Comics From the Future – THE GARFIELD SHOW #4: “Little Trouble in Big China”
As we get closer and closer to the big holidays, it can be easy to fall out of our regular routines. Like checking the stores for the latest Papercutz releases!Of course, holiday times can also give us a chance to catch up on our reading too. Either way, we didn’t want you to forget that we’ve got one more book coming out in 2014:
THE GARFIELD SHOW #4: “Little Trouble in Big China” ships to comic book stores next Wednesday (aka Christmas Eve). As a special holiday treat (and a little extra motivation to visit your local store between Christmas Eve and New Year’s day), you can read the first 20 pages of Garfield’s latest adventure right here:
Want to see how the story ends? You can hit up your local comic book shop or bookstore (you can find a comic book store by visiting the Comic Shop Locator) for your own copy of THE GARFIELD SHOW #4. Of course, you can also order a copy online from retailers like Amazon and Barnes and Noble. And you can always order the garfield show (or any other Papercutz title) on our website as well.
However you obtain a copy, we hope you enjoy the latest adventures of everyone’s favorite feline and his pals!
FREE COMIC BOOK DAY TITLES ANNOUNCED
It’s that time of year again! No, not Christmas! Or even Hanukkah for that matter. It’s that special day when the new FREE COMIC BOOK DAY titles are announced. This year Papercutz will have two titles in the mix … a special sampler featuring the RABBIDS and a solon title from our Super Genius imprint featuring NEIL GAIMAN’S LADY JUSTICE.
You can find the official announcement from Diamond below.
Make sure you get to your local comic book store early on May 2nd so you can pick up all your favorites!
The Silver Sponsors for Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) feature a whole new selection of thirty-eight books for the comic book industry’s most anticipated annual event, Free Comic Book Day, taking place Saturday, May 2nd at participating comic book shops worldwide.
Retailers on the FCBD Selection Committee chose 50 titles overall, 12 Gold Sponsor Comics and 38 Silver Sponsor comics to provide fans a wide range of stories to choose from as well as new genres and publishers to discover. Titles from this year’s Silver comics include: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Hip Hop Family Tree, The Tick, Street Fighter, Sonic the Hedgehog, Rabbids, and more.
“The Silver comics provide comic book fans a great opportunity to read original and revamped stories for free, which in turn can open up a diverse world of comics to them as they read these stories for the first time,” said FCBD Spokesperson Deborah Moreland. “The titles offered this year are great for readers of all ages, so there’s something everyone can enjoy. We know that fans and retailers will be pleased with the line-up and we look forward to hearing about and seeing their Free Comic Book Day experiences.”
A complete listing of all fifty FCBD titles can be found in the January issue of Diamond’s PREVIEWS catalog, on sale at all comic book shops December 24th, 2014. For more FCBD news and updates visit the Free Comic Book Day website and become a fan on Facebook and follow on Twitter.
CID #12: THE MONKEY GOD – A Closer Look
Christmas came early last week, when we received our finished copies of CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED DELUXE #12: THE MONKEY GOD in our offices last week. While we’ve shared the beautiful art from this adaptation with you before, we haven’t really talked about what a beautiful package, the entire book is. So taking a cue from our friends at First Second, we thought we’d do a little “unboxing” on our blog.
Check out those gorgeous endpapers!
Each section of the book features a full page frontispiece.
Check out the color on these interior pages!!
CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED DELUXE #12: THE MONKEY GOD is now available in our online store and at fine bookstores and comic shops everywhere.
Treat yourself to a visual feat this holiday season!
ARIOL Karaoke – Is There a Better Way to Start Monday?
One of the most fun parts of our jobs at Papercutz is working with our fellow publishers in Europe. For those of you who don’t know, Papercutz imports several series from European publishers including ARIOL, ERNEST & REBECCA and, of course, THE SMURFS. As a result, we not only get sneak peeks at new storylines and comics but we also see some of the tremendous marketing efforts our fellow publishers put behind their characters. Case in point – the French ARIOL website from Bayard features a ton of goodies for anyone who signs up for the site (just hit Google Translate if you don’t read French). Members gain access to games, wallpapers, paper toys (!) and best of all the karaoke section! Did you know there was a Thunderhorse theme song? neither did we. But that hasn’t stopped us from singing “Le Chevalier Cheval” all morning.
Is there any better way to start (or restart) a Monday? We don’t think so.
