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!)

Smurfs & Friends Vol 1 cover

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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Geronimo Stilton 16

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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Geronimo Stilton 16

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!’”

 

PAPERCUTZ TO COLLECT HIT WEB-COMIC THE ONLY LIVING BOY IN 2016

PAPERCUTZ TO COLLECT HIT WEB-COMIC THE ONLY LIVING BOY IN 2016

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As Children’s Book Week 2015 kicks off its celebration of beloved children’s characters, young readers can look forward to a new hero hitting their shelves early next year. David Gallaher and Steve Ellis, the award-winning creative team behind digital hits HIGH MOON and BOX 13 are teaming up with industry-leading kids graphic novel publisher Papercutz to bring their webcomic sensation THE ONLY LIVING BOY to bookstores and libraries everywhere. The publisher has announced a multi-volume deal with Gallaher and Ellis’ Bottled Lightning Studio, brokered by Dara Hyde at the Hill Nadell Literary Agency, that will see the webcomic collected into a series of paperback and hardcover volumes beginning in March 2016. Publishing of the print collections will begin with a 72 page first volume entitled “Prisoners of the Patchwork Planet” set to arrive in March 2016. Plans call for subsequent books to be released on a regular schedule with the entire story eventually collected in five volumes.

THE ONLY LIVING BOY tells the story of 12-year old Erik Farrell, who runs away from home only to find himself without his memory, stranded on a patchwork planet with danger lurking around every corner. Every day is a struggle to survive. Erik quickly allies himself with Morgan, a mermaid warrior and Thea, a teenage princess from a mysterious insect race. He’ll need their help to escape the Dreaded Lord Baalikar and the evil Doctor Once and maybe, one day, find his way back home.

“Our story has dragons, an insect princess, a mermaid warrior, dangerous and exotic creatures and a boy who just might be the last human alive,” said Ellis. “It was important for me, as a father, and for David, who’s been a teacher, to create a story that will capture the imagination of young readers today, while channeling the excitement of the adventure novels, old-time radio broadcasts and epic storytelling we loved as kids.”

The brainchild of Harvey award-winning creators Gallaher and Ellis, the series has received both critical and fan acclaim since its launch. Mark Waid (DAREDEVIL, KINGDOM COME) said “Paul Pope and Jack Kirby never had a chance to work together, but if they had, it would be only slightly less awesome than this.” Mental Floss called it “an all-ages adventure book inspired by pulp serials, Saturday morning cartoons, Jack Kirby, and even the music of Paul Simon.”

“THE ONLY LIVING BOY is a timeless tale that combines all the best elements of classic adventure fiction with a modern sensibility,” said Papercutz Editor-in Chief Jim Salicrup. “Erik and his predicament are something any kid can identify with. Everyone has felt like ‘the different one.’ Erik’s struggle to figure out the strange world he’s found himself in, and his friendships with characters like Morgan and Thea are perfect analogs for kids’ everyday lives. But the fantastic settings, incredible creatures and perilous situations transport the reader into an utterly unique world where those experiences become something truly special. This is the kind of comic I loved when I was a kid.”

“We wanted a print partner with a deep appreciation of children’s publishing,” said Gallaher. “When we looked at Papercutz’s range of titles, with everything from graphic novel adaptations of Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys to contemporary characters like Geronimo Stilton, we knew we had found a home for THE ONLY LIVING BOY.”

“We’ve got a terrific mix of great characters, great content and great creators here,” notes Papercutz publisher Terry Nantier. “We’re looking forward to introducing Papercutz readers and kids graphic novel fans to their new favorite series!”

Deb Lucke, THE LUNCH WITCH Creator is On the Fly!

Deb Lucke, THE LUNCH WITCH Creator is On the Fly!

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Why should Grunhilda have all the fun? THE LUNCH WITCH author Deb Lucke is on the fly this Spring, traveling near and far to meet her fans and talk about the creation of her first graphic novel. Here are just some of the places you can find Deb in the next few weeks …

MAY 8th-10th  – TORONTO COMIC ARTS FESTIVAL

Deb will be heading north of the border to sign copies of THE LUNCH WITCH and sketch for fans at the Papercutz booth at TCAF.

MAY 19th – SOCIETY OF ILLUSTRATORS 2015 COMIC AND CARTOON ANNUAL RECEPTION (Invite Required)

Deb will be at the Society of Illustrators in New York City to celebrate THE LUNCH WITCH’S inclusion in the 2015 COMIC AND CARTOON ANNUAL.

MAY 29th-30th BOOXEXPO AMERICA/BOOKCON

Deb will be appearing at the ABA’s “Author Speed Dating” Event on the Friday and signing books at the Papercutz booth on Saturday at 2 pm.

In addition, Deb has recently confirmed she will be attending:

JULY 18th – VALCON COMIC FESTIVAL

Deb will be a guest at ValCon, a library convention taking place from 10am to 4pm at Valley Cottage Library on Route 303 in Valley College, New York.

