The Joe Shuster Story is here!

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

If you have any questions about the title feel free to reach out to us at and you may order The Joe Shuster Story by clicking here.

Join Papercutz and Julian Voloj at The Toronto Comic Arts Festival

We have some pretty awesome event news for our Canadian fans. Julian Voloj will be premiering his comic biography, The Joe Shuster Story at The Toronto Comic Arts Festival on May 12 & 13th as a guest. Papercutz will also be in full attendance with NBM publishing at table 133 with another special guest David B. who will be premiering A Tale of a Thousand and One Nights: HASIB & the Queen of Serpents.

ABOUT THE EVENT — The TCAF is a celebration of comics, graphic novels and their creators, which culminates in a two-day exhibition and vendor fair featuring hundreds of comics creators from around the world. Other Festival events include readings, interviews, panels, workshops, gallery shows, art installations, and much more. The full program and list of participating creators are available by clicking here.

PAPERCUTZ EVENT SCHEDULE — Julian himself with be signing at table 133 on Saturday from 10 AM-11:30 AM — 3:45PM-5PM and Sunday from 11 AM-Noon — 1 PM-2 PM. Julian will also be a part of the Truth Comes Out: Creating Comic Biographies panel on Saturday at 2:45 PM in the Summerhill Ballroom (Marriott).

ABOUT THE PANEL — The best biographies take you on a wild ride through some of the defining moments of a person’s life. But what happens if that person is, well, boring? Or worse, what if you uncover skeletons in the closet of people you admire? Join biographers Max de Radigues & Wauter Manaert (Weegee), Julian Voloj (The Joe Shuster Story), Ho Che Anderson (King), along with biographical interpreters Jia Sung and Oliver East (Ley Lines) as they address the greatest question of all: Is fact stranger than fiction? Moderated by Brendan Montgomery

Be Heard! Protecting Your Protest Rights

Check out Be Heard! by cartoonist Kai Texel

As millions of American students assert their First Amendment rights in protests across the country, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and National Coalition Against Censorship are here to help protect students’ rights and we at Papercutz are more than happy to help them spread the message. Be Heard! is a free comic by cartoonist Kai Texel that outlines best practices to help kids assert their rights to speech, protest, assembly, and petition, warns about risks, and provides resources to get more help. Read Be Heard! here and share it freely and broadly!

Grab The Full PDF by clicking here!


Happy Holidays!

The entire team at Papercutz would like to wish you and yours Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year! We can’t wait to share more exciting news and amazing graphic novels with you in 2018!!


DreamWorks and Netflix team up to debut six original shows for 2018, and among the firsts, premiering on January 18, is Trolls: The Beat Goes On. The series will pick up where the film left off, continuing the adventures of Poppy, Branch, and all the Troll Village.

TROLLS, the graphic novel series written by Dave Scheidt and illustrated by Kathryn Hudson, provides the backstory for Dreamworks’ Fall 2016 blockbuster film. Who are the Trolls? Who are the Bergens? Why is there one Troll who isn’t happy like all the other Trolls? And why does this Troll know more about the Bergens than any other Troll? Find out more about Poppy and Branch in this all-new collection of stories.

Volumes 1 through 3 are available now! The fourth installment releases January 23. Start reading TROLLS today and get caught up just in time for Netflix’s release of Trolls: The Beat Goes On!

NYTimes Review: THE WENDY PROJECT is “Striking”


From our sister site, Super Genius Comics, The Wendy Project is a heart-gripping tale about a young girl dealing with the guilt and loss of her brother. Released in July 2017, the comic has garnered attention from The School Library Journal, Publisher’s Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, and more. Now, The New York Times weighs in with its review.

Fish draws Wendy’s actual surroundings in jagged, splintery black lines and gray wash. Wherever the “Peter Pan” fantasy turns up, though, her artwork blooms into color, suffusing Wendy’s dreams of Neverland and tinging the elements of the real world that she’s charged with her hopeful imaginings. […] Fish’s inventive, dramatic staging is striking in its own right.

Read the whole article on The New York Times, and pick up your copy of The Wendy Project today. Available on ComiXology  as well!

Patricia Lyfoung to Launch THE SCARLET ROSE at NYCC

Papercutz is pleased to announce that French writer/artist Patricia Lyfoung will be launching the English version of THE SCARLET ROSE next weekend at New York Comic Con!

