Andrews McMeel Publishing, a corporate sibling of Universal Uclick, in August will launch AMP! Comics for Kids, a line of paperback graphic novels aimed at middle-school readers, Publishers Weekly reports. The initial lineup will feature Lincoln Peirce’s Big Nate #4 and Big Nate Sunday Treasury, Bill Amend’s FoxTrot and Mark Tatulli’s Lio #1 and #2.
The publisher already releases collections of such Universal Uclick comic strips as FoxTrot, Lio, Garfield and Cul de Sac. Kirsty Melville, president of the AMP division, told PW the initial kids’ line will include both original material and adaptations of previously published work.
She also credited the success of the Big Nate collections — there are more than four million copies in print — for spurring the launch of AMP. The popular strip centers on a rebellious sixth-grader and his classmates and teachers.
“Big Nate set us on the path that we could do comics for kids,” Melville said. “We’re trying to build a list that will go on for years. We’re reaching out to our comics artists community, some of whom have never created just for kids before.”