Young readers is a growing market and Archie Comics recognizes that rolling out a new line of original graphic novels in 2020. Archie Blue Ribbon, a brand-new imprint for standalone YA titles by some of Archie’s brightest talents, will be joined by a line of middle grade books from Little Bee Books‘ licensing imprint BuzzPop.
Blue Ribbon’s launch titles will be Betty & Veronica: The Bond of Friendship by Jamie L. Rotante with art by Brittney Williams, followed by a new Riverdale tie-in story, Riverdale: The Ties That Bind by the longtime Riverdale comics creative team of writer Micol Ostow and artist Thomas Pitilli. Both titles will release in 2020 and will be 144 pages.
Little Bee’s debut Archie graphic novel will be The Riverdale Diaries: Hello, Betty! by Sarah Kuhn with art by J. Bone. The “Riverdale Diaries” middle grade series will follow young Archie comics characters, new and old, as they brave middle school and embark on plenty of adventures throughout their storied town.
BOOM! Studios has announced a brand new original graphic novel based in the world of the highly acclaimed series Goldie Vance from writer Jackie Ball and artist Mollie Rose, Goldie Vance: Larceny in La La Land, featuring the return of everyone’s favorite young detective in a brand new mystery with all the glitz, glamor, and giant secrets you’d expect from a Goldie Vance mystery, available in stores July 2020.
CALIFORNIA, HERE WE COME! Teen sleuth Goldie, and her friends Diane and Cheryl, fly to sunny Los Angeles for the trip of a lifetime! While Cheryl pursues her space dreams at JPL, and Diane continues her work as a remote scout for a music label, Goldie spends her days getting lost in the haze of old Hollywood, and becoming friends with a silent film star whose golden days are long behind her. But when her new friend is framed for stealing, Goldie must dive deep into the secret history of Tinsel Town to get to the bottom of it all!
Goldie Vance: Larceny in La La Land features a cover with art by fan favorite artist Brittney Williams.
Publisher: KaBOOM, an imprint of BOOM! Studios Writer: Nicole Andelfinger, Daniel Kibblesmith, and Cullen Crawford Artist: Esdras Cristobal, Brittney Williams, Laura Langston, Ilaria Catalani, and Kate Sherron Cover Artist: Jorge Corona Colorists: Joana Lafuente, Fred C. Stersing, Meg Casey Letterer: Jim Campbell Price: $14.99
Put down the bottle and hike up your diapies, because it’s storytelling time with the Rugrats. The babies go head to head for who can tell the best tale of the mighty Reptar and Grandpa Boris tries to delight with the story of Chanukah. But when his memory fails him, it’s up to Tommy and the gang to save the holiday.
This collection of Rugrats romps features stories written by Nicole Andelfinger (Adventure Time Comics), Daniel Kibblesmith (Valiant High), and Cullen Crawford (The Late Show with Stephen Colbert) with art by Kate Sherron (The Amazing World of Gumball), Brittney Williams (Goldie Vance),and many more.
The 2019 convention for the American Library Association (ALA) kicked off with huge news that DC was consolidating its line under three “brands.” That left many to wonder about the future of the DC Zoom and DC Ink graphic novel lines. Launched last year, the new graphic novel imprints were focused on the young adult and middle grade readers and have been hits so far. DC followed up those concerns with an announcement of a slate of graphic novel releases aimed at those young adult and middle grade readers.
These graphic novels continue the focus on stories not part of DC’s ongoing continuity making them accessible to new fans. The releases also focus on the original mandate of YA titles being about “everyday aspirations, struggles, and triumphs,” while the middle grade releases being focused on stories about “friends, family, and growing up.”
writer: Jeremy Whitley artist: Brittney Williams, Xenia Pamfil, Christine Hipp, Valentina Pinto cover: Paulina Ganucheau FC | 120 pages | $14.99 | All Ages
The adventure begins for children and adults alike, as the classic character Rainbow Brite comes to comics and brings a little color to your life!
