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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.”
Script: Art Baltazar and Franco Art: Art Baltazar Cover: Art Baltazar 978-1-68255-849-2 $14.99 US/$16.99 CAN 9 x 7” HC 32 pp, Full Color Direct Market On-Sale Date: 4/17
Archie Comics is proud to present our first picture book for little readers! This title follows the footsteps of great children’s books like Corduroy and Where the Wild Things Are as being a modern classic for little ones to enjoy. Get ready for a BIG day! Little Archie’s morning is off to an unlucky start until he makes a mysterious new pal—a small red cat! But this is no regular feline—find out what this little furry friend has in store for our tiny redheaded hero!
Lion Forge has been making lots of changes in recent years recognizing new trends in the comic market and adjusting properly with such launches as their CubHouse imprint and Catalyst Prime superhero line of comics. The publisher will now provide a reading road map for parents and educators with a new imprint focused on middle-grade aged children. Caracal is a new imprint announced today under the Lion Forge umbrella, alongside CubHouse (early readers) and Roar (young adult).
Just like its namesake inspiration, the Caracal imprint for middle-grade readers is fast-paced, agile, leaps high to catch fresh concepts and ideas, and hunts down the best stories! Caracal will offer books for readers ages 8–12 focused on preteen characters in relatable situations across genres, including age-appropriate superheroes, science fiction, and fantasy. Select existing titles under the CubHouse banner will see a revised trade dress in second printings, and initial offerings through Caracal will begin publishing later in the year. Previously announced titles and series include:
Encounterby Chris Giarrusso, Art Baltazar, and Franco
The Wormworld Sagaby Daniel Lieske
Sheetsby Brenna Thummler
Glint by Sam Sattin and Ian McGinty
The focus of CubHouse will remain to publish graphic literature with the unique visual literacy development of young children in mind. Initial offerings include: picture books, hybrid or transitional graphic books, and early comic books, which have a limited number of panels on each page in a predictable sequence with corresponding word balloons.
Additional upcoming titles under the Caracal banner will be announced later this week, in correspondence with the publisher’s appearance at BookExpo America in New York City.
Artist Name(s): Sara Richard
Cover Artist(s): Sara Richard
48 pgs./ A / FC
On a cool evening on the swamp, a figure appears dancing across the water. A human figure, but far from a human form. A Ghost, a young girl spirit that seems to have lost its way. A good Samaritan owl decides to help against the wishes of his animal brethren. What mysteries does the ghost girl hold the secrets to and what will happen when she and the owl unlock them together? Will they find out what happened to her? Will she find her way to where she needs to be? What will happen to the animals in the swamp and surrounding forest? An adventure with the most unlikely of pairs, the Ghost, the Owl.
Writer(s): Scoot McMahon
Artist Name(s): Scoot McMahon, Art Baltazar, Franco
Cover Artist(s): Scoot McMahon
128 pgs./ A / FC
Action, Adventure and comedy await, as Sami the samurai squirrel and friends embark on a quest to solve a mystery that’s been haunting the village of Woodbriar for years. A hooded ghost named Visper has been watching Sami from the shadows. Who is Visper? What does he want? Join the fun, as Sami encounters ninja monkeys, hungry pirates and a cranky Cyber-Yeti in this action-packed series from creator Scoot McMahon.
Also featuring an exclusive story co-written by famous cartoonists Art Baltazar and Franco! Aw Yeah!
When the peaceful critters of Woodbriar are under attack by a mysterious ghost, Sami the Samurai Squirrel springs into action to protect her friends!
Written by Scoot McMahon with art by McMahon, Art Baltazar, and Franco, Sami the Samurai Squirrel: Welcome to Woodbriar is a fun, all-ages comedy adventure. Themes of friendship, loyalty and love are explored as Sami makes new friends, while fighting for what’s right. If you enjoy Tiny Titans, Aw Yeah Comics, Ducktales and Adventure Time, Sami is the book for you!
The characters and style are relatable and friendly, while the story is fun and easy to follow, making it the perfect pick-up for kids of all-ages! Writer Scoot McMahon (Aw Yeah Comics, Spot on Adventure) says, “I want the reader to feel good about themselves and believe in themselves and each other.” He leaves us with the inspirational words: “Believe in yourself and your friends.”
Look for Sami the Samurai Squirrel: Welcome to Woodbriar in a comic book store near you on January 31, 2018. Preorder the trade paperback with the Diamond item code NOV171111.
(W) Art Baltazar, Franco (A/CA) Art Baltazar
In Shops: Apr 12, 2017
An epic crisis has happened, and Superman needs the help of all of his friends to save his family! But even with their help, Darkseid and his parademons might be too much to overcome! Don’t miss the shocking conclusion!