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!
April showers brought May flowers (or at least May allergies) and a slew of great Papercutz news—let’s go!
In stores everywhere today:
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
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Free Comic Book Day comic
“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
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!
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
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
- 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”.
Production photo from “Les Taxis Rouges”
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
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