Check out Be Heard! by cartoonist Kai Texel
As millions of American students assert their First Amendment rights in protests across the country, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and National Coalition Against Censorship are here to help protect students’ rights and we at Papercutz are more than happy to help them spread the message. Be Heard! is a free comic by cartoonist Kai Texel that outlines best practices to help kids assert their rights to speech, protest, assembly, and petition, warns about risks, and provides resources to get more help. Read Be Heard! here and share it freely and broadly!
Grab The Full PDF by clicking here!
The entire team at Papercutz would like to wish you and yours Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year! We can’t wait to share more exciting news and amazing graphic novels with you in 2018!!
DreamWorks and Netflix team up to debut six original shows for 2018, and among the firsts, premiering on January 18, is Trolls: The Beat Goes On. The series will pick up where the film left off, continuing the adventures of Poppy, Branch, and all the Troll Village.
TROLLS, the graphic novel series written by Dave Scheidt and illustrated by Kathryn Hudson, provides the backstory for Dreamworks’ Fall 2016 blockbuster film. Who are the Trolls? Who are the Bergens? Why is there one Troll who isn’t happy like all the other Trolls? And why does this Troll know more about the Bergens than any other Troll? Find out more about Poppy and Branch in this all-new collection of stories.
Volumes 1 through 3 are available now! The fourth installment releases January 23. Start reading TROLLS today and get caught up just in time for Netflix’s release of Trolls: The Beat Goes On!
From our sister site, Super Genius Comics, The Wendy Project is a heart-gripping tale about a young girl dealing with the guilt and loss of her brother. Released in July 2017, the comic has garnered attention from The School Library Journal, Publisher’s Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, and more. Now, The New York Times weighs in with its review.
Fish draws Wendy’s actual surroundings in jagged, splintery black lines and gray wash. Wherever the “Peter Pan” fantasy turns up, though, her artwork blooms into color, suffusing Wendy’s dreams of Neverland and tinging the elements of the real world that she’s charged with her hopeful imaginings. […] Fish’s inventive, dramatic staging is striking in its own right.
Read the whole article on The New York Times, and pick up your copy of The Wendy Project today. Available on ComiXology as well!
Each week in October, Papercutz will be previewing some of our spookiest books! This week, it’s STITCHED #1, which is an all-new graphic novel series about one recently-deceased girl’s search for her identity!
Each Wednesday in October, Papercutz will be previewing some of our spookiest books! This week, it’s HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA #1: “Kakieland Katastrophe,” which is an all-new graphic novel based on the hit film franchise!
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
1 – 2 pm at FCA booth #1669
2-3 at Papercutz table — R7 in artist alley.
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
1 – 2 pm at Papercutz table – R7 in artist alley.
2:30 – 3:30pm at FCA booth #1669
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
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!)
Papercutz will be making a big splash at this year’s Brooklyn Book Festival, with signings and author events! Below you’ll find a roundup of where and when the excitement will be.
Booth #320 (main day), 21 (children’s day)
10:30-11:30: David Gallaher
11:30-12:30 Amy Chu
12:30-2:00 David Gallaher
2:30-3:30 Amy Chu
2:30-4: Jessica Abel
10:30-noon: Jessica Abel
Noon-1 David Gallaher and Steve Ellis
1-2:30 Amy Chu
2:30-3:30 David Gallaher & Steve Ellis
3:30-4:30 Jessica Abel
4:30-6: Amy Chu
Saturday, September 16, 2017 (Children’s Day)
Young Readers Stage (MetroTech Commons)
On a panel where imagination and illustration collide, five worlds are on the brink of destruction. A school is beset by zombies and pirates. And a hopeful teen races for control of a vast space empire. Guided by moderator Gregg Schigiel (PIX: Too Super for School), authors Mark Siegel (5 Worlds Book 1: The Sand Warrior), Marcus Emerson (Recess Warriors and Diary of a 6th Grade Ninja), and Amy Chu (Ana and the Cosmic Race) reveal the secrets to writing and illustrating stories in which heroes rise, villains fall, and destinies are fulfilled.
Sunday, September 17, 2017
See It to Believe It
Brooklyn Law School,
Hey comics fans, come check out hot-off-the-press graphic novels by comics creators! From a castle in the stars, to a haunting story on seeking justice from the afterlife, to a rollicking roller girl from Mars, get to meet the creators who bring stories to life in words and pictures. With bestselling French star Alex Alice (Castle in the Stars), and award-winners Jessica Abel (Trish Trash) and Tony Medina (I Am Alfonso Jones). Moderated by Cassandra Pelham Fulton (Scholastic Graphix).
We hope to see you there!
