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Today at TWFB, we’ll take a look at two prose publishers who have recently been dipping their toes into graphic novel waters: Hill and Wang and HarperCollins Children’s Books.
Hill and Wang, a subdivision of Farrar Straus Giroux, has been doggedly publishing its series of nonfiction and biographical comics for awhile now, the most notable title being Ernie Colon and Sid Jacobson’s adaptation of the 9/11 Report.
I covered Hill and Wang’s plans for the first half of the year here. For the summer, they have two books coming out:
Fahrenheit 451 The Authorized Adaptation by Ray Bradbury and Tim Hamilton. I think this may be the first fictional comic H&W has published in their line yet. Obviously they’re playing it safe by going with an established classic. Hamilton isn’t someone on my radar, but his bio says he’s done work for Mad, Boom! and Serializer.net, as well as having adapted Treasure Island for Puffin Graphics. H&W sent a little preview booklet, and I must say I like Hamilton’s minimalist style. It seems to suit the material well. 176 pages, full color, $16.95 paperback, $30 hardcover. August.
Che by Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colon. Having tackled the modern events, Jacobson and Colon go back in the past to recount the lives of one of the most famous leftist revolutionaries, like, ever. The preview suggests a by the numbers biography much in the same vein as their last two books. It will be interesting to compare/contrast this to the biography Spain Rodriguez just put out. 128 pages, full color, $22, hardcover.
Aaaand that’s it for Hill and Wang. Let’s move on to HarperCollins Children’s Books, who, surprisingly, have a number of kids’ graphic novels/comic-related picture books coming out.
Farley Follows His Nose by Lynn Johnston and Beth Cruikshank. Here’s how Johnston is spending her semi-retirement. Telling funny stories for kids about the dog that died. “Big hearted and ever hungry, Farley follows his nose from one alluring scent to the next on a beautiful summer’s day.” Money from each book sold will go towards the Johnston’s charity, the Farley Foundation, which helps needy people pay veterinary bills. $17.99, Ages 4-8, May.
Crazy Hair by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean. Here’s the main reason I’m listing this catalog today. I’m sure there will plenty of adults who will want to get their hands on the latest Gaiman/McKean collaboration. This one’s about a rhyming tale about a young girl who attempts to tame her friend’s unruly coiffure. $18.99, Ages 4-8, June.
Fat Cat of Underwhere by Bruce Hale and Shane Hillman. Apparently this is fourth volume in a half-comic/half-prose book in the vein of the Captain Underpants and Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. It’s about a cat who is dragged down to a mysterious underground world. $15.99, Ages 8-11, May.
Coraline the Graphic Novel by Neil Gaiman and P. Craig Russell. Russell’s adaptation of Gaiman’s spooky kids story comes out in paperback in May. $9.99.
Warriors: Tigerstar and Sasha #3: Return to the Clans by Erin Hunter and Don Hudson. Oh, yeah, that’s right. Tokyopop has a big publishing deal with HC. This is another one of those OEL manga books based on the popular Erin Hunter series about feral cats. Apparently it sells quite well. $6.99, Ages 8-12, June.
Magic Trixie and the Dragon by Jill Thompson. Thompson continues her series about a sassy young witch. This time she tries to get a dragon for a pet, with, on imagines, predictable results. $7.99, ages 8-12, July.
Wicked Lovely: Desert Tales Volume 1: Sanctuary by Melissa Marr. Art by Xian Nu Studio. Another Tokyopop OEL based on a popular series for tween girls. I believe this one is about fairies. Goth fairies, no doubt. $9.99, Ages 13 and up, May.
Bad Kitty Volume 2: Catnapped by Michele Jaffe, illustrated by Lince. No, not porn (jeez). Yet another TP/HC crossover. This one looks like it’s sort of hipper, or at least snarkier Nancy Drew. $9.99, ages 13 and up, July.