“My Father, Peyo”
In part 2 of Veronique Culliford’s interview/article, she talks in depth about her father, Peyo.
PEYO – A CREATIVE ARTIST AROUND THE HOUSE
My father, Peyo always shared his ideas with my mother, who was a bit
like his muse, but he never discussed his work with the family. Only my
mother would offer her opinion, which he would use to decide whether
to press on with his ideas or not. She also chose the colours. But when
we were children, my father never discussed his creative work with us.
He had his studio in the house. Father was always close by, from
morning until evening. We were the ones who set off for school, but
he did not set off for work! He had his team with him during his daily
business. François Walthéry, who created Natasha, was 17 when he
arrived at the studio. He was a bit like a big brother to me when I was
only 4. It was a real family affair, even though my father only discussed
his work with his colleagues.
We had to wait until the book was finished and fine-tuned before
we were able to read it. Nowadays, owing to my various responsibilities
I have to get involved in the early stages of a project’s development, but
my real pleasure is to be able to settle down on the sofa with the colour
book in the form in which it will be published. I love to turn the pages,
savouring the details and breathing in the scents of the printing shop.
My father was not in any special frame of mind when working on
Benny Breakiron but he cooperated with various people. When he was
working on the Les Schtroumpfs, he would have certain colleagues to
help with those characters, and when he worked on Benny Breakiron
he had others. There was Will, the cartoonist behind Tif et Tondu (Tif
and Tondu), who did the sets for Benny Breakiron.
My father was also a very emotional person. I think he tried to convey his
feelings and emotions in his series. I do not mean to suggest that Benny
was a projection of my father as a young boy. He actually had a brother
and sister, as well as lots of cousins who he played with a great deal, all
forming a big gang of friends. However, and we never discussed this,
he lost his father when he was eight. So if he never mentioned family, it
may be something he hardly understood and something that was not
part of his experience. This may be one of the keys to Benny.
From my own children’s experience, I can see Peyo’s stories
continuing to delight one generation after another. My children are spoiled
for choice in our house when it comes to comic books. They read whatever
they want! But towards 10 years of age, they all gravitate instinctively
towards Benny Breakiron. I used to find the books under their beds when
they were supposed to be sleeping! As I am a mother who works and
travels a great deal, I do not always have time to talk things over with
them. I do not ask them what they think about their reading matter. They
know their grandfather was the one who wrote and drew these stories
and they are very proud. They became aware of Peyo’s status when they
were about 10. They did not read the Les Schtroumpfs so much. They did
read a lot of Benny Breakiron, then switched to Johan et Pirlouit.
The values my father’s stories convey are both positive and
universal. Parents have nothing to fear about their children reading
comic books by Peyo. They are kind of unblemished while reflecting a
meaning and morality that is not much in evidence nowadays. They are
a bit like contemporary fables. This is something mothers and fathers
are delighted to share with their children.
Peyo was more of a storyteller than a cartoonist. He had
a lot to tell because he must have done a lot of dreaming as well. He
was someone who used to look at the world in an imaginative way. He
had a knack of approaching the most serious subjects with a light and
humorous touch. Benny draws us into a real world, with real thieves
and real baddies. It is a real world, and I think he was anxious to express
something on this score as well. My father was very fond of Benny and
had a particular affection for the character.
Behind the Scenes with BENNY BREAKIRON – Part 1
As part of the press promotion for the new BENNY BREAKIRON film in France, Peyo’s daughter, Veronique Culliford, wrote a terrific article on her father, his creative process and why Benny holds a special place in her heart. It’s a must read for any Peyo fan!
GROWING UP WITH BENNY
1960 was the year my father decided to create a new comic strip
series. He wanted it to appear in the leading Belgian daily Le Soir, which
was already running his story about a little cat called Pussycat, which
the publisher, Dupuis, wanted for its list. My father agreed to withdraw
Pussycat from the newspaper and hand it over to Dupuis but he was loath
to abandon the newspaper because it had offered him a chance when
was just starting his career. This is why he developed Benny Breakiron.
However, when Dupuis found out about the new work, they actually
preferred it to Pussycat !
My father always created likeable, very thematically structured
characters. After dwelling in the Middle Ages with Johan et Pirlouit
(Johan and Peewit) and the Schtroumpfs (the Smurfs), Benny Breakiron
offered him an opportunity to write stories set in the modern world.
Benny’s visual setting is very 1960s, the era when he was created.
I was only two when the character was unveiled to the public. He really
formed the background to my formative years.
