We at Papercutz want to first wish you all the best in this very trying year. We hope you and your loved ones have all been staying happy and healthy as we face challenge after challenge. With that said, we’d like to end the year on a more positive note and help you with your holiday shopping. This year may have had its ups and downs, but we at Papercutz were honored to have published so many great new stories to ignite readers’ imaginations and take them on literary journeys away from the everyday grind, if even for a moment.
On top of the quality books we had published this year, we have also published a wide range of diverse books, where we can proudly say this year we have a gift for every reader in your life. Not only are these books diverse in theme and genre, but they’re also our best of the best from this year and we’re proud to present them to you. The middle-grade graphic novel field is as vibrant as ever, with new and imaginative books being published every day. We’re honored to be a part of it and contribute to it with our titles and create lasting memories for all readers. So let us help you make more memories with this guide.
For Readers of Fairytales
Fairytale masters Metaphrog are known for their lovingly rendered re-telling of fairytale classics, such as The Little Mermaid and The Red Shoes. This year they’ve done it once again, this time bringing the classic tale of the evil baron Bluebeard to life in beautiful watercolors. Bluebeard stars a young girl named Eve who has been whisked away to the castle of the evil Bluebeard to be his bride. But unbeknownst to her, Bluebeard’s castle holds a terrible secret that she’s set on discovering. A beautiful, watercolor coming of age story from masters of their craft, Bluebeard is another hit from Metaphrog.
Take a trip down memory lane and enjoy some classic comic book action with two of the biggest names in comics: The Smurfs and Asterix, both presented in convenient collections!
We are proud to present the complete collection of classic Smurf-tastic adventures from world-renowned cartoonistPeyo in this graphic novel series, now available in 3-in-1 volumes that collect three volumes worth of smurfy stories in one! Catch up with your blue buddies to be ready for their new cartoon on Nickelodeon, airing next year! Volume 4 is the latest in the series, with more at the link below!
We are proud to take over US publishing of the world’s bestselling comics series Asterix in honor of his 60th anniversary! Asterix is the main character in a village of holdout Gauls who were never vanquished by the occupying Roman army. One reason they’ve successfully held off the Roman forces: a secret potion the village’s druid Panoramix knows how to concoct that makes all the village’s citizens super-powerful! Well, at least for a short period of time. Catch up with your favorite Gauls in special Omnibus editions that collect three classic Asterix stories in one volume!
The Mythics is a globe-trotting, coming of age story of mythic proportions! Six teens from across the globe awaken their connections to their country’s deities to unlock mythological powers to defeat the invading darkness. Follow Yuko of Japan, Parvati of India, Amir of Egypt, Abigail of Germany, Miguel of Mexico, and Neo of Greece as they learn to harness their powers and accept their responsibility as protectors of Earth!
We have two out-of-this-world sci-fi series that will take readers to brand new worlds and meet fantastic new characters, all from the comfort of their own homes.
School For Extraterrestrial Girls follows mild-mannered student Tara who lives a very scheduled life. One day her lucky bracelet breaks and she discovers that she’s actually an alien from another planet with fire powers, and her parents aren’t who they seem to be! Tara is then whisked off to a secret facility known as the School For Extraterrestrial Girls where she must learn to adapt to her new life and control her powers. An out of this world, coming of age story by the award-winning team of Jeremy Whitley (Unstoppable Wasp, Princeless) and Jamie Noguchi (Erfworld)!
The Only Living Girl is the next chapter in the award-winning The Only Living Boy saga, which follows Zee and her friends across the Patchwork planet to battle Consortium and atone for her late father’s heinous acts against the people of the planet. From the award-winning The Only Living Boy team of David Gallaher and Steve Ellis comes a one of a kind, sci-fi pulp adventure, with an emphasis on science!
This year we have three books that will make anyone’s day, no matter how much of a Scrooge they are!
Attack of the Stuff is by Jim Benton, the award-winning cartoonist behind It’s Catwad, Franny K. Stein, and many others. Attack of the Stuff follows mild-mannered hay salesman Bill Waddler, who’s got a not-so-mild-mannered power. He can talk to appliances! And boy, can they talk back. Will Bill ever know peace with a house full of objects complaining to him night and day? Attack of the Stuff is a surreal comedy about the things we own in the classic Jim Benton style.
Gillbert Volume 3 is by Art Baltazar, the award-winning cartoonist behind Tiny Titans, Itty Bitty Hellboy, and many more. The Gillbert series follows the nautical, nonsensical adventures of Gillbert the Merman and friends as they explore the secrets of the deep sea and the strange creatures they meet along the way. A whimsical oceans’ worth of laughs awaits in Gillbert! Volume 3 is the latest in the series, with more at the link below!
Lola’s Super Club is a brand new series that follows young Lola as she harnesses the power of her imagination to become a superhero! When Lola’s father, world-renowned secret agent James Blond (so secret even he doesn’t know he is one!), goes missing, it’s up to her to suit up and save the day with the strongest weapon she has, her imagination! Armed with her mind, her best friend Super James (a toy dinosaur that can grow in size, alas, his underwear doesn’t) her cat named Hot Dog, and a magic pencil and eraser (very handy for erasing cave monsters), Super-Lola sets out to save the day!