In volume 1 of THE SCARLET ROSE, “I Knew I’d Meet You,” readers meet Maud, a brave and headstrong girl who relies on her wits and fighting ability in equal measure. When the series begins, Maud is quite happy living her simple life with her father and learning the exciting art of sword fighting. But when her father is murdered, Maud is whisked away from the life she knows by her rich and lordly grandfather. He wants to give her a home – on his terms – and help Maud become a real lady. Yet all Maud wants to do is keep on fighting, so that she can have her revenge on her father’s killer.

THE SCARLET ROSE Vol. 1: “I Knew I’d Meet You” debuted on September 5th to much acclaim, with Publisher’s Weekly saying, “[The] manga-inflected artwork amplifies the romance, drama, and danger while devoting attention to historical detail […] and the heroine’s independence and daring.”

Lyfoung’s appearances at NYCC are as follows:

Thursday / October 5th
1 – 2 pm at FCA booth #1669
2-3 at Papercutz table — R7 in artist alley.

Title: Educator Meetup: A Gathering of Educators and Comics Industry Professionals
Speakers: All FCA creators plus cartoonists from First Second and Teachers
Small group meet-up format with educators
Time: 3:45 – 4:45
Location: Javits room 1C01

Saturday / October 7th
1 – 2 pm at Papercutz table – R7 in artist alley.
2:30 – 3:30pm at FCA booth #1669

Title: ComicsBeat Presents: The European Invasion: It’s our annual look at the European cartoonists scene – and with more and more European comics finding a US audience, the time has never been better. This year we talk to creators from around the world including Fabrice Nury and Patricia Lyfoung (France), Zep (Switzerland) Mahmud Asrar (Turkey) and more! These creators talk about their work and influences, and give us an insight into the new world comics culture.
Speakers: Heidi MacDonald (moderator), Nury, Zep, Lyfoung and others
Time: 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: Javits Room 1B03

Papercutz’s Plans for SPX 2017!

This weekend, Papercutz will be pulling double duty at both the Brooklyn Book Festival and the Small Press Expo, the latter of which will be held at MARRIOTT NORTH BETHESDA HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTER in Bethesda Maryland.

If you’re in town for the SPX, be sure to stop by Booth G1-2, where illustrious illustrator Kata Kane will be premiering ANA AND THE COSMIC RACE! Jeff Whitman, our assistant managing editor and one of the writers of GUMBY will also be at the booth, signing books and gabbing with fans!

Kata will be signing at the Papercutz booth at 5-6 p.m. on Saturday and from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday (though she’ll be taking a break from 2-3, girl’s gotta eat!)

Hope to see you all there! And if you can’t make it to SPX, we’ll also be at the Brooklyn Book Festival this weekend! (And if you can’t make it to either one of those shows, we won’t make you feel too bad for missing out!)

Papercutz’s Plans for Brooklyn Book Festival 2017


Papercutz will be making a big splash at this year’s Brooklyn Book Festival, with signings and author events! Below you’ll find a roundup of where and when the excitement will be.

Papercutz’s Signings
Booth #320 (main day), 21 (children’s day)

10:30-11:30: David Gallaher
11:30-12:30 Amy Chu
12:30-2:00 David Gallaher
2:30-3:30 Amy Chu
2:30-4: Jessica Abel

10:30-noon: Jessica Abel
Noon-1 David Gallaher and Steve Ellis
1-2:30 Amy Chu
2:30-3:30 David Gallaher & Steve Ellis
3:30-4:30 Jessica Abel
4:30-6: Amy Chu


Saturday, September 16, 2017 (Children’s Day)
1:00 pm
Adventure Awaits
Young Readers Stage (MetroTech Commons)
On a panel where imagination and illustration collide, five worlds are on the brink of destruction. A school is beset by zombies and pirates. And a hopeful teen races for control of a vast space empire. Guided by moderator Gregg Schigiel (PIX: Too Super for School), authors Mark Siegel (5 Worlds Book 1: The Sand Warrior), Marcus Emerson (Recess Warriors and Diary of a 6th Grade Ninja), and Amy Chu (Ana and the Cosmic Race) reveal the secrets to writing and illustrating stories in which heroes rise, villains fall, and destinies are fulfilled.

Sunday, September 17, 2017
5:00 pm
See It to Believe It
Brooklyn Law School,
Room 601
Hey comics fans, come check out hot-off-the-press graphic novels by comics creators! From a castle in the stars, to a haunting story on seeking justice from the afterlife, to a rollicking roller girl from Mars, get to meet the creators who bring stories to life in words and pictures. With bestselling French star Alex Alice (Castle in the Stars), and award-winners Jessica Abel (Trish Trash) and Tony Medina (I Am Alfonso Jones). Moderated by Cassandra Pelham Fulton (Scholastic Graphix).

