It’s Year Two! Check Out What’s Coming From Random House Graphic This Spring!

COMING THIS SPRING FROM RANDOM HOUSE GRAPHIC!

We’ve got amazing sequels for the perfect binge-read, plus heroes that cat-sit, cats doing hero business, and so much more! Check out the full Spring list below! 

This January…

KATIE THE CATSITTER

by Colleen AF Venable & Stephanie Yue

Middle-Grade

Available 1.5! 

Katie is dreading the boring summer ahead while her best friends are all away at camp—something that’s way out of Katie and her mom’s budget, UNLESS Katie can figure out a way earn the money for camp herself. But when Katie gets a job catsitting for her mysterious upstairs neighbor, life get interesting. First, Madeline has 217 cats (!) and they’re not exactly… normal cats. Also, why is Madeline always out EXACTLY when the city’s most notorious villain commits crimes?! Is it possible that Katie’s upstairs neighbor is really a super villain? Can Katie wrangle a whole lot of wayward cats, save a best friendship (why is Beth barely writing back? And who’s this boy she keeps talking about?!), AND crack the biggest story in the city’s history? Some heroes have capes… Katie has cats!

Grab yours here!

PIZZA AND TACO: BEST PARTY EVER! (book 2 of the PIZZA AND TACO series!) 

by Stephen Shaskan

Chapter Book

Available 1.26! 

The second in a hilarious young graphic novel series about Pizza and Taco. This time around Pizza and Taco are bored, so they decide to throw an awesome party! What could possibly go wrong?

Pizza and Taco have the oh-so-relatable problem of not knowing what to do when boredom strikes. The answer? Throw a party! They have a location, and a guest list, and decorations. Everything is perfect… until it isn’t. In fact, it’s kind of a DISASTER! Ice Cream has a meltdown, and who knew Hamburger was lactose intolerant? (Who invited Cheeseburger anyway?) Well, now they know how NOT to throw a party!!

Grab yours here!

 

This February…

HILO BOOK 7: GINA THE GIRL WHO BROKE THE WORLD (An exciting next chapter of the HILO series!) 

by Judd Winick

Middle-Grade

Available 2.2! 

Hilo’s back! Introducing an exciting, BRAND NEW epic story arc starring GINA in the New York Times BESTSELLING GRAPHIC NOVEL SERIES that kids and critics love!

Hundreds of years ago, MAGIC disappeared from Earth. At least…UNTIL NOW. Because suddenly, giant magical beings are appearing and only GINA can see them. Not to mention, Gina can somehow do magic herself. Magic is powerful. But it can also be DANGEROUS. With DJ and HILO’s help, can Gina figure out how to protect the magical beings from the creatures who are after them? AND how to use her magic to become who she was always meant to be? And can she do it WITHOUT putting the entire PLANET in JEAPARDY?! Find out in Hilo 7—a laugh-out-loud, action packed adventure filled with epic battles! friendship! annoying older brothers! annoying older sisters! good guys! bad guys! inappriate jokes! mangoes! magic! and much, much more!

Grab yours here!

BUG BOYS: OUTSIDE AND BEYOND (Book 2 of the BUG BOYS series!) 

by Laura Knetzger

Young Middle-Grade

Available 2.9! 

Little bugs, big feelings! Rhino-B and Stag-B are back for more in this all-new graphic novel perfect for readers of Investigators and Catstronauts.

These best friends are ready for new adventures! Meeting a bat? They’re on it! Getting lost in a labyrinth? Might be scary. Each day is new and exciting for these two beetles, and together they’ll face challenges and help their friends along the way.

Grab your copy here!

This March…

ASTER AND THE MIXED-UP MAGIC (Book 2 of the ASTER Duology!) 

by Thom Pico and Karensac

Middle-Grade

Available 3.2! 

Moving to the middle of nowhere has been less of a disaster than Aster expected. Her mom’s science experiments are actually pretty cool; her dad’s cooking has gotten much better; her new dog is possibly the best canine companion anyone could ask for.

And she’s gotten to save the day — and her family — and the whole valley she lives in — from various magical calamities in what even she has to admit were extremely fun adventures. So now she can have a break, right?

Guess what? Things get even more interesting.

Grab yours here!