Want to learn about the world AND have fun at the same time? Well, we have three series for you!
Dinosaur Explorers follows a group of researchers as they’re sent flying back to prehistoric times and must learn about the various creatures that live there to survive! Each volume covers a different time period and each chapter of manga-like action is supplemented with informative textbook entries about the creatures that appeared in said chapter. Volume 7 is the latest in the series, with more at the link below!
In the same vein as Dinosaur Explorers, X-Venture Xplorers follows a team of young researchers, but this time they’re learning about different animal species in each issue, and finding out which species would win in a battle (virtually of course)! It’s Lions vs Tigers, Bears vs Monkies, and other dream matchups that will have you on the edge of your seats while also teaching you a thing or two.
The Geeky F@b Five are a group of best friends who set out to prove that girls can excel in the STEM fields and anything else they put their minds to! Each volume has the F@b Five tackling a different issue in their community with their STEM skills! An empowering series for any young female reader! Volume 4 is the latest in the series, with more at the link below!
We all know someone who’s got a special furry friend in their lives, and we’ve got plenty of great graphic novels for them!
Brina The Cat follows Brina as she explores the great outdoors and the wonders of the city, and all the other animal friends she meets along the way. A heartwarming cat tale about the importance of our pets, in a beautiful art style!
We hope you’ve enjoyed our selection of great graphic novels and that this helped you find the right one for your favorite reader in your life! Before we go, we’d like to extend some extra help this holiday season a bit easier with our site-wide sale above. Feel free to enter the code HOME at checkout for 25% off(Excluding Asterix titles) to help make your holiday shopping a breeze. Have a Happy Holiday season and keep reading!
With stores and libraries struggling due to stay-at-home orders and trade shows/events being canceled, we here at Papercutz would like to bring the fun to you and your community right to the comfort of your own homes! From live drawings to Q&A sessions, our creators are excited to offer insight into their methods and engage with your community. We’re happy to see many other fantastic publishers and creators doing the same, and we’d love to do our part as well for your community.
This is especially so with Children’s Book Week coming up on the horizon, May 4th to May 10th, where we are working with the Children’s Book Council to help celebrate everything kid lit. We have a bevy of talented creators interested in spending some virtual time with your customers, such as:
If you’re interested in setting something up, feel free to reach out at email@example.com and we can work something out. Thanks so much and hope to hear from you soon! We hope you stay happy and healthy.
We here at Papercutz hope you and your family are still staying safe and healthy as this health crisis continues. As some states announce even longer stay at home orders and others just reaching the peak, we’re digging in for the long haul by offering even more FREE e-books for you! From goofy animal sports, to epic sibling rivalries, to out of this world tween drama, to high-stakes adventures on alien planets, this round of e-books has a little something for everyone! You can access FUZZY BASEBALL VOLUME 1, AMY’S DIARY VOLUME 1, THE SISTERS VOLUME 1, and THE ONLY LIVING BOY VOLUME 1 for free on Comixology starting today until April 30th! Click below to check them out and enjoy your stay at home reading time.
With major retailers slowing down shipments and quarantine hitting everyone hard, enjoy this 25% off sale on our entire catalog of great graphic novels by using the code “HOME“! You can grab some great books to pass these trying times with and help support your favorite Kids Graphic Novel Publisher *Excluding Asterix Titles*
In these trying times, we’re looking to bring the best of Papercutz into your home with as much digital entertainment as possible. We’ve been offering e-books of some of our hit series here, and now we’d like to offer some videos to help tide you over! Scroll down to find Live Drawings, Trailers, and other resources from our super-creative artists and authors! Click Here To Check It Out
With the scary times we are in right now and with more schools moving to remote learning every day, we at Papercutz want to help ease the tension a bit as we can with some great graphic novels! Click the button below to access some of our great titles, such as GEEKY FAB FIVE, DINOSAUR EXPLORERS, CHLOE, and THE SMURFS! We hope you enjoy them as we get through this!
Stuck at home? Here’s a free preview of the all-new series SCHOOL FOR EXTRATERRESTRIAL GIRLS! Headmasters Jeremy Whitley and Jamie Noguchi are putting the syllabus together for their upcoming launch of their sci-fi/coming of age series, but get ready for the first day of class with the first 24-pages today! Once you’re done with that preview, your homework will be to pre-order your very own copy at the link below, so you’ll be ready when class starts on August 4th, 2020!
School for Extraterrestrial Girls Volume 1: Girl on Fire Written by Jeremy Whitley, Illustrated by Jamie Noguchi
Tara Smith’s parents are super strict with all their rules and routines, and Tara is a dutiful daughter. Rule #1: No friends her own age. Rule #2: keep her bracelet on, or else. But when she breaks her routine—and then loses her bracelet—she’s in trouble. Now outed as an extraterrestrial after wielding fire and losing her humanoid form, Tara is captured by the government. She’s given two options: get shipped far away, where she won’t be a danger to anyone or stay on Earth and join a school for other extraterrestrial girls like her. Things at the school aren’t easy—especially for the girl whose only friends were textbooks. But Tara’s goal to learn how to control her powers is soon sidelined by the discovery that the people she’s called Mom and Dad all these years aren’t her parents.
