papercutz in an apron and carrying a meat cleaver, you don’t know me.

Q: How do you feel about the feedback the graphic novel has received? 

DEB: I am thrilled with the response so far. It is so nice to see what readers find funny…or poignant. The reviewer that compared me to Roald Dahl is my newest best friend. Don’t take my word that she actually said that read it for yourself. http://jeanlittlelibrary.blogspot.com/2015/02/the-lunch-witch-by-deb-lucke.html?spref=fb

Lunch Witch Has Them Talking

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Our first original graphic novel of the year is also one of the most talked about graphic novls of the year. Check out what fans and critics are saying about THE LUNCH WITCH:

“A wickedly funny start to this series.” – PUBLISHER’S WEEKLY (starred review)

“Truly, far too often school lunch ladies get a bad rap. In this case, it’s justified, and stout-stomached readers who have always suspected the truth should enjoy seeing how.” – KIRKUS REVIEWS

A GRAPHIC NOVEL REPORTER Winter Bookshelf Pick

“At 180 pages, this graphic novel has enough room to pack a great story into its pages!” – THIS KID REVIEWS BOOKS

“Irresistibly charming.” – BOOKLIST

“This will be a great addition to any collection. Middle grade readers will devour this title.” – GOOD COMICS FOR KIDS

“The misadventures of this witch will have no problem pulling readers in.” – SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

“For those who like gross stories and nasty characters getting a swift comeuppance with an unexpected underdog coming out on top.” – JEAN LITTLE LIBRARY

“Graphic novel girl power, with a witch twist” – DADDY MOJO

“This enduring and heartfelt tale is appropriate for all ages looking for a cute and humorous look at the ever mysterious lunch lady character archetype” – DIAMOND DAILY

THE LUNCH WITCH is also on AMAZON’s Best Books of the Month: Ages 6-8.

 

DISCLAIMER: Grunhilda the Lunch Witch did not influence the reviewers in any way, shape, or form. Nor did she offer them some lunch.

See for yourself when THE LUNCH WITCH flies into stores March 17, 2015!

 

Papercutz Summer Internships

Papercutz Summer Internships

Papercutz is looking for interns for the summer! Come and work with us!

Marketing Internship

Papercutz Graphic Novels is looking for a Summer Marketing Intern. Candidates should have an interest in comic book publishing with a strong background in writing and digital marketing. Duties include market research, creating content for company website and social media, creation and production of promotional materials as well as working with the Marketing Director to develop and execute title specific marketing campaigns.

Requirements:

  • This internship is unpaid. Preference will be given to applicants that can receive college or graduate school credit but credit is not required.
  • Must be available 10 hours a week (2 days) to come into the Papercutz office in Manhattan. 10 week internship commencing May 18, 2015.
  • Able to show experience in writing and editing.
  • A strong interest in publishing, specifically in comics writing and/or editing.
  • Must be able to bring your own laptop with Internet and Word Processing abilities for use in the office
  • Preferred applicants will at least basic experience with Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and InDesign.

Send resumes and cover letters to whitman@papercutz.com by April 1.

Editorial Internship

Papercutz Graphic Novels is looking for a Summer Editorial Intern to provide assistance to the Editorial department. Candidates should have an interest in comic book publishing with a strong background in creative writing and proofreading. Duties include proofreading comics lettering and scripts, organizing references for artists by navigating several online file databases, assisting in book design and production, and providing online research related to comics adaptations of literary works.

Requirements:

  • This internship is unpaid. Preference will be given to applicants that can receive college or graduate school credit but credit is not required.
  • Must be available 10 hours a week (2 days) to come into the Papercutz office in Manhattan. 10 week internship commencing May 18, 2015
  • Able to show experience in creative writing and editing.
  • A strong interest in publishing, specifically in comics writing and/or editing.
  • Must be able to bring your own laptop with Internet and Word Processing abilities for use in the office
  • Preferred applicants will have basic computer experience with relevant programs including MS Word and email. Experience in Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and InDesign is a plus, but not necessary for consideration.

Send resumes and cover letters to whitman@papercutz.com by April 1.

Digital Media Internship

Papercutz Graphic Novels is looking for a Summer Digital Media Intern to provide assistance to the Marketing department. Candidates should have an interest in comic book publishing with a strong background in graphic design and digital marketing. Duties and projects for the term will include creating digital previews of Papercutz titles, creating graphics for marketing use, assistance with social media campaigns and building and maintenance of Papercutz websites.

Requirements:

  • This internship is unpaid. Preference will be given to applicants that can receive college or graduate school credit but credit is not required.
  • Must be available 10 hours a week (2 days) to come into the Papercutz office in Manhattan. 10 week internship commencing May 18, 2015
  • Must have experience in graphic design and the Adobe Creative Suite.
  • A strong interest in publishing and marketing, specifically in comics
  • Must be able to bring your own laptop with Internet, Adobe Creative Suite and Word Processing abilities for use in the office.
  • Preferred applicants will have experience with online programs such as WordPress, Mailchimp, and various social media platforms.
  • Experience using Acrobat Pro, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and with HTML and CSS.

