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Archie’s Holiday Magic Special Delivers Laughs and Life Lessons this December

ARCHIE’S HOLIDAY MAGIC SPECIAL #1 (ONE-SHOT)

Script: Micol Ostow, Michael Northrop, J. Torres
Art: Gretel Lusky, Arielle Jovellanos, Dan Schoening
Colors: Matt Herms
Letters: Jack Morelli
Main Cover: Gretel Lusky
Variant Cover: Gary Erskine
Final Order Cut Off Date: 11/15
On Sale Date: 12/8
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

It’s Christmas Eve in Riverdale, and it’s almost time for the annual Snow Ball, but Archie still can’t choose who should be his date: Betty or Veronica? Has he always been this indecisive? Will he always be? Will his flaws leave him all alone? Everything changes when a spirit guide appears to help him navigate these questions, and explore his past, present, and future in three distinct tales. This heartfelt and humorous holiday tale harkens back to classic holiday stories like It’s a Wonderful Life, mixed with the over-the-top sentimentality of a Hallmark Christmas film.

DC Debuts a Trailer for Mayim Bialik’s ‘Flash Facts’ Graphic Novel

Have you ever wondered what’s at the bottom of the sea? Why polar ice melts? Or which tools forensic scientists use to solve a crime?

If so, it’s time to get up to speed!

Flash Facts—DC’s newest middle grade graphic novel—takes readers ages 8-12 on 10 thrilling adventures, mixing heroic tales of DC Super Heroes with valuable lessons in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). The anthology is curated by Big Bang Theory star, author, and scientist Mayim Bialik, PhD, and is written and drawn by some of the biggest names in middle grade and comics publishing including Varian Johnson (Twins), Cecil Castellucci (Shade, the Changing Girl), Kirk Scroggs (Snoop TroopThe Secret Spiral of Swamp Kid), Michael Northrop (Tomb QuestDear Justice League), Isaac Goodhart (Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale) and many more. Today, DC released the official trailer ahead of the book’s debut on February 2, 2021.

A first of its kind for DC, Flash Facts is a unique pairing of STEM, comics and DC Super Heroes. The book provides a helpful bridge between lessons taught inside the classroom and our everyday lives by demonstrating some of the most kid-approved subjects like virtual reality, 3-D printing, forensics, space and so much more, through iconic DC characters like Batman, the Flash, Supergirl and Cyborg who use STEM as part of their hero identity.

In the age of at-home learning, parents and teachers can feel at ease giving Flash Facts to their aspiring superheroes knowing the book was vetted by a team of educational experts to ensure scientific accuracy. After reading, kids and families can put their newfound STEM knowledge to the test with a collection of fun, super-heroic science experiments at the back of the book.

See here for the official book trailer—narrated by Bialik—revealed today, and below for the official book description. Flash Facts races into stores and online retailers on February 2, 2021, and is available to pre-order now.

See Flash Facts, DC’s First-Ever STEM Graphic Novel for Kids

Flash Facts is DC‘s first-ever STEM-focused graphic novel for kids. Out in stores on February 2, 2021, the middle-grade anthology is curated by Mayim Bialik and features a collection of short stories from writers and artists including Varian Johnson, Cecil Castellucci, Kirk Scroggs, Michael Northrop, Isaac Goodhart, and many more.

Today, DC released the full Batman chapter, “If You Can’t Take the Heat,” co-written by twin brothers Varian Johnson and Darian Johnson, and illustrated by Vic Regis. The short story features Batman demonstrating 3-D printing for kids.

DC Reveals Cover of Dear Super-Villains Graphic Novel and a Surprise for DC Kids FanDome

DC has revealed the cover for the highly anticipated Dear Super-Villains middle grade graphic novel by author Michael Northrop and artist Gustavo DuarteDear Super-Villains is the sequel to Michael Northrop and Gustavo Duarte’s smash hit Dear Justice League that debuted in 2019 and is perfect for readers 8-12.

While Dear Justice League featured the world’s greatest Super Heroes answering fan mail from young fans, Dear Super-Villains features the Legion of Doom answering questions from curious kids.

Fans wanting to gear up for the sequel can tune into DC Kids FanDome at DCkidsfandome.com on September 12 where the entire Dear Justice League graphic novel will be available to read for free via the DC Kids comics reader for 24 hours only.