“Creative Scotland announced this month’s open project fund awards today. We are honoured and delighted to have been awarded £32,000 towards creating our next graphic novel. This new fairy tale adaptation will follow on from the success of The Red Shoes and Other Tales and The Little Mermaid. The book will be published by Papercutz as the third volume in the collection, its title to be revealed at a later date.
“We are honoured to have been awarded funding from Creative Scotland for the creation of our next graphic novel: a new fairy tale adaptation to follow on from The Red Shoes and Other Tales and The Little Mermaid. Fairy tales are extremely powerful, tapping into the very origins of stories. They tell us about ourselves and others and, in these uncertain times, they can provide us with necessary truths. In reimagining our favourite tales as graphic novels we hope to create an immersive, lasting reading experience.”
About Creative Scotland:
Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here. We enable people and organisations to work in and experience the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland by helping others to develop great ideas and bring them to life. We distribute funding provided by the Scottish Government and the National Lottery. For further information about Creative Scotland please visit www.creativescotland.com.
Join us in congratulating Metaphrog on their award! We can’t wait to see what they have planned next! (Well, we already know, but we can’t wait for you to see it!)
The king of Claymation jumps back into comic stores TODAY, with the release of GUMBY #2! Featuring stories by Jeff Whitman, Mike Kazaleh, and Sholly Fisch, the second issue of the acclaimed series sees Gumby traveling to Paris! Freaksugar has a wonderful preview here and they’ve also listed the comic as one of their “Comics to Feed Your Eyeholes!” Groovy!
Calling all aspiring funny book writers! Below you’ll find a page from the recently released SISTERS VOL. 3, only without any of its (hilarious) dialogue. That’s where you come in! We’d like to invite you to fill in the blank speech bubbles with your own dialogue.
Download the image below and either write your dialogue into the bubbles or type it out separately. Then, submit your entry to firstname.lastname@example.org. The winner will be featured right here, on the Papercutz homepage, and will also receive a FREE copy of THE SISTERS VOL. 3!
If you want to check out some SISTERS in order to get inspired, head here to see a preview of SISTERS VOL. 3: “Honestly, I Love My Sister!”
Happy Monday, Papercutz readers! Back in May, we launched our CHARMZ imprint, a line of books dedicated to telling awesome stories for and about teen girls! This fall, we’ll roll out some more amazing CHARMZ books, and we can barely contain our excitement! One of the books we’re so excited to show you is ANA AND THE COSMIC RACE, a thrilling space adventure from writer Amy Chu and artist Kata Kane. To celebrate the upcoming release of the book, Kata Kane has offered a peek into the creative process!
Pencils for ANA AND THE COSMIC RACE VOL. 1 by Kata Kane
Inks for ANA AND THE COSMIC RACE VOL. 1 by Kata Kane
Colors for ANA AND THE COSMIC RACE VOL. 1 by Kata Kane and Laurie E. Smith
We’ll have much more ANA AND THE COSMIC RACE for you in the coming weeks, and definitely more from other CHARMZ books. You can head here for more info on ANA AND THE COSMIC RACE, including a few preview!
This year at San Diego Comic Con, we’re all about the Great Gumbino! Check out these photos from the convention floor!
Gumby Meets His Match!
D’aww! The Next Generation of Gumby Fans!
Gumby’s a hit with the girls!
Gumby Panel: Jim Salicrup, Jeff Whitman, and Joe Clokey
Gumby Panel: Rick Geary, Art Balthazar, and Eric Esquivel
Jeff Whitman, Joe Clokey, and Rick Geary
Gumby and Pokey Hang With the Fans!
If you happen to be among the lucky throngs visit San Diego Comic Con this weekend, you’ll be in for a special treat: on Thursday afternoon, Papercutz will host a panel all about GUMBY! Here are the details:
Gumby’s Back! The Claymation Clayboy Returns to Comics!
Thursday July 20, 2017 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Art Clokey’s greatest creation has always been able to jump into any book at all-literally! Now he’s jumping back into his very own comic book series from Papercutz. Gumby, Pokey, and the gang are back just in time for the 60th anniversary of The Gumby Show. Reminisce with Joe and Joan Clokey about their dad’s world-famous creation, hear from Gumby comics legend Rick Geary, and get the lowdown on the new stories Papercutz is creating with cartoonist Art Baltazar (Aw Yeah Comics), writers Jeff Whitman and Eric Esquivel (Animal Jam, Nickelodeon Pandemonium, Yo-kai Watch, BOO!), and Papercutz editor-in-chief Jim Salicrup.
Don’t miss out or you’ll be green with envy!
This weekend Papercutz is headed to the Windy City for the American Library Association’s Annual Conference! Below you will find Papercutz’s schedule, so make sure to pop over to Booth 1319 and say “Hello!”
