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Abrams Signs Deal with BOOM! Studios to Publish Original Lumberjanes Middle-Grade Novels

Lumberjanes_v1_coverAmulet Books, an imprint of ABRAMS, will launch an original middle-grade fiction series based on Lumberjanes, the bestselling graphic novel series published by BOOM! Studios, it was announced today by Andrew Smith, senior vice president and publisher of ABRAMS Children’s Books. In addition to the middle-grade novels, other formats that dive deeper into the world of Lumberjanes are also planned. The publishing program, which is for world rights, was acquired by Smith and Susan Van Metre, vice president and editor-in-chief, and was negotiated with Filip Sablik, president of publishing and marketing at BOOM! Studios. Charlotte Sheedy at Charlotte Sheedy Literary represented Tamaki, and Charlie Olsen at Inkwell Management Literary Agency represented Allen in the deal. Van Metre will edit the books.

Bringing the beloved Lumberjanes characters into a novel format for the first time, the series features original adventures that reveal back stories of scouts Jo, April, Molly, Mal, and Ripley, and introduces a host of new supernatural mischief-makers around the camp for Hardcore Lady Types.  The series will be written by New York Times bestselling author and Printz Honor winner Mariko Tamaki, and illustrated with black-and-white art throughout by Brooke Allen, one of the original creators and illustrators of the Lumberjanes comics. Book One in the Lumberjanes series will publish in October 2017 with a first printing of 150,000 copies.

The New York Times bestselling Lumberjanes is a comic and graphic novel series created by Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis, Noelle Stevenson, and Brooke Allen that was launched under BOOM!’s BOOM! Box imprint in 2014. Since its initial release, the series has won multiple Eisner and Harvey Awards along with a GLAAD Media Award, and routinely lands on “Best Of” and “Top Ten” lists across the industry. Lumberjanes has sold over 800,000 copies and is available in more than six languages worldwide. In 2015, 20th Century Fox optioned Lumberjanes for development as a feature film with screenwriter Will Widger. In 2016, the studio announced the attachment of Emily Carmichael to direct the film. Also in 2016, BOOM! published Lumberjanes/Gotham Academy, a crossover series with DC Comics.

In this new middle-grade series, readers are welcomed to Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady Types. The five scouts of Roanoke cabin—Jo, April, Molly, Mal, and Ripley—love their summers at camp. They get to hang out with their best friends, earn Lumberjane scout badges, annoy their no-nonsense counselor Jen . . . and go on supernatural adventures. In the series opener, when the challenge-loving April leads the girls on a hike up the tallest mountain they’ve ever seen, things don’t go quite as planned. For one thing, the mountain might not be a mountain. Also, unicorns.

An aggressive marketing campaign for the Lumberjanes novel series is planned, including joint promotion with BOOM! studios, Comic-Con promotion, national publicity, author appearances, retail promotion and a large social media presence.

Review – Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales One Dead Spy and Big Bad Ironclad!

Educational comics and graphic novels is a growing genre that’s becoming more popular not just in academia, but also for every day readers. Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: One Dead Spy and Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: Big Bad Ironclad! are two of the latest examples delving into our rich American History. With story and art by Nathan Hale, One Dead Spy tells the story of Revolutionary War spy Nathan Hale (yes I was confused as the writer has the name name of the subject) while Big Bad Ironclad! skips ahead in time to the Civil War and the race between the North and South for supremacy in the waters.

Both digest sized graphic novels are great for kids learning about American history or adults wanting to go back and brush up on what they might not remember from school. The most important thing though is they’ll be entertained while learning. It’s a novel concept but key.

Hale (again the creator, not the spy) fills both books with solid writing, creating a flow to the story that keeps you engaged and making the reading go with a breeze. The art too helps a lot with a cartoonish quality that kids will enjoy as well as adults.

It’s seems like a rare (but becoming more common) case that a comic or graphic novel can be entertaining and educational and Nathan Hale achieves both. And it’s great to be able to read something that’s entertaining for both kids and adults (and educational)!

It’s no-brainer to recommend both as they’re the same quality. If you have a kid in school, just getting started on American history, these are absolute buys to get the kid excited and also educated.

Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: One Dead Spy

Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: Big Bad Ironclad!

Story: Nathan Hale Art: Nathan Hale

Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Abrams Books provided a FREE copy of both to Graphic Policy for review.