BENNY BREAKIRON – A DIFFERENT KIND OF HERO
My father’s idea in creating Benny Breakiron was to take a stance opposite
that depicted in the case of the American superheroes of the time, so he
invented a character who was not an all-powerful adult but a child who
nonetheless had the ability to react to anything that stirred his anger.
My father always liked to play around with the adult child concept and,
in the case of Benny Breakiron, the hero expresses himself like a child.
His way of thinking is not as articulate as that of an adult, and that
contributes to the light and refreshing feel of his adventures. He has
no qualms about saying what is on his mind. Benny has reached the
age when things can fill him with a real sense of indignation. He cannot
I was about eight when I first read the adventures of Benny
Breakiron. I started from the beginning, with The Red Taxis. Like all
children I just looked at the pictures to start with. Then, when I was
about 10 or 11, I really started to understand the meaning of the texts.
As with all my father’s books, the adventures of Benny are multilayered,
thus featuring surprises for children of every age. My feeling as a girl
was that Benny needed protecting because he was alone! At times you
long to share his adventures, to put yourself in his shoes, at other times
you want to help him. We can all also relate to him often being rejected
by children of his own age because he is different from all the others.
We are on his side. He evokes strong feelings, even though we know it is
only a comic book. He is also very endearing because his parents are not
around. But he does not seem to be unhappy being alone. He is looked
after at home by his guardian, but we are never told if he might have
parents who have to work far away. I think my father’s approach was
intended to focus on his character, tell Benny’s story rather than getting
involved in the story of a family. Children think about themselves but
not always about their surroundings. This gives his perspective a kind
of authenticity that reminds us all of something.
As he does not always manage to get close to people of his own
age, Benny has very close relationships with adults. Mr Dussiflard is
a man on his own, and Ms Adolphine is a woman on her own. Benny Breakiron
seeks the company of those who have time for him. He would like to
tell them about his amazing powers but he is always thwarted from
doing so by circumstances! He is not keeping a secret, he just never
manages to share the secret. These are the kinds of things children may
experience and express later on when they reach adulthood. Parents
do not always realise either… I believe it is something quite powerful, a
childhood theme that is particularly relevant nowadays.
Unlike superheroes who are able to do anything they want and
can save the world every day of the week, Benny Breakiron is just like anybody else.
He is incapable of solving a problem if he has a cold. His vulnerability
makes him someone special. He possesses powers that all children
dream of having but he continues to be normal. However, this does not
prevent him from creating one or two disasters to add a bit of spice to
Seasonal Spotlight: DANCE CLASS #6 – “A Merry Olde Christmas”
BEHIND THE HELMET: AN INSIDE LOOK AT POWER RANGERS
It seems preparing for the holidays happens earlier and earlier each year. After Halloween, the stores transform and deck the halls in green and red.We published “Going Green”, MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS Vol. 2 last month and the reception has been RED hot (see how we worked in a Christmas theme?).
POWER RANGERS colorist Mindy Indy posted a behind the scenes look at MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS Vol 2. She explains her favorite scenes, color choices she had to decide and more detail at her coloring process!
Our MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS series caters to fans young and old. MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS #2: Going Green makes an excellent gift for anyone who grew up in the 90s or enjoyed the reruns. Our POWER RANGERS MEGAFORCE and POWER RANGERS SUPER SAMURAI series are also perfect gifts for fans of the franchise.
TCAF Here We Come!
We received the exciting news this morning that we’ve been approved as an exhibitor for this years Toronto Comic Arts Festival. Our sister company, NBM has been a fixture at TCAF for a number of years but this will be our first time exhibiting. Woo hoo!
For those of you unfamiliar with the festival, TCAF has rapidly become on of the most important events on the North American comics scene. held at the beautiful Toronto reference Library, TCAF has made a point of not only shining the spotlight on independent artists and important new works but also reaching out to the library community with a special programming day devoted exclusively to the library market. As the festival has grown, so has it’s kids programming. And anywhere where there are kids, librarians and graphic novels is somewhere we want to be! TCAF is also organized by Chris Butcher and Andrew Woodrow-Butcher, the great minds behind two of our favorite comic shops, The Beguiling and Little Island Comics. So we know that it’s going to be a special show.
