Acclaimed Punk Rock Artist John Holmstrom Provides Cover for Latest Issue of NICKELODEON MAGAZINE

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Hey ho, let’s go! To an awesome metal concert. In the latest issue of NICKELODEON MAGAZINE (on sale December 28th), Nickelodeon cartoon stars head to a rockin’ music spectacular. The Tuff Skulls finally get their big break, opening for the world famous Mega Maidenz. But when S & C enter an air guitar contest at the show, they shred so hard they literally blow the roof off the joint! What happens next? You’ll have to pick up the issue to find out.

Of course, if you’re going to capture that true rock and roll spirit, it helps to work with artists who are as much a part of the scene as the music themselves. That’s why Papercutz reached out John Holmstrom, cover artist for the legendary Ramones’ albums “Rocket to Russia” and “Road to Ruin” and a co-founder of the groundbreaking PUNK Magazine.

“My old friend (Papercutz Editor-in-Chief) Jim Salicrup reached out to me because he thought I’d get a kick out of this story. When I read it, I was reminded me of my own early experiences with rock and roll,” noted Holmstrom, “So I was happy to contribute a piece that helped convey the fun and excitement of being in a band. And for the record, I think Sanjay and Craig are pretty punk! “

Holmstrom is no stranger to comics , having created Bosko “America’s least favorite cartoon character” and contributed comic stripo material to numerous publications including SPIN and HEAVY METAL.

“John is an art and music legend,” exclaimed Papercutz Editor-in-Chief Jim Salicrup, “and we’re proud to feature his first national magazine cover. There’s no doubt in my mind that when the Tuff Skulls finally get signed to major label, they’ll be tapping John for some album cover art. Or iTunes art. Or whatever way kids will be interacting with art and music in the near future. No matter what the medium, John’s talent will let them know, this stuff rocks!”

NICKELODEON MAGAZINE #7, featuring Holmstrom’s cover and the Sanjay and Craig story “Guitarmed and Dangerous” is on sale December 28th at newsstands and bookstores everywhere.

The Lunch Witch Teacher’s Guide is Here!

The Lunch Witch Teacher’s Guide is Here!

Are you a teacher or librarian looking for resources to help you use graphic novels in your school? Are you a parent who’s looking to find new and exciting ways to get your kids to learn? Are you a kid who wishes he could read comics in the classroom? Are you a fan of seeing terrible things happen to School Principals?

If you answered yes to any of the above then our latest educator’s guide is for you! THE LUNCH WITCH TEACHER’S GUIDE is chock full of helpful information and suggestions for anyone looking to use the book in an educational environment. This handy booklet contains suggestions for reading activities, after-reading discussion, Common Core tie-ins and more. In short, everything you need to create a fun and engaging reading experience for your students.

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You can download THE LUNCH WITH TEACHERS GUIDE right now. Or simply visit the RESOURCES FOR EDUCATORS section of our site to download this and many other helpful tools for educators.

Just don’t tell the ancestors that Grunhilda is making a positive difference in kids’ lives ok? If you’ve read the book, you know they never take that news well!

Free Comic Book Day 2016 – Papercutz Gives Away SANJAY AND CRAIG/HARVEY BEAKS sampler

Free Comic Book Day 2016 – Papercutz Gives Away SANJAY AND CRAIG/HARVEY BEAKS sampler

The most wonderful time of the year just got a little bit more wonderful, as Diamond Comics Distributors have announced all the titles that will be a part of Free Comic Book Day 2016. And, of course, we’re delighted that one of those books will be a special SANJAY AND CRAIG/HARVEY BEAKS comic from Papercutz! Here’s the full Diamond Solicitation:

SANJAY AND CRAIG/HARVEY BEAKS FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2016 EDITION

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Publisher: PAPERCUTZ

(W) Eric M Esquivel, Stefan Petrucha (A) Sam Spina, Andreas Schuster (CA) James Kaminski

The hottest new stars on Nickelodeon – Sanjay and Craig and Harvey Beaks – co-star in this comic collecting complete stories from Nickelodeon Magazine and from the Papercutz graphic novels. In “Lord of the Pipes”, everyone’s favorite talking snake, Craig, literally goes down the drain on an epic quest to fetch Sanjay’s father’s wedding ring… and has some close encounters with the strange beings he meets there. Then “Fight the Future with Flavor” dramatically depicts the shocking connection between Sanjay eating a seemingly harmless samosa and the total annihilation of the entire world by Martians! Also, Harvey Beaks proves he’s a “First Class Finder” when his mad Hide-and-Seek skills lead him to finding a big scary monster!