We hope to see you there!

Metaphrog Receive Funding from Creative Scotland for Next Fairy Tale Graphic Novel Adaptation

From Metaphrog:

“Creative Scotland announced this month’s open project fund awards today. We are honoured and delighted to have been awarded £32,000 towards creating our next graphic novel. This new fairy tale adaptation will follow on from the success of The Red Shoes and Other Tales and The Little Mermaid. The book will be published by Papercutz as the third volume in the collection, its title to be revealed at a later date.

“We are honoured to have been awarded funding from Creative Scotland for the creation of our next graphic novel: a new fairy tale adaptation to follow on from The Red Shoes and Other Tales and The Little Mermaid. Fairy tales are extremely powerful, tapping into the very origins of stories. They tell us about ourselves and others and, in these uncertain times, they can provide us with necessary truths. In reimagining our favourite tales as graphic novels we hope to create an immersive, lasting reading experience.”

About Creative Scotland:

Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here.  We enable people and organisations to work in and experience the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland by helping others to develop great ideas and bring them to life.  We distribute funding provided by the Scottish Government and the National Lottery. For further information about Creative Scotland please visit

Join us in congratulating Metaphrog on their award! We can’t wait to see what they have planned next! (Well, we already know, but we can’t wait for you to see it!)

Fill In the Blanks with SISTERS!

Calling all aspiring funny book writers! Below you’ll find a page from the recently released SISTERS VOL. 3, only without any of its (hilarious) dialogue. That’s where you come in! We’d like to invite you to fill in the blank speech bubbles with your own dialogue.

Download the image below and either write your dialogue into the bubbles or type it out separately. Then, submit your entry to The winner will be featured right here, on the Papercutz homepage, and will also receive a FREE copy of THE SISTERS VOL. 3!

If you want to check out some SISTERS in order to get inspired, head here to see a preview of SISTERS VOL. 3: “Honestly, I Love My Sister!”


The Process: From Pencils to Inks to Colors w/ Kata Kane!

Happy Monday, Papercutz readers! Back in May, we launched our CHARMZ imprint, a line of books dedicated to telling awesome stories for and about teen girls! This fall, we’ll roll out some more amazing CHARMZ books, and we can barely contain our excitement! One of the books we’re so excited to show you is ANA AND THE COSMIC RACE, a thrilling space adventure from writer Amy Chu and artist Kata Kane. To celebrate the upcoming release of the book, Kata Kane has offered a peek into the creative process!

We’ll have much more ANA AND THE COSMIC RACE for you in the coming weeks, and definitely more from other CHARMZ books. You can head here for more info on ANA AND THE COSMIC RACE, including a few preview!

Gumby Greets His Fans at SDCC!

This year at San Diego Comic Con, we’re all about the Great Gumbino! Check out these photos from the convention floor!


The King of Claymation Jumps into Comic Con!


If you happen to be among the lucky throngs visit San Diego Comic Con this weekend, you’ll be in for a special treat: on Thursday afternoon, Papercutz will host a panel all about GUMBY! Here are the details:

Gumby’s Back! The Claymation Clayboy Returns to Comics!
Thursday July 20, 2017 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Room 26AB

Art Clokey’s greatest creation has always been able to jump into any book at all-literally! Now he’s jumping back into his very own comic book series from Papercutz. Gumby, Pokey, and the gang are back just in time for the 60th anniversary of The Gumby Show. Reminisce with Joe and Joan Clokey about their dad’s world-famous creation, hear from Gumby comics legend Rick Geary, and get the lowdown on the new stories Papercutz is creating with cartoonist Art Baltazar (Aw Yeah Comics), writers Jeff Whitman and Eric Esquivel (Animal Jam, Nickelodeon Pandemonium, Yo-kai Watch, BOO!), and Papercutz editor-in-chief Jim Salicrup.

Don’t miss out or you’ll be green with envy!


Papercutz Plans for ALA Annual 2017!

This weekend Papercutz is headed to the Windy City for the American Library Association’s Annual Conference! Below you will find Papercutz’s schedule, so make sure to pop over to Booth 1319 and say “Hello!”