Our participation in TCAF is also part of a larger initiative for 2015, where we’ll be attending less traditional comics shows than we have in the past (while increasing our presence at book festivals and other literary events around the country). Don’t worry, you’ll still see us at old standbys like Comic-Con International and the New York ComicCon. But as we mentioned earlier, we want to be wherever there’s a confluence of kids, graphic novels and great book programming. So don’t be surprised if we show up in your own backyard next year!
In the meantime, we’ll be making plans to head up to the Great White North in May. Look for us at the Festival or down the street at Greg’s Ice Cream. Yum!
‘Tis the Season for Book Wishlists – Part 3
Concluding our look at Papercutz’s book wishlists for the holiday season, it’s the picks from our publisher Terry Nantier. Terry has been reading and publishing graphic novels for over 40 years so let’s see what made his list!
The Other Language (Pantheon) by Francesca Marciano
The Goldfinch: A Novel (Little, Brown and Company) by Donna Tartt
Saga: Volume 1 (Image Comics) by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
The Love Bunglers (Fantagraphics Books) by Jaime Hernandez
Seconds: A Graphic Novel (Ballantine Books) by Bryan Lee O’Malley
And if you’re looking for something from the papercutz list, Terry shares Associate Editor Michael Petranek’s enthusiasm for THE SMURFS ANTHOLOGY series. He notes, “The red cover of Volume 2 pairs nicely with the green cover of Volume 3 for a Christmas themed graphic novel combo!”
‘Tis the Season for Book Wishlists -Part 2
Continuing this week’s theme, Associate Editor Michael Petranek tells us what books he’d like to find in his stocking this year:
Gotham Central: Book 1 (DC Comics) by Greg Rucka and Ed Brubaker
Love and Rockets Locas Book 2: The Girl from H.O.P.P.E.R.S. (Fantagraphics) by Jamie Hernandez
Food: A Love Story (Crown Archetype) by Jim Gaffigan
Underwater Puppies (Little, Brown, and Company) by Seth Casteel
Origin of Inspiration: Seven Short Essays for Creative People (Sankofa) by Samuel Adoquei
If none of those strike your fancy, Michael recommends THE SMURFS ANTHOLOGY VOL. 3: “It looks great on the shelf or on a coffee table, and it’s green, just like the Christmas season!”.
‘Tis the Season for Book Wishlists -Part 1
If you’re like a lot of us, then your annual consumption of “roast beast” was followed by the inevitable question from your mom/dad/sibling/random family member, “What do you want for Christmas this year?”.
At Papercutz, we’re always trying to make things easier for you. So we polled our staff for some gift recommendations for the upcoming season. To kick things off, here’s what our Editor-in-Chief, Jim Salicrup suggested:
Of course, we couldn’t let JIm go without making a papercutz recommendation as well! he suggest you add ERNEST & REBECCA #5: THE SCHOOL OF NONSENSE to your holiday shopping list as well!
Check back tomorrow for more recommendations on what to read (and buy) this holiday season!
Bon Voyage, Beth!
The inter-dimensional comics lab is losing our Smurf Coordinator, Beth! She was wearing quite a few hats(and pins) at Papercutz helping with production, marketing, editing and social media. We will miss her in our offic..Inter-intentional comics lab and are very happy she will continue her editorial duties from her new location. Best of luck, Beth! We’ll miss you!
Papercutz Fall Internships
Papercutz is looking for two interns for the fall semester. Come work in the interdimensional comics factory!
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 summer 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.
- 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. (October-December)
- Able to show experience in graphic design.
- A strong interest in publishing and marketing, specifically in comics.
- 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, email and photo editing software.
- Preferred applicants will also 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 is a plus, but not necessary for consideration.
Send resumes, cover letters and samples of your work to email@example.com by September 19. Applications without samples will not be considered.
Papercutz Graphic Novels is looking for a Fall 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.
- 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. (October-December)
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org by September 19.
RABBIDS INVADE THE PAPERCUTZ LINEUP!
Hit Video Game and TV Characters Star in All-New Graphic Novels
Papercutz, the leading children’s graphic novel publisher, has announced a partnership with Ubisoft, one of the world’s top producers of interactive entertainment to publish a series of graphic novels featuring their popular Rabbids characters. The Rabbids, stars of the hit RABBIDS INVASION TV series on Nickelodeon and multiple million-copy selling video games, will make their graphic novel debut in October 2014.