Item Code: JAN160041

In Shops: 4/13/2016

SRP: PI

If you’re a retailer, make sure to order plenty of copies so you can take full advantage of the growing interest in Nickelodeon’s original animated properties. And if you’re a reader, make sure and let your retailer know that this one of the books you’re looking forward to picking up on Free Comic Book Day!

SCARLETT TRAILER – How to Read a Kids’ Graphic Novel in 90 Seconds

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So you know your kids loves graphic novels. And you want to get them something that’s fun but also suitable for their age and reading ability. But you’re pressed for time and you can’t necessarily get to a physical bookstore to get a staff recommendation or look through the books yourself. Sites like GoodReads can be really helpful but when it comes to graphic novels, seeing the visuals is super important. With publishers only offering up limited previews online, how do you choose from the thousands of graphic novels that are out there?

The best bet is to go where your kids go – YouTube. Numerous comics and graphic novel publishers offer up trailers for their titles on the popular video sharing site. Many of the more traditional superhero comics publishers use trailers as “teasers”, purposefully revealing little about their upcoming storylines. But modern graphic novel publishers treat trailers differently. They use video as a way to provide a real representative sample of the books they’re looking to promote. For parents, this is great news as it allows you to get a quick sense of the type of books your kids want to read, including artwork, text sophistication and story themes. While no video will ever replace the expert opinion of a teacher or librarian, these videos can provide a helpful check to make sure that your kids are consuming the type of content you want them to be exposed too. They can also be a lot of fun!

So if you’re pressed for time, looking for the next great read for your kids, or simply want to share a couple of fun minutes online with your son or daughter, why not type “kid’s graphic novels” in to the You Tube search box. You just might find your next favorite book!

Here are some of our favorites…

Kid’s Graphic Novel Trailers on You Tube:

Of course, here at Papercutz, we also get excited about making trailers for our own original kid’s graphic novels. Check out our trailer for:

The SCARLETT Trailer

 

 

 

 

BREADWINNERS Graphic Novels are here!


The BREADWINNERS have arrived! Their tricked out, flying bread delivery truck comes straight from Pondgea and onto the shelves in their first graphic novel -based on the Nickelodeon cartoon created by Gary “Doodles” DiRaffaele and Steve Borst!

BREADWINNERS #1 “Journey to the Bottom of the Seats” features four stories- a great deal for your dough! Written by Stefan Petrucha with art by Allison Strejlau and Mike Kazaleh, and each story is a wild ride with duck protagonists SwaySway (blue hat) and Buhdeuce (red hat) .

BREADWINNERS can be seen as a love letter to video games. The characters “level up” and have their own “signature moves” and often times the stories get totally qwazy . Their holiday tribute “A Crustmas Story” airs on Nickelodeon Friday, December 11 at 8pm.

For more BREADWINNERS, see their adventures in NICKELODEON MAGAZINE or check out the special preview of the first BREADWINNERS graphic novel right here!.

Intern with Papercutz this Winter!

Intern with Papercutz this Winter!

Papercutz is searching for interns for the winter! Marketing, digital media, and motion graphics interns start in January.  Please contact whitman@papercutz.com with any questions.

Marketing Internship

Papercutz Graphic Novels is looking for a winter marketing intern. Candidates should have an interest in media (specifically publishing) with a strong background in writing, analytics and digital marketing. Duties include market research, creating content for company website and social media, analyzing website and social media performance and improving SEO,creation and production of promotional materials as well as working with the VP of Marketing to develop and execute title specific marketing campaigns.

Requirements:

  • This internship is unpaid. Preference will be given to applicants that can receive college or graduate school credit but credit is not required.
  • Must be available 10 hours a week (2 days) to come into the Papercutz office in Manhattan. 10 week internship starting in January.
  • Able to show experience in writing and digital tools like Google Analytics, WordPress and basic social media.
  • A strong interest in media, specifically in marketing and publicity.
  • Must be able to bring your own laptop with Internet and Word Processing abilities for use in the office
  • Preferred applicants will at least basic experience with digital marketing

Send resumes and cover letters to whitman@papercutz.com by December 1.

