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 email@example.com. 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!
Joe Clokey, President of Premavision and son of GUMBY creator Art Clokey today announced a new partnership with Papercutz, “the #1 Kids’ Graphic Novel Publisher”. The agreement gives Papercutz rights to create comics and graphic novels based on the company’s GUMBY character, the best-selling toy and TV star that has become a cultural icon.
The partnership will let Papercutz create new material based on the hit GUMBY shorts that have found a new generation of fans through YouTube and DVD releases. With literally millions of fans online and toys, DVDs and other merchandise being sold through mass market retailers like Wal-Mart and Target, the character is enjoying a resurgence in popularity that is also driving creation of new media. Premavision recently announced development of a new television series (in partnership with the Jim Henson Company) and plans for a feature film are also in the works. With the recent 60th anniversary of the GUMBY TV show, the timing was perfect for the character to return to comics.
“I’m always delighted by how the character my father created has touched the hearts of so many people,” observed Clokey. “The emergence of GUMBY centered fan conventions and the huge reception we’ve received at places like ComicCon International show just how important GUMBY is to so many people. We wanted to make sure we found a publishing partner who not only appreciated the property but also shared the approach and values that have made GUMBY such an enduring character. Papercutz shares our commitment to creating great stories. And they also have some of the biggest GUMBY fans I’ve ever met on staff. That made them the ideal choice for a publishing partner.”
Chief among those fans is Papercutz Associate Managing Editor Jeff Whitman who will be one of the writers on the ongoing comic book series. “I’ve been a GUMBY fan for as long as I can remember,” explained Whitman, “And I think Terry and Jim wouldn’t have known how to deal with me if we hadn’t been selected as the publisher for these characters. Did I wear a full-size GUMBY costume to the office to help convince them we should go after this property? Maybe. What I can say for sure is we’re committed to capturing the magic that Art Clokey brought to his creation and that we’ll be exploring all the different settings and characters in the Gumbyverse while staying true to the essence of Gumby. He can jump into any book (with his pony pal, Pokey, too), so the story potential is virtually endless. We’ll also be finding out more about the Blockheads, Gumby’s sister Minga, his friends Prickle and Goo, and more recently introduced characters like his girlfriend, Tara. These comics will celebrate Gumby’s past, present, and future; if you have a heart, then Gumby’s a part of you. ”
Current plans call for an ongoing monthly comic book series to launch in July with the first issue debuting at this year’s ComicCon International. The 32 page, $3.99 issues will feature two ten-page lead stories and a five-page backup story, which will provide the opportunity for multiple creators to try their hand at the adventures of the “little green ball of clay”.
“Jeff may be the biggest GUMBY fan in the office but he’s certainly not the only comics creator with a love for the property,” observed Papercutz Editor in Chief Jim Salicrup. “We’ve had a number of people approach us about working on the series and hopefully we’ll hear from even more writers and artists after this release. I think a lot of people will be excited to hear the first roster of creators we announce. Of course, GUMBY has a rich history of A-list creators like Art Adams, Rick Geary and Bob Burden working on the property and we’re currently in discussions on how we can bring some of that material back in to print again as well.”
In addition to the new comic books, plans call for the series to be collected in graphic novel format starting in November 2017. “GUMBY certainly has a lot of adult fans but the character is also one of the great kids’ properties,” explained Papercutz Publisher Terry Nantier. “The graphic novels will let us place the character in bookstores, schools and libraries and reach a whole new generation of fans. It’s a brand-new format for GUMBY to explore and I’m sure he’ll prove just as popular in this category as he has in other media and toys!”
Added Clokey, “Gumby is a timeless character with universal appeal. I’m excited that we’ll be able to share his new adventures with both Gumby enthusiasts and new fans and that working together, we’ll be able to create a new chapter in the character’s rich history.”
GUMBY #1 will be on sale at comicbook stores, online retailers and bookstores everywhere on July 19th.
Sandra Marrs and John Chalmers (aka Metaphrog) have been creating graphic novels like THE RED SHOES and THE LITTLE MERMAID for over two decades. They recently penned an overview of their lengthy career on their own blog and they were kind enough to give us permission to reprint that article here. It’s a fascinating look at the development of two truly unique artists.