Peek inside the lives of DC’s infamous rogues in DEAR SUPER-VILLAINS, the sequel to DEAR JUSTICE LEAGUE, where curious kids write to notorious scoundrels, asking them about life on the dark side.

How did Gorilla Grodd get so smart? Did Harley Quinn ever try a career in comedy? Why does Catwoman always lose to Batman? 

Each chapter highlights members of the Legion of Doom in a sympathetic way that is relatable to kids. But look closely and you may notice the baddies are up to something big! Will the Justice League show up in time to stop them? You’ll have to write in to the Tip-line of Evil to find out!

Dear Super-Villains is written by Michael Northrop with art by Gustavo Duarte, lettering by Wes Abbott, and colors by Cris Peter. It goes on sale April 6, 2021.

Dear Super-Villains

Middle-Grade Authors Dustin Hansen and Michael Northrop Talk about Dyslexia at 11:00 AM PT via Twitter

DC middle-grade authors Dustin Hansen (My Video Game Ate My Homework) and Michael Northrop (Dear Justice League) are having a live twitter Q&A with each other today at 11 am PT to talk about their personal experience with dyslexia for World Book Day. You can follow them and “watch” at @dusthansen and @mdnorthrop.

The authors will discuss their own struggles with school, how comics and graphic novels helped them, how dyslexia has influenced their writing and writing their first graphic novels.

Review: Dear Justice League

Dear Justice League is the latest DC Zoom release and while aimed at younger readers, adults will enjoy it too.

Story: Michael Northrop
Art: Gustavo Duarte
Letterer: Wes Abbott
Color: Marcelo Maiolo

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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

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

Get a Look at Dear Justice League from DC Zoom

DC Comics revealed today a new book trailer and preview artwork for DC Zoom’s forthcoming middle grade graphic novel, Dear Justice Leagueby New York Times bestselling author Michael Northrop with art by Gustavo Duarte.

Does Superman ever make mistakes? What was Wonder Woman’s eleventh birthday like? Does Aquaman smell like fish? In this new middle-grade graphic novel, iconic heroes are asked questions both big and small, and when they are not busy saving the world, the Justice League even finds time to respond. Their honest and humorous answers will surprise and delight readers of any age, as it turns out that being a superhero is not too different from being a kid.

An exclusive excerpt from the original graphic novel will be given away for free on Free Comic Book Day on May 4, 2019 at participating comic book shops across North America. The full book is slated to hit stores everywhere books are sold on August 6, 2019.

Dear Justice League

Get a First Look at DC Zoom and DC Ink’s Titles Debuting Fall 2019

DC announced today new details surrounding its young reader imprints—DC Zoom and DC Ink—and revealed first looks at titles scheduled for release in fall 2019. DC Zoom is focused on readers ages 8-12 while DC Ink is focused on readers 13+.

DC has confirmed on-sale dates for the highly anticipated releases as well as early looks at the graphic novels. All are available for pre-order now.

DC Zoom (ages 8-12):

SUPER SONS: THE POLARSHIELD PROJECT (April 2, 2019)—written by Ridley Pearson and illustrated by Ile Gonzalez

SUPER SONS: THE POLARSHIELD PROJECT

DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: SPACED OUT (June 4, 2019)—written by Shea Fontana and illustrated by Agnes Garbowska

DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: SPACED OUT

DEAR JUSTICE LEAGUE (August 6, 2019)—written by Michael Northrop and illustrated by Gustavo Duarte

DEAR JUSTICE LEAGUE

SUPERMAN OF SMALLVILLE (September 3, 2019)—written by Art Baltazar and Franco and Illustrated by Art Baltazar

SUPERMAN OF SMALLVILLE

THE SECRET SPIRAL OF SWAMP KID (October 1, 2019)—written and illustrated by Kirk Scroggs

THE SECRET SPIRAL OF SWAMP KID

DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: AT METROPOLIS HIGH (October 15, 2019)—written by Amy Wolfram and illustrated by Yancey Labat

DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: AT METROPOLIS HIGH

BLACK CANARY: IGNITE (November 5, 2019)—written by Meg Cabot and illustrated by Cara McGee

BLACK CANARY: IGNITE

SUPER SONS: THE FOXGLOVE MISSION (November 5, 2019)—written by Ridley Pearson and illustrated by Ile Gonzalez

