Exclusive: Art Baltazar Gets Sketchy in ‘Drew and Jot: Dueling Doodles’
We’re ending a busy week with some big news: Art Baltazar, half of the Art-and-Franco team who gave us the Tiny Titans and lots of other super-cute all-ages comics, is going solo with a trilogy of graphic novels titled Drew and Jot, to be published by BOOM! Studios under their kid-friendly KaBOOM! imprint. The first one, Drew and Jot: Dueling Doodles, will come out in November, and we have a good-sized preview for you, followed by the press release with all the deets. Enjoy!
Save the Day in Art Baltazar’s New Original Graphic Novel DREW AND JOT: DUELING DOODLES from BOOM! Studios
Sketches and Superheroes Abound in Award-Winning Cartoonist’s New Creation Arriving November 2019
LOS ANGELES, CA (March 29, 2018) – BOOM! Studios today announced DREW AND JOT: DUELING DOODLES, the first original graphic novel release in a three volume series by Eisner and Harvey Award-winning cartoonist, Art Baltazar (Tiny Titans), about the thrilling sketchbook adventures of superhero Drew, his trusty sidekick Jot, and their sworn nemesis Doctor Danger, which will debut in stores November 2019.
In DREW AND JOT: DUELING DOODLES, Andrew and Foz become best friends on the first day of fifth grade through their mutual love of drawing fun characters and crazy action. Their sketches practically come to life in their notebooks where they draw the amazing adventures of the flying superhero Drew, his canine sidekick Jot, and the diabolical villain Doctor Danger. It’s a world of two best friends using their art to go on fun adventures and save the day –that is, until Andrew’s little sister gets her hands on his notebook and scribbles a brand new threat that could ruin everything!
Art Baltazar is an award-winning cartoonist from Chicago, IL. He has been creating comics ever since he can recall, self-publishing in 1994 with titles such as The Cray-Baby Adventuresand the famous Patrick the Wolf Boy. Baltazar is a creative force behind the New York Times bestselling and Eisner Award and Harvey Award-winning Tiny Titans, as well as the artist of the beloved DC Super-Petschildren’s book series! He co-wrote DC Comics’ Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam, Young Justice, Green Lantern Animated (comic)and is the artist and co-writer for Superman Family Adventures, Super Powers, and the new Superman of Smallvillegraphic novel from DC Comics, as well as the Itty Bitty Hellboyseries. Baltazar is co-founder of the AW YEAH COMICScomic shop and co-creator of the AW YEAH COMICScomic book series starring Action Cat and Adventure Bug.
“The looseness and fast energy of crayon sketches gone wild! DREW AND JOT are characters I had in my sketchbook since the year 2002!” said writer and artist, Art Baltazar. “This is an EVENT come true for me and it feels excellent to FINALLY bring these guys to the masses! AW YEAH BOOM! Let the dueling of doodles begin! Enjoy the awesome!”
DREW AND JOT: DUELING DOODLES is the latest release from BOOM! Studios’ award-winning KaBOOM! imprint, home to comics for middle grade and younger readers including licensed series such as Adventure Time, Steven Universe, Regular Show, Ben 10, and Over The Garden Wall, along with original series like Just Beyond: The Scare Schoolby R.L. Stine and Kelly & Nichole Matthews, Hex Vetby Sam Davies, RuinWorldby Derek Laufman, and Pandora’s Legacyby Kara Leopard, Kelly & Nichole Matthews.
“This book is for every kid, from ages nine to ninety-nine, who ever dressed up in a superhero cape or spent a week stapling together copies of their own hand-drawn comic book adventure,” said Chris Rosa, Editor, BOOM! Studios. “Art Baltazar brings all his trademark humor, fun, and zany action to this superhero caper that’s bound to please comic book fans of all ages, and maybe even convince some of them to start drawing their own.”
Print copies of DREW AND JOT: DUELING DOODLESwill be available for sale in November 2019 at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.comto find the nearest one), bookstores and the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and the BOOM! Studios app.
ABOUT BOOM! STUDIOS
BOOM! Studios was founded by Ross Richie in 2005 with the singular focus of creating world-class comic book and graphic novel storytelling for all audiences. Through the development of four distinct imprints—BOOM! Studios, BOOM! Box, KaBOOM!, and Archaia—BOOM! has produced award-winning original work, including Lumberjanes, The Woods, Giant Days, Klaus, and Mouse Guard, while also breaking new ground with established licenses such as WWE, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Cartoon Network, and The Jim Henson Company properties. BOOM! will also bring their original series to life through unique first-look relationships with 20th Century Fox for film and with 20th Television for the small screen. Please visit www.boom-studios.com for more information.
About Brigid Alverson
Brigid Alverson, the editor of the Good Comics for Kids blog, has been reading comics since she was 4. She has an MFA in printmaking and has worked as a book editor, a newspaper reporter, and assistant to the mayor of a small city. In addition to editing GC4K, she is a regular columnist for SLJ, a contributing editor at ICv2, an editor at Smash Pages, and a writer for Publishers Weekly. Brigid is married to a physicist and has two daughters. She was a judge for the 2012 Eisner Awards.
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