Papercutz to collect acclaimed webcomic THE ONLY LIVING BOY from Harvey Award-Winning creators Gallaher and Ellis for print publication in 2016

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Papercutz to collect acclaimed webcomic THE ONLY LIVING BOY from Harvey Award-Winning creators Gallaher and Ellis for print publication in 2016

NEW YORK, NY (May 5, 2015): As Children’s Book Week 2015 kicks off its celebration of beloved children’s characters, young readers can look forward to a new hero hitting their shelves early next year. David Gallaher and Steve Ellis, the award-winning creative team behind digital hits HIGH MOON and BOX 13 are teaming up with industry-leading kids graphic novel publisher Papercutz to bring their webcomic sensation THE ONLY LIVING BOY to bookstores and libraries everywhere. The publisher has announced a multi-volume deal with Gallaher and Ellis’ Bottled Lightning Studio, brokered by Dara Hyde at the Hill Nadell Literary Agency, that will see the webcomic collected into a series of paperback and hardcover volumes beginning in March 2016. Publishing of the print collections will begin with a 72 page first volume entitled “Prisoners of the Patchwork Planet” set to arrive in March 2016. Plans call for subsequent books to be released on a regular schedule with the entire story eventually collected in six volumes.

THE ONLY LIVING BOY tells the story of 12-year old Erik Farrell, who runs away from home only to find himself without his memory, stranded on a patchwork planet with danger lurking around every corner. Every day is a struggle to survive. Erik quickly allies himself with Morgan, a mermaid warrior and Thea, a teenage princess from a mysterious insect race. He’ll need their help to escape the Dreaded Lord Baalikar and the evil Doctor Once and maybe, one day, find his way back home.

“Our story has dragons, an insect princess, a mermaid warrior, dangerous and exotic creatures and a boy who just might be the last human alive,” said Ellis. “It was important for me, as a father, and for David, who’s been a teacher, to create a story that will capture the imagination of young readers today, while channeling the excitement of the adventure novels, old-time radio broadcasts and epic storytelling we loved as kids.”

The brainchild of Harvey award-winning creators Gallaher and Ellis, the series has received both critical and fan acclaim since its launch. Mark Waid (DAREDEVIL, KINGDOM COME) said “Paul Pope and Jack Kirby never had a chance to work together, but if they had, it would be only slightly less awesome than this.” Mental Floss called it “an all-ages adventure book inspired by pulp serials, Saturday morning cartoons, Jack Kirby, and even the music of Paul Simon.”

“THE ONLY LIVING BOY is a timeless tale that combines all the best elements of classic adventure fiction with a modern sensibility,” said Papercutz Editor-in Chief Jim Salicrup. “Erik and his predicament are something any kid can identify with. Everyone has felt like ‘the different one.’ Erik’s struggle to figure out the strange world he’s found himself in, and his friendships with characters like Morgan and Thea are perfect analogs for kids’ everyday lives. But the fantastic settings, incredible creatures and perilous situations transport the reader into an utterly unique world where those experiences become something truly special. This is the kind of comic I loved when I was a kid.”

“We wanted a print partner with a deep appreciation of children’s publishing,” said Gallaher. “When we looked at Papercutz’s range of titles, with everything from graphic novel adaptations of Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys to contemporary characters like Geronimo Stilton, we knew we had found a home for THE ONLY LIVING BOY.”

“We’ve got a terrific mix of great characters, great content and great creators here,” notes Papercutz publisher Terry Nantier. “We’re looking forward to introducing Papercutz readers and kids graphic novel fans to their new favorite series!”

THE ONLY LIVING BOY VOL. 1: “Prisoners of the Patchwork Planet” will be available in bookstores and comic book stores across the United States and Canada on March 8th, 2016. To find a comic shop near you go to http://www.comicshoplocator.com/ or dial 1-888-COMIC BOOK.

