PAPERCUTZ AT ALA AND CI6

PAPERCUTZ EVENT NEWS

We will be at both the Annual ALA Conference & Exhibition from June 21st to June 26th and the Children’s Institute from June 19th to the 21st! And it’s not just us that will be at these events.

ALA

At ALA we will have the Lareaus, a mother-daughter writing duo new to the Papercutz family, the authors of GEEKY F@B FIVE, a new girl empowerment in STEM series, , and the co-author of The Joe Shuster Story, Thomas Campi. The Lareaus will be speaking on the Strong Female Protagonists: From Girl Power to Grown Women! panel on Sunday June 24th from 12:30PM-1:20 PM while Thomas Campi will be speaking on the Story of Life: Graphic Biographies and Autobiographies on Saturday June 23rd from 12:30PM-1: 20 PM. In addition to the panels, Liz & Lucy Lareau will be signing at the Papercutz booth Friday 5:30PM-6: 30 PM, Saturday 10AM-11AM and 2PM-3PM, and Sunday 1:30PM-2: 30 PM. Thomas Campi will be signing on Saturday 11AM-12PM and 3:30PM-4: 30 PM, and Sunday 2:30PM-4PM, with his book available at a 50% discount. All signings will be at the Papercutz booth (3425).

What Papercutz appearance would be complete without a few giveaways? At ALA we will have another upcoming, action-packed, STEM series, DINOSAUR EXPLORERS, the cute, underwater adventure of the merman GILLBERT by Art Baltazar (coming in Sept.), and last but not least, the new Charmz imprint series, AMY’S DIARY (coming early next year) all up for grabs!

CI6

For the Children’s Institute, we will be accompanied by Liz and Lucy who will be at the author’s reception signing copies of their debut series title GEEKY F@B FIVE! We will also have freebies for booksellers in the Galley Room. This includes VINCENT, a YA rom-com for those growing out of the Papercutz Charmz “early crush” imprint (CHLOE, SCARLET ROSE, etc.) and DINOSAUR EXPLORERS which is a manga-inspired, action-packed, STEM title as well, including articles with details, perfect for any dinosaur fan.

If you have any questions please contact Arthur at field@papercutz.com and if you’re going to be in the area, please look for us and say hi; we always love to chat with our fans!

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The Joe Shuster Story is here!

The much-awaited story of a comic book legend, an industry exposed, and a friendship that spawned one of the most iconic superheroes ever has just hit shelves everywhere — we welcome THE JOE SHUSTER STORY by Julian Voloj and Thomas Campi!

Check out what people are saying about the title below:

“The art lends warmth and beauty to this elegy to two kids chewed up by a system that sees dollar signs and goes in for the kill.” — PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

“Gorgeous.” — io9

The Joe Shuster Story…. “tells the story of Joe Shuster in a most appropriate way — in the form of a graphic novel. Writer Julian Voloj (Ghetto Brother) and artist Thomas Campi have collaborated on a comic experience about America, ambition, the intersection of art and commerce.” — SYFY

“Superheroes might have conquered the world, but their real origins are here in this heart-breaking story of youthful nerdy dreams and cruel corporate betrayal. Julian Voloj and Thomas Campi have taken one of the saddest stories in comics and turned it into a lyrical meditation on the complex relationship between daydreams and business. A well-researched primer on American comic book history, a beautifully painted tribute, and a powerful human story: Joe Shuster is all of this and more.” — Dylan Horrocks, cartoonist of Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen

“Amazing…. Each panel is a beautiful painting.” — Paolo Rivera, artist of Mythos

“A tender graphic history with empathic prose from Julian Voloj and sensuous painting from Thomas Campi…. Should be required reading.” — VULTURE

“A superb and emotional graphic novel…. Eye-opening” — COMICS BEAT

“I highly recommend The Joe Shuster Story. I’m happy that Joe, like Bill Finger not long ago, is finally getting his chance to be the hero, or at least the heart, of the story.” — Marc Nobleman, author of Boys of Steel

“Terrific… Pop culture fans may know their names without ever reading a Superman book, but even if you know Shuster and Siegel’s story, seeing it unfold in a graphic novel of its own is wholly different. A heartbreaking story, to be sure. But one that Superman fans, superhero fans, graphic novel fans, American history buffs, or those who simply enjoy beautiful illustrations will be glad they experienced.” — SCREENRANT

“Paints such a vivid picture, one can almost put themselves into this story and walk alongside Joe on his journey…. From childhood to the mid-70’s, this well-written and beautifully illustrated graphic novel is a must-read and must-have for any comics historian or DC creator fan.” — POP CULT HQ

