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RABBIDS INVADE THE PAPERCUTZ LINEUP!

July 23rd, 2014 // by Beth // No Comments

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.

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“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!

July 23rd, 2014 // by Beth // No Comments

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.

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“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.

Additional information on WWE (NYSE: WWE) can be found at wwe.com and corporate.wwe.com. For information on our global activities, go to http://www.wwe.com/worldwide/.

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.

San Diego here we come!

July 21st, 2014 // by Beth // No Comments

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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!

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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.

Rabbids

Eric pic 300x294 San Diego here we come!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.

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Power Rangers

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.

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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!

 San Diego here we come!

The Power Rangers with Papercutz EiC Jim Salicrup at SDCC 2013

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

June 10th, 2014 // by Beth // No Comments

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.

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We’ll be joined by Papercutz author Stefan Petrucha and artist (and Denver local!) Jolyon Yates all weekend!

stefan Papercutz Goes NationwideStefan 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!

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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.

Jolyon Yates WEB1 Papercutz Goes NationwideAlso 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!

 

 

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Jolyon will be appearing at the Papercutz booth 810 on Friday from 3pm-4pmSaturday 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!

 

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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!

eternalcon Papercutz Goes NationwideAnd 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!

News Roundup – 5/21/14

May 21st, 2014 // by Beth // No Comments
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Benny Breakiron #4: Uncle Placid is in comic shops today and in stores everywhere 5/27!

If Uncle Placid says it’s time then it must be time for another Papercutz News Roundup!

Reviews & Recommendations

Ariol #4: A Beautiful Cow
“One of the best of the best Ariol graphic novels in the Papercutz collection…A fun and sure-to-generate-conversation-starter, readers of all ages will not only fall in love with Ariol (even if his crush Petula might not), but also want to find out more about Ariol and his friends.” —DIAMOND BOOKSHELF

LEGO Legends of Chima #1: High Risk!
“Legends of Chima is filled with fun and adventure that kids of any age will love.” —SLJ’s GOOD COMICS FOR KIDS

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #1: Rita Repulsa’s Attitude Adjustment
“It’s awesome, and it’s even kind of scary, and it’s exactly the type of thing that they’d never really be able to do on the show. [The creators] manage to do a book that’s not only consistent, but consistently well done … Overall, it’s a solid package and a great first offering.” —COMICS ALLIANCE

Other News

News Roundup – 5/6/14

May 6th, 2014 // by Beth // No Comments

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April showers brought May flowers (or at least May allergies) and a slew of great Papercutz news—let’s go!

In stores everywhere today:
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Reviews & Recommendations

Ariol #3: Happy as a Pig…
“Ariol’s hilarious hijinks are mischievous and fun, and this volume will find fans among kids who enjoy irreverent humor.” —SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

Classics Illustrated Deluxe #11: The Sea-Wolf
“This title would be an excellent addition to any library or classroom.”—SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

“WOW – this was a great story! I think the Papercutz Classics Illustrated series is a great way to get kids to read classics and see what awesome stories the classics have.” —THIS KID REVIEWS BOOKS

Dinosaurs #1: In the Beginning…
“I love it when books mix humor with learning. This book does that – plus it is a comic so that gets bonus points from me. I think kids can learn a lot from comics.”  —THIS KID REVIEWS BOOKS

LEGO Legends of Chima #1: High Risk!
“In a world of children’s books that would bore my kids to tears, or are ridiculously expensive, Lego Legends of Chima is a refreshing addition to my family’s library.”—WHAT’CHA READING?

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #1: Rita Repulsa’s Attitude Adjustment
“The art, story, and humor are all really well done. I would definitely check out future volumes if I come across it… fans and younger readers should make sure to add it to their read-list.” —SEQUENTIAL TART

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“There are plenty of robots, monsters, and interaction between team-members that creates a believable world for the comic, and with a dose of humor thrown in, it’s an impressive book that speaks to new readers and die-hard fans alike.” —BLEEDING COOL

Free comics for all! FCBD and a giveaway!

May 2nd, 2014 // by Beth // No Comments

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Forget all other holidays because tomorrow is our favorite holiday of the year: FREE COMIC BOOK DAY!!!!!