Wisp and Willow are best friends who live in a small town. They are inseparable, until one night Wisp discovers something is stealing the color from the world! To escape their grasp, Wisp must use her wits and the help of a new friend…from somewhere else! Then the adventure begins!
Follow along with writer Jeremy Whitley (My Little Pony, Unstoppable Wasp) and artists Brittney Williams (Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat!, Goldie Vance) and Xenia Pamfil (Princeless) as we find out how this seemingly normal girl becomes Rainbow Brite and how it changes Wisp, Willow, and their world!
BOOM! Studios has released a first look at Adventure Time: Marcy & Simon #6 (of 6). Writer Olivia Olson and artist Slimm Fabert bring fans the final issue of the exciting official comic book continuation by revealing what’s next for the once immortal Simon and the still immortal Vampire Queen Marceline in comic book form.
Marcy and Simon’s friendship has endured over 900 years and through bouts of insanity and amnesia so there’s no way that friendship ends now, right? Everything comes to a head as Marcy, Simon, Jake, Finn, and BMO venture forth to confront the Golb version of Betty in order to save Simon’s memories and his life, while Marcy’s dad Hunson continues to interfere from the Nightosphere. No matter how tough the going gets, though, Marcy gets tougher and she lays everything on the line for her closest friend in this shocking conclusion to this epic story about the centuries-old connection between Simon Petrikov and Marceline the Vampire Queen.
Adventure Time: Marcy & Simon #6 features a main cover by Brittney Williams, along with variant covers by artists Jamie Loughran, and Amelia Vidal. It comes to shelves June 19, 2019.
Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios Writer: Olivia Olson Artist: Slimm Fabert Colorist: SJ Miller Letterer: Mike Fiorentino Cover Artists: Main Cover: Brittney Williams Marcy Preorder Cover: Danielle Chuatico Simon Preorder Cover: Jamie Loughran Price: $3.99
Marceline, Simon, Finn, and Jake are on a quest through the multiverse to free Betty from Golb’s control and resolve Simon’s greatest guilt. They’ll have to fight through lots of obstacles—including some aliens—before they eventually find Betty.
Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios Writers: James Tynion IV, Sam Johns Artists: Rian Sygh, Brittney Williams, Caitlin Rose Boyle, Katy Farina, Savanna Ganucheau, Shan Murphy, Abby Howard Colorist: Walter Baiamonte Letterer: Jim Campbell Cover Artist: Veronica Fish Price: $14.99
The Backstagers are back in (stage) blacks for a festive collection of Valentine’s Day and Halloween stories! Join Jory and the rest of the Backstagers as they wrestle with anti-Valentine crusades, totally creepy phantoms (NOT of the opera), and the ever present magic of the backstage world in this romantically spooky third volume of the hit series.
Reuniting the Prism Award-winning team of writer James Tynion IV (Detective Comics, Justice League) and artist Rian Sygh, along with a variety of fan-favorite artists including Brittney Williams (Goldie Vance), Caitlin Rose Boyle (Jonesy), Katy Farina (Steven Universe), and more, these holiday tales will fill your heart with love, spooky spectres, and chocolate. Lots…and lots…of chocolate. Collects The Backstagers Valentines Intermission and The Backstagers Halloween Intermission.
BOOM! Studios and Cartoon Network has revealed a first look at Adventure Time: Marcy & Simon #5 (of 6). Writer Olivia Olson and artist Slimm Fabert bring fans the exciting official comic book continuation by revealing what’s next for the once immortal Simon and the still immortal Vampire Queen Marceline in comic book form.
Marcy and Simon’s friendship has endured over 900 years and through bouts of insanity and amnesia so there’s no way that friendship ends now, right? Not if Marcy, Jake, and Finn have got anything to say about it! Looks like saving Betty from the Golb is the key to saving Simon’s memories and his sanity but they’ll have to search the centers of chaos in each dimension to find her. It’s time to travel to the farthest outer reaches of space and the deepest recesses of the universe to save Betty and Simon once more.
Adventure Time: Marcy & Simon #5features a main cover by Brittney Williams, along with variant covers by artists Danielle Chuatico and Jamie Loughran. It comes to shelves May 15, 2019.