Digital Media Internship

Papercutz Graphic Novels is looking for a winter digital media intern to provide assistance to the Marketing department. Candidates should have an interest in comic book publishing with a strong background in graphic design and digital marketing. Duties and projects for the term will include creating digital previews of Papercutz titles, creating graphics for marketing use, assistance with social media campaigns and building and maintenance of Papercutz websites.

Requirements:

  • This internship is unpaid. Preference will be given to applicants that can receive college or graduate school credit but credit is not required.
  • Must be available 10 hours a week (2 days) to come into the Papercutz office in Manhattan. 10 week internship starting in January
  • Must have experience in graphic design and the Adobe Creative Suite.
  • A strong interest in publishing and marketing, specifically in comics
  • Must be able to bring your own laptop with Internet, Adobe Creative Suite and Word Processing abilities for use in the office.
  • Preferred applicants will have experience with online programs such as WordPress, Mailchimp, and various social media platforms.
  • Experience using Acrobat Pro, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and with HTML and CSS.

Send resumes, portfolios, and cover letters to whitman@papercutz.com by December 1.

Motion Graphics Internship

Papercutz Graphic Novels is looking for a winter motion graphics/ digital video intern. Intern would work closely with producers to increase the program offerings of the Papercutz video channels (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.), assist Papercutz’s Interactive producers on location, and coordinate the editing and encoding of Papercutz video content, creating original video and motion graphics content using Papercutz art/publications as source material. The selected intern will learn about the video editing/encoding/metadata process and develop skills to create imagery and write descriptions for Papercutz’s online video channels. The internship offers hands on experience in public media online with a focus on online video as well as the opportunity to assist with the strategy, promotion, and partnerships for Papercutz content online.

Requirements:

  • This internship is unpaid. Preference will be given to applicants that can receive college or graduate school credit but credit is not required.
  • Must be available 10 hours a week (2 days) to come into the Papercutz office in Manhattan. 10 week internship starting in January
  • Must be able to bring your own laptop with Internet and Word Processing abilities for use in the office
  • Experience in online video, and web development.
  • Demonstrate strong computer skills, including proficiency with MAC software (AfterEffects, Adove Premiere, Photoshop, Final Cut, FTP, CMS Tools etc) to support online video publishing, editorial strategy, and partnerships for a graphic novel publishing company.
  • Strong interest in online video, social media, and graphic novels/comic books preferred.
  • The internship is unpaid. Candidate must have completed one year of college and must be currently enrolled in school (undergraduate or graduate) or have completed a degree within the past twelve months.
  • Web Development, Communications and Interactive Media majors preferred.

Send resumes, portfolios, and cover letters to whitman@papercutz.com by December 1.

AASL Here We Come!

AASL Here We Come!

Starting this afternoon, we’ll be in Columbus, OH attending AASL- The American Association of School Librarians National Conference and Exhibition! We can’t wait to interact with all the librarians! We will have some of our newest books for sale including SCARLETT, THE RED SHOES AND OTHER TALES, BREADWINNERS and SANJAY AND CRAIG.

We will also have plenty of freebies too! We imagine you might need a bookmark or two for all the reading you will be doing following the conference, we have your free SCARLETT and RED SHOES bookmarks! Or, relive the days of Sunday Funnies with our DENNIS THE MENACE newsprint!

We will be giving away 100 copies of our new Advance Review Copies of THE ONLY LIVING BOY! First come, first serve. THE ONLY LIVING BOY will be available everywhere in March.  We will also have copies of our Super Genius New York Comic-Con exclusive MR. HERO comicbook! Pick up your copy at our booth: #110!

 

Also, if you have an official AASL coupon book- take a look for our Papercutz coupon! Be one of the first 25 to visit our booth and present the coupon, and you will win a set of all three of our 10th anniversary prints! Again, first come, first serve! So, take a look at your map and make a beeline to our booth!

For more information about the conference, visit the official website.

If Adventure has a Name … it’s SCARLETT (Win free graphic novels!)

If Adventure has a Name … it’s SCARLETT (Win free graphic novels!)