As we’re about to ring in the new year, let’s look forward at some of the exciting titles we’ve got coming up!
Brina the CatVolume 1: The Gang of the Feline Sun Written by Giorgio Salati Illustrated by Christian Cornia Brina, a city cat, moved to the mountains with the owners for a summer holiday. Here she meets some stray cats who call themselves “The Gang of the Feline Sun”. The new friends convince her to escape her owners and become a free cat. But while Brina enjoys her newfound freedom and all the new types of delectable bugs the countryside has to offer, her young owners are panicking over losing her, a member of their family. Brina must make a choice to live with her owners, where it’s safe (but confined) or go free in the wilderness. A heartwarming tender cat tale. Available January 14th, 2020
Gillbert Vol.2: “The Curious Mysterious” Written and Illustrated by Art Baltazar Young Gillbert is the prince of the underwater world of Atlanticus. Together with his best friend Sherbert and mysterious new friend Anne Phibian, Gillbert is curious to where all these bottled messages floating throughout the ocean are coming from. Could the fiery Pyrockians from space have something to do with it? Or maybe it is something more mysteriously monstrous? Plus, Gillbert must deal with being a new big brother, when his little sister Matilda is actually much, much bigger than him! The most fun had under the sea since “The Little Merman”! Created by Tiny Titan’s Art Baltazar! Available January 28th, 2020
Cat and Cat Volume 1: Girl Meets Cat Written by Christophe Cazenove and Hervé Richez Illustrated by Yrgane Ramon Life was quiet for Cath and her dad, living alone. But when they adopt a cat named Sushi, things get a bit too exciting! Between turning everything into either a personal scratching post or litter box, and the constant cat and mouse game of “love me/leave me alone,” Cath and Dad have a lot to learn! Cath also learns how good it is to have a constant companion, a role Cath’s dad is trying to fill on his own. It’s a hilarious and heartwarming adventure of daily life of this little girl…with a dad and a cat along for the ride! AvailableFebruary 11th, 2020
Chloe & Cartoon Volume 1 Written by Greg Tessier Illustrated by Amandine By now, you all know Chloe “Misty” Blin, the breakout middle school star of her own Charmz graphic novel series. Now, get to know the origin story of the Blin family feline, the mischievous Cartoon! Cartoon arrives as a three-month-old kitten to Blin household many years ago, back when an excitable Chloe is not embarrassed to be called Misty and before her brother Arthur is born. Chloe’s dad is not as excited to share his house with a cat. Little does the family know that Cartoon is about to make their lives much more animated! Available February 18th, 2020
The Only Living Girl Vol.2: Beneath The Unseen City Written by David Gallaher, Illustrated by Steve Ellis Harvey Award-winning graphic novel stars David Gallaher and Steve Ellis return with their mysterious world full of super science… and ancient secrets, in the second follow-up graphic novel to THE ONLY LIVING BOY series. When members of her city are poisoned by an unknown element, Zandra Parfitt, known as “Zee,” discovers there’s only one place to find help: Dianoia, the deadly catacombs under an invisible city. But when Zee, and her friends, Erik Farrell, the Only Living Boy, and Morgan the Mermidonian warrior, embark on their quest, they quickly realize that their lives are also at risk. And if their adventure doesn’t destroy them… the Consortium and the diabolical Doctor Twice are lurking in the wings to finish the job. Available March 17th, 2020
The Mythics Volume 1: Heroes Reborn Written by Philippe Ogaki, Patricia Lyfoung, and Patrick Sobral Illustrated by Alice Picard, Jenny, Magali Paillat, and Valeriane Duviver In the ancient times of Gods and heroes, evil attempted to seize the world disguising themselves as six different gods. While they were spreading all their power of destruction, six heroes, each with extraordinary powers and brandishing sacred weapons, rose against these incarnations of evil. The evil was defeated and sealed in a secret place within the red desert on the planet Mars …Today, enter six young heirs: Yuko of Japan, Parvati of India, Amir of Egypt, Abigail of Germany, Miguel of Mexico, and Neo of Greece suddenly pulled from their everyday lives. About to face the greatest threat that the contemporary world has ever known, in a flash, they get to discover just how worthy successors they may be of the ancient heroes. Available March 24th, 2020
The Super Sisters Written by Christophe Cazenove Illustrated by William Maury Being a sister is super! Being a super sister is even better! From the pages of THE SISTERS and spinning out of Maureen and Wendy’s imagination, these two siblings are donning flight packs and space suits to keep the galaxy safe! They battle intergalactic thieves and multi-limbed troublemakers but can all their sisterly-fights prepare them for their greatest foes…their clones? AvailableApril 7th, 2020
Bluebeard Written and Illustrated by Metaphrog Award-winning duo, Metaphrog, transform the classic folktale into a feminist fairy tale, about the blossoming of a young child to womanhood striving for independence. Eve spends an idyllic childhood of long summer days with her sweetheart Tom, and together they dream of exploring the world. But that dream is soon shattered as she comes of age. The mysterious Bluebeard is looking for a new bride and has his sights set on Eve, and rumor has it that his former wives have all disappeared. What will Eve find in the castle beyond the enchanted forest? A forbidden chamber, a golden key and the most terrifying secret, take on a new life in this gothic graphic novel. Available May 5th, 2020