FRIDAY (Preview Day)
5:30 AM – 6:15 PM Meet the Authors: Dave Scheidt (TROLLS)
Location: Exhibit Hall – Booth 1319
10:00 AM – 10:45 AM Meet the Authors: Dave Scheidt
Location: Exhibit Hall – Booth 1319
11:00 AM – 11:45 AM Meet the Authors: Jessica Abel (TRISH TRASH)
Location: Exhibit Hall – Booth 1319
2:30 PM – 3:20 PM Creator Spotlight: Jessica Abel
Location: McCormick Place, Exhibit Hall – Graphic Novel/Gaming Stage
Writer/artist Jessica Abel has always been known for work outside the graphic novel mainstream. From her breakout work LA PERDIDA to her comics textbooks, Abel has displayed not only the ability to craft compelling stories but also a deep understanding of the technical aspects of the medium, Her latest series, TRISH TRASH: ROLLERGIRL OF MARS is the story of a mixed-race teenager on Mars, struggling to escape economic oppression through a futuristic version of roller derby. Super Genius publisher Terry Nantier speaks with Abel about her long career and why TRISH TRASH is the heroine America needs right now.
3:30 PM – 4:20 PM Leadership in Innovation: Papercutz and NBM’s 40 years in graphic novels
Location: McCormick Place, Exhibit Hall – Graphic Novel/Gaming Stage
Papercutz has been a leader in kids comics for 11 years and sister company NBM a pioneer in establishing graphic novels for 40 years. Join Publisher Terry Nantier and authors Jessica Abel (“Trish Trash”) and Dave Scheidt (Trolls, Nickelodeon Pandemonium) presenting some of the history and the latest news from Papercutz’ acclaimed new Charmz line of ‘early crush’ comics for girls to NBM’s new bestselling non-fiction graphic novels.
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM YA Author Coffee Klatch (featuring Jessica Abel)
Location: McCormick Place, S105
10:00 AM – 10:45 AM Meet the Authors: Jessica Abel
Location: Exhibit Hall – Booth 1319
Last month, we were delighted to share with you that Jessica Abel’s TRISH TRASH: ROLLERGIRL OF MARS had been nominated for two Eisner Awards, including Best Writer/Artist and Best Publication for Teens! Now we’d like to encourage all eligible voters to vote for Jessica and her wonderful book!
If you aren’t familiar with the Eisner Awards, they’re widely considered to be the “Oscars of the comic book industry.” For years the Eisners has recognized and celebrated the best books and creators in comics, everything from Marvel and DC to indie presses.
And if you aren’t familiar with TRISH TRASH–well, then what are you waiting for? Part dystopian science fiction, part rollicking roller derby adventure story, TRISH TRASH: ROLLERGIRL OF MARS is a compelling tale of a young working class girl who feels trapped by the circumstances of her birth and economic situation. It’s also an incredibly vital book for our current political and cultural moment. At a time when women, the working class, and people of color are in the eye of the storm, TRISH TRASH is as important as ever. But even beyond its political implications, TRISH TRASH is just a flat-out exhilarating book about a girl who kicks all kinds of butt!
FYI, the following working comics industry professionals are eligible to vote in the Eisner Awards:
- Comic book/graphic novel/webcomic creators (writers, artists, cartoonists, pencilers, inkers, letterers, colorists)
- All nominees in any category
- Comic book/graphic novel publishers and editors
- Comics historians and educators
- Graphic novel librarians
- Owners and managers of comic book specialty retail stores
The deadline for voting is June 16, 2017. For more information and to cast your vote, please click here.
Papercutz will be returning to the Javits Center this weekend for Book Expo 2017! While we won’t have a booth this year, some of our authors will be appearing as featured guests for a couple of exclusive bookseller events!
JESSICA ABEL, the acclaimed (and Eisner Award-nominated!) author of TRISH TRASH: ROLLER GIRL OF MARS, will be at the ABA Celebration Lunch. The lunch, which is on Wednesday, May 31 from 12:00-1:30 pm in the Special Events Hall, honors the winners of the Indie Choice and E.B. White Awards.
DAVID GALLAHER, the writer of THE ONLY LIVING BOY and the upcoming HIGH MOON, will be presenting at the CBC / ABA BookExpo Speed Dating Lunch on Friday, June 2, from 12:15 – 1:45 pm in Room 1E07/1E08!
For more details and panel locations visit the Book Expo’s official website.
Papercutz is delighted to be returning to Toronto for TCAF 2017 with our special guests Metaphrog (courtesy of Creative Scotland)! John & Sandra will be at the show both days, signing copies of THE RED SHOES and THE LITTLE MERMAID and meeting and greeting their many North American fans. Come by TABLE 252 (on the 2nd Floor of the Toronto Reference Library) to say hi and see all of the great books we’ll have on sale.