I’ve been counting down in my head all day… it’s better than waiting for Santa! So in honor of Free Comic Book Day we’ll ALSO be giving away some free comics–and not just the ones you can pick up tomorrow. Read all about it after the jump!

We’ll have TWO books available from retailers this year just for you and we can not wait for you to read them. Check out the store locator on the FCBD site to find a participating store near you so you don’t miss out. Then, scroll all the way to the bottom of this post to find out how you could win one of two free copies of our upcoming graphic novels!

Papercutz Gold Title – MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS

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Bleeding Cool says: “This issue of Power Rangers makes the most of drawing in readers who may be fans of the show by introducing characters in both incarnations with tie-in elements and explanatory notes, but the artwork is actually highly realistic and caters well to teens in particular. There are plenty of robots, monsters, and interaction between team-members that creates a believable world for the comic, and with a dose of humor thrown in, it’s an impressive book that speaks to new readers and die-hard fans alike.”

Read the Diamond Prevue on the Free Comic Book Day website and pick it up in your local participating comic book shop tomorrow!

Papercutz Silver Title – THE SMURFS (also featuring ANNOYING ORANGE, ARIOL and DINOSAURS)

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Read a Diamond Prevue on the FCBD site and pick it up in participating shops tomorrow!

Then, come on back and let us know what you thought on our Facebook and Twitter! Share with us a picture of you or your kids with your Papercutz FCBD books and you could win a free copy of either Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #1 or The Smurfs #18! Everyone who shares a picture will be entered but only two lucky fans will win.

See you at Free Comic Book Day!

Weekly News Roundup – 4/21/14

April 21st, 2014 // by Beth // No Comments

I was on vacation last week and I, of course, missed you all terribly. But I’m back today for another Papercutz Weekly News Roundup!

Let’s go!

Reviews & Recommendations

Dinosaurs #1: In The Beginning…
“It’s very good for Children for their birthdays if they have an interest in Dinosaurs then they will love this book.” —DINOSAUR FACTS AND FORUM
A Children’s Book Council “Hot Off the Press” pick for April 2014.
Rio #1: Snakes Alive!
“This is a must for fans of the original Rio, as well as anyone who is preparing for the second.” —SLJ’s GOOD COMICS FOR KIDS

News, Coverage & Publicity

Annoying Orange

  • Annoying Orange surpassed two billion views on its YouTube channel last week. The Collective Digital Studio channel has more than 3.6 million subscribers, and 330 videos since launching in 2010.

Disney Fairies

 

The Garfield Show

  • THE GARFIELD SHOW #3: “Long Lost Lyman” is a Children’s Book Council “Hot Off the Press” Pick for April 2014. You can view the full write-up here.

LEGO Ninjago

  • Our LEGO NINJAGO graphic novel series has surpassed 2 million in sales! You can read our original press release here. The story was also picked up by comics news sites Robot 6 and Bleeding Cool.

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  • The Masters of Spinjitzu returned to Cartoon Network with two special episodes. Broadway World has the details on the new episodes and the series past rating success.

Rio 

  • RIO 2 had a very strong opening weekend grossing over $39mm domestically and just narrowly missing out on the #1 spot at the box office. The film continued to perform strongly over Spring Break week with latest estimates putting US ticket sales at just under $53 million and global box office at over $177 mm.

WWE Slam City

  • The WWE SLAM CITY videos continue to grow in popularity. The show has now surpassed over 3.6 MM views across WWEslamcity.com, Kabillion, Cartoonium, WWE Network, Hulu, Nintendo and AOL.

WWE Superstars

  • Our friends from the WWE have passed along this video to show that their influence is taking over all of pop culture. The Pirates dugout is the latest place to catch WWE fever. Time for our reps to start calling on their local sports teams?

Papercutz Weekly News Roundup

April 9th, 2014 // by Beth // No Comments

Hey there Papercutzians! (Still not right… one day I’ll figure it out.)

You’ll be seeing a lot more content here soon, starting with this here weekly news roundup! Usually it will be published on Mondays, but I’m a little behind this week. You’ll forgive me right? Our readers are the best!

