Today’s the big day! We’ve got VINCENT BOOK ONE: GUIDE TO LOVE, MAGIC, AND RPG launching and we’re so excited to bring such a beloved Brazilian comic to a new audience. Despite VINCENT coming all the way from Brazil, the series hits home with universal emotions of love, loss, and growing up that can appeal to everyone. To celebrate the occasion, I had the chance to interview the man of the hour, VITOR CAFAGGI, about all things VINCENT and his influences. Let’s get started:
Q: What does
Vincent mean to you?
A: Vincent represents the main reason why I do comics today. Which is to give back everything that comics gave me. When I was a teenager, and even before that, I did not have many friends at school or close to home. I was very shy and was always worried about something. Spider-Man comics showed me that I was not the only one like that. I saw myself in Peter Parker and seeing how he overcame his challenges, gave me the strength to beat mine every day. Vincent has some of that. In a way, by telling my story, I want to show people like me that they are not alone
Q: What would you like to say to this brand new audience who’s getting their
hands on Vincent for the first time?
A: Sorry if you think it’s going to be a cute story, with furry little animals living fantastical adventures and sliding through rainbows. That’s not it. Vincent is an almost autobiographical story about adolescence. The adolescence of a daydreaming young man, who plays RPG and loves empanadas. First loves, first disappointments, the end of high school and the beginning of college, bad decisions, right choices, and best friends. That’s what you’ll find in Vincent.
Q: What would you like audiences to know about the Brazilian comic book scene and what makes it appealing to a wider global audience?
A: The Brazilian comic scene is very diverse. The independent comics in Brazil are very strong. And in the middle of them, you will find comics of all sizes, of all genres, all prices, and all subjects. All this with the most varied arts possible.In addition to the indie comics, we have MONICA’S GANG. The best selling comics in Brazil for more than fifty years. They are part of our childhood and our culture.
Q: What American superhero would you want Vincent to team up with?
A: Vincent is a big fan of the X-Men! Also, Vincent’s greatest idol is Rocky Balboa. He’s Vincent’s role model. Yeah, I know he’s not exactly a superhero, but Rocky is a hero to me. And Mel would love to meet Goku.
A: As always I’m reading every Spider-Man title out there. Also, the Spider-Man comic strips collections being released by IDW. Deadly Class! (I love Deadly Class so much) SnotGirl, Isola, Saga, Akira and graphic novels such as Be Prepared, by Vera B, and The Prince and the Dressmaker, by Jen Wang.
Thanks to Vitor for answering all our burning questions! You can pick up your copy of VINCENT BOOK ONE today! And after you undoubtedly fall in love with young Vincent, VINCENT BOOK TWO will be available July 16th!
Our beloved STEM and girl power graphic novel series, GEEKY FAB FIVE has just received an Educator Resource for teachers. This beautiful guide is used in combination with the graphic novel itself with the purpose of providing a detailed lesson plan for teachers. From group activities to solo work, students will be able to learn while interacting with their favorite characters!
In the Washington DC or Brooklyn, NY area this weekend? Come see us and a few friends IRL!
The Small Press Expo in the Washington D.C. area & the Brooklyn Book Festival are both happening this weekend! The creative minds behind GHOST FRIENDS FOREVER, Kata Kane & Monica Gallagher will be at SPX premiering GFF vol 2 at our sister company NBM’s booth: G1-2.
At the same time, Brooklyn will play host to Liz & Lucy Lareau of GEEKY FAB FIVE as well as Ryan Jampole, the illustrator of both GEEKY and MELOWY and the author of MELOWY, Courtney Powell. They will be at table 24 for Children’s Day Saturday and table 322 for the Main day on Sunday. Shoot us an email at email@example.com if you have any questions and the signing schedule for both is located below!
Brooklyn Book Festival
10-11:30 Lareaus & Ryan (Geeky Fab Five)
11:30-1 Cortney (Melowy)
1-2:30 Lareaus & Ryan
2:30-4 Cortney & Ryan (Melowy)
10:30-noon: Lareaus & Ryan
1:30-3 Lareaus & Ryan
3-4:30 Cortney & Ryan
Small Press Expo
1:00-2 Monica (GFF)
1-2: Kata & Monica (GFF)
3-4 Kata & Monica
We have a trailer for Geeky Fab Five, a new series about 5 girls with STEM abilities who tackle big problems at their school! Take a look at it below and remember to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more trailers and other exclusive content!
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
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