AfterShock Comics Enlists Garth Ennis, Neil Gaiman And More
I’m sad to say I was unfamiliar with cartoonist James Chapman’s Soundimals before he tweeted this helpful primer to sounding like a dog in 14 languages. I plan to remedy that.
Available on his Etsy page, Soundimals: An Illustrated Guide to Animal Sounds in Other Languages is just what the title suggests: 32 pages of Chapman’s too-cute animals demonstrating what sounds they make around the world. In Romanian, the bear says “MOR,” and in Japanese, the elephant says “PAO,” and so on. You can see a selection of the pages on Chapman’s blog.
Stan Lee himself has officially announced the next picture book from Stan Lee’s Kids Universe, the children’s imprint founded in 2011 by POW! Entertainment and 1821 Media: Katya Bowser‘s Dex T-Rex, The Mischievous Little Dinosaur will debut July 23 at Comic-Con International. Watch Lee’s video below.
The book, about a loveable young dinosaur who plays too rough, until he learns an important lesson about playing nice, is the latest addition to the imprint’s lineup, which already includes Monsters vs. Kittens, Once Upon a Time There Was a Pig and Reggie the Veggie.
“My hope is that parents will appreciate the messages in the book while children will be so drawn to the colorful pages and fun storyline that they won’t even realize that they are learning and building their imaginations as they follow along with Dex on his adventures,” Lee said in a statement.
First Second Books has announced in the fall it will release The Zoo Box, a book by married creators Ariel Cohn and Aron Nels Steinke described by the publisher as “a terrific introduction to comics for both learning readers and their parents.”
Here’s the book’s description: “When Erika and Patrick’s parents leave them home alone for the night, they head straight to the attic to explore. When they open a mysterious box, hundreds of animals come pouring out! Soon the town is awash in more and more zoo animals, until Erika and Patrick discover that the tables have been turned … and the animals now run a zoo full of humans!”
The creators live in Portland, Oregon, where Cohn is a trained Montessori preschool teacher and metalsmith, and Steinke is a second- and third-grade teacher and cartoonist whose work includes Mr. Wolf, Big Plans and The Super-Duper Dog Park.
There’s more to life than staying indoors. And while comics fans might be typecast as more of the shut-in type, there’s more to us than that — but even for the reclusive among us, this book’s for you.
Yes, Let’s is a new picture book, illustrated by Maris Wicks and written by Galen Goodwin Longstreth, that follows a family’s day trip into the woods where a sing-song-type rhyming dialogue complements the adventures they’re drawn into. Here’s an excerpt of some of the text:
Let’s get into the station wagon, roll those windows down,
Let’s sing out loud and wave to cows as we drive out of town.
Let’s park the car beneath the trees and trade our shoes for boots,
Let’s set the timer, all say “Cheese!” then head into the woods.
Although not comics in the traditional sense, it tells a story using words and pictures, and Wicks is herself a comics creator — and this makes a great read for a comics fan or just someone who wants something for the family. The book even gives you a list of things to bring for your next outdoor trek. Here are three double-page spreads from the book:
Nobrow, the most art- and design-obsessed of the new generation of U.K. graphic novel publishers, has started a new kids’ books imprint, Flying Eye Books, and its first crop of releases are as typically gorgeous as the parent company’s output. Nobrow favorite Ben Newman and animator Jambonbon have created an exceedingly cute animation to celebrate the new endeavor:
Neil Gaiman has debuted Skottie Young’s cover for the U.S. edition of their upcoming children’s book Fortunately, the Milk. Officially announced in July as part of the author’s five-book deal with HarperCollins Children’s Books, it’s described as “an ode to the pleasure and wonders of storytelling itself.”
Dave McKean was at one point set to illustrate Fortunately, the Milk, which Gaiman referred to in 2011 as “a very silly children’s book” that “was meant to be about the length of The Day I Swapped My Dad For Two Goldfish, but it’s actually about four or five times as long.”
Gaiman has published 13 novels and picture books through HarperCollins Children’s Books, including the Newbery-winning The Graveyard Book. Fortunately, the Milk is scheduled for release Sept. 17.