I’ll be curating the best news and reviews of Papercutz books from around the web and print media and serving them up for you right here each week. And if you have your own Papercutz news tip or review to share, please send them to me on Twitter or Facebook. We’d love to include it in our next roundup!

Without further ado, let’s go!

-Beth

Reviews & Recommendations

Ariol #4: A Beautiful Pig
“Uber grateful to Papercutz for continuing to translate these fantastic adventures of Ariol…A truly excellent kids comic that’s accessible to all, and that we’re lucky to have available in English.” —COMICS AND COLA

Classics Illustrated Deluxe #11: The Sea-Wolf
“Under [Reb’s’] guiding line work and energetic cross hatching skills, the schooner and the ocean are as much of a character as the people inhabiting the story. So batten down the hatches  and grab hold for a rollicking interpretation of this classic tale.” —BROKEN FRONTIER

Dinosaurs #1: In The Beginning…
“It’s a brilliant and entertaining way to introduce the subject to the curious or the enthusiastic, regardless of age.” —THE CARTOONISTS’ CLUB OF GREAT BRITAIN

Power Rangers
Prolific Power Rangers blogger Razzle Dazzle has posted two favorable, in-depth reviews of our Power Rangers comics POWER RANGERS MEGAFORCE #3: “Panic In the Parade” and POWER RANGERS MEGAFORCE #4: “Broken World”.

WWE Superstars #3 (from our little baby brother, Super Genius Comics)
“You should most definitely see Super Genius and their WWE Superstars comic.” —KEVIN @ CB

News, Coverage & Publicity

Benny Breakiron

  • The forthcoming French film adaptation of BENNY BREAKIRON: “The Red Taxis” was mentioned in an ICv2 article along with a callout to their previous 5/5 star review of our edition of “The Red Taxis”.
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WWE Slam City

  • The WWE Slam City videos have surpassed over 1 million views across WWEslamcity.com, Kabillion, Cartoonium, WWE Network, Hulu and AOL since their launch in mid-March.

Papercutz General Coverage

Comics From the Future: Special Springtime in Winter Edition!

January 5th, 2013 // by JesseG // No Comments

Do you know what today is? Friday? Well, sure, but what ELSE is it? No, it’s not Arbor Day. Nope, not National Chocolate Pudding Pie Day. OK, I’ll just tell you — it’s Free Comics From Papercutz Day!

Every month, we send Associate Editor and Chief Flux Capacitator Mike Petranek off to the future on a most important mission: bring back all the comics you can find on your future self’s desk! Mike just got back from March 2013 and he got some great stuff for us to chew on. Away we go:

 

Dance Class #4: A Funny Thing Happened On the Way To Paris . . .

Who knew dancing was so funny? Julie, Lucie, and Alia are still working on their new African Folk moves they learned in the last volume, but now they’re close to going all the way in the national competition! Plus, Capucine can’t untie ribbons, as we learn from the sneak peek below!

 

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Nancy Drew and The Clue Crew #2: Secret Sand Sleuths

It’s the second comics adventure for 8-year-old Nancy and her best friends George and Bess, otherwise known as The Clue Crew! Judging by Mike’s sneak peeks below, the girls will be solving a mystery Night At the Museum style!

 

Geronimo Stilton #12: The First Samurai

Apparently, March 2013 reading plans include watching Geronimo Stilton run around feudal Japan with a sword. Sign me up!

 

Ernest & Rebecca #4: The Land of Walking Stones

Wow, a crossover with LEGO Ninjago where Ernest helps Sensei Wu fight off the Stone Warriors! Uh . . . oh, I’m being told that I’m completely wrong. Well, this is still a cool comic! Rebecca is visiting her dad and she needs her good buddy, the microbiological Ernest, more than ever . . .

 

And that looks like about it for Mike’s adventure in time. March is shaping up to be a pretty awesome month, if you ask me!