Originally appearing in the popular RAYMAN franchise, the Rabbids have become a genuine trans-media phenomenon. To date, RABBIDS video games have sold over 14 million copies worldwide, their videos have received over 77 million views on YouTube, and their Facebook page has almost 1.5 million likes. In 2013, the RABBIDS came to television, quickly becoming the #1 show in their timeslot and the #4 animated show on Nickelodeon. With a second season on the way from Nickelodeon, a major line of RABBIDS toys from McFarlane Toys launching earlier this year, and a trade publishing line debuting this fall from Simon & Schuster, the RABBIDS were perfectly positioned to make the jump to graphic novels.
“The RABBIDS are bawdy and irreverent,” explained Papercutz Editor-In-Chief Jim Salicrup. “But they’re not malicious. I think it’s that signature mix of unpredictable silliness and disregard for the rules that makes them appealing to kids and adults alike. That sense of no restrictions on their antics makes them perfectly suited for comics. With our ‘unlimited budgets’ we can place the Rabbids in any type of environment or situation we like, providing the perfect vehicle for fully exploiting the humorous potential of the Rabbids’ adventures.”
That philosophy of “no rules” has extended to the series content and even its marketing. While volume 1 of the series will feature numerous short gags and stories, volume 2 will feature a longer narrative and plans for volume 3 call for a series of shorter stories with a unifying theme. The versatile nature of the Rabbids themselves easily lends itself to each type of storytelling and has also inspired Papercutz to create promotional items that reflect the ever-changing nature of the Rabbids.
“We’ll be ‘soft launching’ the RABBIDS series at Comic-Con International,” explained Papercutz VP of Marketing Sven Larsen. “Originally, we were going to hand out RABBIDS stickers and encourage people to help us ‘guerilla market’ the books around the city. But we were frustrated that the RABBIDS would be restricted to a few physical locations. So we decided to create large magnets instead. This way kids and adults can place the RABBIDS just about anywhere. And their unsuspecting friends and families will never know when they’re going to show up!”
Papercutz will be handing out this special RABBIDS promotional item at their Comic-Con booth (#2546). RABBIDS series writer Eric Esquivel will also be on hand Friday and Saturday to sign this special keepsake.
“RABBIDS reflects our continuing commitment to publishing a diverse range of material in graphic novel format,” noted Papercutz publisher Terry Nantier. “We’ve always referred to ourselves an as ‘all-ages’ publisher and it’s hard to think of a better example of that type of material than RABBIDS. Whether you’re 6 or 60 there’s no way you’ll be able to read about the antics of these crazy creatures without laughing. All my favorite graphic novels have that same kind of appeal and it’s one of the main reasons we’re all excited to add RABBIDS to our mix of titles. I just wish I could get our editorial team to remember how many ‘a’s there are in ‘Bwaaaaaaaaaah!’”
Fans will get a chance to see if Papercutz’s editors manage to get it right when RABBIDS #1: “Bwaaaaaaaaaah!” (ISBN 978-1-62991-048-2, Diamond Product Code AUG141608) is published on October 1, 2014.
ABOUT UBISOFT: Ubisoft is a leading creator, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and services, with a rich portfolio of world-renowned brands, including Assassin’s Creed, Just Dance, Tom Clancy’s video game series, Rayman, Far Cry and Watch Dogs. The teams throughout Ubisoft’s worldwide network of studios and business offices are committed to delivering original and memorable gaming experiences across all popular platforms, including consoles, mobile phones, tablets and PCs. For the 2013-14 fiscal year Ubisoft generated sales of €1,007 million. To learn more, please visit www.ubisoftgroup.com.
Stop by San Diego Comic-Con booth 2546 for free RABBIDS magnets or more information including a preview for press members. RABBIDS author Eric M. Esquivel will also be signing on Friday and Saturday. Check our blog for signing times.
PAPERCUTZ EXPANDS WWE GRAPHIC NOVEL PRESENCE WITH NEW SLAM CITY SERIES!
Kid-friendly Comics Based on Hit Animated Series, Special Promotion at Comic-Con International
Papercutz, the industry’s leading children’s graphic novel publisher, has announced the latest addition to its successful WWE publishing program. WWE SLAM CITY, the second Papercutz series to feature the WWE Superstars will make its debut in August 2014.
Based on the hit animated series featured on the WWE Network and multiple online platforms, WWE SLAM CITY recounts the humorous adventures of popular WWE Superstars like John Cena, Kane, and Rey Mysterio after they’ve been fired from their regular jobs by a mysterious character known as “The Finisher”. Forced to find employment in the real world, the Superstars end up performing jobs like auto mechanic, crossing guard, and lunch lady. The series depicts the hilarious consequences as these sports entertainers put their skills to work in everyday situations. Since its debut, SLAM CITY has proven wildly popular, amassing over 3 million views online and spawning a successful toy line from Mattel.