LET’S TALK ABOUT IT: THE TEEN’S GUIDE TO SEX, RELATIONSHIPS, AND BEING A HUMAN

By Erika Moen and Matthew Nolan

Young Adult

Available 3.9! 

Growing up is complicated. How do you find the answers to all the questions you have about yourself, about your identity, and about your body? Let’s Talk About It provides a comprehensive, thoughtful, well-researched graphic novel guide to everything you need to know.

Covering relationships, friendships, gender, sexuality, anatomy, body image, safe sex, sexting, jealousy, rejection, sex education, and more, Let’s Talk About It is the go-to handbook for every teen, and the first in graphic novel form.

Grab yours here!

This April…

MAX MEOW BOOK 2: DONUTS AND DANGER! (book 2 of the MAX MEOW series!) 

By John Gallagher

Middle-Grade

Available 4.6! 

Meowza! Max was just getting used to being a SECRET SUPER HERO when his and his best friend Mindy’s evil look-alikes show up in Kittyopolis! And what’s worse, they’re determined to take over the world’s donut supply—and Max and Mindy are getting blamed! Can Max and Mindy work together to save the day—and the donuts?! Find out in Max Meow Cat Crusader Book 2: Donuts and Danger! A deliciously funny, action-packed new series that’s so good you’ll want seconds! Bonus! Includes How to Draw Mindy AND Max Meow’s SECRET Donut Scavenger hunt!

Grab yours here!

Stay tuned for more!

 

Deck Your Shelves with these great books!

The Holidays are here and we’ve got a great selection of graphic novels, perfect for any young reader on your list!

Check out a couple of our recs below!

Stories of Family!:

Real life isn’t a fairytale.

But Tiến still enjoys reading his favorite stories with his parents from the books he borrows from the local library. It’s hard enough trying to communicate with your parents as a kid, but for Tiến, he doesn’t even have the right words because his parents are struggling with their English. Is there a Vietnamese word for what he’s going through?

Is there a way to tell them he’s gay?

Find it here!

Jen did not want to leave the city. She did not want to move to a farm with her mom and her mom’s new boyfriend, Walter. She did not want to leave her friends and her dad.

Most of all, Jen did not want to get new “sisters,” Andy and Reese.

As if learning new chores on Peapod Farm wasn’t hard enough, having to deal with perfect-at-everything Andy might be the last straw for Jen. Besides cleaning the chicken coop, trying to keep up with the customers at the local farmers’ market, and missing her old life, Jen has to deal with her own insecurities about this new family . . . and where she fits in.

Find it here!

Let’s Laugh Out Loud Together!:

Best friends are the BEST! But WHO is the BEST? Is it Pizza or Taco? The question is debatable! They both love water slides. They both are friends with Hot Dog and Hamburger. In fact, maybe they should have a debate and get their friends to VOTE for who’s the best! Can their friendship survive the race for top spot on the popularity food chain? Cast your VOTE!

Find it here!

Rhino-B is a brash, but sweet guy. Stag-B is a calm and scholarly adventurer. Together these two young beetles make up the Bug Boys, best friends who spend their time exploring the world of Bug Village and beyond, as well as their own — sometimes confusing and complicated — thoughts and feelings.

In their first adventure, the Bug Boys travel through spooky caves, work with a spider to found a library, save their town’s popular honey supply from extinction, and even make friends with ferocious termites!

Join these two best bug buddies as they go above and beyond for each other and the friends they meet in their adventures.

Find it here!

Norma and Belly would really really really really really like a donut.

With a burned breakfast and a cranky donut seller at the local food truck, they may be stuck with only nuts to eat . . . unless they can steal the biggest, most delicious donut of their tiny lives!

Find it here!

I Need a Hero!:

Max is just a regular cat in Kittyopolis, trying to make it big as a podcaster UNTIL he accidentally takes a bite of an RADIOACTIVE SPACE MEATBALL at his best friend, scientist Mindy’s, SECRET LAB. Then before you can say MEOWZA, Max becomes…(drum roll!)…The CAT CRUSADER! Being a super hero is fun (Super strength? Check! Flying? YES!!!)–but not if you get so cocky, you forget your best friend! Will Max learn to listen? Will he and Mindy make up? And together, can Max and Mindy save Kittyopolis from the evil Agent M and BIG BOSS?! Find out in Max Meow: Cat Crusader-a laugh out loud, furr-ociously funny, action-packed new series filled with so many twists, turns, and terrific jokes it makes bad guys FLEA and kids cheer with glee! BONUS: Includes how to draw Max Meow!