ABOUT PAPERCUTZ: At Papercutz, we’re all about publishing great graphic novels for all ages. Papercutz graphic novels for kids, tweens, and teens include a wide range of genres, including humor, action adventure, mystery, horror, and favorite characters. Papercutz is proud to be the only publisher exclusively dedicated to children’s graphic novels. We work every day to introduce young readers to the imaginative wonders waiting to be discovered in comics.To find out more visit http://www.papercutz.com.

ABOUT BOTTLED LIGHTNING STUDIO: David Gallaher & Steve Ellis have pioneered the landscape of digital comics, tamed werewolves, and fought vast conspiracies – and that’s just the beginning! Bottled Lightning is their undertaking, sparking life and excitement into stories for themselves and a broad range of brands, including The Walking Dead, Green Lantern, Breaking Bad, Dungeons & Dragons, MTV, and the New York City Police Department. Their featured projects include HIGH MOON, THE ONLY LIVING BOY, and BOX 13.You can visit them online at bottled-lightning.com.

Reminder from Diamond :Free Comic Book Day is Tomorrow

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Get free comics at participating comic book shops on Saturday May 2nd, 2015

 (BALTIMORE, MD) — (April 23, 2015) —On May 2nd the most anticipated event in the comic book industry, Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) will be celebrated at comic book specialty shops across the U.S., Canada, and worldwide! Over 5.6 million comic books will be given away for free to anyone who goes to one of the 2,300 participating comic book shops.

This year’s roster contains 50 free comics that include titles for everyone’s tastes, including Marvel’s Secret Wars, DC Comic’s Divergence, Bob’s Burgers, SpongeBob, Transformers, Pokemon, The Tick, Rabbids, and many more for fans to discover!  Complete descriptions of the 50 FCBD titles, along with four-to-six page previews can be found online at www.freecomicbookday.com/comics.

During Free Comic Book Day, comic shops will also host community events such as costume contests, drawings by guest artists, creator signings, raffles, door prizes, photos with costumed characters, and other fun activities to take part in.

“Free Comic Book Day is the ultimate comic book experience, giving those who may be new comics, those who enjoy the TV Shows and movies based off of comic books, and also devoted comic readers, the opportunity to get great titles for free,” says Free Comic Book Day spokesperson Deborah Moreland.

“Comic shops plan their FCBD activities months in advance to give their community the best Free Comic Book Day experience. Their events help bring together like-minded fans who come to discover new stories, explore all the fun and trendy comic book and pop-culture related items available in comic shops while enjoying the biggest comic book day of the year with family and friends!”

To find a participating FCBD comic shop, view all 50 free titles, and see special FCBD messages from actors and comic book fans Mark Hamill and Robin Lord Taylor, visit www.freecomicbookday.com.

Some of the videos Special FCBD Messages are here

http://bit.ly/MarkHamill_FCBD2015

http://bit.ly/FCBD15_ComicBookMen

http://bit.ly/RobinLordTaylor_FCBD2015

http://bit.ly/FCBD2015_JasonMewes

http://bit.ly/FCBD2015_LawrenceGilliard

http://bit.ly/FCBD2015_ChadColeman

 Free Comic Book Day 2015: Gold Comics

*Gold comics will be available at every participating retailer on May 2nd

 ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS| DARK CIRCLE COMICS PREVIEW

JAN150015 - FCBD 2015 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG MEGA MAN WORLDS UNITE PRELUDE (

BONGO COMICS| 2014 BONGO COMICS FREE-FOR-ALL

JAN150002 - FCBD 2015 BONGO COMICS FREE-FOR-ALL (NET)

BOOM! STUDIOS| BOOM! STUDIOS TENTH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL

JAN150003 - FCBD 2015 BOOM STUDIOS 10TH ANNIVERSARY FCBD SPECIAL (NET)

DARK HORSE COMICS| FIGHT CLUB/ THE GOON/ THE STRAIN

JAN150004 - FCBD 2015 DARK HORSE FIGHT CLUB THE GOON THE STRAIN (NET) (M

DC COMICS| DIVERGENCE

JAN150005 - FCBD 2015 DC COMICS DIVERGENCE (NET)