“Carefully researched… definitely a graphic novel to check out!” — FANBOY FACTOR

“With The Artist Behind Superman: The Joe Shuster Story, Julian Voloj and Thomas Campi have brought forth a fever dream of an all-too-true story of what happens when art and commerce explosively collide. Drawing on immersive research and unrestrained passion, Voloj and Campi bring to life a bygone era whose ghosts still haunt us. This saga of the flesh-and-blood creators of the Man of Steel is simultaneously inspiring and chilling. What a triumph!” — Danny Fingeroth, author of Disguised as Clark Kent: Jews, Comics and the Creation of the Superhero

“Any fan of Superman and comics should read this.” — FIRST COMIC NEWS

“Voloj and Campi did a masterful job in weaving historical narrative, politics and pop culture into a nostalgic bitter-sweet journey to a moment in history, and a special friendship, that gave the world Superman.” — Asaf Hanuka, cartoonist of The Realist

“Assembled using archival material and first-hand sources, and stunningly painted by Campi, The Joe Shuster Story is necessary reading for fans of the Big Blue Boy Scout, as well as any budding historian of the industry.” — PASTE MAGAZINE

If you have any questions about the title feel free to reach out to us at field@papercutz.com and you may order The Joe Shuster Story by clicking here.

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Join Papercutz and Julian Voloj at The Toronto Comic Arts Festival

We have some pretty awesome event news for our Canadian fans. Julian Voloj will be premiering his comic biography, The Joe Shuster Story at The Toronto Comic Arts Festival on May 12 & 13th as a guest. Papercutz will also be in full attendance with NBM publishing at table 133 with another special guest David B. who will be premiering A Tale of a Thousand and One Nights: HASIB & the Queen of Serpents.

ABOUT THE EVENT — The TCAF is a celebration of comics, graphic novels and their creators, which culminates in a two-day exhibition and vendor fair featuring hundreds of comics creators from around the world. Other Festival events include readings, interviews, panels, workshops, gallery shows, art installations, and much more. The full program and list of participating creators are available by clicking here.

PAPERCUTZ EVENT SCHEDULE — Julian himself with be signing at table 133 on Saturday from 10 AM-11:30 AM — 3:45PM-5PM and Sunday from 11 AM-Noon — 1 PM-2 PM. Julian will also be a part of the Truth Comes Out: Creating Comic Biographies panel on Saturday at 2:45 PM in the Summerhill Ballroom (Marriott).

ABOUT THE PANEL — The best biographies take you on a wild ride through some of the defining moments of a person’s life. But what happens if that person is, well, boring? Or worse, what if you uncover skeletons in the closet of people you admire? Join biographers Max de Radigues & Wauter Manaert (Weegee), Julian Voloj (The Joe Shuster Story), Ho Che Anderson (King), along with biographical interpreters Jia Sung and Oliver East (Ley Lines) as they address the greatest question of all: Is fact stranger than fiction? Moderated by Brendan Montgomery

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Be Heard! Protecting Your Protest Rights

Check out Be Heard! by cartoonist Kai Texel

As millions of American students assert their First Amendment rights in protests across the country, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and National Coalition Against Censorship are here to help protect students’ rights and we at Papercutz are more than happy to help them spread the message. Be Heard! is a free comic by cartoonist Kai Texel that outlines best practices to help kids assert their rights to speech, protest, assembly, and petition, warns about risks, and provides resources to get more help. Read Be Heard! here and share it freely and broadly!

Grab The Full PDF by clicking here!

 

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Metaphrog Celebrates a Comics Anniversary!

Metaphrog Celebrates a Comics Anniversary!

Sandra Marrs and John Chalmers (aka Metaphrog) have been creating graphic novels like THE RED SHOES and THE LITTLE MERMAID for over two decades. They recently penned an overview of their lengthy career on their own blog and they were kind enough to give us permission to reprint that article here. It’s a fascinating look at the development of two truly unique artists.

20 Years Since Our First Comic!

Unbelievably, this month sees the 20th anniversary of our very first comic. When we met in 1994 we started working on comics together almost right away and, after creating several short comic stories, eventually collected them in our first comic Strange Weather Lately – Martin Nitram #1 in December 1996. We brought this out with limited edition lino prints in silver and the tagline: “Stories from the surreal yet unnervingly real world of Martin Nitram”. We jumped up and down a bit when Diamond Comic Distributors agreed to distribute it through their Previews catalogue.
Thus began our career in comics. At the time we were told our comic was the wrong size (we’d had it printed A4). But we didn’t really care – we hadn’t even thought at the time about comic shops and their coffins or boxes for storing American comic sized titles. Indeed we knew very little about the workings of the comic market. The comic quickly sold out. (There doesn’t even seem to be any copies on ebay now!).
We followed this up with The Maze and then with a longer and more intricate Strange Weather Lately story arc published as bimonthly comics and gathered them all in our first graphic novels in 1998 and 1999. At the time, the Scotsman newspaper ran a “Who to Watch” feature on us and we were interview on the radio for The Brian Morton Show.