 

 

 

NOTES FROM THE DRAWING BOARD: Scott Shaw! Reports From Somewhere Called California

November 17th, 2012 // by JesseG // No Comments

ScottShaw WEB 268x400 NOTES FROM THE DRAWING BOARD: Scott Shaw! Reports From Somewhere Called CaliforniaAloha, Papercutz World! Scott Shaw! here. Since I’ve been at a few recent comics-related events with copies of the free ANNOYING ORANGE ASHCAN EDITION, Jesse asked me to post a travel report, and I’m always happy to both travel and report, so here I am!

First, from October 19-21, I was a special guest of the first annual San Diego Comic Fest in Mission Valley. Other guests included Mark Evanier (The Garfield Show, Sergio Aragonés Groo The Wanderer), Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo, 47 Ronin), Batton Lash (Supernatural Law, Radioactive Man) and the legendary Murphy Anderson (Hawkman, The Atomic Knights, John Carter Of Mars).

This was a small-ish convention intended to re-create what it was like at the early San Diego Comic-Con Internationals back in the 1970s. Almost a thousand happy fan-folks were there, many of whom made a point of dropping by my table and picking up a copy of ANNOYING ORANGE. Mike Kazaleh was there on Saturday, so both of us wound up signing quite a few of the freebie funnybook previews. In fact, between the Annoying Orange fever at my table and the eight different panels and presentations I had scheduled (including two different versions of my Oddball Comics Live! Show), I never got a chance to walk around the exhibit hall or buy any vintage funnybooks for my collection!

orange cvrBig1 NOTES FROM THE DRAWING BOARD: Scott Shaw! Reports From Somewhere Called CaliforniaThen, on October 28, Mike and I were special guests of the Bakersfield Comic-Con in Bakersfield, a small farming community just east of Los Angeles. Other guests included Nate Watson (Star Wars: Detours, Toy Story comics), Tone Rodriguez (Mars Attacks!; Simpsons Comics) and Mike Hampton (Eagle Eye).

Like the San Diego Comic Fest, this convention attracted about a thousand attendees, but unlike the former event, most of these folks weren’t hardcore comic fans, just people who were curious about the world of comics, gaming, cosplay, etc…and boy, were they crazy about our ANNOYING ORANGE ASHCAN EDITION! We gave out copies willy-nilly, even to (mostly) adults who admitted that they found Annoying Orange to be a bit too annoying for them! (Wotta bunch of wimps!)

Again, it was a very busy day, with another performance of my Oddball Comics Live! show around lunchtime. And speaking of food, after the convention, we were all treated to an outrageous feast at Famous Dave’s barbeque restaurant! Mmm-mm!

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And finally, I’d like to thank David Levy and his staff at Big Kid Collectable Toy Mall in Sherman Oaks for handing out free copies of the ANNOYING ORANGE ASHCAN EDITION to their copious kid customers! Here’s a terrific drawing that Annoying Orange Fan #1, Aidan Jones (age 9), submitted for my (and your) approval! Cool, eh?

Anyway, that’s my report! Hope you dig ANNOYING ORANGE #1: “Secret Agent Orange” as much as Mike and I dug writing and drawing it!

 

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ANNOYING ORANGE #1: “Secret Agent Orange” is on sale December 11, 2012 at bookstores, comics stores, and fruit carts everywhere! 

 

 

Papercutz World Tour 2012 — Last Stop, New York!

October 19th, 2012 // by JesseG // No Comments

IMAG0667 300x216 Papercutz World Tour 2012    Last Stop, New York!  Whew! Excuse me while I catch my breath; it’s been a whirlwind world tour for Papercutz this year! Starting with the Bologna Book Fair way back in March, winding around the globe all summer, and ending up back at home for New York Comic Con, we’re planning to sleep until the Papercutz World Tour 2013 kicks off in a few months. But first, we owe our faithful followers a recap of this past weekend’s cavalcade of comics!

As some of you may have guessed by now, New York Comic Con is held in New York, which also happens to be the home of our secret underground lair, so the first thing we did was strap all of our boxes of books and convention magic to the back of Associate Editor Mike Petranek and laughed heartily as he walked everything over to the convention center to set up shop for us. After my more leisurely ride uptown, this is what I found waiting for me:

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Nice job, Mike!