Want to win a classroom set of SCARLETT preview copies for your library or classroom? Papercutz has a set of 40 SCARLETT preview books, so we’re throwing a cat-tacular contest to give them to a lucky librarian. For a chance to win a set of stories about a cat on an adventure, send us a picture of your own cat on an adventure!

Take your cat for a walk (leashes recommended) or draw your cat jet-setting to Maui, any adventure will do. Photo entries can be emailed to Shelby Netschke, at 
shelby@papercutz.com and a winner will be chosen November 11.

Cat (sic) wait to see what kind of adventures we find!

Papercutz Advance Copies and Exclusives at New York Comic Con!

Papercutz Advance Copies and Exclusives at New York Comic Con!

 

We’ll have a ton of advance editions and show exclusives at this week’s Comic Con! We will feature a hand-picked assortment of the newest Papercutz titles.

Many books will be show premieres including :

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DENNIS THE MENACE #1: THE CLASSIC COMICBOOKS

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SCARLETT: A STAR ON THE RUN

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THE RED SHOES AND OTHER TALES– with exclusive “Advance Festival Edition” stamp (limited run for the Edinburgh Internation Festival. Only 250 copies made!)

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Smurfs & Friends Vol 1 cover

SMURFS AND FRIENDS #1

 

We will also have recent hits:

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DisneyPLANES6.5x9DISNEY GRAPHIC NOVELS #1: “Planes”

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GERONIMO STILTON #16: LIGHTS, CAMERA, STILTON!
EuroBooks, a new initiative promoting translated books, will have a special stand at Comic-Con,  letting everyone know where they can find  as some old favorites like DANCE CLASS, ARIOL, and DINOSAURS! These series will be available at our booth as well!
Bring a book bag!

The Complete Papercutz Signing Schedule for New York Comic Con!

The Complete Papercutz Signing Schedule for New York Comic Con!

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Want to get your new books signed? You’ve come to the right place!

Our schedule is overflowing with amazing artists who will be signing and sketching at the Papercutz booth at varying times all weekend! Clear your schedules!

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Francesco Savino of GERONIMO STILTON

Signing session Friday 4:00 -5:00 

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David Gallaher and Steve Ellis of THE ONLY LIVING BOY

ONLY LIVING BOY signing Saturday 11:00-12:00

ONLY LIVING BOY signing Sunday 2:00-3:00
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Deb Lucke of THE LUNCH WITCH

LUNCH WITCH signing Saturday 12:00-1:00

Sketching session Saturday 2:00-3:00

Sketching session Sunday 10:00-11:00

Signing Sunday 11:00-12:00
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Alison Strejlau of BREADWINNERS

Sketching session Saturday 12:00-1:00

BREADWINNERS signing Saturday 1:00-2:00

Sketching session Sunday 12:00-1:00
 

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James Kaminski of SANJAY AND CRAIG

Sketching session Saturday 1:00-2:00

Sketching session Sunday 11:00-12:00
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Jon Buller of SCARLETT:  STAR ON THE RUN

Signing Saturday 2:00-3:00

SCARLETT signing Sunday 12:00-1:00
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Ryan Jampole and James Kaminski of SANJAY AND CRAIG

Signing Saturday 3:00-4:00

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Paris Cullins of WWE SUPERSTARS and ZODIAC LEGACY

Sketching session Saturday 4:00-5:00

Sketching session Sunday 2:00-3:00

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Ryan Jampole, James Kaminski and Alison Strejlau of NICKELODEON MAGAZINE

NICKELODEON MAGAZINE signing Sunday 1:00-2:00
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Stuart Moore and Paris Cullins of ZODIAC LEGACY

ZODIAC LEGACY signing Sunday 3:00-4:00

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Mindy Steffen of GERONIMO STILTON

Sketching session Saturday 11:00 am -12:00 pm

Sketching session Sunday 3:00-400

Check Out our Freebies for New York Comic Con!

Check Out our Freebies for New York Comic Con!

We’re kicking it into high gear for New York Comic Con, with exclusive copies of our new graphic novels for sale, convention exclusive mini-comics to give away, and a ton of free swag featuring Papercutz books. Plus: Say cheese!