Our first comic,
Strange Weather Lately
Extract from Strange
Weather Lately #1
Strange Weather Lately
Graphic Novel

Between 1999 and 2011 we worked on the Louis series of graphic novels. Louis – Red Letter Day was originally intended to be a one off but we realised how much we loved the character and working with the Louis world that five more books followed. Much to our amazement we received nominations for the Eisner Awards and also the Ignatz Awards and international acclaim. We were delighted to receive coverage in mainstream media as many places didn’t really review comics or graphic novels in the early 2000s. Our Louis books, perhaps because they were so different and a bit strange, found their way into publications like i-D (where Kodwo Eshun described Louis – Red Letter Day as “a seriously spaced enigma”), The Guardian (with a column on our work by Julie Burchill), SFX, Art Review, New Internationalist, The Herald, Creative Review among many others. Our comic/music/animation project with hey and mum and the Fat Cat record label, Louis – Dreams Never Die, was featured on the late, great John Peel’s radio show along with his beloved The Fall and even received a lengthy write-up in Liberation in France.

The Guardian – Julie Burchill – 2003
i-D 2000
The Scotsman 1999
The Herald 2004
In 2002 Louis – The Clown’s Last Words was the first graphic novel ever to receive funding from the Scottish Arts Council. The Scottish Arts Council became Creative Scotland and they have continued to be very supportive of our work.
The Louis graphic novels (2000-2011)
Looking back now it is truly hard to believe that it’s been 20 years already! Since then we’ve devoted all our waking hours to making graphic novels and comics. Naturally, there have been ups and down, disappointments, rejections and moments of elation. When we started we were both determined to make a living from our work, from being a writer and artist, but had absolutely no idea if this was even possible or indeed how we’d go about it. Comics weren’t even respected back then, and many people thought they were just for kids, or just trash. Initially in the UK and US, we kept on being told that our work was too European, while in Europe, and in France particularly (even though Sandra is French) we were told that our comics were too Scottish. This is possibly because we were feeding them potato scones. Now things have changed and more people see comic and graphic novels as art.
This year saw us win the Sunday Herald Scottish Culture Awards 2016 for Best Visual Artist. It felt like a real achievement and a great way to celebrate the anniversary of our first publication. And we still don’t take anything for granted.

We’re delighted to be creating new work with support from Creative Scotland and are working with Papercutz, who published The Red Shoes and Other Tales in late 2015, and who will be publishing our graphic novel adaptation of The Little Mermaid in April 2017.

 
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ComicCon International 2016 Here We Come!

ComicCon International 2016 Here We Come!

San Diego Comic Con aka ComicCon International is now just three weeks away! If you’re one of the lucky few (thousand) who will be at San Diego this year, don’t pass up the chance to stop by our booth, #1720! Papercutz is taking advantage of the opportunities provided with SDCC to make a couple of exciting announcements about upcoming projects, and to do one of the things we do best: give you free stuff! The centerpiece of our promotional items will be SLICEZ, a free 96 page sampler featuring bite-size chunks of all your favorite Papercutz graphic novels. We’ll also be handing out other goodies like TROLLS movie posters, LUNCH WITCH lunch bags filled with all sorts of creepy concoctions and even some items related to our brand new imprint that launches in 2017 (details are hush hush until the show)!

While we love the freebies, we also want to make sure that fans have a chance to do something that’s become harder and harder at the show in recent years – read great comics! So we’ve set up a special “Reading Nook” in our booth featuring comfy chairs and bookshelves stacked with all your favorite Papercutz graphic novels. When the press of the convention floor becomes too much or you just want to lose yourself in a great graphic novel, come by booth #1720 and remind yourself what being a comics fan is all about!

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You definitely won’t want to miss Sunday (which is Kids Day at SDCC) because we’ll have so many creators at our booth! Among the top tier talent we’ll have signing at our stand are Eric Esquivel of PIG GOAT BANANA CRICKET, Sam Spina of SANJAY AND CRAIG,Stuart Moore of THE ZODIAC LEGACY, and Chris Savino and Jordan Rosato of THE LOUD HOUSE.

Here’s a tentative booth schedule:

Sunday, 7/24 Papercutz Booth Signing Schedule

11:00 am – 12:00 pm – Eric Esquivel & Sam Spina

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm – Stuart Moore

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm – Chris Savino and Jordan Rosato (signing exclusive THE LOUD HOUSE mini-comics)

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Eric Esquivel & Sam Spina

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Stuart Moore

Want even more Nickelodeon goodness? A bunch of your favorite creators will also be signing at the Nickelodeon booth on Sunday. Here are the details:

Current Series Signing ft. Chris Savino (Loud House), C.H. Greenblatt (Harvey Beaks), Johnny Ryan, Dave  Cooper and David Sacks (Pig Goat Banana Cricket):Sunday, 7/24 from 10:30a-12:00p at the Nickelodeon Booth

Make sure you stay tuned to our Twitter feed and Facebook page for even more announcements and updates as we get closer to the show.

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