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ALA 2019: DC Reveals a Massive Slate of Graphic Novels Geared Towards Young Adults and Middle Grade Readers Releasing Through 2021

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.”

Spring 2020 Lineup

Young Adult Titles

  • Gotham High – Written by Melissa de la Cruz and illustrated by Thomas Pitilli (February 2020)
  • The Oracle Code – Written by Marieke Nijkamp and illustrated by Manuel Preitano (March 2020)

Middle Grade Titles

  • Green Lantern: Legacy – Written by Minh Lê and illustrated by Andie Tong (January 2020)                       
Batman Tales: Once Upon a Crime
Zatanna & the House of Secrets
  • Batman: Overdrive – Written by Shea Fontana and illustrated by Marcelo DiChiara (March 2020)
Batman: Overdrive
DC Super Hero Girls: Powerless
  • Anti/Hero – Written by Kate Karyus Quinn and Demitria Lunetta and illustrated by Maca Gil (April 2020)
  • ArkhaManiacs – Written by Art Baltazar and Franco and illustrated by Art Baltazar (April 2020)
ArkhaManiacs
My Video Game Ate My Homework

Upcoming Titles Debuting in 2020 and 2021

  • Upcoming Young Adult Titles (Not all titles are final)
    • Catwoman: Soulstealer – Adapted by Louise Simonson from Sarah J. Maas’ DC Icon prose novel and illustrated by Samantha Dodge
    • Galaxy: The Prettiest Star – Written by Jadzia Axelrod and illustrated by Cait Zellers
    • House of El Book 1 – Written by Claudia Gray and illustrated by Eric Zawadzki
    • I Am Not Starfire—Written by Mariko Tamaki
    • Mister Miracle – Written by Varian Johnson
    • Nubia – Written by L.L. McKinney and illustrated by Robyn Smith
    • Swamp Thing – Written by Maggie Stiefvater and illustrated by Morgan Beem           
    • Teen Titans: Beast Boy – Written by Kami Garcia and illustrated by Gabriel Picolo
    • Victor & Nora: A Mr. Freeze Story – Written by Lauren Myracle and illustrated by Isaac Goodhart
    • Whistle – Written by E. Lockhart and illustrated by Manuel Preitano
    • Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed – Written by Laurie Halse Anderson and illustrated by Leila del Duca
    • You Brought Me the Ocean – Written by Alex Sanchez and illustrated by Julie Maroh
    • Zatanna: The Jewel of Gravesend – Written by Alys Arden and illustrated by Jacquelin De Leon
  • Upcoming Middle Grade Titles (Not all titles are final)                         
    • Amethyst: Princess of Gemworld – Written by Shannon and Dean Hale
    • Batman and Robin…and Howard – Written and illustrated by Jeffrey Brown
    • DC Super Hero Girls – Written by Amy Wolfram
    • Dear Super-Villains – Written by Michael Northrop and illustrated by Gustavo Duarte
    • Green Arrow: Stranded – Written by Brendan Deneen and illustrated by Caleb Hosalla
    • Indestructibles Book 1—Written by Ridley Pearson
    • Lois Lane – Written by Grace Ellis and illustrated by Brittney Williams
    • Metropolis Grove – Written and illustrated by Drew Brockington
    • Primer – Written by Thomas Krajewski and Jennifer Muro and illustrated by Gretel Lusky
    • Superman Smashes the Klan – Written by Gene Luen Yang and illustrated by Gurihiru
    • Super Sons Book 3: Escape to Landis – Written by Ridley Pearson and illustrated by Ile Gonzalez          
    • Teen Titans Go! to Camp – Written by Sholly Fisch
    • Teen Titans Go! Roll with It – Written by Heather Nuhfer and P.C. Morrissey 
    • The Mystery of the Meanest Teacher: A Johnny Constantine Graphic Novel – Written by Ryan North and illustrated by Derek Charm

Preview: Adventure Time: Finn SC

Adventure Time: Finn SC

Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer:  Paul Pope, Ryan North, Noelle Stevenson, and more
Artist: Luke Pearson, Jeffrey Brown, Noelle Stevenson, and more
Cover Artist: Design
Price: $9.99

It’s Adventure Time with Finn! Embark on the most mathematical journey imaginable by diving into tales all about the best human in the Land of Ooo. From playing retro board games to facing down foes, Finn’s shenanigans are perfect for fans of all ages.

Collects the best Finn centric stories from Adventure Time, Adventure Time Comics and the Adventure Time Specials!