Fuzzy Baseball Volume 3: R.B.I Robots Written and Illustrated by John Steven Gurney The Fernwood Valley Fuzzies have a baseball game set with the undefeated and impeccable Geartown Clankees. The Clankees perform like well-oiled machines…mainly because they are robots in disguise just wanting to fit in and feel the love of good sportsmanship deep inside their gears. It’s a battle of bolts, brawn, and stamina as the Fuzzies must keep up with their robotic counterparts if they are to win the game. With their rookie, Blossom Honey Possum, benched due to her fear of robots and their hitter, Walter Wombat, determined to win at any costs, the Fuzzies are up for the fight of their lives. Forget about 7 inning stretch, try 38 inning stretch! Play ball! Available May 12th, 2020
Asterix Omnibus Volume 1 Written by Rene Goscinny, Illustrated by Albert Uderzo Asterix is celebrating 60 sensational years as an international comics superstar, and in the first collected edition from Papercutz, the stories are newly translated into American English for a new generation of fans! The story of Asterix starts here. Asterix Omnibus volume one collects “Asterix the Gaul,” “Asterix and the Golden Sickle,” and “Asterix and the Goths.” Three classic adventures in one great volume. Available May 19th, 2020
Asterix Omnibus Volume 2 Written by Rene Goscinny, Illustrated by Albert Uderzo Asterix mixes it up with everyone from Julius Caesar to Cleopatra in this outstanding Omnibus! After conquering Europe, where this feisty, little warrior is a true pop culture super-star, Asterix is invading America with another three classic adventures, newly translated into American English. Asterix conquered Europe ironically by keeping his tiny village in Gaul from being conquered by the Roman Empire. Turns out, Asterix and his fellow villagers have a secret weapon, a potion that imbues them all with super strength. Available May 19th, 2020
Asterix Volume 38: The Chieftain’s Daughter Written by Jean-Yves Ferri Illustrated by Didier Conrad Upheavals and pandemonium are definitely on the horizon! Adrenaline, the daughter of the famous Gaulish chieftain is being hunted down by the Romans. She secretly finds refuge in the village of our indomitable Gauls – the only place in Roman-occupied Gaul that can guarantee her protection. And let’s just say that having this very special teenager around will cause plenty of confusion, and not just for Obelix… Available May 19th 2020
Attack of the Stuff Written and Illustrated by Jim Benton In what is described as “an 8 year old’s fever dream,” New York Times bestselling author introduces us to Bill Waddler. Bill is a duck who dreams of being smothered by farting snakes. He also has a special gift. He is able to hear appliances complain. Imagine what toilets would complain about. Bill doesn’t need to imagine. While working as a cash-only hay seller (that doesn’t accept credit cards), Bill doesn’t know that he, and a very confused orange juice sales clerk, are about to save the world. If you could hear this book complain, it would be saying “where have you been all my life?” Available May 26th, 2020
Brina The Cat Volume 2: City Cat Written by Giorgio Salati Illustrated by Christian Cornia On a vacation in the countryside, Brina got a taste of her innate feline freedom when she briefly escaped her owners and joined a band of wild cats who left (or were left by) their owners. Now, Brina and her human owners, Samuel and Margret return to life in the city. Brina must re-adapt to being a closed up indoor cat in an apartment and finding her own sense of freedom. Join Brina as she takes on would be car thieves, an army of street rats, pesky pigeons, and the hustle and bustle of city life. Available June 2nd 2020
Cat & Cat Volume 2: Cat Out Of Water Written by Christophe Cazenove and Herve Richez Illustrated by Yrgane Ramon The adventures of Catherine and her cat, Sushi, continue in more comic escapades. To get away from it all, and get some rest and relaxation, Cat, her cat, and her dad visit the great outdoors. Being a single parent is never easy, and having a daughter such as Cat, not to mention a cat that’s also very much a part of the family, may be too much for her dad to handle no matter how much they all may love each other! Rough waters are ahead for the family of three, especially after Dad drops the bombshell: they’re moving! And we all know how much cats love water…! Available June 16th, 2020
School for Extraterrestrial Girls Volume 1: Girl on Fire Written by Jeremy Whitley Illustrated by Jamie Noguchi Tara Smith’s parents are super strict with all their rules and routines, and Tara is a dutiful daughter. Rule #1: No friends her own age. Rule #2: keep her bracelet on, or else. But when she breaks her routine—and then loses her bracelet—she’s in trouble. Now outed as an extraterrestrial after wielding fire and losing her humanoid form, Tara is captured by the government. She’s given two options: get shipped far away where she won’t be a danger to anyone or stay on Earth and join a school for other extraterrestrial girls like her. Things at the school aren’t easy—especially for the girl whose only friends were textbooks. But Tara’s goal to learn how to control her powers is soon sidelined by the discovery that the people she’s called Mom and Dad all these years aren’t her parents. Available August 4th, 2020
Papercutz is proud to take over US publishing of
the world’s bestselling comics series Asterix in honor of his 60th
anniversary! All graphic novels will be reissued in all-new translations and
new formats. To start, Papercutz will be collecting the original stories in 2
omnibuses with three volumes worth of stories in each, as well as presenting
the newest, best-selling album, the 38th in the series, “The
Chieftain’s Daughter” in a single hardcover volume. All three of these great graphic
novels will be releasing in May 2020. Moving forward, Papercutz will be
releasing 4 of these omnibus volumes per year for 3+ years, which will
eventually collect every single Asterix story to date. This also includes publishing
the newest albums every 2 years as they are released. Papercutz is proud to
reintroduce such a beloved comic book character to a wider audience.