Small Press Expo Announces the Ignatz Award Nominees for SPX 2011

Official Press Release

Small Press Expo Announces the Ignatz Award Nominees for SPX 2011

Bethesda, Maryland; August 18, 2011 – The Small Press Expo (SPX), the preeminent showcase for the exhibition of independent comics, graphic novels and alternative political cartoons, is pleased to announce nominees for the fifteenth annual presentation of the Ignatz Awards, a celebration of outstanding achievement in comics and cartooning.

The Ignatz, named after George Herriman’s brick-wielding mouse from his long running comic strip Krazy Kat, recognizes exceptional work that challenges popular notions of what comics can achieve, both as an art form and as a means of personal expression. The Ignatz Awards are a festival prize, the first of such in the United States comic book industry.

The nominees for the ballot were determined by a panel of five of the best of today’s comic artists, Rina Ayuyang, Mike Dawson, Kris Dresen, Theo Ellsworth, and John Porcellino, with the votes cast for the awards by the attendees during SPX. The Ignatz Awards will be presented at the gala Ignatz Awards ceremony held on Saturday, September 10, 2011 at 9:00 PM.

Additional information on the nominees and previews (as available) can be found at http://www.spxpo.com/ignatz-awards.

SPX will be held Saturday, September 10 from 11AM to 7PM and Sunday, September 11, noon-6PM at The North Bethesda Marriott Convention Center  in Bethesda, Maryland. Admission is $10 for a single day and $15 for both days.

For further information on the Ignatz Awards, the nominees or to request an interview, please contact Warren Bernard at warren@spxpo.com.

For more information on the Small Press Expo, please visit http://www.spxpo.com.

Outstanding Artist
Michael DeForge, Lose #3 (Koyama Press)
Edie Fake, Gaylord Phoenix (Secret Acres)
Renee French, H-Day (Picturebox)
Joseph Lambert, I Will Bite You (Secret Acres)
Carol Tyler, You’ll Never Know, Vol 2: Collateral Damage (Fantagraphics)

Outstanding Anthology or Collection
Black Eye, edited by Ryan Standfest (Rotland Press)
Gay Genius, edited by Annie Murphy (Sparkplug)
I Will Bite You, Joseph Lambert (Secret Acres)
Make Me a Woman, Vanessa Davis (Drawn & Quarterly)
Three #1, edited by Robert Kirby (Rob Kirby Comics)

Outstanding Graphic Novel
Gaylord Phoenix, Edie Fake (Secret Acres)
The Heavy Hand, Chris Cilla (Sparkplug)
Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword, Barry Deutsch (Amulet Books)
Special Exits, Joyce Farmer (Fantagraphics)
You’ll Never Know, Vol 2: Collateral Damage, Carol Tyler (Fantagraphics)

Outstanding Story
“Blood of the Virgin,” Crickets #3, Sammy Harkham (self-published)
“Browntown,” Love and Rockets: New Stories No. 3, Jaime Hernandez (Fantagraphics)
“LINT,” Acme Novelty Library #20, Chris Ware (Drawn & Quarterly)
“The most gripping mind-exploding triumphantly electric of our time,” Papercutter #15, Jonas Madden-Conner (Tugboat Press)
“Weekends Abroad,” Three #1, Eric Orner (Rob Kirby Comics)

Promising New Talent
Darryl Ayo Brathwaite, House of Twelve Monthly #3 (Comixology)
Tony Breed, Finn and Charlie are Hitched (www.hitchedcomic.com)
Jesse Jacobs, Even the Giants (AdHouse)
Jon McNaught, Birchfield Close (Nobrow)
Jesse Moynihan, Forming (Nobrow)

Outstanding Series
Crickets, Sammy Harkham
Dungeon Quest, Joe Daly (Fantagraphics)
Everything Dies, Box Brown (self-published)
Lose, Michael DeForge (Koyama Books)
Reich, Elijah Brubaker (Sparkplug Comic Books)

Outstanding Comic
Crickets #3, Sammy Harkham (self-published)
Danger Country #1, Levon Jihanian (self-published)
Habitat #2, Dunja Jankovic (Sparkplug Comic Books)
Lose #3, Michael DeForge (Koyama Press)
The Magic Hedge, Marian Runk (self-published)

Outstanding Mini-Comic
Ben Died of a Train, Box Brown (self-published)
Danger Country #1, Levon Jihanian (self-published)
Gaylord Phoenix #5, Edie Fake (self-published)
Morning Song, Laura Terry (self-published)
Trans-Utopia, Tom Kaczynski (Uncivilized Books)

Outstanding Online Comic
Alphabet Horror, Nate Marsh: www.alphabethorror.com
A Cartoonist’s Diary, Pascal Girard: www.tcj.com/author/pascal-girard/
Finn and Charlie are Hitched,Tony Breed: www.hitchedcomic.com
Hark! A Vagrant, Kate Beaton: www.harkavagrant.com
Lucky, Gabrielle Bell: www.gabriellebell.com

5 Days until Diary of A Wimpy Kid The Ugly Truth goes on sale!

Official Press Release

5 MILLION COPY FIRST PRINTING LEADS THE BIGGEST BOOK RELEASE OF THE YEAR ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 9.