20 Years Since Our First Comic!
Unbelievably, this month sees the 20th anniversary of our very first comic. When we met in 1994 we started working on comics together almost right away and, after creating several short comic stories, eventually collected them in our first comic Strange Weather Lately – Martin Nitram #1 in December 1996. We brought this out with limited edition lino prints in silver and the tagline: “Stories from the surreal yet unnervingly real world of Martin Nitram”. We jumped up and down a bit when Diamond Comic Distributors agreed to distribute it through their Previews catalogue.
Thus began our career in comics. At the time we were told our comic was the wrong size (we’d had it printed A4). But we didn’t really care – we hadn’t even thought at the time about comic shops and their coffins or boxes for storing American comic sized titles. Indeed we knew very little about the workings of the comic market. The comic quickly sold out. (There doesn’t even seem to be any copies on ebay now!).
We followed this up with The Maze
and then with a longer and more intricate Strange Weather Lately
story arc published as bimonthly comics and gathered them all in our first graphic novels in 1998 and 1999. At the time, the Scotsman newspaper ran a “Who to Watch” feature on us and we were interview on the radio for The Brian Morton Show.
|Our first comic,
Strange Weather Lately
|Extract from Strange
Weather Lately #1
|Strange Weather Lately
Between 1999 and 2011 we worked on the Louis series of graphic novels. Louis – Red Letter Day was originally intended to be a one off but we realised how much we loved the character and working with the Louis world that five more books followed. Much to our amazement we received nominations for the Eisner Awards and also the Ignatz Awards and international acclaim. We were delighted to receive coverage in mainstream media as many places didn’t really review comics or graphic novels in the early 2000s. Our Louis books, perhaps because they were so different and a bit strange, found their way into publications like i-D (where Kodwo Eshun described Louis – Red Letter Day as “a seriously spaced enigma”), The Guardian (with a column on our work by Julie Burchill), SFX, Art Review, New Internationalist, The Herald, Creative Review among many others. Our comic/music/animation project with hey and mum and the Fat Cat record label, Louis – Dreams Never Die, was featured on the late, great John Peel’s radio show along with his beloved The Fall and even received a lengthy write-up in Liberation in France.
|The Guardian – Julie Burchill – 2003
|The Scotsman 1999
|The Herald 2004
In 2002 Louis – The Clown’s Last Words was the first graphic novel ever to receive funding from the Scottish Arts Council. The Scottish Arts Council became Creative Scotland and they have continued to be very supportive of our work.
|The Louis graphic novels (2000-2011)
Looking back now it is truly hard to believe that it’s been 20 years already! Since then we’ve devoted all our waking hours to making graphic novels and comics. Naturally, there have been ups and down, disappointments, rejections and moments of elation. When we started we were both determined to make a living from our work, from being a writer and artist, but had absolutely no idea if this was even possible or indeed how we’d go about it. Comics weren’t even respected back then, and many people thought they were just for kids, or just trash. Initially in the UK and US, we kept on being told that our work was too European, while in Europe, and in France particularly (even though Sandra is French) we were told that our comics were too Scottish. This is possibly because we were feeding them potato scones. Now things have changed and more people see comic and graphic novels as art.
This year saw us win the Sunday Herald Scottish Culture Awards 2016 for Best Visual Artist. It felt like a real achievement and a great way to celebrate the anniversary of our first publication. And we still don’t take anything for granted.
We’re delighted to be creating new work with support from Creative Scotland and are working with Papercutz, who published The Red Shoes and Other Tales in late 2015, and who will be publishing our graphic novel adaptation of The Little Mermaid in April 2017.
BARBIE:”Puppy Party” writer Danica Davidson drew inspiration from her own life for her first Papercutz graphic novel. Are you ready to meet her dog, Porthos?
Puppies and comic books are two things I really love, so that made it a blast for me to write BARBIE:”Puppy Party”. When I was trying to come up with an idea that would involve Barbie, her sisters and their new puppies Honey, DJ, Taffy and Rookie, I got inspiration from my own dog and his story.