Adventure Time: Finn SC

Preview: Adventure Time Comics Vol. 5 SC

Adventure Time Comics Vol. 5 SC

Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writers: Michael Moreci, Pat Shand, Derek Laufman, Jeffery Brown, Scott Nickel, Steve Foxe, Ryan Cady, Daniela Vicoso, Patrick McEown, Nick Cron-De Vico, Marumiya, Chase Van Weerdhuizen, James Asmus, Jason Cooper, Emei Burrell
Artists: Christopher Mitten, Spencer Amundson, Derek Laufman, Jeffrey Brown, Walter Pax, Meg Omac, Jorge Monlongo, Patrick McEown, Alexandra Beguez, Marumiya, Reimena Yee, Cristina Rose Chua, Jenna Ayoub, Emei Burrell
Cover Artist: Jorge Monlongo
Price: $14.99

Don’t miss out on this fun collection of stories based off of Cartoon Network’s hit show ADVENTURE TIME, featuring work by Jeffrey Brown (Darth Vader and Son), Michael Moreci (Superman), Christopher Mitten (American Vampire) and many more! Collects issues #17-20.

Preview: Adventure Time #75

Adventure Time #75

Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writers: Ryan North, Mariko Tamaki, Christopher Hastings
Artists: Shelli Paroline & Braden Lamb, Zachary Sterling, Ian McGinty
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Shelli Paroline & Braden Lamb
Variant Cover: JJ Harrison
Subscription Cover: Pius Bak
Celebration Wraparound Incentive Cover: Designed by Grace Park
Unlocked Variant Cover: Jeffrey Brown
Colorist: Maarta Laiho
Letterer: Mike Fiorentino
Price: $4.99

Follow the story of Ooo from the past, present, and future in this oversized final issue! At the wedding of Jake’s granddaughter, Jake, Finn, and the residents of Ooo reminisce on the long path that took them here, remembering friends, enemies, and those who fall somewhere in between.

Preview: Jim Henson’s Fraggle Rock Omnibus SC

Jim Henson’s Fraggle Rock Omnibus SC

Publisher: Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writers: Jeffrey Brown, Katie Cook, Sam Humphries, and more
Artists: Jeffrey Brown, Katie Cook, Cory Godbey, and more
Cover Artist: Jeff Stokely
Price: $19.99

Celebrating 35 Years of Jim Henson’s Fraggle Rock!
Featuring heartwarming stories by Jeffrey Brown (Star Wars: Darth Vader and Son), Cory Godbey (Jim Henson’s Labyrinth Tales), Katie Cook (My Little Pony, Gronk: A Monster’s Story), and more.

Jim Henson’s Fraggle Rock Omnibus is a celebration of friendship and fun. The collection also includes forewords from Karen Prell and Dave Goelz, the puppeteers of Red and Goober in the original Fraggle Rock television series.

Collects Fraggle Rock Vol. 1 and Fraggle Rock Vol. 2: Tails and Tales.

BOOM! Studios and Hero Initiative Announce “The Adventure Time 100 Project”

BOOM! Studios, Cartoon Network, and Hero Initiative, the charity that helps comic book creators in medical and financial need, have announced The Adventure Time 100 Project, a new graphic novel celebrating the eponymous franchise in stores May 2018. Finn, Jake and the entire Adventure Time crew take center stage in Hero Initiative’s famous “100 Project” format, which invites 100 amazing artists from around the world to create one-of-a-kind original covers, this time on the blank variant cover editions of Adventure Time #36. The results are here, with stunning art from Jeffrey Brown, John Cassaday, Emi Lenox, Whilce Portacio, Bill Sienkiewicz, Walt Simonson, and more!

The original art from The Adventure Time 100 Project will be auctioned off beginning in on June 2nd, 2018 during a launch party event at Challengers Comics in Chicago, IL and continuing online.

Print copies of The Adventure Time 100 Project will be available for sale in May 2018 at local comic book shops or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and the BOOM! Studios app.

Preview: Adventure Time Comics #17

Adventure Time Comics #17

Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writers: Jeffrey Brown, Michael Moreci, Pat Shand, Derek Laufman
Artists: Jeffrey Brown, Christopher Mitten, Spencer Amundson, Derek Laufman
Colorist: Eleonora Bruni, Joana Lafuente
Letterer: Warren Montgomery, Jim Campbell
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Cole Closser
Subscription Cover: Benjamin Marra
Variant Cover: Christopher Mitten

Birthdays are celebrated, Marceline gets lumpy, and an underground city is revealed!

SPX 2016 Announces Special Guests Lisa Hanawalt, Jeffrey Brown, Charles Burns and Sarah Glidden

spx-logo-240Small Press Expo has announced Lisa Hanawalt, Jeffrey Brown, Charles Burns, and Sarah Glidden as special guests for SPX 2016. These guests are in addition those previously announced for the 40th Anniversary of Fantagraphics celebration; Daniel Clowes, Carol Tyler, Jim Woodring, Drew Friedman, Jaime & Gilbert Hernandez, Ed Piskor, SPX first timer Trina Robbins, and a rare festival appearance by Joe Sacco.