FRIDAY (Preview Day)

5:30 AM – 6:15 PM Meet the Authors: Dave Scheidt (TROLLS)
Location: Exhibit Hall – Booth 1319


10:00 AM – 10:45 AM Meet the Authors: Dave Scheidt
Location: Exhibit Hall – Booth 1319

11:00 AM – 11:45 AM Meet the Authors: Jessica Abel (TRISH TRASH)
Location: Exhibit Hall – Booth 1319

2:30 PM – 3:20 PM Creator Spotlight: Jessica Abel
Location: McCormick Place, Exhibit Hall – Graphic Novel/Gaming Stage

Writer/artist Jessica Abel has always been known for work outside the graphic novel mainstream. From her breakout work LA PERDIDA to her comics textbooks, Abel has displayed not only the ability to craft compelling stories but also a deep understanding of the technical aspects of the medium, Her latest series, TRISH TRASH: ROLLERGIRL OF MARS is the story of a mixed-race teenager on Mars, struggling to escape economic oppression through a futuristic version of roller derby. Super Genius publisher Terry Nantier speaks with Abel about her long career and why TRISH TRASH is the heroine America needs right now.

3:30 PM – 4:20 PM Leadership in Innovation: Papercutz and NBM’s 40 years in graphic novels
Location: McCormick Place, Exhibit Hall – Graphic Novel/Gaming Stage

Papercutz has been a leader in kids comics for 11 years and sister company NBM a pioneer in establishing graphic novels for 40 years. Join Publisher Terry Nantier and authors Jessica Abel (“Trish Trash”) and Dave Scheidt (Trolls, Nickelodeon Pandemonium) presenting some of the history and the latest news from Papercutz’ acclaimed new Charmz line of ‘early crush’ comics for girls to NBM’s new bestselling non-fiction graphic novels.


9:00 AM – 10:00 AM YA Author Coffee Klatch (featuring Jessica Abel)
Location: McCormick Place, S105

10:00 AM – 10:45 AM Meet the Authors: Jessica Abel
Location: Exhibit Hall – Booth 1319

ATTN COMICS PROS! Vote for Jessica Abel and TRISH TRASH in This Year’s Eisners!

Last month, we were delighted to share with you that Jessica Abel’s TRISH TRASH: ROLLERGIRL OF MARS had been nominated for two Eisner Awards, including Best Writer/Artist and Best Publication for Teens! Now we’d like to encourage all eligible voters to vote for Jessica and her wonderful book!

If you aren’t familiar with the Eisner Awards, they’re widely considered to be the “Oscars of the comic book industry.” For years the Eisners has recognized and celebrated the best books and creators in comics, everything from Marvel and DC to indie presses.

And if you aren’t familiar with TRISH TRASH–well, then what are you waiting for? Part dystopian science fiction, part rollicking roller derby adventure story, TRISH TRASH: ROLLERGIRL OF MARS is a compelling tale of a young working class girl who feels trapped by the circumstances of her birth and economic situation. It’s also an incredibly vital book for our current political and cultural moment. At a time when women, the working class, and people of color are in the eye of the storm, TRISH TRASH is as important as ever. But even beyond its political implications, TRISH TRASH is just a flat-out exhilarating book about a girl who kicks all kinds of butt!

FYI, the following working comics industry professionals are eligible to vote in the Eisner Awards:

  • Comic book/graphic novel/webcomic creators (writers, artists, cartoonists, pencilers, inkers, letterers, colorists)
  • All nominees in any category
  • Comic book/graphic novel publishers and editors
  • Comics historians and educators
  • Graphic novel librarians
  • Owners and managers of comic book specialty retail stores

The deadline for voting is June 16, 2017. For more information and to cast your vote, please click here.

Papercutz Plans for Book Expo 2017

Papercutz will be returning to the Javits Center this weekend for Book Expo 2017! While we won’t have a booth this year, some of our authors will be appearing as featured guests for a couple of exclusive bookseller events!

JESSICA ABEL, the acclaimed (and Eisner Award-nominated!) author of TRISH TRASH: ROLLER GIRL OF MARS, will be at the ABA Celebration Lunch. The lunch, which is on Wednesday, May 31 from 12:00-1:30 pm in the Special Events Hall, honors the winners of the Indie Choice and E.B. White Awards.


DAVID GALLAHER, the writer of THE ONLY LIVING BOY and the upcoming HIGH MOON, will be presenting at the CBC / ABA BookExpo Speed Dating Lunch on Friday, June 2, from 12:15 – 1:45 pm in Room 1E07/1E08!

For more details and panel locations visit the Book Expo’s official website.