“Like Papercutz, the WWE believes in reaching out to fans of all ages,” said Papercutz Editor-In-Chief Jim Salicrup. “And we all know that when kids like something they just can’t get enough of it. Our new graphic novels will help expand the SLAM CITY universe and give kids new stories and adventures featuring these extremely popular versions of their favorite stars.”
Written by Mathias Triton and penciled by versatile artist Alitha E. Martinez (BATGIRL, WWE SUPERSTARS), the first volume of the series features an array of WWE Superstars including Big Show, Santino Marella, and Randy Orton as well as the aforementioned Cena, Kane, and Mysterio. Previews of the series will be available for viewing at the Papercutz booth at Comic-Con International and attendees will also be able to pick up some special promotional items — business cards for the newly employed Superstars!
“Part of the fun of putting these books together has been working closely with Mattel and the WWE,” explained Papercutz’s VP of Marketing Sven Larsen. “They’ve been great partners and with their help, we’ve created unique items available at this year’s Comic-Con.”
Business cards featuring John Cena, Daniel Bryan, Kane, and Rey Mysterio will be given out at both the Papercutz booth (#2546) and the Mattel Booth (#3029) on Thursday and Friday of the show.
“WWE SLAM CITY is the perfect companion to our WWE SUPERSTARS series,” noted Papercutz publisher Terry Nantier. “Papercutz is dedicated to publishing the most diverse range of graphic novels and reaching as many readers as possible. With this new addition to our lineup, we’ve got the chance to not only create a whole new generation of WWE fans but a whole new generation of graphic novel fans as well. Are we excited about that opportunity? As Daniel Bryan would say, ‘YES!’”
Papercutz will publish WWE SLAM CITY #1: “Finished” (ISBN 978-1-59707-721-7, Diamond Product Code JUN141367) on August 26, 2014.
ABOUT WWE: WWE, a publicly traded company (NYSE: WWE), is an integrated media organization and recognized leader in global entertainment. The company consists of a portfolio of businesses that create and deliver original content 52 weeks a year to a global audience. WWE is committed to family friendly entertainment on its television programming, pay-per-view, digital media and publishing platforms. WWE programming is broadcast in more than 150 countries and 30 languages and reaches more than 650 million homes worldwide. The company is headquartered in Stamford, Conn., with offices in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, London, Mumbai, Shanghai, Singapore, Istanbul and Tokyo.
Trademarks: All WWE programming, talent names, images, likenesses, slogans, wrestling moves, trademarks, logos and copyrights are the exclusive property of WWE and its subsidiaries. All other trademarks, logos and copyrights are the property of their respective owners.
Forward-Looking Statements: This press release contains forward-looking statements pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, which are subject to various risks and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, risks relating to maintaining and renewing key agreements, including television and pay-per-view programming distribution agreements; the need for continually developing creative and entertaining programming; the continued importance of key performers and the services of Vincent McMahon; the conditions of the markets in which we compete and acceptance of the Company’s brands, media and merchandise within those markets; our exposure to bad debt risk; uncertainties relating to regulatory and litigation matters; risks resulting from the highly competitive nature of our markets; uncertainties associated with international markets; the importance of protecting our intellectual property and complying with the intellectual property rights of others; risks associated with producing and travelling to and from our large live events, both domestically and internationally; the risk of accidents or injuries during our physically demanding events; risks relating to our film business; risks relating to increasing content production for distribution on various platforms, including the potential creation of a WWE Network; risks relating to our computer systems and online operations; risks relating to the large number of shares of common stock controlled by members of the McMahon family and the possibility of the sale of their stock by the McMahons or the perception of the possibility of such sales; the relatively small public float of our stock; and other risks and factors set forth from time to time in Company filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Actual results could differ materially from those currently expected or anticipated. In addition, our dividend is dependent on a number of factors, including, among other things, our liquidity and historical and projected cash flow, strategic plan (including alternative uses of capital), our financial results and condition, contractual and legal restrictions on the payment of dividends, general economic and competitive conditions and such other factors as our Board of Directors may consider relevant.
Stop by San Diego Comic-Con booth 2546 for more information including a preview for press members. We will also be handing out the SDCC-exclusive business cards mentioned above. Check our blog for schedule.
