Kid-friendly Comics Based on Hit Animated Series, Special Promotion at Comic-Con International
Papercutz, the industry’s leading children’s graphic novel publisher, has announced the latest addition to its successful WWE publishing program. WWE SLAM CITY, the second Papercutz series to feature the WWE Superstars will make its debut in August 2014.
Based on the hit animated series featured on the WWE Network and multiple online platforms, WWE SLAM CITY recounts the humorous adventures of popular WWE Superstars like John Cena, Kane, and Rey Mysterio after they’ve been fired from their regular jobs by a mysterious character known as “The Finisher”. Forced to find employment in the real world, the Superstars end up performing jobs like auto mechanic, crossing guard, and lunch lady. The series depicts the hilarious consequences as these sports entertainers put their skills to work in everyday situations. Since its debut, SLAM CITY has proven wildly popular, amassing over 3 million views online and spawning a successful toy line from Mattel.
“Like Papercutz, the WWE believes in reaching out to fans of all ages,” said Papercutz Editor-In-Chief Jim Salicrup. “And we all know that when kids like something they just can’t get enough of it. Our new graphic novels will help expand the SLAM CITY universe and give kids new stories and adventures featuring these extremely popular versions of their favorite stars.”
Written by Mathias Triton and penciled by versatile artist Alitha E. Martinez (BATGIRL, WWE SUPERSTARS), the first volume of the series features an array of WWE Superstars including Big Show, Santino Marella, and Randy Orton as well as the aforementioned Cena, Kane, and Mysterio. Previews of the series will be available for viewing at the Papercutz booth at Comic-Con International and attendees will also be able to pick up some special promotional items — business cards for the newly employed Superstars!
“Part of the fun of putting these books together has been working closely with Mattel and the WWE,” explained Papercutz’s VP of Marketing Sven Larsen. “They’ve been great partners and with their help, we’ve created unique items available at this year’s Comic-Con.”
Business cards featuring John Cena, Daniel Bryan, Kane, and Rey Mysterio will be given out at both the Papercutz booth (#2546) and the Mattel Booth (#3029) on Thursday and Friday of the show.
“WWE SLAM CITY is the perfect companion to our WWE SUPERSTARS series,” noted Papercutz publisher Terry Nantier. “Papercutz is dedicated to publishing the most diverse range of graphic novels and reaching as many readers as possible. With this new addition to our lineup, we’ve got the chance to not only create a whole new generation of WWE fans but a whole new generation of graphic novel fans as well. Are we excited about that opportunity? As Daniel Bryan would say, ‘YES!’”
Papercutz will publish WWE SLAM CITY #1: “Finished” (ISBN 978-1-59707-721-7, Diamond Product Code JUN141367) on August 26, 2014.
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Stop by San Diego Comic-Con booth 2546 for more information including a preview for press members. We will also be handing out the SDCC-exclusive business cards mentioned above. Check our blog for schedule.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
We’ll be joined by Papercutz author Stefan Petrucha and artist (and Denver local!) Jolyon Yates all weekend!
Stefan 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!
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.
Also joining us is Jolyon Yates, our one and only and most brick-tastic LEGO NINJAGO artist! Jolyon will be at the Papercutz booth signing copies of his books (available for purchase) as well as LEGO NINJAGO posters and bookmarks!
Jolyon will be appearing at the Papercutz booth 810 on Friday from 3pm-4pm, Saturday 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!
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!
And 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!
I was on vacation last week and I, of course, missed you all terribly. But I’m back today for another Papercutz Weekly News Roundup!
Reviews & Recommendations
News, Coverage & Publicity
- Annoying Orange surpassed two billion views on its YouTube channel last week. The Collective Digital Studio channel has more than 3.6 million subscribers, and 330 videos since launching in 2010.
The Garfield Show
- THE GARFIELD SHOW #3: “Long Lost Lyman” is a Children’s Book Council “Hot Off the Press” Pick for April 2014. You can view the full write-up here.
- Our LEGO NINJAGO graphic novel series has surpassed 2 million in sales! You can read our original press release here. The story was also picked up by comics news sites Robot 6 and Bleeding Cool.
- The Masters of Spinjitzu returned to Cartoon Network with two special episodes. Broadway World has the details on the new episodes and the series past rating success.
- RIO 2 had a very strong opening weekend grossing over $39mm domestically and just narrowly missing out on the #1 spot at the box office. The film continued to perform strongly over Spring Break week with latest estimates putting US ticket sales at just under $53 million and global box office at over $177 mm.
WWE Slam City
- The WWE SLAM CITY videos continue to grow in popularity. The show has now surpassed over 3.6 MM views across WWEslamcity.com, Kabillion, Cartoonium, WWE Network, Hulu, Nintendo and AOL.
- Our friends from the WWE have passed along this video to show that their influence is taking over all of pop culture. The Pirates dugout is the latest place to catch WWE fever. Time for our reps to start calling on their local sports teams?
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