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.”
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!’”