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In addition to a SANJAY AND CRAIG photo op, fans can stop by the booth to pick up a goodie bag of gummy Craigs, buy the new graphic novel SANJAY AND CRAIG #1: FIGHT THE FUTURE WITH FLAVOR, and take home some free NICKELODEON mini-comics, posters, and their choice of six pins featuring PIG GOAT BANANA CRICKET, HARVEY BEAKS, BREADWINNERS,  and SANJAY AND CRAIG.

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Remember the joy of opening up the Sunday paper and finding the comics section? Papercutz is bringing back that feeling at NYCC. We have a special Sunday Funnies edition featuring comic star DENNIS THE MENACE. We have collected and restored his comicbook appearances from famed creative team Al Wiseman and Fred Toole, the result is DENNIS THE MENACE VOL. 1: THE CLASSIC COMICBOOKS. We will have special advance copies on sale at our booth.
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To help readers keep their place in all of their new books, we’re giving away SCARLETT and THE RED SHOES bookmarks. We also have special advance copies of both books for sale at our booth.

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Plus, grab a poster featuring THE ONLY LIVING BOY- our new series out this spring!

We did warn you to bring an extra bag!

PAPERCUTZ ANNOUNCES INNOVATIVE LIBRARY MARKETING PROGRAM FOR NICKELODEON MAGAZINE!

PAPERCUTZ ANNOUNCES INNOVATIVE LIBRARY MARKETING PROGRAM FOR NICKELODEON MAGAZINE!

New Initiative Will Provide Free Magazines to Libraries That Support Graphic Novel Programming

Budget-crunched librarians will soon be receiving some respite thanks to a new program from Papercutz. The “#1 kids’ graphic novel publisher” announced today that they will be supplying 100 free copies of NICKELODEON MAGAZINE to libraries that support comics programming. It’s part of an effort by the publisher to fuel a growing trend in the school and public library space– “ComicCons” and other events focused on the fastest growing category in publishing – graphic novels.”

“Librarians have been on the forefront of the graphic novel explosion”, explained Papercutz’s President, Terry Nantier. “And forward thinking librarians have tapped in to the interest surrounding events like Free Comic Book day and ComicCon International to attract kids and parents to their facilities. We think it’s an incredibly positive thing for graphic novels in general and we wanted to find a way to ‘give back’ to the community. With the launch of NICKELODEON MAGAZINE this summer, we realized we had the perfect vehicle to promote comics readership and help librarians connect with kids who might be just beginning to become graphic novel readers.”

Comic book conventions are well known for a variety of attractions including creator appearances, costumes and, of course, exclusive promotional material from publishers. While many librarians have reached out to the comics creative community for appearances at events and patrons have picked up the costuming challenge, promotional items have been handled on an ad hoc basis, depending on the largesse of publishers or individual creators. This new program ensures that no comics-themed event will have to do without giveaways that incentivize reading.

“Nickelodeon has always been known for creating great comics material”, noted Papercutz Editor-in-Chief Jim Salicrup. “And we’re proud to continue that tradition with our new publication. I’m personally excited by the opportunity to get the great work of our writers and artists out in front of the biggest possible audience possible. The magazine is going to be a great way for kids to sample our graphic novels and be introduced to some of the fantastic Nickelodeon characters.”

Interested librarians simply need to contact Papercutz VP of Marketing, Sven Larsen six to eight weeks before their event. As soon as Papercutz receives a librarian’s request (including details of the planned event) they will dispatch 100 copies of the latest issue of NICKELODEON MAGAZINE absolutely free (the library just has to pay for shipping).

“Papercutz graphic novels are already some of the highest circulating titles in libraries ”, explained Larsen, VP of Marketing for Papercutz. “But we’re always looking to grow our audience and the readership for comics. It’s part of why we partnered with Nickelodeon in the first place. The new NICKELODEON MAGAZINE is another great way to get kids started on reading and the perfect introduction to the world of graphic novels. We’re excited that it will be a cornerstone of our efforts to help libraries expand their graphic novel programming and we want this program to be a giant ‘thank you’ to all the librarians who are helping to create the next generation of comics fans!”

Papercutz Announces Fall Internship Opportunities

Papercutz Announces Fall Internship Opportunities

Papercutz is searching for interns for the fall! Marketing and digital media internships start in September and editorial internships start in October.  Please contact whitman@papercutz.com with any questions.