THE LUNCH WITCH BRINGS HER MAGIC TO PAPERCUTZ
Charming Kids Comic Launches Papercutz’s New Series of Original Graphic Novels
Who says there’s no magic left in publishing?
Papercutz, the industry’s leading all-ages graphic novel publisher, is well known for their successful licensed publishing line. In addition to translating and publishing strong European properties like ARIOL and GERONIMO STILTON they’ve originated material for hit licensed characters like LEGO NINJAGO and NANCY DREW. They’ve also produced wildly popular parodies of successful kids’ properties like DIARY OF A WIMPY DEAD KID and THE FARTING DEAD. Now the company’s publishing program is moving to the next stage. In March 2015, Papercutz plans to release its first original graphic novel (not based on a pre-existing property), THE LUNCH WITCH.
The creation of children’s author Deb Lucke, THE LUNCH WITCH is an all-new 180-page graphic novel, detailing the travails of Grunhilda, a witch who has to find other employment because “nobody believes in magic anymore.” Since her only skill is cooking up pots of foul brew, it’s only natural that Grunhilda ends up as a school lunch lady. Although she tries hard to continue her evil ways, she ends up befriending a little girl named Madison. Madison needs Grunhilda’s help but doing something nice for another person violates the Witches’ Code. Will Grunhilda turn her back on Madison and stay true to her evil upbringing? Or will she decide that friendship is more important than her witchy past?
“We’ve published original graphic novels for adults for almost 40 years at [Papercutz’s sister company] NBM,” explained Papercutz Publisher Terry Nantier. “And ever since we started Papercutz, I’ve wanted to create quality original material for kids. When Deb Lucke sent us her proposal for THE LUNCH WITCH, I knew we’d found the perfect property to launch into all-new, creator-originated graphic novels for young readers.”
With artwork inspired by the likes of Tim Burton and Edward Gorey, two female lead characters, and a tween target audience, THE LUNCH WITCH is decidedly different from most other original graphic novels being published. Throw in a unique format (180 pages, 6 ¼ X 7 ¾ paperback with French flaps) and you have a title that will stand out on the shelves.
“There’s no point in publishing original material if it’s not, in fact, original,” opined Papercutz Editor-in-Chief Jim Salicrup. “Deb Lucke has a unique voice and a unique art style that immediately capture the reader’s imagination. She’s developed a pacing to her narrative that gives you time to really get to know the characters. As a result, you’re deeply invested in what happens to them and seeing how they will resolve their problems. It’s the kind of story that could really only be told in a graphic novel format, free from the constraints of monthly comics or other illustrated media.”
While THE LUNCH WITCH is only the first in a planned series of original graphic novels from Papercutz, it’s a perfect example of the company’s plans for this new line.
“If there’s a consistent theme to our publishing philosophy it’s diversity,” said Nantier. “Our goal at Papercutz is to create all kinds of kids comics for all kinds of kids. And THE LUNCH WITCH looks and feels different from anything else that we publish. At the same time, I can totally see it appealing to the type of young reader who has enjoyed ARIOL or GERONIMO STILTON. The common element they all share is quality storytelling and a unique narrative voice that allows kids to experience a whole new world.”
Sounds like magic to us.
Papercutz will publish THE LUNCH WITCH on March 17, 2015.
Stop by San Diego Comic-Con booth 2546 for free THE LUNCH WITCH pins and more information including a preview for press members.
San Diego here we come!
It’s time for the biggest comics party of the year: SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL!
In addition to the myriad of Papercutz offerings we’ll have available for sale, we’ve also got some great giveaways and signings for you to enjoy. Let’s go!
WWE Slam City
We’re so excited about our upcoming WWE SLAM CITY graphic novel #1 we’ve created some limited-edition, SDCC-exclusive cards to celebrate the occasion! In partnership with Mattel and WWE, we’ll have 4 exclusive cards available for you to collect throughout the weekend featuring 4 different Superstars in their new jobs. “What new jobs?” you may ask. Then be sure to catch up on all the WWE SLAM CITY buzz before the show starts! With over 3 million views on the WWE SLAM CITY web series, these exclusives are sure to go fast!
2 cards will be available at the Papercutz booth, 2546. 2 cards will be available at the Mattel booth, 3029. In order to collect them all, show up at the booths at the following times:
- Thursday @ 12pm – Mattel booth 3029
- Thursday @ 1pm – Papercutz booth 2546
- Friday @ 12pm – Mattel booth 3029
- Friday @ 1pm – Papercutz booth 2546
There’s a limited number of each card available and cards will be handed out FREE until their gone, so get there early to get yours!