Meet my beagle Porthos. He’s named after the beagle on Star Trek: Enterprise, who’s named after the Musketeer Porthos in The Three Musketeers. (He is a very literary dog, though he doesn’t know it.) I adopted Porthos from my local shelter about three years ago, when he was one. Before that, he’d been a stray.
Now he’s a very happy dog who likes to sniff everything and he sleeps by my feet while I write. (He’s sleeping there right now as I type this. What do you think he’s dreaming?) I thought maybe Barbie and her sisters could help shelter dogs find forever homes. I like to help animals, so I thought Barbie and her sisters would enjoy it, too!
So in “Puppy Party”, Barbie finds a lost dog and then learns about the dogs and cats needing homes in the shelter. She puts together a big puppy party to find them all homes and to help the lost dog find his owner. Adopting a dog makes a big difference in their life. Not everyone is able to adopt a pet, but there are also other ways to help out, as Barbie and her sisters find out. You know what else I love besides puppies and comic books? Happy endings, especially for our furry friends.
San Diego Comic Con aka ComicCon International is now just three weeks away! If you’re one of the lucky few (thousand) who will be at San Diego this year, don’t pass up the chance to stop by our booth, #1720! Papercutz is taking advantage of the opportunities provided with SDCC to make a couple of exciting announcements about upcoming projects, and to do one of the things we do best: give you free stuff! The centerpiece of our promotional items will be SLICEZ, a free 96 page sampler featuring bite-size chunks of all your favorite Papercutz graphic novels. We’ll also be handing out other goodies like TROLLS movie posters, LUNCH WITCH lunch bags filled with all sorts of creepy concoctions and even some items related to our brand new imprint that launches in 2017 (details are hush hush until the show)!
While we love the freebies, we also want to make sure that fans have a chance to do something that’s become harder and harder at the show in recent years – read great comics! So we’ve set up a special “Reading Nook” in our booth featuring comfy chairs and bookshelves stacked with all your favorite Papercutz graphic novels. When the press of the convention floor becomes too much or you just want to lose yourself in a great graphic novel, come by booth #1720 and remind yourself what being a comics fan is all about!
You definitely won’t want to miss Sunday (which is Kids Day at SDCC) because we’ll have so many creators at our booth! Among the top tier talent we’ll have signing at our stand are Eric Esquivel of PIG GOAT BANANA CRICKET, Sam Spina of SANJAY AND CRAIG,Stuart Moore of THE ZODIAC LEGACY, and Chris Savino and Jordan Rosato of THE LOUD HOUSE.
Here’s a tentative booth schedule:
Sunday, 7/24 Papercutz Booth Signing Schedule
11:00 am – 12:00 pm – Eric Esquivel & Sam Spina
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm – Stuart Moore
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm – Chris Savino and Jordan Rosato (signing exclusive THE LOUD HOUSE mini-comics)
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Eric Esquivel & Sam Spina
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Stuart Moore
Want even more Nickelodeon goodness? A bunch of your favorite creators will also be signing at the Nickelodeon booth on Sunday. Here are the details:
Current Series Signing ft. Chris Savino (Loud House), C.H. Greenblatt (Harvey Beaks), Johnny Ryan, Dave Cooper and David Sacks (Pig Goat Banana Cricket):Sunday, 7/24 from 10:30a-12:00p at the Nickelodeon Booth
Make sure you stay tuned to our Twitter feed and Facebook page for even more announcements and updates as we get closer to the show.
Acclaimed Web Publisher Emet Comics YA/Fantasy Graphic Novel to be New Super Genius Title
You’re 16-years old and recovering from a tragic car accident. Everyone tells you that your brother is dead but you keep seeing visions of him being carried in to the clouds by a mysterious flying boy. And the visions don’t stop there. You see shadowy figures, pirates, other worlds. Are you going crazy? Even your therapist isn’t sure. That’s why she wants you to draw your visions in a journal. That’s why she wants you to start THE WENDY PROJECT.