SUPER SONS: THE FOXGLOVE MISSION

DIANA, PRINCESS OF THE AMAZONS (January 7, 2020)—written by Shannon and Dean Hale and illustrated by Victoria Ying

DIANA, PRINCESS OF THE AMAZONS

GREEN LANTERN: LEGACY (January 21, 2020)—written by Minh Lê and illustrated by Andie Tong

GREEN LANTERN: LEGACY

DC Ink (ages 13+):

MERA: TIDEBREAKER (April 2, 2019)—written by Danielle Paige and illustrated by Stephen Byrne

MERA: TIDEBREAKER

UNDER THE MOON: A CATWOMAN TALE (May 7, 2019)—written by Lauren Myracle and illustrated by Isaac Goodhart

UNDER THE MOON: A CATWOMAN TALE

TEEN TITANS: RAVEN (July 2019)—written by Kami Garcia and illustrated by Gabriel Picolo

TEEN TITANS: RAVEN

HARLEY QUINN: BREAKING GLASS (September 3, 2019)—written by Mariko Tamaki and illustrated by Steve Pugh

HARLEY QUINN: BREAKING GLASS

BATMAN: NIGHTWALKER (October 1, 2019)—adapted by Stuart Moore from Marie Lu’s prose novel for the DC Icon series and illustrated by Chris Wildgoose

BATMAN: NIGHTWALKER

DC Zoom and DC Ink Get the Spotlight for Free Comic book Day

DC announced today the publisher will showcase its upcoming young reader imprints – DC Ink (YA) and DC Zoom (middle grade) – at this year’s Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) on Saturday, May 4, 2019. DC’s free comic book offerings will include early looks at Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale (DC Ink) and Dear Justice League (DC Zoom).

Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale FCBD Special Edition will serve as DC’s Gold Title at the annual event and will feature a free chapter from the upcoming YA original graphic novel by The New York Times bestselling author Lauren Myracle and artist Isaac Goodhart. The full graphic novel is slated to hit stores everywhere books are sold on May 7, 2019.

This FCBD special edition will also include a sneak preview of DC Ink’s upcoming Teen Titans: Raven graphic novel by The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kami Garcia and fan-favorite artist Gabriel Picolo which will hit shelves on July 2, 2019.

DC’s FCBD silver comic book will be a kids title featuring two exclusive free chapters from Dear Justice League, an original graphic novel for middle graders from The New York Times bestselling author Michael Northrop and artist Gustavo Duarte. The DC Zoom graphic novel is slated to hit stores everywhere books are sold on August 6, 2019 and the early FCBD special edition will feature two excerpts starring Superman and Hawkgirl.

For complete descriptions of DC’s 2019 FCBD titles, see below:

UNDER THE MOON: A CATWOMAN TALE FCBD SPECIAL EDITION (Gold Title)

When fifteen-year-old Selina Kyle becomes homeless, she must confront questions of who she is and who she will become. From The New York Times bestselling author Lauren Myracle (ttfnttyl) and artist Isaac Goodhart, comes a story about a teenage Catwoman as she struggles to find her own identity while living on the streets of Gotham City. This FCBD special edition features a chapter from DC Ink’s upcoming original graphic novel, UNDER THE MOON: A CATWOMAN TALE plus a sneak peek at TEEN TTIANS: RAVEN, another DC Ink graphic novel by The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kami Garcia and artist Gabriel Picolo.

UNDER THE MOON: A CATWOMAN TALE FCBD SPECIAL EDITION

DEAR JUSTICE LEAGUE FCBD SPECIAL EDITION (Silver Title)

The greatest Super Heroes in the DC universe, the Justice League, answer mail from their biggest fans–kids! Courtesy of Michael Northrop, The New York Times bestselling author ofTombQuest, and artist Gustavo Duarte, DC’s iconic Super Heroes find time to answer questions both big and small when they are not busy saving the world. Their honest and humorous responses will surprise and delight readers of any age, as it turns out that being a superhero is not too different from being a kid. This FCBD special edition features two chapters starring Superman and Hawkgirl from DC Zoom’s upcoming original graphic novel, DEAR JUSTICE LEAGUE.

DEAR JUSTICE LEAGUE FCBD SPECIAL EDITION
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