Send resumes and cover letters to whitman@papercutz.com by April 1.

NICKELODEON AND PAPERCUTZ ANNOUNCE “FIRST LOOK DEAL”

NICKELODEON AND PAPERCUTZ ANNOUNCE “FIRST LOOK DEAL”

Kids’ Media Powerhouse and Leading Comics Publisher to Team Up on New Graphic Novel Line

February 5, 2015 – New York, NY –Nickelodeon and Papercutz, the industry leader in children’s graphic novel publishing, are proud to announce an innovative first look deal, the first agreement of its kind that the network has made with a graphic novel publisher. The partnership will give Papercutz the first option to adapt all-new Nickelodeon original properties into comics and graphic novels.

The new partnership will allow Papercutz to work with Nickelodeon at the earliest stages of property development, ensuring that the graphic novels based on these new programs are as faithful to the original look and spirit of the series as possible. In addition, Papercutz will be able to introduce properties to book stores and the comic book market much closer to the debut of new animated shows.

“Papercutz’s strong track record with licensed properties for kids made them our ideal choice for a publishing partner,” explained Linda Lee, VP of Nickelodeon Domestic Publishing. “As we grow our stable of original animated properties, we wanted to work with a company that could reach the broadest possible audience. We’re excited to work with the Papercutz team and we look forward to adding the Nickelodeon characters to one of the most diverse lists offered by any children’s publisher.”

These strong properties are just the start of the ambitious Nickelodeon/Papercutz publishing program. Plans call for two more series to debut in the first half of 2016, with further series to be announced at a later date. In addition, to its ambitious graphic novel publishing slate, Papercutz also plans to publish an all-new NICKELODEON MAGAZINE. The new version of the magazine will preview the comics content that will be featured in the graphic novels, debut new properties in comics form and also feature a variety of games, puzzles and other activities for kids. The first issue of the new NICKELODEON MAGAZINE is scheduled for release in late June 2015.

The first two properties slated for launch in Papercutz books are Nickelodeon’s hits, SANJAY AND CRAIG and BREADWINNERS.

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SANJAY AND CRAIG is the story of an adventurous 12-year-old boy who proves the old adage: there’s nothing you can’t accomplish (or destroy) as long as your best friend is a talking snake. The adventures of this dude-snake duo have been a ratings smash for Nickelodeon with the series ranking as the #2 animated show across all TV among kids 2 to 11. SANJAY AND CRAIG is set to make its graphic novel debut in September 2015, just in time for the premiere of the series’ third season on Nickelodeon.

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BREADWINNERS features the adventures of SwaySway and Buhdeuce, two carefree ducks who fly around in a super sweet rocket van, delivering bread to hungry beaks everywhere. Like SANJAY AND CRAIG, BREADWINNERS has been an instant hit with kids. These “quazy ducks” will join the Papercutz lineup with their first graphic novel in October 2015 and comics will never be the same!

“Our partners at Nickelodeon have created some terrific characters that really reach out to kids,” said Papercutz Editor-in-Chief Jim Salicrup. “And we can’t wait to translate that magic into the graphic novel format. Of course, the best part of this deal is getting to see what they’re working on next! SANJAY AND CRAIG and BREADWINNERS are just the start of a really exciting publishing program that’s sure to keep kids thoroughly entertained and clamoring for more!”

About Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon, now in its 35th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in more than 100 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 20 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit http://www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIA.B).

 

Free Comic Book Day to Kick Off 96th Annual Children’s Book Week Celebration!

Free Comic Book Day to Kick Off 96th Annual Children’s Book Week Celebration!

 

Great news from our friends at the Children’s Book Council …

On May 2, comic book stores will kick off Children’s Book Week (May 4-10, 2015), the annual celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading, by giving away over two million comics to younger readers on Free Comic Book Day.

 

Comics industry leaders Diamond Comic Distributors and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund are partnering with Every Child a Reader and the Children’s Book Council

to bring the joy of comics to kids nationwide this Children’s Book Week!

With over two dozen kid-friendly titles to choose from, there’s a free comic book available to help every young reader get into the spirit of Children’s Book Week, which will be celebrated May 4-10 with fun, book-themed events, appearances from beloved children’s book authors and illustrators, and more in all 50 states.

For a complete listing of Free Comic Book Day titles for young readers, visit freecomicbookday.com.

Some participating stores will also host events, workshops, and signings. Find a participating comic book store near you!

Hosting a comics-related Children’s Book Week event in your community? Contact info@cbldf.org andcbc.info@cbcbooks.org to have it included on our sites.