Papercutz takes over Asterix Publishing in the Americas!

Papercutz is proud to take over US publishing of the world’s bestselling comics series Asterix in honor of his 60th anniversary! All graphic novels will be reissued in all-new translations and new formats. To start, Papercutz will be collecting the original stories in 2 omnibuses with three volumes worth of stories in each, as well as presenting the newest, best-selling album, the 38th in the series, “The Chieftain’s Daughter” in a single hardcover volume. All three of these great graphic novels will be releasing in May 2020. Moving forward, Papercutz will be releasing 4 of these omnibus volumes per year for 3+ years, which will eventually collect every single Asterix story to date. This also includes publishing the newest albums every 2 years as they are released. Papercutz is proud to reintroduce such a beloved comic book character to a wider audience.

What is Asterix

He is the main character in a village of holdout Gauls who were never vanquished by the occupying Roman army. One reason they’ve successfully held off the Roman forces: a secret potion the village’s druid Panoramix knows how to concoct that makes all the village’s citizens super-powerful! Well, at least for short period of time.

Beyond this premise, the series has been a vehicle for satire on humanity and politics along with delectable puns for names thrown in. The humor is an amazingly agile mix from slapstick to sophisticated satire. It’s this secret recipe (potion?) that has made Asterix so widely popular, not just with kids but their parents as well. Co-creator  and scriptwriter Goscinny, who lived part of his life in New York, was steeped in and greatly inspired by everything from the heyday of Mad magazine to the whimsical humor of Walt Kelly’s Pogo. His co-creator partner, artist Uderzo, brought his sharp unmistakable caricatural style. The collaboration was electric.

Co-Creators Rene Goscinny (Left) and Albert Uderzo (Right) with their creations Asterix and Obelix

The Asterix Phenomenon

Asterix is ​​60 years old today! Since his first appearance in 1959, the character has brought together readers from all walks of life and all generations. A real wonder that we owe to its creators: the geniuses René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo. Whether in battles against their eternal Roman enemies, the magic potions of the Druids, or the famous quarrels between colorful characters, the Gauls have conquered schoolyards, museums and libraries around the world. But who could have imagined, just 60 years ago, that our little Gaul and his faithful friend Obelix, carver of menhirs (Stonehenge-like monuments), carriers of humanist and positive values ​​(fraternity, freedom, irreverence, resistance, friendliness…), would be today, with 380 million albums sold, THE huge international stars appreciated by the uncowed of the whole world!

Asterix by the Numbers:

1959: First appearance, October 29, in the magazine Pilote.
1961: Publication of the first Asterix album, Asterix the Gaul.
6,000: Copies for the initial printing of the first album.
38: Number of albums published through October 24, 2019.
111: Number of languages ​​and dialects translated into (including Latin!).
380 million: Number of albums sold worldwide since 1959.
50 million: Number of visitors at Asterix Parc for 30 years
14: Number of Asterix movies (including 10 animated movies and 4 live action movies)
And finally for its most recent success: 5 million: number of copies distributed to date of the 38th album The Chieftain’s Daughter, published just 7 days ago, October 24. An unparalleled success in the field of global publishing.

A New Partnership

 “Papercutz is thrilled for this opportunity to bring the world’s bestselling series to America with a true push here for the first time,” said Papercutz Publisher Terry Nantier, ”and the all-new more American translations, as well as our redesign of the books (new covers and new format) will make this series relevant to our American audience. After 60 years, the little Gaul Asterix is an ongoing mighty hit in most countries and languages and thus has proven himself to cross borders very successfully, and we say watch out America, we’re letting loose Asterix and his magic potion of power!”

“I am delighted to collaborate with Papercutz, a fantastic and clever comics publisher, to have for the first time ever the full Asterix collection released on the US market in a specific American edition,” said Céleste Surugue, Managing Director of Les Éditions Albert René, the rights holders: “Having this universe widely available to the US readers is a major event for one of the most famous and fun comic characters.
The 2 creators have been huge fans of American comic artists from Caniff to Kurtzman or Gottfredson who inspired their art very much.
The Asterix albums have been published in 111 languages and dialects until now and have sold in excess of 380 million copies. It was high time to have the American translation Asterix deserves. We are really looking forward to having the full series including the latest volume, The Chieftain’s Daughter, available in a brand-new American edition!”

