Why should Grunhilda have all the fun? THE LUNCH WITCH author Deb Lucke is on the fly this Spring, traveling near and far to meet her fans and talk about the creation of her first graphic novel. Here are just some of the places you can find Deb in the next few weeks …
MAY 8th-10th – TORONTO COMIC ARTS FESTIVAL
Deb will be heading north of the border to sign copies of THE LUNCH WITCH and sketch for fans at the Papercutz booth at TCAF.
MAY 19th – SOCIETY OF ILLUSTRATORS 2015 COMIC AND CARTOON ANNUAL RECEPTION (Invite Required)
Deb will be at the Society of Illustrators in New York City to celebrate THE LUNCH WITCH’S inclusion in the 2015 COMIC AND CARTOON ANNUAL.
MAY 29th-30th BOOXEXPO AMERICA/BOOKCON
Deb will be appearing at the ABA’s “Author Speed Dating” Event on the Friday and signing books at the Papercutz booth on Saturday at 2 pm.
In addition, Deb has recently confirmed she will be attending:
JULY 18th – VALCON COMIC FESTIVAL
Deb will be a guest at ValCon, a library convention taking place from 10am to 4pm at Valley Cottage Library on Route 303 in Valley College, New York.
Unlike her creation, DEb is super friendly, so if you’re planning on attending any of these events make sure to say hi!
While we’re all still excited by the debut of our first original graphic novel of the year, THE LUNCH WITCH, we’re also looking forward to our next OGN, THE RED SHOES. Metaphrog, the incredibly talented duo behind THE RED SHOES have put together a haunting trailer for this special volume (coming from Papercutz in October of this year). Once you’ve watched the video below, we’re sure you’ll be counting the days until October too!
We’re not the only ones who are super-excited by yesterday’s release of THE LUNCH WITCH. Children’s book site Kidsreads.com has a special feature on the book including a must read interview with writer/artist Deb Lucke. Check out their site for everything you ever wanted to know about Grunhilda and her erstwhile creator!
It’s almost here! Tomorrow see the long-awaited publication of THE LUNCH WITCH, Deb Lucke’s hilariously entertaining graphic novel. You’ve heard us rave about the book and seen the terrific reviews the book has received from publications like BOOKLIST and PUBLISHER’S WEEKLY. Now you get to sample the goods for yourself!
Still not convinced? Well, as a special celebration of THE LUNCH WITCH’s debut, we’ve created an exclusive preview edition that let’s you read th first two chapters for free. We guarantee that once you get your first taste of THE LUNCH WITCH’s special brew you’ll be hooked.
Click here to visit the Papercutz store and download your free preview copy today!
They say a good magician never reveals his secrets. But we guess the same maxim doesn’t apply to witches. Author Deb Lucke answered some questions we had regarding THE LUNCH WITCH and its creation. Have a burning question for Deb? Let us know and we will ask!
Q: How did you decide on Grunhilda becoming a Lunch Lady?
DEB: One of my long-time friends, Cheryl Wilson, got a job as a lunch lady. She told me her new job title with pride and also with humor. I started thinking about what her job was like and then—me being me—I started imagining a lunch lady with secrets. I worked in the school cafeteria myself in college so I knew what went on behind the scenes. Somehow Cheryl who looks more like Olive Oyl than Grunhilda morphed in with my Great Aunt Hulda and several other older female relatives who impressed me with their heavily-gridled bodies and gruff manner when I was young. The book is dedicated to Cheryl.
Q: Did you consult with any lunch ladies while working on the book?
DEB: Cheryl sent me photos of her cafeteria and told me a few stories. Since she isn’t a mean, old witch, they were mostly nice stories. I gathered from her that certain kids hang around and that none of the kids actually eat their lunches. I also spent a day with the lunch ladies at a local school in the Hudson Valley (I didn’t tell them why). I did a lot of drawings of the students eating and photographed the kitchen for reference. I go into schools to do readings so I always try and scope out the cafeteria.
In addition, I had another relative who was the Head Lunch Lady of an entire school district. She used to talk a lot about how to turn a cheese single into a sail on a chili “boat” and how to do that cost effectively for a thousand lunches. It’s a bit frightening the things I have stored in my head.
Q: Did any of them react in a special way to THE LUNCH WITCH?
DEB: Cheryl can’t wait until she gets a copy of the book. I’m a bit fearful how others might react. If anyone shows up at Papercutz in an apron and carrying a meat cleaver, you don’t know me.
Q: How do you feel about the feedback the graphic novel has received?
DEB: I am thrilled with the response so far. It is so nice to see what readers find funny…or poignant. The reviewer that compared me to Roald Dahl is my newest best friend. Don’t take my word that she actually said that read it for yourself. http://jeanlittlelibrary.blogspot.com/2015/02/the-lunch-witch-by-deb-lucke.html?spref=fb
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.