Find it here!

*This is Book 6 (yep 6!) in this awesome series– you can find all of these fantastic books here!

Take off on an epic adventure with the biggest, greatest HILO box set yet! Dog Man meets Big Nate in this hilarious New York Times bestselling graphic novel series that kids love!

Six times the FUN! Six times the LAUGHS! Six times the ACTION! Follow the EPIC battle between Hilo and Razorwark from BEGINNING to END in this collectible box that includes the first SIX books in the New York Times bestselling series: Hilo: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth; Hilo: Saving the Whole Wide World; Hilo: The Great Big Boom; Hilo: Waking the Monsters; Hilo: Then Everything Went Wrong; and Hilo: All the Pieces Fit.

A Touch of Magic!

Witchy Reads All Year Round!

We LOVE spooky, witchy, magical stories and we know you do too! So if you’re looking for the perfect read for this very spooky weekend (or all year round!) here are some suggestions.

Mood: SPOOKY VIBES

The Book: SEANCE TEA PARTY by Reimena Yee

Mood: WITCHY MYSTERY

The Book: THE MONTAGUE TWINS: THE WITCH’S HAND by Nathan Page and Drew Shannon

Mood: GOOFY WITCH FUN

The Book: WITCHES OF BROOKLYN by Sophie Escabasse

Mood: LET’S GET INTERACTIVE

The Book: THE RUNAWAY PRINCESS by Johan Troianowski

Mood: GET LOST IN AN ENCHANTED FOREST

The Book: KERRY AND THE KNIGHT OF THE FOREST by Andi Watson

Grab yours today!

Draw Your OWN Séance Tea Party!

What better way to celebrate the spooky season than drawing your OWN Séance Tea Party! Check out how creator Reimena Yee and RH Graphic book designer Patrick Crotty brought this beautiful cover to life in this step-by-step visual!

Want to create one of your own?

  1. Grab some paper, pencils, colored pencils, whatever you’d like!
  2. Add in a dose of inspiration (and magic!) G
  3. Get Drawing!

Grab your copy of Séance Tea Party today!

 

 

 

 

 

Random House Graphic Announces a Graphic Novel Celebration Coming This September [Press Release]

Random House Graphic Announces a Graphic Novel Celebration This September

The new graphic novel imprint at Random House Children’s Books is partnering with indie bookstores for themed panels every week.

 

(New York, NY, August 20, 2020)—Random House Graphic is announcing an exciting kickoff to the fall season with “Falling for Graphic Novels,” a series of virtual events in September hosted by five indie bookstores across the United States.

The panels will feature Random House Graphic’s creators and allow attendees to discover and virtually visit new stores around the country. Each panel will focus on a theme in kids and YA comics, allowing readers to immerse themselves in stories of magic and heroes, queer and diverse representation, and even an interactive art class.

The celebration will give attendees an in-depth look at this exciting medium that continues to grow in popularity and show the power and breadth of visual storytelling. The series begins Wednesday, September 2, with a new event each week. You can see the full schedule with links to reserve your place below:

September 2, 2020 (Wednesday) @6PM PT

“Heart Happy! Tales of Friendship, Family, and Fun!”

Featuring Laura Knetzger, Jose Pimienta, and Jeffrey Brown

Hosted by Vroman’s Bookstore (Pasadena, CA)

Moderated by Oliver Sava

Hosted on Crowdcast

Reserve your spot now

Join Random House Graphic for a super-fun panel celebrating friends, family, and fun! We love stories that touch our hearts and leave us with all the feels! Join creators Laura Knetzger (Bug Boys), Jose Pimienta (Suncatcher), and Jeffrey Brown (Once Upon a Space-Time! and Lucy and Andy Neanderthal) as they dive into creating stories filled with humor and good feelings and discuss why graphic novels are the best.

September 10, 2020 (Thursday) @4PM CT

“Random House Graphic Doodle Draw!”

