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ARIOL Karaoke – Is There a Better Way to Start Monday?

December 15th, 2014 // by Sven Larsen // No Comments

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One of the most fun parts of our jobs at Papercutz is working with our fellow publishers in Europe. For those of you who don’t know, Papercutz imports several series from European publishers including ARIOL, ERNEST & REBECCA and, of course, THE SMURFS. As a result, we not only get sneak peeks at new storylines and comics but we also see some of the tremendous marketing efforts our fellow publishers put behind their characters. Case in point – the French ARIOL website from Bayard features a ton of goodies for anyone who signs up for the site (just hit Google Translate if you don’t read French). Members gain access to games, wallpapers, paper toys (!) and best of all the karaoke section! Did you know there was a Thunderhorse theme song? neither did we. But that hasn’t stopped us from singing “Le Chevalier Cheval” all morning.

Is there any better way to start (or restart) a Monday? We don’t think so.

“My Father, Peyo”

December 12th, 2014 // by Sven Larsen // No Comments

In part 2 of Veronique Culliford’s interview/article, she talks in depth about her father, Peyo.

PEYO – A CREATIVE ARTIST AROUND THE HOUSE

 

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My father, Peyo always shared his ideas with my mother, who was a bit
like his muse, but he never discussed his work with the family. Only my
mother would offer her opinion, which he would use to decide whether
to press on with his ideas or not. She also chose the colours. But when
we were children, my father never discussed his creative work with us.
He had his studio in the house. Father was always close by, from
morning until evening. We were the ones who set off for school, but
he did not set off for work! He had his team with him during his daily
business. François Walthéry, who created Natasha, was 17 when he
arrived at the studio. He was a bit like a big brother to me when I was
only 4. It was a real family affair, even though my father only discussed
his work with his colleagues.

We had to wait until the book was finished and fine-tuned before
we were able to read it. Nowadays, owing to my various responsibilities
I have to get involved in the early stages of a project’s development, but
my real pleasure is to be able to settle down on the sofa with the colour
book in the form in which it will be published. I love to turn the pages,
savouring the details and breathing in the scents of the printing shop.
My father was not in any special frame of mind when working on
Benny Breakiron but he cooperated with various people. When he was
working on the Les Schtroumpfs, he would have certain colleagues to
help with those characters, and when he worked on Benny Breakiron
he had others. There was Will, the cartoonist behind Tif et Tondu (Tif
and Tondu), who did the sets for Benny Breakiron.

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My father was also a very emotional person. I think he tried to convey his
feelings and emotions in his series. I do not mean to suggest that Benny
was a projection of my father as a young boy. He actually had a brother
and sister, as well as lots of cousins who he played with a great deal, all
forming a big gang of friends. However, and we never discussed this,
he lost his father when he was eight. So if he never mentioned family, it
may be something he hardly understood and something that was not
part of his experience. This may be one of the keys to Benny.

From my own children’s experience, I can see Peyo’s stories
continuing to delight one generation after another. My children are spoiled
for choice in our house when it comes to comic books. They read whatever
they want! But towards 10 years of age, they all gravitate instinctively
towards Benny Breakiron. I used to find the books under their beds when
they were supposed to be sleeping! As I am a mother who works and
travels a great deal, I do not always have time to talk things over with
them. I do not ask them what they think about their reading matter. They
know their grandfather was the one who wrote and drew these stories
and they are very proud. They became aware of Peyo’s status when they
were about 10. They did not read the Les Schtroumpfs so much. They did
read a lot of Benny Breakiron, then switched to Johan et Pirlouit.
The values my father’s stories convey are both positive and
universal. Parents have nothing to fear about their children reading
comic books by Peyo. They are kind of unblemished while reflecting a
meaning and morality that is not much in evidence nowadays. They are
a bit like contemporary fables. This is something mothers and fathers
are delighted to share with their children.

Peyo was more of a storyteller than a cartoonist. He had
a lot to tell because he must have done a lot of dreaming as well. He
was someone who used to look at the world in an imaginative way. He
had a knack of approaching the most serious subjects with a light and
humorous touch. Benny draws us into a real world, with real thieves
and real baddies. It is a real world, and I think he was anxious to express
something on this score as well. My father was very fond of Benny and
had a particular affection for the character.

Behind the Scenes with BENNY BREAKIRON – Part 1

December 11th, 2014 // by Sven Larsen // No Comments

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As part of the press promotion for the new BENNY BREAKIRON film in France, Peyo’s daughter, Veronique Culliford, wrote a terrific article on her father, his creative process and why Benny holds a special place in her heart. It’s a must read for any Peyo fan!

GROWING UP WITH BENNY

1960 was the year my father decided to create a new comic strip
series. He wanted it to appear in the leading Belgian daily Le Soir, which
was already running his story about a little cat called Pussycat, which
the publisher, Dupuis, wanted for its list. My father agreed to withdraw
Pussycat from the newspaper and hand it over to Dupuis but he was loath
to abandon the newspaper because it had offered him a chance when
was just starting his career. This is why he developed Benny Breakiron.
However, when Dupuis found out about the new work, they actually
preferred it to Pussycat !