What is Asterix
He is the main character in a village of holdout
Gauls who were never vanquished by the occupying Roman army. One reason they’ve
successfully held off the Roman forces: a secret potion the village’s druid
Panoramix knows how to concoct that makes all the village’s citizens
super-powerful! Well, at least for short period of time.
Beyond this premise, the series has been a
vehicle for satire on humanity and politics along with delectable puns for
names thrown in. The humor is an amazingly agile mix from slapstick to
sophisticated satire. It’s this secret recipe (potion?) that has made Asterix
so widely popular, not just with kids but their parents as well. Co-creator and scriptwriter Goscinny, who lived part of
his life in New York, was steeped in and greatly inspired by everything from
the heyday of Mad magazine to the whimsical humor of Walt Kelly’s Pogo. His
co-creator partner, artist Uderzo, brought his sharp unmistakable caricatural
style. The collaboration was electric.
The Asterix Phenomenon
Asterix is 60 years old today! Since his first appearance in 1959, the
character has brought together readers from all walks of life and all
generations. A real wonder that we owe to its creators: the geniuses René
Goscinny and Albert Uderzo. Whether in battles against their eternal Roman
enemies, the magic potions of the Druids, or the famous quarrels between
colorful characters, the Gauls have conquered schoolyards, museums and
libraries around the world. But who could have imagined, just 60 years ago,
that our little Gaul and his faithful friend Obelix, carver of menhirs
(Stonehenge-like monuments), carriers of humanist and positive values
(fraternity, freedom, irreverence, resistance, friendliness…), would be
today, with 380 million albums sold, THE huge international stars appreciated
by the uncowed of the whole world!
Asterix by the Numbers:
1959: First appearance, October 29, in the magazine Pilote. 1961: Publication of the first Asterix album, Asterix the Gaul. 6,000: Copies for the initial printing of the first album. 38: Number of albums published through October 24, 2019. 111: Number of languages and dialects translated into (including Latin!). 380 million: Number of albums sold worldwide since 1959. 50 million: Number of visitors at Asterix Parc for 30 years 14: Number of Asterix movies (including 10 animated movies and 4 live action movies) And finally for its most recent success: 5 million: number of copies distributed to date of the 38th album The Chieftain’s Daughter, published just 7 days ago, October 24. An unparalleled success in the field of global publishing.
A New Partnership
“Papercutz is thrilled
for this opportunity to bring the world’s bestselling series to America with a
true push here for the first time,” said Papercutz Publisher Terry Nantier,
”and the all-new more American translations, as well as our redesign of the books
(new covers and new format) will make this series relevant to our American
audience. After 60 years, the little Gaul Asterix is an ongoing mighty hit in
most countries and languages and thus has proven himself to cross borders very
successfully, and we say watch out America, we’re letting loose Asterix and his
magic potion of power!”
“I am delighted to collaborate with Papercutz, a fantastic and clever comics publisher, to have for the first time ever the full Asterix collection released on the US market in a specific American edition,” said Céleste Surugue, Managing Director of Les Éditions Albert René, the rights holders: “Having this universe widely available to the US readers is a major event for one of the most famous and fun comic characters. The 2 creators have been huge fans of American comic artists from Caniff to Kurtzman or Gottfredson who inspired their art very much. The Asterix albums have been published in 111 languages and dialects until now and have sold in excess of 380 million copies. It was high time to have the American translation Asterix deserves. We are really looking forward to having the full series including the latest volume, The Chieftain’s Daughter, available in a brand-new American edition!”
For The Creators, a Strong Bond with the US
Rene Goscinny was born in Paris in 1926. After growing up in Argentina, he lived in NYC
for 7 years where he had the chance to work at the Charles William Harvey
Studio with Harvey Kurtzman, Will Elder, Charlie Stern and John Severin who
then created the famous Mad Magazine, an association that would mark him
for life. René Goscinny had been nourished by this very specific Anglo-Saxon
humour in all his future works. In 1959, he co-founded with Albert Uderzo the
magazine Pilote which premiered what was to become the most successful comic
series anywhere: Asterix. By the late sixties, Pilote turned to an older
audience pioneering an absolute revolution in comics styles, narration and
sophistication. Goscinny’s genius was not only in writing but also in editing,
launching many famous and enormously innovative comics authors within the
creative cauldron that Pilote magazine had become under his leadership, helping
to raise comic art into a full-fledged art form. He died suddenly and way too
early of cardiac arrest in 1977 at the age of 51, but his legacy continues.
Albert Uderzo was born in France in 1927 to Italian Immigrants. After a number of years in children’s illustration and co-launching a comics syndicate and agency (doing up to nine pages a week!) he created with Goscinny in 1959 the soon to be legendary Asterix series. He has been inspired by the works of Walt Disney since his early childhood starting with the 1st Journal de Mickey! Ever since then, Albert has been seeking inspiration from American Comics and the works of Walt Disney. He never missed a chance to pay tribute to American artists, and time would tell that this love would pay off.
