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.
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.
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.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com with any questions!
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions and the signing schedule for both is located below!
Brooklyn Book Festival
10-11:30 Lareaus & Ryan (Geeky Fab Five)
11:30-1 Cortney (Melowy)
1-2:30 Lareaus & Ryan
2:30-4 Cortney & Ryan (Melowy)
10:30-noon: Lareaus & Ryan
1:30-3 Lareaus & Ryan
3-4:30 Cortney & Ryan
Small Press Expo
1:00-2 Monica (GFF)
1-2: Kata & Monica (GFF)
3-4 Kata & Monica
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!
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!
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 email@example.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 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
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
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!
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!
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.
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 SIGNINGS
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!)
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).
“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!