The BREADWINNERS have arrived! Their tricked out, flying bread delivery truck comes straight from Pondgea and onto the shelves in their first graphic novel -based on the Nickelodeon cartoon created by Gary “Doodles” DiRaffaele and Steve Borst!
BREADWINNERS #1 “Journey to the Bottom of the Seats” features four stories- a great deal for your dough! Written by Stefan Petrucha with art by Allison Strejlau and Mike Kazaleh, and each story is a wild ride with duck protagonists SwaySway (blue hat) and Buhdeuce (red hat) .
BREADWINNERS can be seen as a love letter to video games. The characters “level up” and have their own “signature moves” and often times the stories get totally qwazy . Their holiday tribute “A Crustmas Story” airs on Nickelodeon Friday, December 11 at 8pm.
For more BREADWINNERS, see their adventures in NICKELODEON MAGAZINE or check out the special preview of the first BREADWINNERS graphic novel right here!.
New Initiative Will Provide Free Magazines to Libraries That Support Graphic Novel Programming
Budget-crunched librarians will soon be receiving some respite thanks to a new program from Papercutz. The “#1 kids’ graphic novel publisher” announced today that they will be supplying 100 free copies of NICKELODEON MAGAZINE to libraries that support comics programming. It’s part of an effort by the publisher to fuel a growing trend in the school and public library space– “ComicCons” and other events focused on the fastest growing category in publishing – graphic novels.”
“Librarians have been on the forefront of the graphic novel explosion”, explained Papercutz’s President, Terry Nantier. “And forward thinking librarians have tapped in to the interest surrounding events like Free Comic Book day and ComicCon International to attract kids and parents to their facilities. We think it’s an incredibly positive thing for graphic novels in general and we wanted to find a way to ‘give back’ to the community. With the launch of NICKELODEON MAGAZINE this summer, we realized we had the perfect vehicle to promote comics readership and help librarians connect with kids who might be just beginning to become graphic novel readers.”
Comic book conventions are well known for a variety of attractions including creator appearances, costumes and, of course, exclusive promotional material from publishers. While many librarians have reached out to the comics creative community for appearances at events and patrons have picked up the costuming challenge, promotional items have been handled on an ad hoc basis, depending on the largesse of publishers or individual creators. This new program ensures that no comics-themed event will have to do without giveaways that incentivize reading.
“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.”
Interested librarians simply need to contact Papercutz VP of Marketing, Sven Larsen six to eight weeks before their event. As soon as Papercutz receives a librarian’s request (including details of the planned event) they will dispatch 100 copies of the latest issue of NICKELODEON MAGAZINE absolutely free (the library just has to pay for shipping).
“Papercutz graphic novels are already some of the highest circulating titles in libraries ”, explained Larsen, VP of Marketing for Papercutz. “But we’re always looking to grow our audience and the readership for comics. It’s part of why we partnered with Nickelodeon in the first place. The new NICKELODEON MAGAZINE is another great way to get kids started on reading and the perfect introduction to the world of graphic novels. We’re excited that it will be a cornerstone of our efforts to help libraries expand their graphic novel programming and we want this program to be a giant ‘thank you’ to all the librarians who are helping to create the next generation of comics fans!”
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!”
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.
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.
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!”
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