Papercutz Launches Illustrated Novel Program with ‘Children of the Phoenix’ | News
We’re breaking a bit of news this morning: Papercutz, the pioneering kids’ graphic novel imprint, is branching out into illustrated prose novels, and they are kicking it off with the fantasy-adventure series Children of the Phoenix, by writer Oskar Källner and illustrator Karl Johnsson. The first volume is subtitled The Eye of the Storm and will be released on December 12, 2023. Here’s the publisher’s description:
When Elias and Alice’s mother disappears in a nearby forest, the siblings quickly embark on a journey to find her. But nothing can prepare them for what lies ahead–not when they come face-to-face with a crew of aliens who whisk them away to a spaceship where they meet terrifying creatures, dangerous attackers, and a secret that changes all Alice and Elias have ever known about their family. Amid the mayhem, will Elias and Alice be able to traverse through the stars and find their mother?
The series was originally published in Sweden and definitely has a similar vibe to the Last Kids on Earth books. Here’s what the creators have to say about it, in a joint statement:
We grew up with video games, comics, science fiction books and anime films. We are passionate about this project – Children of the Phoenix: Eye of the Storm is the book that we would have absolutely loved as kids. Now as parents, with a considerable amount of work behind us, we still cherish that sense of wonder. We want to share that feeling, and this abounding universe that we have created with readers everywhere.
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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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