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Preview: The Riverdale Diaries Vol. 2 Starring Veronica

THE RIVERDALE DIARIES VOL. 2: STARRING VERONICA

Writer: Sarah Kuhn
Artist: Dean Rankine
Cover: Dean Rankine
9781499812145 (TP) / 9781499812145 (HC)
$12.99 (TP) / $24.99 (HC)
5 1/2 x 8”
128 pp, Full Color
On-Sale Date: 11/16
Publisher: little bee books

Veronica Lodge has always been the most fabulous and popular kid in her class. But ever since she started middle school, she’s become a small fish in a much bigger pond. Now, Veronica is terrified her classmates will find out her wealthy dad is out of work. Worse, she has a birthday coming up, and her parties are always huge, grand events. If she can’t have a party this year, then everyone will know the truth about her father, and she just can’t deal.

When Veronica learns about the annual School Spirit Contest — which happens to have a cash prize attached — she makes up her mind to win the contest and use the money to fund her festivities. Her only obstacle is the infuriatingly cool and older Cheryl Blossom, who’s handily won the contest two years in a row. Can Veronica save her birthday?

She’s Veronica Lodge.

What do you think?

This second volume of the fantastic middle school series done in partnership with Archie Comic Publications, Inc. reunites the fantastic cast of iconic characters reimagined in a new style and setting. Author Sarah Kuhn and artist Dean Rankine, making his middle-grade graphic novel debut, bring the heart and humor once again to a story that will have readers laughing and crying and hugging their besties. STARRING VERONICA is for anyone whose parent lost a job, whose birthday was in danger of being canceled, or who just needs to remember how fantastic they really are. Welcome to Riverdale!

THE RIVERDALE DIARIES VOL. 2: STARRING VERONICA

Preview: Riverdale Diaries Vol. 1: Hello Betty

RIVERDALE DIARIES VOL. 1: HELLO BETTY (TP/HC)

Writer: Sarah Kuhn
Artist: J. Bone
Cover: J. Bone
9781499810547 (TP) / 9781499810554 (HC)
$12.99 (TP) / $24.99 (HC)
5 1/2 x 8”
128 pp, Full Color
On-Sale Date: 10/7
Publisher: little bee books

Betty Cooper and Val Smith are best friends ready to start middle school. They’ve always done everything together–taken the same classes, played the same games, and created the world of Sparklespacelandia in Betty’s backyard together–so naturally, Betty assumes they’ll continue to be an unbreakable duo once the school year starts. But Val finds herself drawn toward pursuing a music elective and does it without Betty at her side. Suddenly Betty’s on her own for the first time since Val moved to the neighborhood, and she’s struggling to deal with being lumped in with the loser drama class–that just happens to be dominated by snotty and powerful Veronica Lodge! Even the presence of other friends like Archie, Jughead, and Sabrina isn’t making Betty feel better about her estrangement from Val. Will Betty and Val find a new way to connect, or has middle school ended their friendship for good?

Sarah Kuhn and J. Bone deliver an authentic and funny tale of middle-school life as they reimagine the iconic gang from Riverdale into contemporary middle-grade students. Full of lively dialogue and stunningly hilarious art, the dynamics of friendship and school struggles are as classic as the characters themselves–and fresh and engaging for today’s readers.

RIVERDALE DIARIES VOL. 1: HELLO BETTY (TP/HC)

Review: Shadow of the Batgirl

Cassandra Cain is on the run from her past and is on a mission to discover who she truly is.

Story: Sarah Kuhn
Art: Nicole Goux
Color: Cris Peter
Letterer: Chanice Chiang, Saida Temofonte

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Archie Announces Graphic Novels Focused on Young Readers

Archie Blue Ribbon

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.

Betty & Veronica: The Bond of Friendship
Riverdale: The Ties That Bind

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.

To find out more about Archie’s new original graphic novels, stay tuned for news coming out of the Archie Comics Forever: Celebrating 80 Years panel this Friday, October 4 at New York Comic Con.

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

DC Reveals New DC Ink Graphic Novels at BookCon 2019

During the DC Ink panel at BookCon 2019 with authors Kami Garcia, Danielle Paige, Lauren Myracle, and Mariko Tamaki, DC made several exciting announcements for the publisher’s upcoming YA graphic novels, revealing a new trailer and title for the highly anticipated Teen Titans series, and the artists and covers for the Spring 2020 slate.