Here’s a complete listing of the panels and signing times for Metaphrog:
SATURDAY, MAY 13
11:00-12:15 Teamwork: Comics & Collaboration Panel
12:30-1:15 Signing @ Papercutz table
1:30-2:45 NBM 40th Anniversary Panel
2:45 – 4:00 Signing @ Papercutz table
SUNDAY, MAY 14
11:00-12:15 Signing @ Papercutz table
12:30-1:15 Spotlight on Metaphrog Panel
1:30-2:30 Signing @ Papercutz table
Papercutz’s Tween Imprint Adds “GFFs” & “Scarlet Rose” to Lineup, Mariah McCourt to Editorial Team
While it’s official launch doesn’t take place until May, Papercutz’s new Charmz imprint is already adding new series and new creators, including a new role for New York Times best-selling author Mariah McCourt.
Charmz, a new graphic novel imprint devoted to romance focused fiction and squarely targeted at tween girls was already off to a strong start, with four new series launching this spring. But that’s just the jumping off point for one of the most ambitious comics publishing launches in recent memory. By the end of the year, the line will expand to six ongoing series. And the publisher has brought on an editorial “heavy hitter” naming McCourt as the line editor for the imprint.
“When Papercutz Publisher Terry Nantier and I decided to expand the line, we wanted to make sure that we got someone who understood the vision behind the imprint and was passionate about bringing more girls in to the comics market. After working with Mariah on STITCHED, we knew we had found the ideal candidate,” explained Papercutz Editor-in-Chief Jim Salicrup. “Her experience as an editor at Vertigo and IDW as well as her awesome writing skills make her the perfect fit for the job. Mariah’s worked with an amazing array of talent during her time in the industry and we look forward to bringing her unique editorial viewpoint to the Charmz line. I’ve always been impressed by her ability to discover and work with new talent, as well, and I think those skills will serve her well as we continue to expand the line.”
“The position is a great fit for me both personally and professionally,” enthused McCourt. “I’ve always been interested in seeing the market for graphic novels expand and that’s the ‘raison d’etre’ for Charmz. When Papercutz first approached me about working on a title for the Charmz imprint, I saw it as a great opportunity to create the kind of book I wish existed when I was a 13 year old. Heading up the imprint allows me to take that to the next level, making sure that our books are focused on the adventure & excitement that goes along with being a tween. I’d also describe myself as a ‘romance fiend and getting to work on a line of romance-focused books like this is right up my alley!”
McCourt’s appointment comes at a time of expansion for the fledgling imprint. In addition to the previously announced debut titles (supernatural romance STITCHED by McCourt & Aaron Alexovich, cosmic adventure ANA & THE COSMIC RACE by Amy Chu & Kata Kane, and European imports CHLOE and SWEETIES), Charmz will add two new series, GFFs and THE SCARLET ROSE, to its lineup this fall.
“GFFs is a really spectacular new book by Monica Gallagher and Kata Kane,” explained McCourt. “It’s the story of three teens who get involved with the supernatural and each other. Jake and Sophia live in a town where ghosts are common and many of the townspeople make a living helping spirits pass on. But when Sophia develops a crush on a girl ghost they’re trying to help, her old crush Jake realizes he may have feelings for Sophia as well. It’s a classic love triangle with a modern twist and a prime example of the kind of innovative stories we’re looking to tell at Charmz.It reminds me, in the best possible way of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (a property I’m pretty familiar with) but the characters and situations are uniquely their own GFFs is the kind of relationship-driven adventure story that epitomizes the Charmz line.”
The other new title is THE SCARLET ROSE, the story of a female swashbuckler in 18thcentury France. When Maud sees her father murdered in front of her eyes, she decides to become a champion of justice like the famous “The Fox”. She dons the identity of “The Rose” and uses her sword fighting skills to rescue the innocent. Of course, it’s only a matter of time before she crosses paths with her hero. But what will she do when she finds out “The Fox” is a boy from court that she can’t stand?
The manga influenced series by Patricia Lyfoung is a huge bestseller in France and Papercutz publisher Terry Nantier expects a similar reception when the series makes its US debut. “I’ve had my eye on this series for quite a while,” noted Nantier. “And I’ve always wanted to publish it in English. It’s a natural fit for the Charmz line. Patricia’s art is absolutely stunning and I love the combination of romance, high adventure and dynamic action that she brings to the book. There really is nothing like this in the American market right now and I think it’s really going to make a splash when it hits the bookstores.”
Added McCourt, “Girls with swords? French noblemen? High Adventure? Swashbukling and romance is my jam.”
With its fresh editorial vision and expanding roster of innovative new series, Papercutz’s latest imprint is shaping up to not only be one of the most highly anticipated publishing debuts of 2017 but also the line that brings romance back to comics..
Get ready to be Charmzed!