Happy Book Birthday to Tony Cliff and Delilah Dirk and the King’s Shilling!
More frequently than I’d like, in publishing, we hear publishing professionals telling us, ‘women can’t be heroes in this historical book — because women weren’t heroes in history.’ This displays that these people have an inaccurate understanding of history — but still, there aren’t a whole lot of action-adventure books set in our past where the woman is the character who has the sword.
I’m so glad that Tony Cliff’s Delilah Dirk and the King’s Shilling challenges this stereotype with a wonderful female hero — Delilah Dirk. And this book engages with the typical female behavior at the time, making one of her greatest challenges dealing with wearing a dress and behaving at public parties and in high society — something she finds as challenging (or more!) than hitting people with swords.
This story reveals the complexity of historical female heroes! And it’s wonderful
Delilah Dirk and the King’s Shilling is on sale today — please pick it up!
We’re very pleased to celebrate Maris Wicks — whose work you’ll recognize from Primates, Human Body Theater, and the upcoming Coral Reefs — during the month of March!
Today’s the publication date for The Show, the latest volume in the Last Man series by Bastien Vives, Michael Sanlaville, and Balak.
If you haven’t been following along at home, let me recap for you here: magical feudal world, fighting tournament mismatched partnership, victory, surprise dimension-hopping, getting into and out of trouble.
And that’s where volume four picks up! You are now on your way.
This series is pulse-pounding and addictive — we’re excited to be bringing you two more volumes this year, in the spring and fall. We can’t wait!
Dedication is important for anyone creating comics! It takes a lot of hard work and perseverance to succeed in any creative pursuit, and comics is no exception.
(Check out the :01 blog for our year of monthly spotlights!)
We’re delighted to be the publishers of so many great authors and illustrators and graphic novels!
John Patrick Green’s graphic novel for kids Hippopotamister will be coming your way in May, and it’s going to be great!
The book is about a hippopotamus who leaves the zoo (with his friend the red panda) to find a job in the world of the humans and become (with the aid of an assortment of hats) Hippopotamister, an exciting human-and-hippopotamus combo.
Here’s the cover! My favorite part: the first ‘i’ has a hippo head above it — and the second ‘i’ has a hat! So great. There’s also a pretty wonderful hippo on it, too.
And the spine!
Here’s a close-up of Hippopotamister from the bottom of the spine. He’s super-adorable!
This graphic novel has a surprise for you on the case under the jacket! (And what could be on the back?)
It also has awesome zoo endpapers.
Hippopotamister is a graphic novel for very young readers — kids who are just transitioning between picture books and early readers. So it has a lot of big panels and easy-to-read dialogue!
(And also, adorable animals!)
Here’s the back cover! Will you see our protagonist trying out all of these careers in the book? Yes you will!
We’re looking forward to May already! That’s your chance to check out your local bookstore or library for this wonderful graphic novel.
We’re delighted to shine a spotlight on the amazing Faith Erin Hicks in the month of February! We’ve been publishing Faith since 2011, and she’s made some great graphic novels for us — including one that’s forthcoming this April, The Nameless City.
We can’t wait to share more of that with you in the next few months!
(check out our blog for our anniversary year of monthly author spotlights!)
We’re huge fans of Sara Varon and her marvelous graphic novels! So we’re so pleased to bring you this collection of her short work — all sorts of delightful tidbits from throughout her career.
The first graphic novel we ever published with Sara was the fantastic Robot Dreams, and this book takes you from the origin of that book to the current day — in a perfect collection to get cozy with in this winter season.
If you don’t know Sara’s work, this is the perfect book to get a sense of what her style is like! And if you’re already a fan, you’ll love this too.
Lucy Knisley is super-awesome! We were thrilled to publisher her bestselling, Alex Award-winning graphic novel Relish: My Life in the Kitchen, and now we have an all-new momentous life-event book from Lucy coming your way in May: Something New: Tales from a Makeshift Bride.
It is about weddings!
We just got books in the office, and they look marvelous — here are some pictures!
Oh look, it is the exceedingly attractive cover.
And here’s the inside front flap.
The inside has a few photo elements (from Lucy’s own wedding process — how cool is that) and then is full of comics (and insightful cultural commentary).
(If you can’t tell from this photo, Lucy’s self-portrait background art is a lot of small versions of her head. So great!)
Back cover! This cake-size is totally accurate to the actual real-life version.
Something New will be coming your way in May, and it will be wonderful!
We’re delighted to share with you the books we just got in the office — copies of our all-new series Science Comics! The goal of this series is to create graphic novels about science that are fun and accessible while explaining about how cool parts of our world around us work. We can’t wait to share these books with you!
The first two volumes of the series are Coral Reefs, by Maris Wicks, and Dinosaurs, by MK Reed and Joe Flood. And here are pictures!
Don’t those covers look amazing? You want to learn about dinosaurs and coral reefs now, right? Or rather — you already wanted to learn about dinosaurs and coral reefs and now you have a fun and exciting way to do it!
Here are our spines!
Complete with dinosaur and fish!
Each book will have an introduction by an expert in the book’s scientific topic. (Octopus inclusion may vary.) The books will also have a bibliography and additional reading recommendations at the end.
And then they’ll be full of brightly colored, information-filled artwork (like this spread from Maris Wicks’ Coral Reefs)!
Or this spread from MK Reed and Joe Flood’s Dinosaurs (complete with dinosaur digestion)!
Also: skeletons! Really, how can you resist?
Excited for more Science Comics? We are too!
The end (with fun facts)!
These two books will be in stores in April! And we’ll have a special Free Comic Book Day Science Comics pamphlet comic for you as well — we can’t wait!