Marketing Internship

Papercutz Graphic Novels is looking for a Fall Marketing Intern. Candidates should have an interest in media (specifically publishing) with a strong background in writing, analytics and digital marketing. Duties include market research, creating content for company website and social media, analyzing website and social media performance and improving SEO,creation and production of promotional materials as well as working with the VP of Marketing to develop and execute title specific marketing campaigns.

Requirements:

  • This internship is unpaid. Preference will be given to applicants that can receive college or graduate school credit but credit is not required.
  • Must be available 10 hours a week (2 days) to come into the Papercutz office in Manhattan. 10 week internship starting in September.
  • Able to show experience in writing and digital tools like Google Analytics, WordPress and basic social media.
  • A strong interest in media, specifically in marketing and publicity.
  • Must be able to bring your own laptop with Internet and Word Processing abilities for use in the office
  • Preferred applicants will at least basic experience with digital marketing

Send resumes and cover letters to whitman@papercutz.com by August 15.

Editorial Internship

Papercutz Graphic Novels is looking for a fall editorial Intern to provide assistance to the editorial department. Candidates should have a strong interest in comic book publishing, some proofreading skills, and an inquisitive mind. Duties include proofreading comics lettering and scripts, some organizing and filing, minor copy writing, providing input on current projects, some research, and general administrative tasks.

Requirements:

  • This internship is unpaid. Preference will be given to applicants that can receive college or graduate school credit but credit is not required.
  • Must be available 10 hours a week (2 days) to come into the Papercutz office in Manhattan. 10 week internship starting in October
  • Able to show experience in creative writing and editing.
  • A strong interest in publishing, specifically in comics writing and/or editing.
  • Must be able to bring your own laptop with Internet and Word Processing abilities for use in the office
  • Preferred applicants will have basic computer experience with relevant programs including MS Word and email. Experience in Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and InDesign is a plus, but not necessary for consideration.

Send resumes and cover letters to whitman@papercutz.com by September 1.

Digital Media Internship

Papercutz Graphic Novels is looking for a fall digital media Intern to provide assistance to the Marketing department. Candidates should have an interest in comic book publishing with a strong background in graphic design and digital marketing. Duties and projects for the term will include creating digital previews of Papercutz titles, creating graphics for marketing use, assistance with social media campaigns and building and maintenance of Papercutz websites.

Requirements:

  • This internship is unpaid. Preference will be given to applicants that can receive college or graduate school credit but credit is not required.
  • Must be available 10 hours a week (2 days) to come into the Papercutz office in Manhattan. 10 week internship starting in September
  • Must have experience in graphic design and the Adobe Creative Suite.
  • A strong interest in publishing and marketing, specifically in comics
  • Must be able to bring your own laptop with Internet, Adobe Creative Suite and Word Processing abilities for use in the office.
  • Preferred applicants will have experience with online programs such as WordPress, Mailchimp, and various social media platforms.
  • Experience using Acrobat Pro, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and with HTML and CSS.

Send resumes, portfolios, and cover letters to whitman@papercutz.com by August 15.

NICKELODEON MAGAZINE HITS THE NEWSSTANDS TODAY!

NICKELODEON MAGAZINE HITS THE NEWSSTANDS TODAY!

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New Monthly Magazine is “First Fruit” of new Papercutz-Nickelodeon Deal

Papercutz, the industry leader in children’s graphic novel publishing is proud to announce the debut of the first publication to emerge from their “First Look” deal with kids’ media powerhouse Nickelodeon– the all-new monthly NICKELODEON MAGAZINE. The first issue of the new publication will be released today, June 23rd and the magazine features a mix of comics, games, puzzles and “behind the scenes features” starring Nickelodeon’s animated characters. The launch issue features hit properties SANJAY AND CRAIG and BREADWINNERS in all-new comic stories.

The new magazine will provide a mix of content but the focus is definitely on comics, with over two-thirds of each issue devoted to comic book material. The new version of the magazine will preview the comics content that will be featured in upcoming Papercutz graphic novels, debut new properties in comics form and also feature a variety of games, puzzles and other activities for kids.