For The Creators, a Strong Bond with the US 

Rene Goscinny (Right) In NYC with Harvey Kurtzman (Left) and John Severin (Middle)

Rene Goscinny was born in Paris in 1926. After growing up in Argentina, he lived in NYC for 7 years where he had the chance to work at the Charles William Harvey Studio with Harvey Kurtzman, Will Elder, Charlie Stern and John Severin who then created the famous Mad Magazine, an association that would mark him for life. René Goscinny had been nourished by this very specific Anglo-Saxon humour in all his future works. In 1959, he co-founded with Albert Uderzo the magazine Pilote which premiered what was to become the most successful comic series anywhere: Asterix. By the late sixties, Pilote turned to an older audience pioneering an absolute revolution in comics styles, narration and sophistication. Goscinny’s genius was not only in writing but also in editing, launching many famous and enormously innovative comics authors within the creative cauldron that Pilote magazine had become under his leadership, helping to raise comic art into a full-fledged art form. He died suddenly and way too early of cardiac arrest in 1977 at the age of 51, but his legacy continues.

Albert Uderzo was born in France in 1927 to Italian Immigrants. After a number of years in children’s illustration and co-launching a comics syndicate and agency (doing up to nine pages a week!) he created with Goscinny in 1959 the soon to be legendary Asterix series. He has been inspired by the works of Walt Disney since his early childhood starting with the 1st Journal de Mickey! Ever since then, Albert has been seeking inspiration from American Comics and the works of Walt Disney. He never missed a chance to pay tribute to American artists, and time would tell that this love would pay off.

In 1959, Goscinny and Uderzo became editor and artistic director (respectively) of Pilote magazine. Their creation, Asterix, became a runaway success. After Goscinny’s death in 1977, when 24 volumes of Asterix were complete, Uderzo continued to write and illustrate the Asterix books on his own, publishing 10 volumes. The cover credits still read “Goscinny and Uderzo.” He retired from writing and drawing in 2011 but still oversees Asterix and the current publications by 2 prominent French comics artists, Jean-Yves Ferri and Didier Conrad.

Publishing Information

Papercutz will release Asterix Omnibus Volumes 1 and 2 in full color hardcover (7.5” x 9.5”, 160pp., ISBN: 9781545805657 (Volume 1)/ 9781545805671 (Volume 2), $22.99 each) and full color paperback(7.5” x 9.5”, 160pp., ISBN: 9781545805664 (Volume 1)/ 9781545805688 (Volume 2) $14.99 each) on May 19th, 2020. Papercutz will also release Asterix Volume 38: The Chieftain’s Daughter in full color hardcover (7.5” x 9.5”, 48pp. ISBN: 9781545805695, $9.99) on  the same day, May 19th 2020.

Asterix Omnibus Volume 1 collects:
 “Asterix The Gaul”, Asterix and The Golden Sickle”, and “Asterix and The Goths”.
Available May 19th, 2020!
Asterix Omnibus Volume 2 collects:
“Asterix The Gladiator”, “Asterix and The Banquet”, and “Asterix and Cleopatra”.
Available May 19th, 2020!

Stay tuned for more information!

One Last Halloween Treat!

We hope you all had a sweet treat-filled Halloween! Feeling the post-Halloween blues? Well, you’re in luck! All purchases from our website are now coming with a bonus copy of our Loud House Halloween Special comic while supplies last! Grab them now before they disappear back into the candy bowl!

Enjoy Some Spooky Savings!

To get everyone into the Halloween Spirit, we’re treating our fans to a special 20% discount on all our books on the website! This isn’t a trick! Just enter the code “e20” when you check out and enjoy the discount! But act fast, the deal is only until the end of the month. These deals will disappear faster than candy on November 1st!

Signings and Events at ALA 2019

Hey everyone! It’s that time of year again! ALA is right around the corner and you don’t want to miss all the great signings we’ve got planned at our booth at the Walter E Washington Convention Center in Washington DC!

First things first, you’ll be able to find us at Booth 3535, right on the corner of the Comics Pavilion. This is where you’ll find all our signings and giveaways, so swing by to say hey!