Unlike her creation, DEb is super friendly, so if you’re planning on attending any of these events make sure to say hi!

 

 

 

 

 

THE LUNCH WITCH has a website!

THE LUNCH WITCH has a website!

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Not content to win rave reviews and the hearts and minds of readers everywhere, Grunhilda, the Lunch Witch has launched her own website. Of course, as the graphic above clearly illustrates, you may want to be careful about clicking on her URL!

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The new site enhances the reader experience from the acclaimed THE LUNCH WITCH graphic novel, providing more details on some of the characters seen in the first volume (as well as sneak peeks at characters who will be appearing in later volumes of the series). It also helps the reader immerse themselves in Grunhilda’s world with recipes for favorites like Dog’s Breakfast Cookies and Engorged Tick Scones.

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Not convinced about the effectiveness of Grunhilda’s potions? Then you may want to check out the “Testimonials” portion of her website, where satisfied customers endorse her homemade remedies like the Donkey potion (which turns your annoying relative in to a donkey). The site really is the best way to interact with Grunhilda as the Gallery section highlights the unfortunate fates of some of the brave souls who have tried to track her down in person.

If you’re feeling lucky (or just really need a Stink Eye Potion), why not venture over to thelunchwitch.com and learn a little bit more about “the hag with a heart”?

Just don’t say we sent you!

 

 

 

Using Comics to Teach English Language Learners

Using Comics to Teach English Language Learners

Editor’s Note: Papercutz recently sponsored a special edition of SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL’s “Extra Helping” newsletter focused on “using Comics to teach”. For the next few days, we’ll be running excerpts from that issue on our blog and linking back to the original articles. If you’re an educator who is already using graphic novels in your classroom or you’re contemplating taking the plunge, these articles should prove invaluable.

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I discovered the power of graphic novels as a language-learning tool while teaching English in Japan in 2006. As a non-Japanese speaker, I was encouraged by my colleagues to learn more vocabulary by reading manga or comics, specifically the classic comic strip Sazae-san(Kodansha International, 1997). Since then, I have become an avid reader and teacher of graphic novels. In Japan, manga is everywhere. It was not unusual to see students reading it in the classroom, between classes, or in the cafeteria. If you’re a high school teacher in the United States today, the sight of graphic novels in the hands of a teen reader is not uncommon.

From 20082011, I taught English as a Second Language (ESL) at Pan American International High School in Queens, NY. I was excited to share the love and passion I’d acquired for graphic novels with my students. Fortunately, I had colleagues and literacy coaches who were already experienced in creating curricula around teaching graphic novels like Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis (Pantheon, 2004) and Gene Luen Yang’s American Born Chinese (First Second, 2006) that supported English language learners’ (ELL) development in multiple literacies. Studies have also shown increased engagement and vocabulary development in ELLs when reading graphic novels and producing visual narratives.

During my tenure as a high school ESL teacher, I developed curricula that enabled students to practice their English language skills across all modalities by reading and creating visual narratives. Teaching graphic novels with ELLs requires specific planning and scaffolding of activities. Here are some of my best practices for using graphic novels in the ESL classroom.

TEACHING ART SPIEGELMAN’S MAUS

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When planning to teach reading comprehension and literary analysis to ELLs using graphic novels, it is best to assess students’ prior experiences with visual narratives and subject interests. From survey results gathered at the beginning of the fall 2009 semester, I realized most of my 11th grade intermediate and advanced ESL students wanted to learn more about world history. From my research, using online educator resources such as theInternational Literacy Association’s Read Write Think website, I decided to teach Art Spiegelman’s Maus (Pantheon, 1991), the Pulitzer prize−winning graphic novel about the journey of his father, who survived the Holocaust.

Although a number of students were familiar with reading manga, others needed to learn the basic visual grammar of graphic novels. This meant providing explicit instruction of graphic novel terminology such as panels, dialogue, captions, and speech bubbles. Because I had a mixed-level class, I chose excerpts from Maus for students to read aloud during class, combining excerpts that focused primarily on the main character’s experience living in concentration camps.

To help students understand the historical context of the story, I did in-class activities about Polish ghetto life. Students matched captions I’d written to select photographs of Mendel Grossman, whose work was published in the book My Secret Camera (HMH books, 2000). I also facilitated activities using PowerPoint presentations, explaining the causes and outcomes of World War II, and focusing on the rise and fall of Nazi powers in Europe.

During class, students enjoyed reading aloud select pages from Maus while writing their thoughts and responses to questions in reading guides that I’d created. They were prompted to review what happened in a scene, foreshadow what might happen later, and analyze the symbolism Spiegelman uses in the story. Students were asked why they thought the author chose to represent Jews as mice and Germans as cats, and how this device was effective to convey key concepts of the story.

After collectively analyzing Maus, students were asked to write a comparative literary essay using this story and another work of literature. I created a packet that scaffolded the essay writing process that would help prepare students for the required New York State English Language Arts Regents exam. Overall, the students were engaged throughout our selected chapter readings and discussions ofMaus. A few extended their interest in learning about the Holocaust by opting to go on a field trip to the Brooklyn Academy of Music to watch a puppetry production about Auschwitz later that semester.

