FREE COMIC BOOK DAY TITLES ANNOUNCED

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY TITLES ANNOUNCED

Cover to Rabbids Free Comic Book Day 2015 edition     Cover to Lady Justice Free Comic Book Day 2015 edition

It’s that time of year again! No, not Christmas! Or even Hanukkah for that matter. It’s that special day when the new FREE COMIC BOOK DAY titles are announced. This year Papercutz will have two titles in the mix … a special sampler featuring the RABBIDS and a solon title from our Super Genius imprint featuring NEIL GAIMAN’S LADY JUSTICE.

You can find the official announcement from Diamond below.

Make sure you get to your local comic book store early on May 2nd so you can pick up all your favorites!

Free Comic Book Day Full Line-Up of Comic Books Announced

 Link to FREE comic Book Day 50 Comics

The Silver Sponsors for Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) feature a whole new selection of thirty-eight books for the comic book industry’s most anticipated annual event, Free Comic Book Day, taking place Saturday, May 2nd  at participating comic book shops worldwide.

Retailers on the FCBD Selection Committee chose 50 titles overall, 12 Gold Sponsor Comics and 38 Silver Sponsor comics to provide fans a wide range of stories to choose from as well as new genres and publishers to discover. Titles from this year’s Silver comics include: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Hip Hop Family Tree, The Tick, Street Fighter, Sonic the Hedgehog, Rabbids, and more.

“The Silver comics provide comic book fans a great opportunity to read original and revamped stories for free, which in turn can open up a diverse world of comics to them as they read these stories for the first time,” said FCBD Spokesperson Deborah Moreland.  “The titles offered this year are great for readers of all ages, so there’s something everyone can enjoy. We know that fans and retailers will be pleased with the line-up and we look forward to hearing about and seeing their Free Comic Book Day experiences.”

A complete listing of all fifty FCBD titles can be found in the January issue of Diamond’s PREVIEWS catalog, on sale at all comic book shops December 24th, 2014.  For more FCBD news and updates visit the Free Comic Book Day website and become a fan on Facebook and follow on Twitter.

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RABBIDS INVADE THE PAPERCUTZ LINEUP!

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.

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San Diego here we come!

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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 picThe 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!

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

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