Next, we’ll have ARCs for two of our upcoming series, BRINA and CAT & CAT! You won’t want to miss these hair-raising, cat-tastic new books!

Finally, we have the main attraction, our talent signings! We have a full house of creators with us this time around, and we’ll have signings throughout the weekend of their books for a small fee of $5. Here’s the all-star team we’re bringing with us!

The dynamic duo of David Gallaher and Steve Ellis will be around signing copies of their fantasy adventure series THE ONLY LIVING BOY OMNIBUS, as well as copies of their new hit follow up to the series, THE ONLY LIVING GIRL VOL.1: THE ISLAND AT THE EDGE OF INFINITY!

The mother-daughter super team of Liz and Lucy Lareau will be signing their STEM/Girl Power series GEEKY F@B FIVE with volumes 1 and 2! Liz and Lucy will also be doing a special signing at 2pm on Saturday June 22nd at Hooray for Books (1555 King Street, Alexandria, Virginia)!

Famous cartoonist Art Baltazar will be signing copies of his nautical adventure series GILLBERT VOL.1!


Famed cartoonist John Steven Gurney will be around signing his new home run series FUZZY BASEBALL with volumes 1 and 2!

Here’s a breakdown of the signing schedule:

Friday June 21st

5:30pm-7:00pm
Liz and Lucy Lareau signing Geeky Fab Five Volumes 1 and 2
Art Baltazar signing Gillbert Volume 1

Saturday June 22nd

9:00am-10:30am
Liz and Lucy Lareau signing Geeky Fab Five Volumes 1 and 2
David Gallaher and Steve Ellis signing The Only Living Boy Omnibus and The Only Living Girl Volume 1

10:30am-12:00pm
John Gurney signing Fuzzy Baseball Volumes 1 and 2

12:00pm-1:30pm
Art Baltazar signing Gillbert Volume 1

1:30pm-3:00pm
David Gallaher and Steve Ellis signing The Only Living Boy Omnibus and The Only Living Girl Volume 1
John Gurney signing Fuzzy Baseball Volumes 1 and 2

Sunday June 23rd

9:30am-11am
Art Baltazar signing Gillbert Volume 1

11:00am-12:30pm
John Gurney signing Fuzzy Baseball Volumes 1 and 2
Liz and Lucy Lareau signing Geeky Fab Five Volumes 1 and 2

2:00pm-3:30pm
David Gallaher and Steve Ellis signing The Only Living Boy Omnibus and The Only Living Girl Volume 1

Can’t wait to see you all there! Keep an eye on our social media for more information!


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!

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.

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!

Geeky Fab Five gets A Fantastic Educators Guide

Our beloved STEM and girl power graphic novel series, GEEKY FAB FIVE has just received an Educator Resource for teachers. This beautiful guide is used in combination with the graphic novel itself with the purpose of providing a detailed lesson plan for teachers. From group activities to solo work, students will be able to learn while interacting with their favorite characters!

 

 

 

Have a look for yourself @ 

Brooklyn Book Festival & Small Press Expo!

In the Washington DC or Brooklyn, NY area this weekend? Come see us and a few friends IRL!

The Small Press Expo in the Washington D.C. area & the Brooklyn Book Festival are both happening this weekend! The creative minds behind GHOST FRIENDS FOREVER, Kata Kane & Monica Gallagher will be at SPX premiering GFF vol 2 at our sister company NBM’s booth: G1-2.

At the same time, Brooklyn will play host to Liz & Lucy Lareau of GEEKY FAB FIVE as well as Ryan Jampole, the illustrator of both GEEKY and MELOWY and the author of MELOWY, Courtney Powell. They will be at table 24 for Children’s Day Saturday and table 322 for the Main day on Sunday. Shoot us an email at field@papercutz.com if you have any questions and the signing schedule for both is located below!

