Interview with VINCENT Creator Vitor Cafaggi!

Hi Everyone,

Today’s the big day! We’ve got VINCENT BOOK ONE: GUIDE TO LOVE, MAGIC, AND RPG launching and we’re so excited to bring such a beloved Brazilian comic to a new audience. Despite VINCENT coming all the way from Brazil, the series hits home with universal emotions of love, loss, and growing up that can appeal to everyone. To celebrate the occasion, I had the chance to interview the man of the hour, VITOR CAFAGGI, about all things VINCENT and his influences. Let’s get started:


Q: What does Vincent mean to you?

A: Vincent represents the main reason why I do comics today. Which is to give back everything that comics gave me. When I was a teenager, and even before that, I did not have many friends at school or close to home. I was very shy and was always worried about something.
Spider-Man comics showed me that I was not the only one like that. I saw myself in Peter Parker and seeing how he overcame his challenges, gave me the strength to beat mine every day. Vincent has some of that. In a way, by telling my story, I want to show people like me that they are not alone


Q: What would you like to say to this brand new audience who’s getting their hands on Vincent for the first time?

A: Sorry if you think it’s going to be a cute story, with furry little animals living fantastical adventures and sliding through rainbows. That’s not it. Vincent is an almost autobiographical story about adolescence. The adolescence of a daydreaming young man, who plays RPG and loves empanadas. First loves, first disappointments, the end of high school and the beginning of college, bad decisions, right choices, and best friends. That’s what you’ll find in Vincent.

Q: What would you like audiences to know about the Brazilian comic book scene and what makes it appealing to a wider global audience? 

A: The Brazilian comic scene is very diverse. The independent comics in Brazil are very strong. And in the middle of them, you will find comics of all sizes, of all genres, all prices, and all subjects. All this with the most varied arts possible. In addition to the indie comics, we have MONICA’S GANG. The best selling comics in Brazil for more than fifty years. They are part of our childhood and our culture.

Like VINCENT, MONICA ADVENTURES(which Papercutz is publishing as well!) talks a lot about love and growing up. Aside from Vitor and all of Brazil, famous comic writer GAIL SIMONE counts herself as a MONICA fan

“The international phenomenon comes to America, with all the charm, fun, and cuteness intact. Monica’s here, gang!”
-Gail Simone, BATGIRL, RED SONJA,
Wonder Woman writer


Q: What American superhero would you want Vincent to team up with?

A: Vincent is a big fan of the X-Men! Also, Vincent’s greatest idol is Rocky Balboa. He’s Vincent’s role model. Yeah, I know he’s not exactly a superhero, but Rocky is a hero to me. And Mel would love to meet Goku.

Q: What are you reading currently?


A: As always  I’m reading every Spider-Man title out there.  Also, the Spider-Man comic strips collections being released by IDW. Deadly Class! (I love Deadly Class so much) SnotGirl, Isola, Saga, Akira and graphic novels such as Be Prepared, by Vera B, and The Prince and the Dressmaker, by Jen Wang.

The cover to VINCENT BOOK TWO

Thanks to Vitor for answering all our burning questions! You can pick up your copy of VINCENT BOOK ONE today! And after you undoubtedly fall in love with young Vincent, VINCENT BOOK TWO will be available July 16th!

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Dinosaur Explorers Gets a Teachers Guide

Hello everyone! As you probably know, Papercutz has a long history of helping educators create dynamic and memorable lesson plans students have a blast participating in. Today we are proud to announce that our STEM/action title, DINOSAUR EXPLORERS just received one of those very lesson plans based on the characters and storyline from the graphic novel. Subjects include marine biology, vocabulary, archeology, and meet both Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.

Take a look for yourself by clicking here and let us know what you think by sending over your thoughts to field@papercutz.com.

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Spooky free mini comics and super cool events — Halloween with Papercutz!

Happy Halloween everyone! We have some cool news to share with all you ghouls and ghosts out there — a Ghost Friends Forever mini-comic will be available for free at comic book stores across the nation for Halloween Comic Fest and New Comic Book Day! In addition, Monica Gallagher and Kata Kane will be at Third Eye Comics in Annapolis MD to meet fans in celebration of this event.

Find participating comic stores near you @ https://halloweencomicfest.com/StoreLocator and feel free to shoot us an email at field@papercutz.com with any questions!

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Patricia Lyfoung to Launch THE SCARLET ROSE at NYCC

Papercutz is pleased to announce that French writer/artist Patricia Lyfoung will be launching the English version of THE SCARLET ROSE next weekend at New York Comic Con!

In volume 1 of THE SCARLET ROSE, “I Knew I’d Meet You,” readers meet Maud, a brave and headstrong girl who relies on her wits and fighting ability in equal measure. When the series begins, Maud is quite happy living her simple life with her father and learning the exciting art of sword fighting. But when her father is murdered, Maud is whisked away from the life she knows by her rich and lordly grandfather. He wants to give her a home – on his terms – and help Maud become a real lady. Yet all Maud wants to do is keep on fighting, so that she can have her revenge on her father’s killer.

THE SCARLET ROSE Vol. 1: “I Knew I’d Meet You” debuted on September 5th to much acclaim, with Publisher’s Weekly saying, “[The] manga-inflected artwork amplifies the romance, drama, and danger while devoting attention to historical detail […] and the heroine’s independence and daring.”

Lyfoung’s appearances at NYCC are as follows:

Thursday / October 5th
SIGNINGS
1 – 2 pm at FCA booth #1669
2-3 at Papercutz table — R7 in artist alley.

PANELS
Title: Educator Meetup: A Gathering of Educators and Comics Industry Professionals
Speakers: All FCA creators plus cartoonists from First Second and Teachers
Small group meet-up format with educators
Time: 3:45 – 4:45
Location: Javits room 1C01

Saturday / October 7th
SIGNINGS
1 – 2 pm at Papercutz table – R7 in artist alley.
2:30 – 3:30pm at FCA booth #1669

PANEL
Title: ComicsBeat Presents: The European Invasion: It’s our annual look at the European cartoonists scene – and with more and more European comics finding a US audience, the time has never been better. This year we talk to creators from around the world including Fabrice Nury and Patricia Lyfoung (France), Zep (Switzerland) Mahmud Asrar (Turkey) and more! These creators talk about their work and influences, and give us an insight into the new world comics culture.
Speakers: Heidi MacDonald (moderator), Nury, Zep, Lyfoung and others
Time: 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: Javits Room 1B03

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Papercutz’s Plans for SPX 2017!

This weekend, Papercutz will be pulling double duty at both the Brooklyn Book Festival and the Small Press Expo, the latter of which will be held at MARRIOTT NORTH BETHESDA HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTER in Bethesda Maryland.

If you’re in town for the SPX, be sure to stop by Booth G1-2, where illustrious illustrator Kata Kane will be premiering ANA AND THE COSMIC RACE! Jeff Whitman, our assistant managing editor and one of the writers of GUMBY will also be at the booth, signing books and gabbing with fans!

Kata will be signing at the Papercutz booth at 5-6 p.m. on Saturday and from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday (though she’ll be taking a break from 2-3, girl’s gotta eat!)

Hope to see you all there! And if you can’t make it to SPX, we’ll also be at the Brooklyn Book Festival this weekend! (And if you can’t make it to either one of those shows, we won’t make you feel too bad for missing out!)

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