In 1959, Goscinny and Uderzo became editor and artistic director (respectively) of Pilote magazine. Their creation, Asterix, became a runaway success. After Goscinny’s death in 1977, when 24 volumes of Asterix were complete, Uderzo continued to write and illustrate the Asterix books on his own, publishing 10 volumes. The cover credits still read “Goscinny and Uderzo.” He retired from writing and drawing in 2011 but still oversees Asterix and the current publications by 2 prominent French comics artists, Jean-Yves Ferri and Didier Conrad.
Papercutz will release Asterix Omnibus Volumes 1 and 2 in full color hardcover (7.5” x 9.5”, 160pp., ISBN: 9781545805657 (Volume 1)/ 9781545805671 (Volume 2), $22.99 each) and full color paperback(7.5” x 9.5”, 160pp., ISBN: 9781545805664 (Volume 1)/ 9781545805688 (Volume 2) $14.99 each) on May 19th, 2020. Papercutz will also release Asterix Volume 38: The Chieftain’s Daughter in full color hardcover (7.5” x 9.5”, 48pp. ISBN: 9781545805695, $9.99) on the same day, May 19th 2020.
Asterix Omnibus Volume 1 collects: “Asterix The Gaul”, Asterix and The Golden Sickle”, and “Asterix and The Goths”. Available May 19th, 2020! Asterix Omnibus Volume 2 collects: “Asterix The Gladiator”, “Asterix and The Banquet”, and “Asterix and Cleopatra”. Available May 19th, 2020!
We hope you all had a sweet treat-filled Halloween! Feeling the post-Halloween blues? Well, you’re in luck! All purchases from our website are now coming with a bonus copy of our Loud House Halloween Special comic while supplies last! Grab them now before they disappear back into the candy bowl!
To get everyone into the Halloween Spirit, we’re treating our fans to a special 20% discount on all our books on the website! This isn’t a trick! Just enter the code “e20” when you check out and enjoy the discount! But act fast, the deal is only until the end of the month. These deals will disappear faster than candy on November 1st!
Hey everyone! It’s that time of year again! ALA is right around the corner and you don’t want to miss all the great signings we’ve got planned at our booth at the Walter E Washington Convention Center in Washington DC!
First things first, you’ll be able to find us at Booth 3535, right on the corner of the Comics Pavilion. This is where you’ll find all our signings and giveaways, so swing by to say hey!
Next, we’ll have ARCs for two of our upcoming series, BRINA and CAT & CAT! You won’t want to miss these hair-raising, cat-tastic new books!
Finally, we have the main attraction, our talent signings! We have a full house of creators with us this time around, and we’ll have signings throughout the weekend of their books for a small fee of $5. Here’s the all-star team we’re bringing with us!
The dynamic duo of David Gallaher and Steve Ellis will be around signing copies of their fantasy adventure series THE ONLY LIVING BOY OMNIBUS, as well as copies of their new hit follow up to the series, THE ONLY LIVING GIRL VOL.1: THE ISLAND AT THE EDGE OF INFINITY!
The mother-daughter super team of Liz and Lucy Lareau will be signing their STEM/Girl Power series GEEKY F@B FIVE with volumes 1 and 2! Liz and Lucy will also be doing a special signing at 2pm on Saturday June 22nd at Hooray for Books (1555 King Street, Alexandria, Virginia)!
Famous cartoonist Art Baltazar will be signing copies of his nautical adventure series GILLBERT VOL.1!
Famed cartoonist John Steven Gurney will be around signing his new home run series FUZZY BASEBALL with volumes 1 and 2!
Here’s a breakdown of the signing schedule:
Friday June 21st
5:30pm-7:00pm Liz and Lucy Lareau signing Geeky Fab Five Volumes 1 and 2 Art Baltazar signing Gillbert Volume 1
Saturday June 22nd
9:00am-10:30am Liz and Lucy Lareau signing Geeky Fab Five Volumes 1 and 2 David Gallaher and Steve Ellis signing The Only Living Boy Omnibus and The Only Living Girl Volume 1
10:30am-12:00pm John Gurney signing Fuzzy Baseball Volumes 1 and 2
12:00pm-1:30pm Art Baltazar signing Gillbert Volume 1
1:30pm-3:00pm David Gallaher and Steve Ellis signing The Only Living Boy Omnibus and The Only Living Girl Volume 1 John Gurney signing Fuzzy Baseball Volumes 1 and 2
Sunday June 23rd
9:30am-11am Art Baltazar signing Gillbert Volume 1
11:00am-12:30pm John Gurney signing Fuzzy Baseball Volumes 1 and 2 Liz and Lucy Lareau signing Geeky Fab Five Volumes 1 and 2
2:00pm-3:30pm David Gallaher and Steve Ellis signing The Only Living Boy Omnibus and The Only Living Girl Volume 1
Can’t wait to see you all there! Keep an eye on our social media for more information!