Brooklyn Book Festival
SAT. (10-4)
10-11:30 Lareaus & Ryan (Geeky Fab Five)
11:30-1 Cortney (Melowy)
1-2:30 Lareaus & Ryan
2:30-4 Cortney & Ryan (Melowy)

SUN (10-6)
10:30-noon: Lareaus & Ryan
Noon-1:30 Cortney
1:30-3 Lareaus & Ryan
3-4:30 Cortney & Ryan

Small Press Expo
SAT. (11-7)
1:00-2 Monica (GFF)
5:30-6:30 Monica

SUN. (12-6)
1-2: Kata & Monica (GFF)
3-4 Kata & Monica

Geeky Fab Five gets a trailer!

We have a trailer for Geeky Fab Five, a new series about 5 girls with STEM abilities who tackle big problems at their school! Take a look at it below and remember to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more trailers and other exclusive content!

PAPERCUTZ AT ALA AND CI6

PAPERCUTZ EVENT NEWS

We will be at both the Annual ALA Conference & Exhibition from June 21st to June 26th and the Children’s Institute from June 19th to the 21st! And it’s not just us that will be at these events.

ALA

At ALA we will have the Lareaus, a mother-daughter writing duo new to the Papercutz family, the authors of GEEKY F@B FIVE, a new girl empowerment in STEM series, , and the co-author of The Joe Shuster Story, Thomas Campi. The Lareaus will be speaking on the Strong Female Protagonists: From Girl Power to Grown Women! panel on Sunday June 24th from 12:30PM-1:20 PM while Thomas Campi will be speaking on the Story of Life: Graphic Biographies and Autobiographies on Saturday June 23rd from 12:30PM-1: 20 PM. In addition to the panels, Liz & Lucy Lareau will be signing at the Papercutz booth Friday 5:30PM-6: 30 PM, Saturday 10AM-11AM and 2PM-3PM, and Sunday 1:30PM-2: 30 PM. Thomas Campi will be signing on Saturday 11AM-12PM and 3:30PM-4: 30 PM, and Sunday 2:30PM-4PM, with his book available at a 50% discount. All signings will be at the Papercutz booth (3425).

What Papercutz appearance would be complete without a few giveaways? At ALA we will have another upcoming, action-packed, STEM series, DINOSAUR EXPLORERS, the cute, underwater adventure of the merman GILLBERT by Art Baltazar (coming in Sept.), and last but not least, the new Charmz imprint series, AMY’S DIARY (coming early next year) all up for grabs!

CI6

For the Children’s Institute, we will be accompanied by Liz and Lucy who will be at the author’s reception signing copies of their debut series title GEEKY F@B FIVE! We will also have freebies for booksellers in the Galley Room. This includes VINCENT, a YA rom-com for those growing out of the Papercutz Charmz “early crush” imprint (CHLOE, SCARLET ROSE, etc.) and DINOSAUR EXPLORERS which is a manga-inspired, action-packed, STEM title as well, including articles with details, perfect for any dinosaur fan.

If you have any questions please contact Arthur at field@papercutz.com and if you’re going to be in the area, please look for us and say hi; we always love to chat with our fans!

The Joe Shuster Story is here!

The much-awaited story of a comic book legend, an industry exposed, and a friendship that spawned one of the most iconic superheroes ever has just hit shelves everywhere — we welcome THE JOE SHUSTER STORY by Julian Voloj and Thomas Campi!

Check out what people are saying about the title below:

“The art lends warmth and beauty to this elegy to two kids chewed up by a system that sees dollar signs and goes in for the kill.” — PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

“Gorgeous.” — io9

The Joe Shuster Story…. “tells the story of Joe Shuster in a most appropriate way — in the form of a graphic novel. Writer Julian Voloj (Ghetto Brother) and artist Thomas Campi have collaborated on a comic experience about America, ambition, the intersection of art and commerce.” — SYFY

“Superheroes might have conquered the world, but their real origins are here in this heart-breaking story of youthful nerdy dreams and cruel corporate betrayal. Julian Voloj and Thomas Campi have taken one of the saddest stories in comics and turned it into a lyrical meditation on the complex relationship between daydreams and business. A well-researched primer on American comic book history, a beautifully painted tribute, and a powerful human story: Joe Shuster is all of this and more.” — Dylan Horrocks, cartoonist of Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen

“Amazing…. Each panel is a beautiful painting.” — Paolo Rivera, artist of Mythos

“A tender graphic history with empathic prose from Julian Voloj and sensuous painting from Thomas Campi…. Should be required reading.” — VULTURE