Featuring Mika Song, Kaeti Vandorn, Stephen Shaskan, and Brian Yanish

Hosted by BookPeople (Austin, TX)

Moderated by Alex Lu

Hosted on Zoom

Reserve your spot now

It’s time to doodle draw with Random House Graphic! In this fun and interactive event, meet and draw with some fantastic new graphic novel creators. Join Mika Song (Donut Feed the Squirrels), Kaeti Vandorn (Crabapple Trouble), Stephen Shaskan (Pizza & Taco: Who’s the Best?) and Brian Yanish (Shark and Bot) as they discuss introducing graphic novels to kids. The artists will share how to draw characters from their stories and compete in a doodle-duel! Grab some paper and pencils and join us!

September 16, 2020 (Wednesday) @7PM CT

“Magic and Mayhem: Adventures in Graphic Novels!”

Featuring Sophie Escabasse, Reimena Yee, and Nathan Page and Drew Shannon

Hosted by The Book Stall (Winnetka, IL)

Moderated by Nicole Herviou

Hosted on Crowdcast

Reserve your spot now

Witches! Ghosts! Magic! Oh my! Join a very special event to celebrate magic and mayhem in kids’ and teens’ graphic novels. Creators Sophie Escabasse (Witches of Brooklyn), Reimena Yee (Séance Tea Party), and Nathan Page and Drew Shannon (The Montague Twins: The Witch’s Hand) share why magical, gothic stories are the absolute perfect reads for fall!

September 22, 2020 (Tuesday) @6PM MT

“Celebrating LGBTQ+ Representation in Comics!”

Featuring Trung Le Nguyen, Jessi Zabarsky, and Chad Sell

Hosted by BookBar (Denver, CO)

Moderated by Samantha Puc

Hosted on Crowdcast

Reserve your spot now

Today, queer stories can be found everywhere—especially on the bookshelves of kids and teens! More than ever, readers are able to see themselves and their identities reflected in fantastic stories. Join creators Jessi Zabarsky (Witchlight), Chad Sell (Doodleville), and Trung Le Nguyen (the upcoming The Magic Fish) as they discuss a range of fantastic graphic novels celebrating LGBTQ+ identities. 

September 27, 2020 (Sunday) @2PM ET

“RH Graphic: Pick Your Hero!”

Featuring Judd Winick, Mark Siegel, J. C. Phillipps, and John Gallagher

Hosted by Books of Wonder (New York, NY)

Moderated by Mike Avila

Hosted on Crowdcast

Reserve your spot now

It’s time to pick your hero! Join Random House Graphic as we celebrate stories about heroes—from traveling through epic worlds to alien boys landing on earth to fighting evil unicorns and superhero cats—there are so many great graphic novels for kids to jump into! Join creators Judd Winick (HILO series), Mark Siegel (5 Worlds series), J. C. Phillipps (Pacey Packer: Unicorn Tracker), and John Gallagher (the upcoming Max Meow: Cat Crusader) to learn more about their exciting new adventures!

Random House Graphic is an imprint of Random House Children’s Books dedicated to the growth of graphic novels in the publishing industry. Launched in January 2020, Random House Graphic publishes graphic novels of all genres for ages four and up. To learn more about Random House Graphic or to find your next read, visit rhkidsgraphic.com or follow @RHKidsGraphic on Twitter and Instagram.

Random House Children’s Books (rhcbooks.com) is the world’s largest English-language children’s trade book publisher. Creating books for toddlers through young adult readers in all formats, from board books to activity books to picture books, novels, and nonfiction, the imprints of Random House Children’s Books bring together award-winning authors and illustrators, world-famous franchise characters, and multimillion-copy series. Random House Children’s Books is a division of Penguin Random House LLC.

Venture into KERRY AND THE KNIGHT OF THE FOREST with Andi Watson!

Andi Watson is a British cartoonist, writer, and illustrator who has been nominated for two Eisners, a Harvey, and a British Comics Award. He is known for his fantastic works including GlisterPrincess Decomposia and Count SpatulaGum Girl.

We are so excited for this new book! Can you share the inspiration for Kerry and the Knight of the Forest?

Inspiration for any book is like a recipe–you put a bunch of the best ingredients together and hopefully something wonderful comes out of the oven at the end. Sometimes its a little crispy around the edges but that’s part of the charm.

One of the big influences on Kerry was the short animated film Hedgehog in the Fog directed by Yuriy Norshteyn. It’s a poetic and atmospheric folk tale from 1975. Hedgehog sets off on a journey to go meet their pal Bear Cub and encounters various creatures and hazards along the way. I love the textures of the design and the eerie atmosphere. Also Hedgehog isn’t very brave, I liked the idea of having a vulnerable hero. I didn’t want Kerry to solve problems with violence, rather he has to use wit and empathy to win the day.