You can read the full article on the SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL website.

Resources for Teaching Graphic Novels in the Classroom

Resources for Teaching Graphic Novels in the Classroom

Editor’s Note: Papercutz recently sponsored a special edition of SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL’s “Extra Helping” newsletter focused on “using Comics to teach”. For the next few days, we’ll be running excerpts from that issue on our blog and linking back to the original articles. If you’re an educator who is already using graphic novels in your classroom or you’re contemplating taking the plunge, these articles should prove invaluable.

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Good stuff: ten great graphic novels for schools; online resources; information about publishers; and other recommended reading.

Online resources

cbldf_logo_shadowComic Book Legal Defense Fund (CLDF) A nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the First Amendment rights of the comics medium.

Reading With Pictures  A national organization that advocates for the use of comics in the classroom. Their graphic textbook Comics that Make Kids Smarterhas just been published by Andrews McMeel.

No Flying, No Tights  Graphic novel reviews by librarians.

Good Comics for Kids Graphic novel news, reviews, and interviews by librarians and other critics.

The Comic Book Teacher High school English teacher Ronell Whitaker reviews graphic novels and discusses how he uses them in the classroom.

Comics in Education  Gene Luen Yang, the author of a number of acclaimed graphic novels includingAmerican Born Chinese and Boxers & Saints, is also a high school teacher. This website is the online version of his Masters degree in education project and includes information on the history of comics in education and the use of comics in education as well as other resources.

Diamond Bookshelf This monthly newsletter from Diamond Book Distributors, which specializes in graphic novels, features information about graphic novels for children and teens, as well as graphic novel lesson plans.

 

Additional reading

Banned Books Week Handbook, available for free download from the CBLDF website.

CBLDF Presents Manga; Introduction, Challenges, and Best Practices, edited by Melinda Beasi (Dark Horse, 2013)

Graphic Novels and Comics in the Classroom: Essays on the Educational Power of Sequential Artedited by Carrye Kay Syma and Robert G. Weiner (McFarland, 2013).

contentareaUsing Content-Area Graphic Texts for Learning: A Guide for Middle-Level Educators by Meryl Jaffe (Maupin House, 2013)

Graphic Novels in Your School Library by Jesse Karp (American Library Association, 2012)

GraphicNovelClassroomThe Graphic Novel Classroom: POWerful Teaching and Learning with Images by Maureen Bakis (Corwin Press, 2011).

Teaching Graphic Novels: Practical Strategies for the Secondary ELA Classroom by Katie Monnin (Maupin House, 2010). The author is an assistant professor of literacy at the University of North Florida.

Graphic Novels and Comic Books edited by Kat Kan (Reference Shelf, 2010). A collection of essays on using graphic novels in libraries and classrooms, including writings on graphic novels as literature and interviews with Marjane Satrapi, Gene Luen Yang, and other creators.

22_tencentThe Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic Book Scare and How It Changed America by David Hajdu (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2008). A very readable account of the anti-comics movement of the 1940s and 1950s and the effect it had on the industry in subsequent decades.

Going Graphic: Comics at Work in the Multilingual Classroom by Stephen Cary (Heinemann, 2004).

The Power of Reading: Insights From the Research (Second Edition), by Stephen D. Krashen (Heinemann/Libraries Unlimited, 2004). Krashen devotes a chapter to comics as light reading.

 

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Teaching With Graphic Novels

Teaching With Graphic Novels

Editor’s Note: Papercutz recently sponsored a special edition of SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL’s “Extra Helping” newsletter focused on “using Comics to teach”. For the next few days, we’ll be running excerpts from that issue on our blog and linking back to the original articles. If you’re an educator who is already using graphic novels in your classroom or you’re contemplating taking the plunge, these articles should prove invaluable.

 

Illustration by Gareth Hinds

On March 14, 2013, teachers in the Chicago Public Schools were told, without explanation, to remove all copies of Marjane Satrapi’s graphic novel Persepolis (Pantheon, 2003) from their classrooms.

A day later, facing protests from students and anti-censorship organizations, Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett explained the move. The “powerful images of torture” on a single page of the book made it unsuitable for seventh graders and required the district to give teachers in grades eight through 10 special professional development classes before they could teach it. The book was pulled from classrooms for those grades, but remained in school libraries.

This is the paradox of graphic novels: The visual element that gives them their power can also make them vulnerable to challenges. Researcher Steven Cary calls this the “naked buns” effect. “It’s the rare student or parent who objects to the words ‘naked buns,’” he writes in Going Graphic: Comics at Work in the Multilingual Classroom (Heinemann, 2004). “But an image of naked buns can set off fireworks.”

At the same time, graphic novels are increasingly used in the classroom. For over a decade, public librarians have been promoting graphic novels as literature, and researchers have studied their benefits in educational settings.

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