After a few grueling hours of work, we turned that sad-looking blank spot on the convention floor into this soon-to-be wonderland of comics for all of the Tri-State Area’s wide-eyed youngsters:

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Mike seems surprisingly refreshed!

No sooner were we set up when Editor-In-Chief Jim Salicrup was kidnapped and trundled off to the ICv2 Conference on Comics & Digital by super librarian Scott Robins. Scott, for those few of you who don’t know, is an expert in children’s comics, so much so that he even wrote a book about it! Scott organized an all-star kids’ comics panel at the conference including Francoise Mouly from Toon Books (one of my favorite people), Ed Masessa of Scholastic Book Fairs (one of my favorite places to sell our graphic novels), and Jimmy Gownley, author of Amelia Rules (one of my favorite comics). This incredible assembly of knowledge was meant to enlighten us on every aspect of the kids‘ comics revolution — sales, marketing, publishing, and creative — in just one hour! What’s even more amazing is that Scott succeeded; you could feel the inspiration lifting everyone in the room as we all pondered the fantastic future currently being built by everyone working hard to bring comics to kids.

After accidentally leaving behind some of the booth signage I worked so hard to have ready for the show (I’m brilliant!) it was back to work getting ready for the Big Opening Day on Thursday . . .

. . . and what an opening day it was! In keeping with the library theme, Thursday brought a ton of librarians who love comics to New York Comic Con, so our booth was quite busy throughout the afternoon. Why is that? Well, let me pause for a moment to extoll the virtues of librarians and why we love them so at Papercutz. Librarians don’t just manage libraries; they defend books when they’re challenged by censors, champion authors and titles people may not otherwise know about, help kids develop a love of reading, and generally support the publishing industry every day by buying truckloads of books for their collections. Librarians were among the first wave of publishing industry insiders to accept comics as a real storytelling medium many years ago, and they have been supporting graphic novel publishers like Papercutz ever since. It seems that almost every children’s librarian I meet tells me, “Oh, I just order your whole catalog every season,” and to them I say, “I love you!” Or, if I’m feeling more professional I say, “Why, thank you very much.”

Our good friend Brigid Alverson stopped by in the middle of this biblio-tastic ruckus, which is always a good thing, and we talked about comics, libraries, and most importantly, our upcoming series launches this Fall: Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew and Annoying Orange. Brigid isn’t a librarian herself, but she keeps watch over a fantastic comics blog for libraries called Good Comics For Kids; go subscribe now! I unfortunately didn’t get to talk to Brigid about her globe-trotting adventures this past year, but that just means we’ll have something to talk about at Book Expo.

As we were winding down, Friend of Papercutz Bobby Timony stopped by to say hi and, sadly for him, he got roped into work! Bobby almost never escapes becoming a Papercutz Booth Grunt when we see him at conventions. Check him out here at Comic-Con International hand-lettering our signs:

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Sorry, Bobby! You just always walk by when we need you.

We’ll come back to Bobby later. In the meantime, Thursday wound down nicely when Friend of Papercutz Maggie Paquet brought us a bag full of healthy McDonald’s dinner. Thanks, Maggie! We couldn’t have done it without you.

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We didn’t get a shot of Maggie at NYCC, but here she is holding a birthday cat.

Friday, otherwise known as the first “real” day of New York Comic Con, dawned cold and quiet and our weary sleepless booth workers were met with the glorious sight of coffee and donuts from Krispy Kreme. (Actually, I should come out and say it right now: we did no work at New York Comic Con. All we did was eat junk food; you can now ignore the rest of this post.) Once set up and full of fatty carbohydrates, we were happy to greet Comics Champion Tony Shenton, New Jersey native and sales rep extraordinaire. Tony took over the book sales and rushed conversations with gusto and made many a visiting retailer happy with the extra discounts offered for the upcoming Papercutz Halloween Sale. (Make sure to call Tony today if your store hasn’t signed up yet!)