In Spring 2016 Papercutz scored a major hit with their publication of David Gallaher and Steve Ellis’ THE ONLY LIVING BOY, a title that began life as a web comic. So it’s no surprise that the company would be on the lookout for other digital properties that could successfully transition to the print graphic novel format. Enter McDuffie award nominees Emet Comics and their online sensation THE WENDY PROJECT. After the company’s agent, Dara Hyde, sent materials to Papercutz publisher Terry Nantier; the two companies quickly agreed that THE WENDY PROJECT should be the latest title in Papercutz’s Super Genius imprint.
Created by Melissa Jane Osborne (Campus Crush) and featuring stunning artwork by Veronica Fish (now the lead artist on Archie), THE WENDY PROJECT is a new take on the Peter Pan story and a coming of age tale with just the right amount of magic. Readers will be drawn to the compelling story and will empathize with Wendy as she seeks to answer the all-important question – is her journal just the imaginings of a troubled teen … or is it a portal to another world?
Papercutz is rapidly gaining a reputation for one of the most diverse lists in graphic novel publishing, and Emet CEO Maytal Gilboa believes that THE WENDY PROJECT is a natural addition to their line. “It’s been exciting to see the emergence of both female creators and diverse characters in the graphic novel category,” observed Gilboa. “And Papercutz has been at the forefront of this trend with titles like Deb Lucke’s THE LUNCH WITCH and Jessica Abel’s (upcoming) graphic novel TRISH TRASH. At Emet, our motto is ‘Comics by women, for everyone’ and Papercutz shares that sensibility. That’s why we chose to go with them for our first print project”
Papercutz Editor-in Chief Jim Salicrup admits he was sold as soon as he saw Veronica Fish’s beautiful artwork. “I’ve been a fan of Veronica’s since I first came across PIRATES OF MARS. But I think she’s taken her work to a new level with THE WENDY PROJECT. Her use of color reminded me of classic films like Powell & Pressburger’s A Matter of Life and Death, and I was hooked immediately. Reading Melissa’s moving story sealed the deal. I knew this was something we had to publish.”
PAPERCUTZ Publisher Terry Nantier feels Papercutz’s acquisition of THE WENDY PROJECT reflects a natural progression in both the company’s publishing and the interests of its readers. “As the longtime publisher of the DISNEY FAIRIES’ graphic novels, I know how involved kids can get with the world of Peter Pan,” he explained. “We created Super Genius to provide options for those readers of those books and other kids’ graphic novels as they got older. But we also wanted Super Genius titles to appeal to adult graphic novel readers as well. I can’t imagine a more perfect fit for this imprint than THE WENDY PROJECT.”
Papercutz will publish THE WENDY PROJECT as a stand-alone graphic novel in Spring 2017, and both Gilboa and Nantier are committed to creating a final product that highlights the beauty of its source material. “We’re talking about all sorts of different options that will really make this an ‘object of desire’,” explained Gilboa. “We want to create a book that will thrill existing fans and prove irresistible to new readers as well.” Added Nantier, “From Melissa and Veronica to the entire editorial and production team, everyone working on this book is going out of their way to create something truly special.”
Leading Comics Publisher to Develop Series of New Graphic Novels Based on #1 Fashion Doll
Global toy leader Mattel (NASDAQ: MAT) today announced a new partnership with Papercutz, “the #1 Kids’ Graphic Novel Publisher”. The agreement gives Papercutz rights to create comics based on the company’s BARBIE character, the best-selling fashion doll that has become a cultural icon.
The new partnership will let Papercutz create new material based on the hit BARBIE media properties and on the core franchise. The goal is to provide a range of graphic novels that complement the many ways that children interact with Barbie—from animated movies to interactive media to traditional toys—and to reflect the modern sensibilities and focus on diversity that Mattel has brought to the franchise.