Today’s the big day! We’ve got VINCENT BOOK ONE: GUIDE TO LOVE, MAGIC, AND RPG launching and we’re so excited to bring such a beloved Brazilian comic to a new audience. Despite VINCENT coming all the way from Brazil, the series hits home with universal emotions of love, loss, and growing up that can appeal to everyone. To celebrate the occasion, I had the chance to interview the man of the hour, VITOR CAFAGGI, about all things VINCENT and his influences. Let’s get started:
Q: What does
Vincent mean to you?
A: Vincent represents the main reason why I do comics today. Which is to give back everything that comics gave me. When I was a teenager, and even before that, I did not have many friends at school or close to home. I was very shy and was always worried about something. Spider-Man comics showed me that I was not the only one like that. I saw myself in Peter Parker and seeing how he overcame his challenges, gave me the strength to beat mine every day. Vincent has some of that. In a way, by telling my story, I want to show people like me that they are not alone
Q: What would you like to say to this brand new audience who’s getting their
hands on Vincent for the first time?
A: Sorry if you think it’s going to be a cute story, with furry little animals living fantastical adventures and sliding through rainbows. That’s not it. Vincent is an almost autobiographical story about adolescence. The adolescence of a daydreaming young man, who plays RPG and loves empanadas. First loves, first disappointments, the end of high school and the beginning of college, bad decisions, right choices, and best friends. That’s what you’ll find in Vincent.
Q: What would you like audiences to know about the Brazilian comic book scene and what makes it appealing to a wider global audience?
A: The Brazilian comic scene is very diverse. The independent comics in Brazil are very strong. And in the middle of them, you will find comics of all sizes, of all genres, all prices, and all subjects. All this with the most varied arts possible.In addition to the indie comics, we have MONICA’S GANG. The best selling comics in Brazil for more than fifty years. They are part of our childhood and our culture.
Q: What American superhero would you want Vincent to team up with?
A: Vincent is a big fan of the X-Men! Also, Vincent’s greatest idol is Rocky Balboa. He’s Vincent’s role model. Yeah, I know he’s not exactly a superhero, but Rocky is a hero to me. And Mel would love to meet Goku.
A: As always I’m reading every Spider-Man title out there. Also, the Spider-Man comic strips collections being released by IDW. Deadly Class! (I love Deadly Class so much) SnotGirl, Isola, Saga, Akira and graphic novels such as Be Prepared, by Vera B, and The Prince and the Dressmaker, by Jen Wang.
Thanks to Vitor for answering all our burning questions! You can pick up your copy of VINCENT BOOK ONE today! And after you undoubtedly fall in love with young Vincent, VINCENT BOOK TWO will be available July 16th!
Hello everyone! As you probably know, Papercutz has a long history of helping educators create dynamic and memorable lesson plans students have a blast participating in. Today we are proud to announce that our STEM/action title, DINOSAUR EXPLORERS just received one of those very lesson plans based on the characters and storyline from the graphic novel. Subjects include marine biology, vocabulary, archeology, and meet both Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.
Take a look for yourself by clicking here and let us know what you think by sending over your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Happy Halloween everyone! We have some cool news to share with all you ghouls and ghosts out there — a Ghost Friends Forever mini-comic will be available for free at comic book stores across the nation for Halloween Comic Fest and New Comic Book Day! In addition, Monica Gallagher and Kata Kane will be at Third Eye Comics in Annapolis MD to meet fans in celebration of this event.
Find participating comic stores near you @ https://halloweencomicfest.com/StoreLocator and feel free to shoot us an email at email@example.com with any questions!
Our beloved STEM and girl power graphic novel series, GEEKY FAB FIVE has just received an Educator Resource for teachers. This beautiful guide is used in combination with the graphic novel itself with the purpose of providing a detailed lesson plan for teachers. From group activities to solo work, students will be able to learn while interacting with their favorite characters!
In the Washington DC or Brooklyn, NY area this weekend? Come see us and a few friends IRL!
The Small Press Expo in the Washington D.C. area & the Brooklyn Book Festival are both happening this weekend! The creative minds behind GHOST FRIENDS FOREVER, Kata Kane & Monica Gallagher will be at SPX premiering GFF vol 2 at our sister company NBM’s booth: G1-2.
At the same time, Brooklyn will play host to Liz & Lucy Lareau of GEEKY FAB FIVE as well as Ryan Jampole, the illustrator of both GEEKY and MELOWY and the author of MELOWY, Courtney Powell. They will be at table 24 for Children’s Day Saturday and table 322 for the Main day on Sunday. Shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions and the signing schedule for both is located below!
Brooklyn Book Festival
10-11:30 Lareaus & Ryan (Geeky Fab Five)
11:30-1 Cortney (Melowy)
1-2:30 Lareaus & Ryan
2:30-4 Cortney & Ryan (Melowy)
10:30-noon: Lareaus & Ryan
1:30-3 Lareaus & Ryan
3-4:30 Cortney & Ryan
Small Press Expo
1:00-2 Monica (GFF)
1-2: Kata & Monica (GFF)
3-4 Kata & Monica
We have a trailer for Geeky Fab Five, a new series about 5 girls with STEM abilities who tackle big problems at their school! Take a look at it below and remember to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more trailers and other exclusive content!