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT| BOB’S BURGERS

JAN150006 - FCBD 2015 BOBS BURGERS (NET)

IDW PUBLISHING| TRANSFORMERS ROBOTS IN DISGUISE #0

JAN150007 - FCBD 2015 TRANSFORMERS ROBOTS IN DISGUISE #0 (NET)

IMAGE COMICS|SAVAGE DRAGON: LEGACY #1

JAN150008 - FCBD 2015 SAVAGE DRAGON LEGACY (NET)

MARVEL COMICS| SECRET WARS #0

JAN150009 - FCBD 2015 SECRET WARS #0 (Net)

TITAN COMICS| DOCTOR WHO SPECIAL

JAN150010 - FCBD 2015 DOCTOR WHO SPECIAL (NET)

UNITED PLANKTON PICTURES|SPONGEBOB FREESTYLES FUNNIES

JAN150011 - FCBD 2015 SPONGEBOB FREESTYLE FUNNIES (NET)

VIZ MEDIA/ PERFECT SQUARE| POKÉMON

JAN150012 - FCBD 2015 PERFECT SQUARE PRESENTS POKEMON (NET)

 Free Comic Book Day 2015: Silver Comics

* Silver comics are optional. Not all titles will be available at participating comic shops.  

 12 GAUGE COMICS| I.C.E.: BAYOU BLACKOUT

JAN150045 - FCBD 2015 ICE BAYOU BLACKOUT (NET)

ACTION LAB ENTERTAINMENT| GRONK AND FRIENDS\

JAN150013 - FCBD 2015 GRONK AND FRIENDS (NET)

ANTARTCTIC PRESS| STEAMPUNK GOLDILOCKS

JAN150014 - FCBD 2015 STEAMPUNK GOLDILOCKS (NET)

ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS| SONIC/MEGA MAN: “WORLDS UNITE”  FLIP-BOOK

JAN150015 - FCBD 2015 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG MEGA MAN WORLDS UNITE PRELUDE (

ASPEN MLT INC. | WORLDS OF ASPEN 2015

JAN150016 - FCBD 2015 WORLDS OF ASPEN (NET)

AUTOMATIC PUBLISHING| HATTER M: LOVE OF WONDER #1

JAN150017 - FCBD 2015 HATTER M LOVE OF WONDER (NET)

AVATAR| MERCURY HEAT DEBUT

JAN150018 - FCBD 2015 MERCURY HEAT DEBUT (NET) (MR)

BEGUILING BOOKS| COMIC FESTIVAL! 2015 #1

JAN150019 - FCBD 2015 COMICS FESTIVAL (NET)
CAPSTONE| MARCH GRAND PRIX

JAN150020 - FCBD 2015 MARCH GRAND PRIX (NET)

CBLDF| DEFEND COMICS

JAN150021 - FCBD 2015 CBLDF DEFEND COMICS (NET)

CHAPTER HOUSE/CAPTAIN CANUCK| CAPTAIN CANUCK

JAN150022 - FCBD 2015 CAPTAIN CANUCK (NET)

COMIXTRIBE| AND THEN EMILY WAS GONE #0

JAN150023 - FCBD 2015 AND THEN EMILY WAS GONE #0 (NET) (MR)

DARK HORSE COMICS| AVATAR, PLANTS VS ZOMBIES, BANDETTE

JAN150024 - FCBD 2015 DARK HORSE ALL AGES AVATAR PVZ BANDETTE (NET)
DC COMICS| TEEN TITAN GO, SCOOBY-DOO TEAM UP

JAN150025 - FCBD 2015 TEEN TITANS GO SCOOBY DOO TEAM UP (NET)

DRAWN & QUARTERLY| SUPERMUTANT MAGIC ACADEMY/ STEP ASIDE, POPS!