In anticipation of its July 2, 2019, release DC debuted an official trailer for Teen Titans: Raven during the panel. Written by New York Times bestselling author Kami Garcia and illustrated by fan-favorite artist Gabriel Picolo, Teen Titans: Raven follows 17-year-old Rachel Roth as she moves to New Orleans to live with her foster mother’s family after a tragic accident. Raven’s past and present collide when strange things happen during her final year of high school. Garcia’s debut graphic novel is the first book in her multi-part Teen Titans series with popular artist Gabriel Picolo.

Panel attendees were also treated to the first look at Garcia and Picolo’s next Teen Titans installment, Teen Titans: Beast Boy. Ahead of its 2020 release, a sneak preview of the book will be available in Teen Titans: Raven when the book goes on sale.

To cap off an already exciting panel, DC ended the discussion announcing the artists for previously announced YA graphic novels debuting in Spring 2020 and gave fans a first look at the covers. Full creative teams for the Spring 2020 YA graphic novel lineup are below.

THE ORACLE CODE

Writer: Marieke Nijkamp
Artist: Manuel Preitano

THE ORACLE CODE

GOTHAM HIGH

Writer: Melissa de la Cruz
Artist: Thomas Pitilli

GOTHAM HIGH

SHADOW OF THE BATGIRL

Writer: Sarah Kuhn
Artist: Nicole Goux

SHADOW OF THE BATGIRL

THE LOST CARNIVAL: A DICK GRAYSON GRAPHIC NOVEL

Writer: Michael Moreci
Artist: Sas Milledge

THE LOST CARNIVAL: A DICK GRAYSON GRAPHIC NOVEL

Preview: Clueless: One Last Summer OGN SC

Clueless: One Last Summer OGN SC

Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer:  Amber Benson and Sarah Kuhn
Artist: Siobhan Keenan
Colorist: Cathy Le
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Cover Artist: Natacha Bustos
Price: $14.99

The class of 1997 is newly graduated from Bronson Alcott High School, and with the temperatures rising and the summer starting, Cher and besties Dionne and Tai are heading off for their last summer vacation adventure together before, ugh, real life!

Picking up after Clueless: Senior Year, head back to the ‘90s for summer fun and fashion from superstar writers Sarah Kuhn (Heroine Complex) and Amber Benson (The Witches Of Echo Park), and illustrated by Siobhan Keenan (Adventure Time).

Your New Look at Clueless: One Last Summer

BOOM! Studios has unveiled a new look at Clueless: One Last Summer, the brand new follow up to the 2017 smash hit Clueless: Senior Year that arrives in stores November 2018. The writing duo of actress, filmmaker, and author Amber Benson and author Sarah Kuhn reunite with artist Siobhan Keenan for another comic book based on Paramount Pictures’ hit film.

In Clueless: One Last Summer, Cher, Dionne, and Tai journey out for their final summer vacation before they head off to college and the world of adulthood.  However when life threatens to topple their elaborate plans for the summer to remember, they’ll be challenged to stay true to their best selves amidst the chaos. Luckily they’ve got each other to lean on, because that’s what best friends are for…and because no one stops Cher when she makes up her mind!

Clueless: One Last Summer will be available for sale on November 28th at local comic book shops and on December 4th at bookstores.

SDCC 2018: DC Entertainment Announces More DC Ink and DC Zoom Graphic Novels

At San Diego Comic-Con 2018, DC Enterainment announced the next wave of titles, authors and artists for the publisher’s upcoming young reader imprints, DC Ink and DC Zoom.

Marieke Nijkamp, the #1 New York Times best-selling YA author of This Is Where It Ends, will bring her storytelling to DC’s young adult line of graphic novels—DC Ink—with an original tale about a teenage Oracle, the superhero alter-ego that Barbara Gordon assumes after an encounter with The Joker confines her to a wheelchair. Oracle: Rising will be joined by another tale about a teenage Batgirl, Cassandra Cain, in Shadow of the Batgirl, written by acclaimed author Sarah Kuhn, known for her popular Heroine Complex novels.

Additional DC Ink titles announced today include: Truth or Consequences: A Jack Hyde Story, the working title of an Aqualad story written by award-winning author Alex Sanchez; Dick Grayson: Lost Carnival, written by critically acclaimed comics writer Michael Moreci; and Leigh Bardugo’s Wonder Woman: Warbringer, which will be adapted from its prose form into a graphic novel by writer Louise Simonson.

DC Zoom, DC’s middle grade graphic novel line, will introduce its first story starring Wonder Woman in Diana, Princess of the Amazons, written by Shannon and Dean Hale. Past collaborations from the husband-and-wife duo include the Eisner-nominated Rapunzel’s Revenge graphic novel and Marvel’s bestselling The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl prose novel series. Shannon Hale is also the Newbery Honor-winning author of the Princess Academy series and the New York Times best-selling Real Friends.

