As Children’s Book Week 2015 kicks off its celebration of beloved children’s characters, young readers can look forward to a new hero hitting their shelves early next year. David Gallaher and Steve Ellis, the award-winning creative team behind digital hits HIGH MOON and BOX 13 are teaming up with industry-leading kids graphic novel publisher Papercutz to bring their webcomic sensation THE ONLY LIVING BOY to bookstores and libraries everywhere. The publisher has announced a multi-volume deal with Gallaher and Ellis’ Bottled Lightning Studio, brokered by Dara Hyde at the Hill Nadell Literary Agency, that will see the webcomic collected into a series of paperback and hardcover volumes beginning in March 2016. Publishing of the print collections will begin with a 72 page first volume entitled “Prisoners of the Patchwork Planet” set to arrive in March 2016. Plans call for subsequent books to be released on a regular schedule with the entire story eventually collected in five volumes.
THE ONLY LIVING BOY tells the story of 12-year old Erik Farrell, who runs away from home only to find himself without his memory, stranded on a patchwork planet with danger lurking around every corner. Every day is a struggle to survive. Erik quickly allies himself with Morgan, a mermaid warrior and Thea, a teenage princess from a mysterious insect race. He’ll need their help to escape the Dreaded Lord Baalikar and the evil Doctor Once and maybe, one day, find his way back home.
“Our story has dragons, an insect princess, a mermaid warrior, dangerous and exotic creatures and a boy who just might be the last human alive,” said Ellis. “It was important for me, as a father, and for David, who’s been a teacher, to create a story that will capture the imagination of young readers today, while channeling the excitement of the adventure novels, old-time radio broadcasts and epic storytelling we loved as kids.”
The brainchild of Harvey award-winning creators Gallaher and Ellis, the series has received both critical and fan acclaim since its launch. Mark Waid (DAREDEVIL, KINGDOM COME) said “Paul Pope and Jack Kirby never had a chance to work together, but if they had, it would be only slightly less awesome than this.” Mental Floss called it “an all-ages adventure book inspired by pulp serials, Saturday morning cartoons, Jack Kirby, and even the music of Paul Simon.”
“THE ONLY LIVING BOY is a timeless tale that combines all the best elements of classic adventure fiction with a modern sensibility,” said Papercutz Editor-in Chief Jim Salicrup. “Erik and his predicament are something any kid can identify with. Everyone has felt like ‘the different one.’ Erik’s struggle to figure out the strange world he’s found himself in, and his friendships with characters like Morgan and Thea are perfect analogs for kids’ everyday lives. But the fantastic settings, incredible creatures and perilous situations transport the reader into an utterly unique world where those experiences become something truly special. This is the kind of comic I loved when I was a kid.”
“We wanted a print partner with a deep appreciation of children’s publishing,” said Gallaher. “When we looked at Papercutz’s range of titles, with everything from graphic novel adaptations of Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys to contemporary characters like Geronimo Stilton, we knew we had found a home for THE ONLY LIVING BOY.”
“We’ve got a terrific mix of great characters, great content and great creators here,” notes Papercutz publisher Terry Nantier. “We’re looking forward to introducing Papercutz readers and kids graphic novel fans to their new favorite series!”
You’ll be hearing a lot more about all these books in the days and weeks to come but for now take a look at all the covers for the books we’ll be publishing from January to April 2015!
As we get closer and closer to the big holidays, it can be easy to fall out of our regular routines. Like checking the stores for the latest Papercutz releases!Of course, holiday times can also give us a chance to catch up on our reading too. Either way, we didn’t want you to forget that we’ve got one more book coming out in 2014:
THE GARFIELD SHOW #4: “Little Trouble in Big China” ships to comic book stores next Wednesday (aka Christmas Eve). As a special holiday treat (and a little extra motivation to visit your local store between Christmas Eve and New Year’s day), you can read the first 20 pages of Garfield’s latest adventure right here:
Want to see how the story ends? You can hit up your local comic book shop or bookstore (you can find a comic book store by visiting the Comic Shop Locator) for your own copy of THE GARFIELD SHOW #4. Of course, you can also order a copy online from retailers like Amazon and Barnes and Noble. And you can always order the garfield show (or any other Papercutz title) on our website as well.
However you obtain a copy, we hope you enjoy the latest adventures of everyone’s favorite feline and his pals!
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!
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!
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!