At ALA we will have the Lareaus, a mother-daughter writing duo new to the Papercutz family, the authors of GEEKY F@B FIVE, a new girl empowerment in STEM series, , and the co-author of The Joe Shuster Story, Thomas Campi. The Lareaus will be speaking on the Strong Female Protagonists: From Girl Power to Grown Women! panel on Sunday June 24th from 12:30PM-1:20 PM while Thomas Campi will be speaking on the Story of Life: Graphic Biographies and Autobiographies on Saturday June 23rd from 12:30PM-1: 20 PM. In addition to the panels, Liz & Lucy Lareau will be signing at the Papercutz booth Friday 5:30PM-6: 30 PM, Saturday 10AM-11AM and 2PM-3PM, and Sunday 1:30PM-2: 30 PM. Thomas Campi will be signing on Saturday 11AM-12PM and 3:30PM-4: 30 PM, and Sunday 2:30PM-4PM, with his book available at a 50% discount. All signings will be at the Papercutz booth (3425).
What Papercutz appearance would be complete without a few giveaways? At ALA we will have another upcoming, action-packed, STEM series, DINOSAUR EXPLORERS, the cute, underwater adventure of the merman GILLBERT by Art Baltazar (coming in Sept.), and last but not least, the new Charmz imprint series, AMY’S DIARY (coming early next year) all up for grabs!
For the Children’s Institute, we will be accompanied by Liz and Lucy who will be at the author’s reception signing copies of their debut series title GEEKY F@B FIVE! We will also have freebies for booksellers in the Galley Room. This includes VINCENT, a YA rom-com for those growing out of the Papercutz Charmz “early crush” imprint (CHLOE, SCARLET ROSE, etc.) and DINOSAUR EXPLORERS which is a manga-inspired, action-packed, STEM title as well, including articles with details, perfect for any dinosaur fan.
If you have any questions please contact Arthur at email@example.com and if you’re going to be in the area, please look for us and say hi; we always love to chat with our fans!
The much-awaited story of a comic book legend, an industry exposed, and a friendship that spawned one of the most iconic superheroes ever has just hit shelves everywhere — we welcome THE JOE SHUSTER STORY by Julian Voloj and Thomas Campi!
Check out what people are saying about the title below:
“The art lends warmth and beauty to this elegy to two kids chewed up by a system that sees dollar signs and goes in for the kill.” — PUBLISHERS WEEKLY “Gorgeous.” — io9 The Joe Shuster Story…. “tells the story of Joe Shuster in a most appropriate way — in the form of a graphic novel. Writer Julian Voloj (Ghetto Brother) and artist Thomas Campi have collaborated on a comic experience about America, ambition, the intersection of art and commerce.” — SYFY “Superheroes might have conquered the world, but their real origins are here in this heart-breaking story of youthful nerdy dreams and cruel corporate betrayal. Julian Voloj and Thomas Campi have taken one of the saddest stories in comics and turned it into a lyrical meditation on the complex relationship between daydreams and business. A well-researched primer on American comic book history, a beautifully painted tribute, and a powerful human story: Joe Shuster is all of this and more.” — Dylan Horrocks, cartoonist of Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen “Amazing…. Each panel is a beautiful painting.” — Paolo Rivera, artist of Mythos “A tender graphic history with empathic prose from Julian Voloj and sensuous painting from Thomas Campi…. Should be required reading.” — VULTURE “A superb and emotional graphic novel…. Eye-opening” — COMICS BEAT “I highly recommend The Joe Shuster Story. I’m happy that Joe, like Bill Finger not long ago, is finally getting his chance to be the hero, or at least the heart, of the story.” — Marc Nobleman, author of Boys of Steel “Terrific… Pop culture fans may know their names without ever reading a Superman book, but even if you know Shuster and Siegel’s story, seeing it unfold in a graphic novel of its own is wholly different. A heartbreaking story, to be sure. But one that Superman fans, superhero fans, graphic novel fans, American history buffs, or those who simply enjoy beautiful illustrations will be glad they experienced.” — SCREENRANT “Paints such a vivid picture, one can almost put themselves into this story and walk alongside Joe on his journey…. From childhood to the mid-70’s, this well-written and beautifully illustrated graphic novel is a must-read and must-have for any comics historian or DC creator fan.” — POP CULT HQ “Carefully researched… definitely a graphic novel to check out!” — FANBOY FACTOR “With The Artist Behind Superman: The Joe Shuster Story, Julian Voloj and Thomas Campi have brought forth a fever dream of an all-too-true story of what happens when art and commerce explosively collide. Drawing on immersive research and unrestrained passion, Voloj and Campi bring to life a bygone era whose ghosts still haunt us. This saga of the flesh-and-blood creators of the Man of Steel is simultaneously inspiring and chilling. What a triumph!” — Danny Fingeroth, author of Disguised as Clark Kent: Jews, Comics and the Creation of the Superhero “Any fan of Superman and comics should read this.” — FIRST COMIC NEWS “Voloj and Campi did a masterful job in weaving historical narrative, politics and pop culture into a nostalgic bitter-sweet journey to a moment in history, and a special friendship, that gave the world Superman.” — Asaf Hanuka, cartoonist of The Realist “Assembled using archival material and first-hand sources, and stunningly painted by Campi, The Joe Shuster Story is necessary reading for fans of the Big Blue Boy Scout, as well as any budding historian of the industry.” — PASTE MAGAZINE