EXTRAORDINARY MARKETING CAMPAIGN

CONTINUES WITH MONTH-LONG BLITZ INCLUDING:

National Publicity and Advertising – Custom Store Wraps –

7 City Author Tour by Bus – Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Balloon and Promotions

New York, NY, November 3, 2010—Five days from now the biggest book release of 2010 hits retailers everywhere. With a 5 million copy first printing and massive distribution across the United States and Canada, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth, the fifth volume in Jeff Kinney’s #1 bestselling Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, goes on sale on Tuesday, November 9, 2010.  Wimpy Kid awareness is at an all-time high due to a dynamic pre-sale and ongoing marketing campaign that includes national publicity and advertising, a 7-city author bus tour that includes theater and charity appearances by author Jeff Kinney, custom designed materials, authorless event kits, and more. The already immense recognition of Diary of a Wimpy Kid will rise to new heights throughout November as the campaign continues with major marketing, advertising, and publicity the entire month, culminating in the first-ever Diary of a Wimpy Kid Balloon in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Among the highlights of the month long and seasonal blitz are:

  • On Friday, November 5, Jeff Kinney will appear on CNN’s American Morning and CNBC’s Power Lunch.
  • National advertising runs throughout the month on poptropica.com, cartoonetwork.com, in Times Square on the Toys R Us Geoffreytron (photo attached), and in trade and consumer press.
  • Custom designed exterior store wraps are unveiled this week at Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville, IL, (photos attached) and Children’s Book World in Haverford, PA.
  • Unique promotional items, including purple character-shaped Wimpy Kid wrist bands, water bottles, oversized posters and standees, reproducible event kits and more, ship to more than 3,000 retailers and libraries across the country.
    • Hundreds of authorless parties at retailers and libraries are planned.
    • Jeff Kinney will tour for charity and store events in Dallas, Austin, Little Rock, Memphis, Nashville, Birmingham, San Diego, and New York. Visit www.wimpykid.com for exact stops.
    • Photos of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Giant Helium Balloon will be released next week.
    • From more than 14,000 entries received, on November 10, 2010, ABRAMS will announce the winner of a contest to bring a lucky fan and three friends or family to the 2010 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade to sit in exclusive grandstand seating.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth is by far the biggest book release of the year,” said Michael Jacobs, President and CEO of ABRAMS. “From the excitement that’s been building since we announced the publication of Jeff Kinney’s new book in the summer through the amazing response we’ve have from customers, we’re confident that next Tuesday will be a huge day for books sales everywhere. From the start we believed that a Diary of a Wimpy Kid could fly, and it definitely will for retailers as well as for 45 million people who will have a chance to watch the balloon during the parade.”

Books in the core Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney include Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2007): Rodrick Rules (2008), Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw (2009), and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (2009). Jeff Kinney has also written and illustrated the Diary of a Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book (2007), and The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary (2010). The series is a fixture on the USA Today bestseller list, the first book in the series has remained in the top 150 for more than 170 weeks, and the Wall Street Journal, and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists. It has also remained consistently in the top spots on the New York Times lists since publication of the first book in the series.

More than 42 million Diary of a Wimpy Kid books will be in print in the United States and Canada as of November 9, 2010. The books have been sold in more than 37 countries in 35 languages around the world. Published by Amulet Books, an imprint of ABRAMS, Kinney’s work has been widely credited for its ability to turn reluctant readers on to books. In 2010, the movie adaptation of Diary of a Wimpy Kid grossed more than $75 million worldwide in box office sales, the book series won a Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award, and books in the series won numerous awards voted on by students and teachers in schools around the globe. In 2009, Jeff Kinney was named one of TIME magazine’s most influential people in the world. A second movie, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules, will hit theaters in March 2011.

About Amulet Books: Created in 2004 to specialize in books for middle grade and young adult readers alongside Abrams Books for Young Readers, which publishes books for readers up to age twelve, Amulet Books publishes bestselling and award-winning fiction and nonfiction. Amulet Books is an imprint of ABRAMS.