New artists and on-sale dates for previously announced titles were also revealed. Gurihiru Studios will provide illustrations for Gene Luen Yang’s Superman Smashes the Klan, Andie Tong will draw Minh Lê’s Green Lantern: Legacy graphic novel, Gustavo Duarte will join author Michael Northrop on Dear Justice League and Thomas Pitilli has been tapped to illustrate Melissa de la Cruz’s Gotham High graphic novel. DC also announced Chris Wildgoose as the artist for Stuart Moore’s adaptation of Marie Lu’s Batman: Nightwalker and revealed the graphic novel’s official cover.

Both publishing lines will launch in April 2019 with previously announced titles Mera: Tidebreaker (DC Ink), written by Danielle Paige and illustrated by Stephen Byrne; and Super Sons: the Polarshield Project (DC Zoom), written by Ridley Pearson with art by Ile Gonzalez.

The complete list of DC Ink and DC Zoom titles and creative teams announced to date include:

  • DC Ink:
    • MERA: TIDEBREAKER (April 2019)—written by Danielle Paige and illustrated by Stephen Byrne
    • UNDER THE MOON: A CATWOMAN TALE (May 2019)—written by Lauren Myracle and illustrated by Isaac Goodhart
    • HARLEY QUINN: BREAKING GLASS (June 2019)—written by Mariko Tamaki and illustrated by Steve Pugh
    • TEEN TITANS: RAVEN (July 2019)—written by Kami Garcia and illustrated by Gabriel Picolo
    • BATMAN: NIGHTWALKER (August 2019)—adapted by Stuart Moore from Marie Lu’s prose novel for the DC Icon series and illustrated by Chris Wildgoose
    • DICK GRAYSON: LOST CARNIVAL—written by Michael Moreci
    • GOTHAM HIGH—written by Melissa de la Cruz and illustrated by Thomas Pitilli
    • ORACLE RISING—written by Marieke Nijkamp
    • SHADOW OF THE BATGIRL—written by Sarah Kuhn
    • TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES: A JACK HYDE STORY—written by Alex Sanchez (working title)
    • WONDER WOMAN: TEMPEST TOSSED—written by Laurie Halse Anderson
    • WONDER WOMAN: WARBRINGER—adapted by Louise Simonson from Leigh Bardugo’s prose novel for the DC Icon series
  • DC Zoom:
    • SUPER SONS: THE POLARSHIELD PROJECT (April 2019)—written by Ridley Pearson and illustrated by Ile Gonzalez
    • DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: SPACED OUT (May 2019)—written by Shea Fontana and illustrated by Agnes Garbowska
    • SUPERMAN OF SMALLVILLE (June 2019)—written and illustrated by Art Baltazar & Franco
    • DEAR JUSTICE LEAGUE (July 2019)—written by Michael Northrop and illustrated by Gustavo Duarte
    • BATMAN: OVERDRIVE (August 2019)—written by Shea Fontana and illustrated by Marcelo Di Chiara
    • BLACK CANARY: IGNITE (October 2019)—written by Meg Cabot and illustrated by Cara McGee
    • BATMAN TALES: ONCE UPON A CRIME (November 2019)—written by Derek Fridolfs and illustrated by Dustin Nguyen
    • GREEN LANTERN: LEGACY (December 2019)—written by Minh Lê and illustrated by Andie Tong
    • DIANA, PRINCESS OF THE AMAZONS—written by Shannon and Dean Hale
    • SUPERMAN SMASHES THE KLAN—written by Gene Luen Yang and illustrated by Gurihiru Studios

A First Look at Clueless: One Last Summer

BOOM! Studios has released a first look at Clueless: One Last Summer, a follow up to the 2017 smash hit Clueless: Senior Year that arrives in stores November 2018. The writing duo of actress, filmmaker, and author Amber Benson and author Sarah Kuhn reunite with artist Siobhan Keenan for another comic book based on Paramount Pictures’ hit film.

In Clueless: One Last Summer, Cher, Dionne, and Tai journey out for their final summer vacation before they head off to college and the world of adulthood.  However when life threatens to topple their elaborate plans for the summer to remember, they’ll be challenged to stay true to their best selves amidst the chaos. Luckily they’ve got each other to lean on, because that’s what best friends are for…and because no one stops Cher when she makes up her mind!

Clueless: One Last Summer features a cover illustrated by Natacha Bustos.

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