Other visiting dignitaries included Chip Mosher and Anshu Dua from comiXology, with whom I forgot I was supposed to meet and talk real business (I’m good at my job!). We’re working closely with these guys on some cool Papercutz additions to the ever-expanding digital comics stock over at comiXology — keep an eagle eye on those apps! I also got to hang out with Beth Kawasaki of Viz Media (my favorite manga editor), Jesse Blaze Snider (my favorite writer/musician/actor with the same name as me), Sean Howe (my favorite Brooklyn neighbor who also writes books about comics) and last but not least, my favorite comics artist Stan Goldberg and his lovely, gracious wife Pauline. I warned Stan that he would need to get some sleep for the crazy weekend full of work I had planned for him, but he didn’t seem to care. Stan is in much better shape than I am!

On to Saturday, or, as I preferred to call it, Power Rangers Day! I bet there aren’t too many of you who have met the brand new Megaforce Rangers team in person, so that just makes me even cooler than my cat thinks I am. Here they are trying to recruit Jim:

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It didn’t work, though — Jim likes editing comics too much to switch jobs now! That didn’t stop Megaforce from proofreading our Power Rangers graphic novels, though:

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Come on guys, we don’t tell you how to stomp on Nighlok, can’t you leave the comics publishing to us?

After that, everything went back to normal . . .

. . . until superstar Power Rangers author Stefan Petrucha showed up! Almost as soon as Stefan hung up his coat, the booth was stormed by kids and Rangers fans hoping to get his autograph.

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Our entire stock of Power Rangers books sold out within minutes and Stefan was left to sign our NYCC-exclusive Power Rangers prints instead! There are only 100 of these in existence, but we saved a couple for our best fans out there.

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INSTA-CONTEST! The fifth person to Tweet this blog post with the hashtag #PapercutzPowerRangers will be the lucky winner of a Stefan-signed print! Get to Tweetin’!

Later that afternoon, Stefan was nice enough to bring along his amazingly talented wife Sarah Kinney, who also happens to be the writer of our ongoing Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew series. Sarah and Stan both signed books for Nancy Drew fans who happened to wander by:

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Sunday morning was an achingly early one for me, but totally worth it as soon as I sat down for coffee and eggs with the shockingly talented triple-threat of James Silvani, Amy Mebberson, and Aaron Sparrow! These three are true kids’ comics superheroes, having worked on comics starring Darkwing Duck, Richie Rich, Strawberry Shortcake, Muppets, Toy Story, and, gosh, the list goes on and on. After we hatched a secret plot to take over the world and make it safe for early ‘90s TV animation again, I sprinted over to the convention center to kick off Kids Day in style: with the world-famous Papercutz Sketch-A-Thon!

For anyone who has managed to miss these so far, the Sketch-A-Thon is our way of saying thanks to all the kids and parents who make it out to comics conventions around the country all year. How does it work? Artists hang out at the Papercutz booth all day and draw free sketches for everyone. That’s it! Simple and spectacular.

First order of business was to set up Stan Goldberg with a huge pile of paper and gummy erasers as we knew he would have a long, snaky line, and boy were we right about that. Stan loves to tell stories about his many years working with famous superheroes like Spider-Man and Millie the Model and famous celebrities like Stan Lee and Mike Petranek, so hanging out with him while he draws you a picture of Nancy Drew or Moe, Larry, and Curly is a real treat.

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Stan muscled through an extra hour to get through the throngs of fans and by the time he was finished, all our Clue Crew and Three Stooges books were out the door!

Afterwards, I convinced Stefan to come back and sign more books for us by enticing him with a turkey sandwich. What’s that you say? Stefan’s Power Rangers books were sold out? Wow, you ARE paying attention! Well, lucky for us, Stefan also invented and wrote our entire Papercutz Slices parody series, so he sat down to chat with eager fans of such classics as Harry Potty and the Deathly Boring, Breaking Down, and The Hunger Pains. I bet you’re expecting me to say that we sold out of these, too, but unfortunately we didn’t; I accidentally left a hidden stack under the table, thereby completing my trifecta of boneheaded mistakes. (Note to my boss: I’m a much better employee than this blog post is making it seem!)

Hey, do you remember good old Bobby Timony? Here’s where he comes back to the story: Sketch-A-Thon Round Two! Bobby was a real prince, dashing out sketches of just about everything under the sun, including characters from our best-selling LEGO Ninjago series that he had never drawn before. I really hope we haven’t scared Bobby off forever and that he ventures past our booth again at future conventions!