“Nickelodeon has always been known for creating great comics material”, noted Papercutz Editor-in-Chief Jim Salicrup. “And we’re proud to continue that tradition with our new publication. I’m personally excited by the opportunity to get the great work of our writers and artists out in front of the biggest possible audience possible. The magazine is going to be a great way for kids to sample our graphic novels and be introduced to some of the fantastic Nickelodeon characters. It’s also a great way for us to put comics in places that haven’t seen this type of material in quite a while.”

“Nickelodeon characters already reach millions of kids worldwide”, explained Sven Larsen, VP of Marketing for Papercutz. “But we wanted to help them grow their audience and give existing viewers new opportunities to enjoy their favorite shows. The new NICKELODEON MAGAZINE is another great way for fans to experience the brand and spend more time with characters they love!”

PAPERCUTZ CELEBRATES 10TH ANNIVERSARY WITH NEW PRINT PROGRAM!

PAPERCUTZ CELEBRATES 10TH ANNIVERSARY WITH NEW PRINT PROGRAM!

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Papercutz, the children’s graphic novel publisher turns 10 years old this year and the company has a some special plans to mark the occasion.

Founded in February 2005 by industry veterans Terry Nantier and Jim Salicrup, the company was initially formed to take advantage of a vacuum in graphic novel publishing at the time.

“It may seem hard to believe now,” explained (Papercutz’s President) Nantier. “But in 2005 there was hardly any graphic novel material being created for kids. Comic stores had become largely inhospitable to younger readers and the larger trade houses had yet to see the potential in children’s graphic novel publishing. Jim and I discussed the state of the market and realized there was an opportunity to create accessible material for kids and distribute it to the trade bookstores and other retail outlets where kids hung out. We started with NANCY DREW and THE HARDY BOYS and haven’t looked back since!”

“I think that starting with those titles and then adding in time-tested brands like CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED, we sent a clear message to parents and educators that this really was “all-ages” material,” added Editor-In Chief Salicrup. “But we never talked down to younger readers or packaged anything in a “kiddie” manner. I think that you need to respect kids’ taste and intelligence if you really want to connect with them and that’s why so many of our series have succeeded with that audience.”

From an initial small stable of licensed properties the company has expanded to work with a who’s who of the entertainment industry including DISNEY, DREAMWORKS, SONY, FOX, SABAN and LEGO and noted creators like Sho Murase, Riff Rebs, Scott Lobdell, Emmanuel Guibert and Lewis Trondheim. The future looks equally bright with new series from the minds of Neil Gaiman and Stan Lee and a “first look” with NICKELODEON. Now Papercutz, is celebrating their legacy with a special anniversary print program that pays tribute to some of the franchises they’ve worked with over the past decade.

“With 2015 marking 10 years of publishing kids’ graphic novels, we wanted to share our excitement with our readers and fans by creating these special prints,” explained Papercutz VP of marketing Sven Larsen. “We’ve enlisted some of the top names in comics to help express what a special event this is for us and celebrate some of the wonderful properties we’ve been lucky enough to be involved with.”

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The print program debuts at this year’s BookCon in New York City, where the publisher will debut a special print featuring NANCY DREW by acclaimed artist Stephanie Buscema. Hot on the heels of that debut will be a CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED print by Riff Rebs featuring the legendary Captain Nemo that will be offered for the first time at the American Library Association Conference in San Francisco. Plans call for four more posters in the series, debuting at special events throughout the rest of the year. Each print will be limited to 250 copies, numbered and marked to indicate the extent of the run. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the prints will go to help different charities including the Children’s Book Council, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and the Hero Initiative. Fans who are unable to attend one of the events where the prints are sold will also be given the chance to purchase the prints online or through their local retailer.

“We’re excited to debut these beautiful pieces of art”, enthused Papercutz publisher Terry Nantier. “And we can’t wait to celebrate our anniversary with our fans. In addition to this program we’ve got some special programming at ComicCon this year, some unique promotional items, and a lot more in the pipeline for this year. Best of all we’ve got some great books coming out in the summer and fall that will reflect the tradition of quality and diversity that’s a hallmark of Papercutz’s publishing program.”

“We’ll be announcing more artists in the poster series soon (as well as our big San Diego plans)”, promised Larsen. “So as Jim likes to say, ‘Watch out for Papercutz!’”