JAN150026 - FCBD 2015 SUPERMUTANT MAGIC ACADEMY STEP ASIDE POPS COMBO (N

FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS INC.| HIP HOP FAMILY TREE THREE-IN-ONE FEATURING COSPLAYERS

JAN150027 - FCBD 2015 HIP HOP FAMILY TREE 3-IN-1 FEATURING COSPLAYERS (N

GEMSTONE PUBLISHING| OVERSTREET’S COMIC BOOK MARKETPLACE

JAN150028 - FCBD 2015 OVERSTREET COMIC BOOK MARKETPLACE (NET)
HERMES PRESS| THE PHANTOM FCBD SPECIAL

JAN150030 - FCBD 2015 PHANTOM SPECIAL (NET)

IDW PUBLISHING| TMNT: PRELUDE TO VENGANCE

JAN150031 - FCBD 2015 TMNT PRELUDE TO VENGEANCE (NET)
IMAGE COMICS| TALES OF HONOR #0

JAN150032 - FCBD 2015 TALES OF HONOR (NET)
KODANSHA| KODANSHA COMICS SAMPLER

JAN150033 - FCBD 2015 KODANSHA COMICS SAMPLER (NET)

LEGENDARY COMICS| LEGENDARY COMICS PREVIEW

JAN150034 - FCBD 2015 LEGENDARY COMICS SAMPLER (NET)

LIQUID COMICS| GRANT MORRISON’S “STAN LEE’S SHAKRA THE INCREDIBLE”

JAN150035 - FCBD 2015 STAN LEE CHAKRA THE INVINCIBLE (NET)

MARVEL| AVENGERS #1

JAN150036 - FCBD 2015 ALL NEW ALL DIFFERENT AVENGERS (Net)

NEW ENGLAND COMICS| THE TICK

JAN150037 - FCBD 2015 THE TICK (NET)

ONI PRESS| TERRIBLE LIZARD #1

JAN150038 - FCBD 2015 TERRIBLE LIZARD #1 (NET)

PAPERCUTZ| RABBIDS

JAN150039 - FCBD 2015 RABBIDS (NET)

PAPERCUTZ/SUPER GENIUS| LADY JUSTICE #1

JAN150040 - FCBD 2015 LADY JUSTICE (NET)

REBELLION| 2000AD SPECIAL

JAN150041 - FCBD 2015 2000 AD SPECIAL (NET)

 

RED 5 COMICS| BODIE TROLL AND FRIENDS

JAN150042 - FCBD 2015 BODIE TROLL & FRIENDS (NET)
SCHOLASTIC INC. | GRAPHIX SPOTLIGHT: CLEOPATRA IN SPACE TARGET PRACTICE

JAN150029 - FCBD 2015 GRAPHIX SPOTLIGHT CLEOPATRA IN SPACE (NET)

TH3RD WORLD| THE STUFF OF LEGEND: A CALL TO ARMS PREVIEW

JAN150043 - FCBD 2015 STUFF OF LEGEND CALL TO ARMS (NET)

TOP SHELF PRODUCTIONS| THE MOTORCYCLE SAMURAI

JAN150044 - FCBD 2015 MOTORCYCLE SAMURAI (NET)

UDON ENTERTAINMENT| STREET FIGHTER: SUPER COMBO SPECIAL

JAN150046 - FCBD 2015 STREET FIGHTER SUPER COMBO SPECIAL (NET)
VALIANT| VALIANT 25TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL

JAN150047 - FCBD 2015 VALIANT 25TH ANNIVERSAY SPECIAL (NET)

VIZ MEDIA| SHONEN JUMP PRESENTS: JO JO’S BIZARE ADVENTURE/YU-GI-OH

JAN150048 - FCBD 2015 VIZ JOJOS BIZARRE ADVENTURE AND YU GI OH (NET)

ZENESCOPE| GRIMM FAIRY TALES PRESENTS: WONDERLAND-ONE SHOT

JAN150049 - FCBD 2015 GFT WONDERLAND SPECIAL EDITION ONE SHOT (NET) (MR)

ZENESCOPE| JURASSIC STRIKE FORCE #5

JAN150050 - FCBD 2015 ZENESCOPE JURASSIC STRIKE FORCE 5 ONE SHOT (NET)

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ABOUT FREE COMIC BOOK DAY—Free Comic Book Day is the comic book specialty market’s annual event where participating comic book shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their comic shops. The event is held the first Saturday in May and is the perfect opportunity to introduce friends and family to the many worlds of wonder available at local comic book shops. From super-heroes to slice-of-life to action/adventure and beyond, Free Comic Book Day has a comic book for everyone!