I’ve always had an interest in fairy tales and wanted some classic moments from those stories woven into the Kerry book. There are talking animals, a spooky forest and a quest to save ailing parents. I wanted to give it the feel of an actual fairy tale without it being based on one.

 

Throughout the story Kerry is often seen as very trusting, sometimes to his detriment. Why do you think this is an important characteristic trait for Kerry to have?

A lot of the story is about who to trust and who to believe. Who’s telling the truth and who’s lying. It’s a contemporary concern. All day we’re bombarded with news and information, particularly online. A lot of it is unsourced, toxic, and harmful. It’s an important life skill to learn which sources to trust and which to dismiss. Kerry has to go through the same process. He makes mistakes but learns from them along the way.

Going back to the idea of bravery, I think Kerry is very brave in trusting in others. To open yourself up to possibly being betrayed, tricked or lied to isn’t easy. Being vulnerable requires a lot of courage. I also think it’s not seen as a particularly masculine trait. Often the hero of this sort of story is a lone wolf who defeats their enemies through physical feats. I try and put a little of myself into my books, ask how would I react in any given situation. Or how I should react. I’m someone who sits in my studio all day writing and drawing imaginary friends. I should act more like Kerry and try and make more real world friends!

 

What new themes or ideas did you want to bring to the hero’s journey? Were there any particular pieces of the story that you found particularly rewarding or challenging?  

As I’ve mentioned, the easy solution to any problem, particularly in comics, is to hit it until it stops moving. Kerry faces different kinds of opposition, whether in the shape of creatures or in the environment. I wanted to have as much variety as possible within the confines of the forest setting. So I take Kerry underground and through a swamp. The fun parts are always bringing the characters to life, giving them a back story and a reason for the reader to root for them. It was fun finding ways for the Waystone to be as expressive as a big boulder with an eye can be. It’s a case of making a good use of the comics form, having a rock look sad, angry and so on. There’s also a seedling character who is a very simple design and I enjoyed giving it as wide a variety of expressions as I could.

 

With regard to your art, what or who are your influences/inspiration? Do you have any tips for readers who are eager to become artists as well?

My influences and inspirations are varied. I’ve been around awhile, so I’ve picked up and left behind quite a few. I read prose as much as I can. I love films, reading plays, podcasts, museums and fine art, music, comics, design…I keep my eyes and ears open for new things. Inspiration can come from anywhere and it can take a long while for it to surface. I first saw the Hedgehog in the Fog on TV by accident a couple of decades ago. I thought it was cool but I never thought, “I have to do something exactly like that.” Rather it lay buried in my memory and inspired a bunch of different ideas for a story of my own. Also, art that I dislike can be just as inspiring as art I love. If it makes me think or makes me angry then it can spark new ideas or revisit old ones from a different angle.

I absolutely believe that art can be taught, it’s certainly been the case for me, but what can’t be taught is the pleasure you get from drawing or writing or the playing of a musical instrument. If you enjoy being creative then that tends to be it’s own reward. Do stuff you enjoy, whether as a hobby or as a profession. Drawing or painting or crafting will be rewarding throughout your life if you remember it’s supposed to be fun.

As I kid I was totally happy lying on my stomach in the living room with any old paper that came to hand and a box of crummy felt tip pens. Not to try and impress anyone, not because I was better at it than the people who designed the X-Wing fighters (because I definitely wasn’t) and not because it was my job, but because I was having a blast.

Anyone can be a cartoonist, all you need is some paper and something to draw with. Put your ideas down on paper, no matter how silly you might think they are. Done that? Cool, now you’re a cartoonist too!

 

Can you share some of your favorite graphic novels/comics that readers should be checking out?

Glancing over my shoulder at the bookshelves I can see: Aster and the Accidental Magic by Thom Pico and Karensac, Princess Knight by Osamu Tezuka, The Little Vampire by Joann Sfar, the Hilda books by Luke Thompson and for older readers Nausicaä of the Valley of Wind by Hayao Miyazaki. I need to read more comics myself so if anyone one would like to recommend their favourite titles, please do.

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