Older WWE fans can also meet Shane Riches, the author of Super Genius’s WWE SUPERSTARS. Visit the Super Genius website for more info.
The Rabbids have invaded the Papercutz office in full-force! They’ll be taking over the Papercutz booth at SDCC this weekend on Friday and Saturday with a special signing with Eric Esquivel, author of our brand new RABBIDS graphic novels, premiering this fall!
We’ll have some nifty postcard-sized Rabbids magnets on hand that Eric can sign. Stick some Rabbid chaos on your fridge, and save the date for RABBIDS #1! Eric will be signing Friday 3:00p-4:00p and Saturday 2:00p-3:00p.
The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers are back in a brand new series from Papercutz, and to celebrate we’ve got a limited-edition SDCC-exclusive poster! The poster will be available free at our booth but limited to 250 copies, so get yours first and fast! Limit 1 per person.
The Power Rangers themselves will also be making appearances at the Papercutz booth throughout the weekend. Follow Papercutz on Twitter for all the latest info on meeting the MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS or the POWER RANGERS SUPER MEGAFORCE Rangers at our booth. They stopped by last year and it was a blast!
In addition to all the awesomeness above, we’ve got some more special giveaways and announcements coming from Papercutz and Super Genius this week, but they’re tip-top secret until Wednesday! Be sure to be following us on Facebook and, especially, Twitter throughout the weekend to make sure you don’t miss a scoop!
We’re counting down the hours until we see you in San Diego!
-The Papercutz Team
Papercutz Goes Nationwide
Hey there comics fans! Were you just pondering the age old question, “How can I get more Papercutz in my life this weekend?” Of course you were, and you’re in luck! Papercutz staff and talent be represented at THREE different shows this weekend across the nation! We’re venturing out of the interdimensional comics factory and into the wild as we visit Denver, CO, White Plains, NY, and Garden City, NY.
Read on for all the info!
Our biggest presence will be at Denver Comic Con where we will be in Merchant Mesa in booth 810.
We’ll be joined by Papercutz author Stefan Petrucha and artist (and Denver local!) Jolyon Yates all weekend!
Stefan has authored several series for Papercutz. He is the author of all of our POWER RANGERS graphic novels, including the brand new MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS! Stefan is also the writer behind all of our NANCY DREW graphic novels as well as NANCY DREW THE NEW CASE FILES and NANCY DREW AND THE CLUE CREW #1 which he co-wrote with his wife, Sarah Kinney. As if that’s not enough, Stefan has also penned a RIO graphic novel, and is the parody-master extraordinaire for PAPERCUTZ SLICES! He will be at the Papercutz booth where he will be signing his books (available for purchase) as well as our Denver Comic Con exclusive MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS poster!
Stefan will be appearing at the Papercutz booth 810 on Friday from 12pm-1pm, Saturday from 11am-12pm & 3pm-4pm, and Sunday from 10am-11am.
Also joining us is Jolyon Yates, our one and only and most brick-tastic LEGO NINJAGO artist! Jolyon will be at the Papercutz booth signing copies of his books (available for purchase) as well as LEGO NINJAGO posters and bookmarks!
Jolyon will be appearing at the Papercutz booth 810 on Friday from 3pm-4pm, Saturday from 12:30pm-1:30pm & 5:30pm-6:30pm, and Sunday from 12pm-1pm.
Plus, join Stefan, Jolyon and Papercutz Editor Mike Petranek on Sunday at 3:30pm in room 110 for the Highlighter on Papercutz panel where we’ll talk about MMPR, Ninjago, and all the exciting new projects we have coming this fall!
Also this Saturday, join Papercutz Editor-in-Chief Jim Salicrup at New York Comic Fest in White Plains where he will be attending as a guest. Stop by and say hi and ask him who his favorite Smurf is!
And last but certainly not least, if you’ll be attending Eternal Con this Saturday only, you can meet Super Genius Comics author and WWE Hall-of-Famer Mick Foley! Maybe if you ask really nicely he’ll tell you what’s in store for our next story arc, “Haze of Glory” which starts in WWE SUPERSTARS #5, in comic shops this Wednesday 6/11!
Whew! That’s a lot of exploring for the Papercutz crew, but we’re packed and ready to come meet you! See you soon, America!