Hot Dog Taste Test serves up Lisa Hanawalt’s devastatingly funny comics, saliva-stimulating art, and deliciously screwball lists as she skewers the pomposities of foodie subculture. From the James Beard award-winning cartoonist and production designer/producer of Bojack Horseman, Hot Dog Taste Test from Drawn & Quarterly dishes out five-star laughs, as Hanawalt keenly muses on pop culture, relationships, and the animal in all of us.

Jeffrey Brown is the bestselling author of Darth Vader and Son as well as the Jedi Academy series from Scholastic Books. He began his comics career with Clumsy and other autobiographical comics that chronicled everyday awkward and intimate moments from life. His new book, Lucy & Andy Neanderthal from Random House Kids, is a heavily researched middle grade story about prehistoric cavemen kids. He lives in Chicago with his wife and sons.

Charles Burns is renown for his epic graphic novel Black Hole, for which he won the Eisner, Ignatz and Harvey Awards. In addition to work in set design, posters and advertising, he has worked for such periodicals as Raw, The Believer and The New Yorker. SPX 2016 will see the debut of Last Look from Penguin Random House, which presents the Nitnit Trilogy of the previously published X’ed Out, The Hive and Sugar Skull in one volume.

Cartoonist Sarah Glidden accompanies her two friends—reporters and founders of journalism non-profit—as they research potential stories on the effects of the Iraq War on the Middle East and, specifically, the war’s refugees. Joining the trio is a childhood friend and former Marine whose past service in Iraq adds an unexpected and sometimes unwelcome viewpoint, both to the people they come across and perhaps even themselves. The group travels across Turkey, Iraq, and Syria, with Glidden’s observations resulting in her latest book, Rolling Blackouts, that will debut at SPX 2016 is published by Drawn & Quarterly.  Glidden (How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less) records all that she encounters with a sympathetic and searching eye. Painted in her trademark soft, muted watercolors and written with a self-effacing humor, Rolling Blackouts cements Glidden’s place as one of today’s most original nonfiction voices.

In the next few weeks, SPX will announce the international guests coming from all over the world to attend the show, the 2016 Ignatz nominees and a full slate of programming.

SPX 2016 takes place on Saturday and Sunday, September 17-18, and will have over 650 creators, 280 exhibitor tables and 22 programming slots to entertain, enlighten and introduce attendees to the amazing world of independent and small press comics.

Preview: Adventure Time Vol. 6 Mathematical Edition HC

Adventure Time Vol. 6 Mathematical Edition HC

Imprint: KaBOOM!
Writer: Ryan North
Artists: Dustin Nguyen, Jess Fink, Jeffrey Brown, Jim Rugg, Shelli Paroline, Braden Lamb

Finn and Jake finally get to have the ultimate out-of-body experience—LITERALLY. Collects issues #25-29.

AdventureTime_V6_Mathematical_Cover

Patrick McHale and Jim Campbell Return for New Over the Garden Wall Comic Series

KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios, and Cartoon Network Enterprises, the licensing and merchandising arm of the network, are pleased to announce that Patrick McHale and Jim Campbell have teamed up once again for a new, four-issue Over the Garden Wall limited comic series. Last November, Cartoon Network debuted McHale’s eerily sweet Over the Garden Wall, its first original animated miniseries, about half-brothers Wirt and Greg trying to find their way home. KaBOOM! published a companion one-shot that was eagerly snapped up by fans, selling out immediately.

It’s a new Over the Garden Wall story set between episodes 3 and 4 of the animated series. Wirt and Greg are trying to hitch a ride out of schooltown but end up having to walk. Soon, they come upon two girls playing, and wind up having to keep them entertained so that they don’t wake their giant father!

Headlined by an all-star voice-cast that includes Elijah Wood, Collin Dean, and Melanie Lynskey, Over the Garden Wall is Cartoon Network’s first-ever miniseries, an animated comedy/fantasy story about two brothers, Wirt and Greg, who are trapped in a mysterious world. In this 10-part production, music plays an important role with a soundtrack full of Americana-influenced original songs. A DVD collecting all of the episodes will be released on September 8. Over the Garden Wall is created by Patrick McHale and produced by Cartoon Network Studios.

Over the Garden Wall #1 (of 4) arrives in comic shops on August 26th with a main cover by series artist Jim Campbell for the price of $3.99 under Diamond order code JUN151090. Also available in a limited quantity is a subscription variant by Adventure Time storyboard artist Steve Wolfhard, a 10 Years incentive cover by Jeffrey Brown, and a retailer incentive cover by creator Patrick McHale.

The Final Order Cutoff deadline for retailers is August 3rd.

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