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!’”
Christmas came early last week, when we received our finished copies of CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED DELUXE #12: THE MONKEY GOD in our offices last week. While we’ve shared the beautiful art from this adaptation with you before, we haven’t really talked about what a beautiful package, the entire book is. So taking a cue from our friends at First Second, we thought we’d do a little “unboxing” on our blog.
Check out those gorgeous endpapers!
Each section of the book features a full page frontispiece.
Check out the color on these interior pages!!
CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED DELUXE #12: THE MONKEY GOD is now available in our online store and at fine bookstores and comic shops everywhere.
Treat yourself to a visual feat this holiday season!
April showers brought May flowers (or at least May allergies) and a slew of great Papercutz news—let’s go!
In stores everywhere today:
Reviews & Recommendations
Ariol #3: Happy as a Pig…
“Ariol’s hilarious hijinks are mischievous and fun, and this volume will find fans among kids who enjoy irreverent humor.” —SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
Classics Illustrated Deluxe #11: The Sea-Wolf
“This title would be an excellent addition to any library or classroom.”—SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
“WOW – this was a great story! I think the Papercutz Classics Illustrated series is a great way to get kids to read classics and see what awesome stories the classics have.” —THIS KID REVIEWS BOOKS
Dinosaurs #1: In the Beginning…
“I love it when books mix humor with learning. This book does that – plus it is a comic so that gets bonus points from me. I think kids can learn a lot from comics.” —THIS KID REVIEWS BOOKS
LEGO Legends of Chima #1: High Risk!
“In a world of children’s books that would bore my kids to tears, or are ridiculously expensive, Lego Legends of Chima is a refreshing addition to my family’s library.”—WHAT’CHA READING?
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #1: Rita Repulsa’s Attitude Adjustment
“The art, story, and humor are all really well done. I would definitely check out future volumes if I come across it… fans and younger readers should make sure to add it to their read-list.” —SEQUENTIAL TART
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Free Comic Book Day comic
“There are plenty of robots, monsters, and interaction between team-members that creates a believable world for the comic, and with a dose of humor thrown in, it’s an impressive book that speaks to new readers and die-hard fans alike.” —BLEEDING COOL
Hey there Papercutzians! (Still not right… one day I’ll figure it out.)
You’ll be seeing a lot more content here soon, starting with this here weekly news roundup! Usually it will be published on Mondays, but I’m a little behind this week. You’ll forgive me right? Our readers are the best!
I’ll be curating the best news and reviews of Papercutz books from around the web and print media and serving them up for you right here each week. And if you have your own Papercutz news tip or review to share, please send them to me on Twitter or Facebook. We’d love to include it in our next roundup!
Without further ado, let’s go!
Reviews & Recommendations
Ariol #4: A Beautiful Pig
“Uber grateful to Papercutz for continuing to translate these fantastic adventures of Ariol…A truly excellent kids comic that’s accessible to all, and that we’re lucky to have available in English.” —COMICS AND COLA
Classics Illustrated Deluxe #11: The Sea-Wolf
“Under [Reb’s’] guiding line work and energetic cross hatching skills, the schooner and the ocean are as much of a character as the people inhabiting the story. So batten down the hatches and grab hold for a rollicking interpretation of this classic tale.” —BROKEN FRONTIER
Dinosaurs #1: In The Beginning…
“It’s a brilliant and entertaining way to introduce the subject to the curious or the enthusiastic, regardless of age.” —THE CARTOONISTS’ CLUB OF GREAT BRITAIN
Prolific Power Rangers blogger Razzle Dazzle has posted two favorable, in-depth reviews of our Power Rangers comics POWER RANGERS MEGAFORCE #3: “Panic In the Parade” and POWER RANGERS MEGAFORCE #4: “Broken World”.
WWE Superstars #3 (from our little baby brother, Super Genius Comics)
“You should most definitely see Super Genius and their WWE Superstars comic.” —KEVIN @ CB
News, Coverage & Publicity
- The forthcoming French film adaptation of BENNY BREAKIRON: “The Red Taxis” was mentioned in an ICv2 article along with a callout to their previous 5/5 star review of our edition of “The Red Taxis”.
Production photo from “Les Taxis Rouges”
WWE Slam City
- The WWE Slam City videos have surpassed over 1 million views across WWEslamcity.com, Kabillion, Cartoonium, WWE Network, Hulu and AOL since their launch in mid-March.
Papercutz General Coverage
Word on the street is that this rollicking round-house kick of a series is perfect for anyone who ever fought off pirates for buried treasure, traveled around the world, solved an impossible mystery, or thinks they may do all of the above one day! Read on for what the experts have to say about Classics Illustrated:
“Each illustration contains that Wilson style we have come to love: humorous, macabre, quirky, detailed and a truly unique style that more than appropriately shares space with Poe’s work.” — HORROR NEWS
“Children are more ruthless about what they consider entertaining. They don’t love books because they think they should. They love stories that deliver, and Classics Illustrated always had the goods. Looks like it still does.” — NEWSWEEK
“Congress should create an amendment that demands every single school in America place Classics Illustrated in their curriculum.” — DIAMOND GALLERIES SCOOP
“For those who may have grown up with the original Classics Illustrated, Papercutz’s decision to resurrect the series, starting with a wonderful version of The Wind in the Willows, will be welcome news.” — OMNIVORACIOUS
“If Great Expectations gives any indication, Classics Illustrated could be enthusiastically received by librarians and teachers alike. And I am wowed by the potential!” — COMIC BOOK BIN
“A massive triumph. If the series goes on to be half this good consistently, it will be absolutely wonderful.” — COMIC MIX
“Dense but not crowded . . . this is a substantial adaptation.” — PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
“This pleasant graphic interpretation can serve as an introduction to Dickens for younger readers and perhaps eventually steer them to the wider world of the source material and beyond.” — PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
“Readers unfamiliar with the tale will be treated to energetic, colorful depictions of friendly Ratty, kind-hearted Mole, wild Mr. Toad, and others as they learn the importance of friendship in an ever-changing world.” — BOOKLIST
“The remarkably detailed color illustrations open passages that words alone cannot convey. Recommended.” — LIBRARY MEDIA CONNECTION
“Capture[s] the details and nuances of these stories in a colorful, clever fashion. Young people who reviewed the book were delighted by the format and all expressed an eagerness to read [it].” — LIBRARY MEDIA CONNECTION
“The treatment these tales get in this Classics Illustrated edition will draw young readers into their bewitching exploits.” — WONDERTIME