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YA author Rainbow Rowell inks deal with First Second

Photo by Augusten Burroughs

Photo by Augusten Burroughs

Rainbow Rowell, author of the acclaimed young-adult novels Eleanor & Park and Fangirl, has signed a two-book deal with First Second, EW.com reports. Faith Erin Hicks (Friends With Boys, The Adventures of Superhero Girl) will illustrate the first of the two graphic novels.

“I started reading Faith’s graphic novels this summer. … And her work just clicked with me, especially Friends With Boys,” Rowell said in a statement to the website. “Her style is so expressive — dense with feeling and meaning. She tells you so much in every panel, even when she isn’t telling you anything. I really crave creative collaboration — that’s a theme in Fangirl and Landline — and I’m so excited to get to work with someone I respect as much as Faith.”

Published in February 2013, Eleanor & Park centers on two misfit teens in 1986 Nebraska who become friends, and then more, through a shared love of comics and ’80s alternative music while dealing with issues of race, class and abuse. It was honored just this week with a 2014 Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in young adult literature.

Rowell followed that novel in September with Fangirl (it sports a cover by Noelle Stevenson), a coming-of-age story about fan fiction and first love, centers on Cath and Wren, twins with a shared, longtime devotion to the Simon Snow novels. But when Wren, who’s drifted away from fandom, announces she doesn’t want to be college roommates with her sister, Cath finds herself on her own.

Finalists announced for the 2012 Cybils

The finalists were announced Tuesday  for this year’s Children and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards, or Cybils. Nominations for the awards are taken from the general public beginning in October, and the Cybils judges make the final choices. Here are the books that made the final cut in the graphic novel category:

Elementary/Middle Grade
Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller, by Joseph Lambert
Giants Beware! by Jorge Aguirre and Rafael Rosado
Hilda and the Midnight Giant, by Luke Pearson
Little White Duck: A Childhood in China, by Na Liu and Andrés Vera Martínez
Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: Big Bad Ironclad! by Nathan Hale

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What Are You Reading? with Alex Zalben

Hello and welcome to What Are You Reading? Our special guest this week is Alex Zalben, who blogs about comics for MTV Geek and has written a few himself–including the webcomic Detective Honeybear.

To see what Alex and the Robot 6 crew have been reading lately, click below.

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Randy Queen, Andrea Brown Literary Agency to turn Darkchylde into novels

Darkchylde

Randy Queen’s Darkchylde continues its resurgence with the announcement via press release that the 15-year-old comic series will soon make the jump to the young adult section of the bookstore. Queen has signed with Andrea Brown Literary Agency to bring Darkchylde to teen readers.

“I’m elated Ariel’s Chylde’s journey to young adult bookshelves is in the very capable hands of Kelly Sonnack at Andrea Brown Literary Agency,” Queen said in the press release. “Their track record is considerable, and Kelly’s conviction, strategy, and personal enthusiasm ensures a bright trajectory.”

“When the sample pages for DARKCHYLDE came across my desk, I quickly realized this was something special,” Sonnack said. “For contemporary teen readers who haven’t been exposed to Ariel Chylde through Randy’s comics, I think they’ll find her hugely compelling. She’s a vivid, exciting new heroine who could refresh the current landscape of teen protagonists.”

I can easily see Darkchylde on shelves next to the likes of The Vampire Diaries or Twilight. A Darkchylde film, directed by Jon Carpenter, is currently in the works.

Comics A.M. | Borders executives resign, manga leads NYPL list

Borders

Retailing | Troubles continue for Borders Group as the retailer filed notice Monday with the Securities and Exchange Commission that Executive Vice President Thomas D. Carney and Chief Information Officer D. Scott Laverty have resigned. Just last week Borders, the country’s second-largest bookstore chain, announced it’s delaying payments to some publishers as it attempts to restructure its credit lines. [GalleyCat]

Passings | Longtime retailer Carl Tupper, who owned BSI Comics in Metairie, Louisiana, for 30 years, passed away on Dec. 29. He was 70 years old. [BSI Comics, ICv2.com]

Libraries | Four of the top five young-adult titles checked out from the New York Public Library in 2010 were manga: Masashi Kishimoto’s Naruto, Tite Kubo’s Bleach, Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece, and Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball Z. Jennifer Holm’s graphic novel Babymouse and Jeff Kinney’s comics-prose hybrid Diary of a Wimpy Kid were the top two children’s titles. [NYPL Wire]

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