The first three titles slated for launch as graphic novels are an eponymous BARBIE series and individual volumes based on the BARBIE STARLIGHT and BARBIE PUPPY ADVENTURE DVD movies. BARBIE and BARBIE: PUPPY PARTY will launch in September 2016, with BARBIE STARLIGHT following in October. All three series will be available in both paperback and hardcover. These three properties are just the start of the ambitious Mattel/Papercutz publishing program. Plans call for more series to debut in the first half of 2017, with new installments and new series appearing each season.
“BARBIE is one of the great kids’ properties, and I couldn’t imagine a better addition to our publishing lineup,” explained Papercutz Publisher Terry Nantier. “There’s never been a more exciting time to be a BARBIE fan, and we can’t wait to be a part of her new adventures. As Mattel guides the character in to new situations and life experiences, these new graphic novels will play a pivotal role in telling her story. Together, we’re going to create a series of publications that will delight and thrill a whole new generation of BARBIE fans.”
BARBIE VOL. 1 and BARBIE: PUPPY PARTY VOL. 1 will be on sale at comicbook stores, online retailers and bookstores everywhere on September 13th.
This article originally appeared in the Brattleboro reformer. Read the original piece here.
Brattleboro illustrator hits home run with “Fuzzy Baseball”
Not one to quit, Gurney made some changes to his reader after a handful of rejections. He turned his early chapter book into a graphic novel and started his research. He submitted to agents and editors who focused on graphic novels.
The rejections kept coming.
“I felt like Charlie Brown and Lucy with the football. Like every time they go, this is it, this is the perfect spot! Then, you know …” Gurney chuckles as he makes falling motions with his arms.
Growing up in Bucks County, Penn., Gurney always knew he wanted to be an illustrator. Becoming an author came as a product of that dream. “It is kind of like Woody Allen says, ‘I want to write the movies I want to see.’ So, I want to write the stories I want to illustrate.”
After a few more rejections (these a bit more encouraging), he decided to expand his 48 page graphic novel to 56 pages. Hoping that this new, longer book would be better received he submitted again.
During this time Gurney had other projects he was working on. In 2002 he had a children’s book, Dinosaur Train, published. That process had gone smoothly and he was picked up rather quickly. He had assumed that “Fuzzy Baseball” would follow a similar course. When it didn’t, he decided to shelve it for a while.
Not one to give up, Gurney decided to revisit his graphic novel. “As an illustrator, your ultimate goal is to create your own content,” he explains. So, he kept pushing for this book.
His 56-page graphic novel was reworked and condensed into a 32 page picture book he titled “Full Count.” It was also rejected.
Meanwhile, Gurney was traveling to schools, giving presentations about his works as an illustrator and author. He would be in libraries and notice the growing graphic novel section. He felt like his book would fit. “It seemed like a matter of time before I got it in front of the right person,” he said, not deterred by the growing pile of rejection letters.
Going back to the graphic novel format, Gurney was on the verge of publishing “Fuzzy Baseball” himself. He knew kids would love it. He spent many years reading baseball picture books to his own children. He knew that, while they were entertaining, they lacked the details his included. They didn’t have real rules or strategies that young ball players could relate to.
The main character of “Fuzzy Baseball” is a young female possum who is the Fernwood Valley Fuzzies baseball team’s super fan. They aren’t doing so well so she decides to train and join the team, bringing them to victory. It is a funny tale of perennial losers and perpetually optimistic fans and never giving up hope despite the long odds that Gurney hoped would appeal to children of all ages but especially third graders.
Gurney and his perpetual optimism and fortitude for his book submitted one more time. This time to a small publishing company that specialized in graphic novels, Papercutz. Almost immediately they responded with an enthusiastic yes.
After nearly 20 rejection letters, “Fuzzy Baseball” had finally hit a home run.
“Fuzzy Baseball” had a publish date set for May 3, 2016. Now through May 31, Gurney’s art from the graphic novel can be seen on display outside the Children’s Library at Brooks Memorial Library, on the third floor.
At 6 p.m. on June 17, 2016 Gurney will be doing a book signing at Everyone’s Books in Brattleboro.
More information can be found at www.fuzzybaseball.com or www.johnstevengurney.com.
Michelle Stephens is a regular contributor to the Reformer, including her twice-a-month column, Juicebox Confession.