“A superb and emotional graphic novel…. Eye-opening” — COMICS BEAT

“I highly recommend The Joe Shuster Story. I’m happy that Joe, like Bill Finger not long ago, is finally getting his chance to be the hero, or at least the heart, of the story.” — Marc Nobleman, author of Boys of Steel

“Terrific… Pop culture fans may know their names without ever reading a Superman book, but even if you know Shuster and Siegel’s story, seeing it unfold in a graphic novel of its own is wholly different. A heartbreaking story, to be sure. But one that Superman fans, superhero fans, graphic novel fans, American history buffs, or those who simply enjoy beautiful illustrations will be glad they experienced.” — SCREENRANT

“Paints such a vivid picture, one can almost put themselves into this story and walk alongside Joe on his journey…. From childhood to the mid-70’s, this well-written and beautifully illustrated graphic novel is a must-read and must-have for any comics historian or DC creator fan.” — POP CULT HQ

“Carefully researched… definitely a graphic novel to check out!” — FANBOY FACTOR

“With The Artist Behind Superman: The Joe Shuster Story, Julian Voloj and Thomas Campi have brought forth a fever dream of an all-too-true story of what happens when art and commerce explosively collide. Drawing on immersive research and unrestrained passion, Voloj and Campi bring to life a bygone era whose ghosts still haunt us. This saga of the flesh-and-blood creators of the Man of Steel is simultaneously inspiring and chilling. What a triumph!” — Danny Fingeroth, author of Disguised as Clark Kent: Jews, Comics and the Creation of the Superhero

“Any fan of Superman and comics should read this.” — FIRST COMIC NEWS

“Voloj and Campi did a masterful job in weaving historical narrative, politics and pop culture into a nostalgic bitter-sweet journey to a moment in history, and a special friendship, that gave the world Superman.” — Asaf Hanuka, cartoonist of The Realist

“Assembled using archival material and first-hand sources, and stunningly painted by Campi, The Joe Shuster Story is necessary reading for fans of the Big Blue Boy Scout, as well as any budding historian of the industry.” — PASTE MAGAZINE

If you have any questions about the title feel free to reach out to us at field@papercutz.com and you may order The Joe Shuster Story by clicking here.

Join Papercutz and Julian Voloj at The Toronto Comic Arts Festival

We have some pretty awesome event news for our Canadian fans. Julian Voloj will be premiering his comic biography, The Joe Shuster Story at The Toronto Comic Arts Festival on May 12 & 13th as a guest. Papercutz will also be in full attendance with NBM publishing at table 133 with another special guest David B. who will be premiering A Tale of a Thousand and One Nights: HASIB & the Queen of Serpents.

ABOUT THE EVENT — The TCAF is a celebration of comics, graphic novels and their creators, which culminates in a two-day exhibition and vendor fair featuring hundreds of comics creators from around the world. Other Festival events include readings, interviews, panels, workshops, gallery shows, art installations, and much more. The full program and list of participating creators are available by clicking here.

PAPERCUTZ EVENT SCHEDULE — Julian himself with be signing at table 133 on Saturday from 10 AM-11:30 AM — 3:45PM-5PM and Sunday from 11 AM-Noon — 1 PM-2 PM. Julian will also be a part of the Truth Comes Out: Creating Comic Biographies panel on Saturday at 2:45 PM in the Summerhill Ballroom (Marriott).

ABOUT THE PANEL — The best biographies take you on a wild ride through some of the defining moments of a person’s life. But what happens if that person is, well, boring? Or worse, what if you uncover skeletons in the closet of people you admire? Join biographers Max de Radigues & Wauter Manaert (Weegee), Julian Voloj (The Joe Shuster Story), Ho Che Anderson (King), along with biographical interpreters Jia Sung and Oliver East (Ley Lines) as they address the greatest question of all: Is fact stranger than fiction? Moderated by Brendan Montgomery

Be Heard! Protecting Your Protest Rights

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!

 

Happy Holidays!

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!!

Netflix Adds TROLLS: THE BEAT GOES ON!

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!

NYTimes Review: THE WENDY PROJECT is “Striking”

 

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!

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