© 2015 Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc. and Free Comic Book Day, inc.  All rights reserved. Free Comic Book Day, FCBD, and the FCBD logo are copyright Diamond and Free Comic Book Day, inc.  Diamond, the Diamond logo, and PREVIEWS are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Diamond Comic Distributors in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective copyright owners.

 

 

NICKELODEON AND PAPERCUTZ ANNOUNCE “FIRST LOOK DEAL”

NICKELODEON AND PAPERCUTZ ANNOUNCE “FIRST LOOK DEAL”

Kids’ Media Powerhouse and Leading Comics Publisher to Team Up on New Graphic Novel Line

February 5, 2015 – New York, NY –Nickelodeon and Papercutz, the industry leader in children’s graphic novel publishing, are proud to announce an innovative first look deal, the first agreement of its kind that the network has made with a graphic novel publisher. The partnership will give Papercutz the first option to adapt all-new Nickelodeon original properties into comics and graphic novels.

The new partnership will allow Papercutz to work with Nickelodeon at the earliest stages of property development, ensuring that the graphic novels based on these new programs are as faithful to the original look and spirit of the series as possible. In addition, Papercutz will be able to introduce properties to book stores and the comic book market much closer to the debut of new animated shows.

“Papercutz’s strong track record with licensed properties for kids made them our ideal choice for a publishing partner,” explained Linda Lee, VP of Nickelodeon Domestic Publishing. “As we grow our stable of original animated properties, we wanted to work with a company that could reach the broadest possible audience. We’re excited to work with the Papercutz team and we look forward to adding the Nickelodeon characters to one of the most diverse lists offered by any children’s publisher.”

These strong properties are just the start of the ambitious Nickelodeon/Papercutz publishing program. Plans call for two more series to debut in the first half of 2016, with further series to be announced at a later date. In addition, to its ambitious graphic novel publishing slate, Papercutz also plans to publish an all-new NICKELODEON MAGAZINE. The new version of the magazine will preview the comics content that will be featured in the graphic novels, debut new properties in comics form and also feature a variety of games, puzzles and other activities for kids. The first issue of the new NICKELODEON MAGAZINE is scheduled for release in late June 2015.

The first two properties slated for launch in Papercutz books are Nickelodeon’s hits, SANJAY AND CRAIG and BREADWINNERS.

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SANJAY AND CRAIG is the story of an adventurous 12-year-old boy who proves the old adage: there’s nothing you can’t accomplish (or destroy) as long as your best friend is a talking snake. The adventures of this dude-snake duo have been a ratings smash for Nickelodeon with the series ranking as the #2 animated show across all TV among kids 2 to 11. SANJAY AND CRAIG is set to make its graphic novel debut in September 2015, just in time for the premiere of the series’ third season on Nickelodeon.

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BREADWINNERS features the adventures of SwaySway and Buhdeuce, two carefree ducks who fly around in a super sweet rocket van, delivering bread to hungry beaks everywhere. Like SANJAY AND CRAIG, BREADWINNERS has been an instant hit with kids. These “quazy ducks” will join the Papercutz lineup with their first graphic novel in October 2015 and comics will never be the same!

“Our partners at Nickelodeon have created some terrific characters that really reach out to kids,” said Papercutz Editor-in-Chief Jim Salicrup. “And we can’t wait to translate that magic into the graphic novel format. Of course, the best part of this deal is getting to see what they’re working on next! SANJAY AND CRAIG and BREADWINNERS are just the start of a really exciting publishing program that’s sure to keep kids thoroughly entertained and clamoring for more!”

About Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon, now in its 35th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in more than 100 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 20 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit http://www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIA.B).