My father always created likeable, very thematically structured
characters. After dwelling in the Middle Ages with Johan et Pirlouit
(Johan and Peewit) and the Schtroumpfs (the Smurfs), Benny Breakiron
offered him an opportunity to write stories set in the modern world.
Benny’s visual setting is very 1960s, the era when he was created.
I was only two when the character was unveiled to the public. He really
formed the background to my formative years.

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BENNY BREAKIRON – A DIFFERENT KIND OF HERO

My father’s idea in creating Benny Breakiron was to take a stance opposite
that depicted in the case of the American superheroes of the time, so he
invented a character who was not an all-powerful adult but a child who
nonetheless had the ability to react to anything that stirred his anger.
My father always liked to play around with the adult child concept and,
in the case of Benny Breakiron, the hero expresses himself like a child.
His way of thinking is not as articulate as that of an adult, and that
contributes to the light and refreshing feel of his adventures. He has
no qualms about saying what is on his mind. Benny has reached the
age when things can fill him with a real sense of indignation. He cannot
stand injustice.

I was about eight when I first read the adventures of Benny
Breakiron. I started from the beginning, with The Red Taxis. Like all
children I just looked at the pictures to start with. Then, when I was
about 10 or 11, I really started to understand the meaning of the texts.
As with all my father’s books, the adventures of Benny are multilayered,
thus featuring surprises for children of every age. My feeling as a girl
was that Benny needed protecting because he was alone! At times you
long to share his adventures, to put yourself in his shoes, at other times
you want to help him. We can all also relate to him often being rejected
by children of his own age because he is different from all the others.
We are on his side. He evokes strong feelings, even though we know it is
only a comic book. He is also very endearing because his parents are not
around. But he does not seem to be unhappy being alone. He is looked
after at home by his guardian, but we are never told if he might have
parents who have to work far away. I think my father’s approach was
intended to focus on his character, tell Benny’s story rather than getting
involved in the story of a family. Children think about themselves but
not always about their surroundings. This gives his perspective a kind
of authenticity that reminds us all of something.

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As he does not always manage to get close to people of his own
age, Benny has very close relationships with adults. Mr Dussiflard is
a man on his own, and Ms Adolphine is a woman on her own. Benny Breakiron
seeks the company of those who have time for him. He would like to
tell them about his amazing powers but he is always thwarted from
doing so by circumstances! He is not keeping a secret, he just never
manages to share the secret. These are the kinds of things children may
experience and express later on when they reach adulthood. Parents
do not always realise either… I believe it is something quite powerful, a
childhood theme that is particularly relevant nowadays.

Unlike superheroes who are able to do anything they want and
can save the world every day of the week, Benny Breakiron is just like anybody else.
He is incapable of solving a problem if he has a cold. His vulnerability
makes him someone special. He possesses powers that all children
dream of having but he continues to be normal. However, this does not
prevent him from creating one or two disasters to add a bit of spice to
his adventures!

Seasonal Spotlight: DANCE CLASS #6 – “A Merry Olde Christmas”

December 10th, 2014 // by Sven Larsen // No Comments
If you’re a parent, you may already have been dragged to your kids’ school Christmas pageant. If you know a budding Broadway performer, we’ve got the perfect series for them.  The girls in DANCE CLASS visit London, England in search of a happy Christmas. Julie, Lucie, and Alia are excited to get a letter from their friend Prune, inviting them to visit her in England. This is going to be the vacation of a lifetime! The girls will have to use all their dance skills to make this a yuletide memory for the ages!
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DANCE CLASS #6 “A Merry Olde Chistmas” is a good read year-round, but all the better for young readers during this magical month. No need to play Secret Santa to receive our gift!   Why not give a copy to someone in your family this holiday (and while you’re at it, pick up a copy for yourself)! It will make your tiny dancer (and reader) dance with delight!

BEHIND THE HELMET: AN INSIDE LOOK AT POWER RANGERS

December 10th, 2014 // by Sven Larsen // No Comments

It seems preparing for the holidays happens earlier and earlier each year. After Halloween, the stores transform and deck  the halls in green and red.We published “Going Green”,  MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS Vol. 2  last month and the reception has been RED hot (see how we worked in a  Christmas theme?).

POWER RANGERS colorist Mindy Indy posted a behind the scenes look at MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS Vol 2. She explains her favorite scenes, color choices she had to decide and more detail at her coloring process!

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Our MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS series caters to fans young and old.  MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS #2: Going Green makes an excellent gift for anyone who grew up in the 90s or enjoyed the reruns.  Our POWER RANGERS MEGAFORCE and POWER RANGERS SUPER SAMURAI series are  also perfect gifts for fans of the franchise.

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.

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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!

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!