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Come back, Bobby!

Capping off our NYCC experience and our entire year of convention appearances was something we’re especially proud of: the “Nancy Drew, Comics Detective” panel!

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From left to right: Jennifer Fisher, Scott Robins, Todd Latoski, Jim Salicrup, Stan Goldberg, Sarah Kinney, and Stefan Petrucha

We were really glad NYCC and ReedPOP gave us the chance to talk about Nancy Drew comics to a room full of eager super sleuths. Jenn Fisher of the fantastic Nancy Drew Sleuths fan network led the discussion AND gave out incredibly cute Nancy Drew magnets as a surprise gift to the lucky audience. Jenn knows everything there is to know about Nancy Drew and she comes with a winning smile and TV-ready voice, so I knew the panel was in great hands.

The Papercutz Nancy Drew creative team (editor Jim Salicrup, artist Stan Goldberg, and writers Stefan Petrucha and Sarah Kinney) talked about their process, how they work together, and what makes a good Nancy Drew mystery. (Fun Fact: This was also the first time they’ve ever been in the same room together!) Scott Robins was kind enough to give us his perspective on Nancy Drew graphic novels in libraries (answer: Nancy Drew graphic novels are a MUST-have for libraries!) and Todd Latoski dropped some serious knowledge bombs about Nancy’s long history in comics going all the way back to the ‘70s. I would give it all away but that’s another blog post!

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Superstar Jenn Fisher of Nancy Drew Sleuths hanging with Drew-tastic cartoonist Stan Goldberg after the panel.

After one final Nancy Drew party/book signing at the booth, NYCC was closed for business, and we all collapsed in an exhausted heap on the sticky soda-stained floor of the Javits Center. Thanks, New York Comic Con! See you next year!

 

 

August 28th, 2012 // by JesseG // No Comments

Word on the street is that this rollicking round-house kick of a series is perfect for anyone who ever fought off pirates for buried treasure, traveled around the world, solved an impossible mystery, or thinks they may do all of the above one day! Read on for what the experts have to say about Classics Illustrated:

 

“Each illustration contains that Wilson style we have come to love: humorous, macabre, quirky, detailed and a truly unique style that more than appropriately shares space with Poe’s work.” — HORROR NEWS

 

“Children are more ruthless about what they consider entertaining. They don’t love books because they think they should. They love stories that deliver, and Classics Illustrated always had the goods. Looks like it still does.” — NEWSWEEK

 

“Congress should create an amendment that demands every single school in America place Classics Illustrated in their curriculum.” — DIAMOND GALLERIES SCOOP

 

“For those who may have grown up with the original Classics Illustrated, Papercutz’s decision to resurrect the series, starting with a wonderful version of The Wind in the Willows, will be welcome news.” — OMNIVORACIOUS

 

“If Great Expectations gives any indication, Classics Illustrated could be enthusiastically received by librarians and teachers alike.  And I am wowed by the potential!” — COMIC BOOK BIN

 

“A massive triumph. If the series goes on to be half this good consistently, it will be absolutely wonderful.” — COMIC MIX

 

“Dense but not crowded . . . this is a substantial adaptation.” — PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

 

“This pleasant graphic interpretation can serve as an introduction to Dickens for younger readers and perhaps eventually steer them to the wider world of the source material and beyond.” — PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

 

“Readers unfamiliar with the tale will be treated to energetic, colorful depictions of friendly Ratty, kind-hearted Mole, wild Mr. Toad, and others as they learn the importance of friendship in an ever-changing world.” — BOOKLIST

 

“The remarkably detailed color illustrations open passages that words alone cannot convey. Recommended.” — LIBRARY MEDIA CONNECTION

 

“Capture[s] the details and nuances of these stories in a colorful, clever fashion. Young people who reviewed the book were delighted by the format and all expressed an eagerness to read [it].” — LIBRARY MEDIA CONNECTION

 

“The treatment these tales get in this Classics Illustrated edition will draw young readers into their bewitching exploits.” — WONDERTIME