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Papercutz – The Summer Of Peyo! January 30, 2013

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Hot off the press release wire from Papercutz!
This summer, fans of Peyo, the master cartoonist best known for his beloved Smurfs comics, have a whole lot to celebrate. The hotly anticipated sequel to the smash hit Smurfs feature film is set to release in July, and we here at Papercutz are bringing out two new Peyo series to liven up those bookshelves!
First out of the gate will be the long-awaited U.S. debut of Benny Breakiron, Peyo’s long-running comics series about a charming, goodhearted, super-powered grade-schooler. Next up is The Smurfs Anthology, an oversized archival hardcover series repackaging the Smurfs comics for collectors with never-before-seen stories, essays, and behind-the-scenes photos. It’s definitely Christmas in July for anyone who appreciates a finely crafted comics adventure the way they used to be!
More details in the official release attached, and we hope you enjoy the Benny Breakiron preview, as well.
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New York, NY — Almost 70 years ago in Brussels, a young man named Pierre Culliford applied for a job as a
dental assistant only to find that he had missed the interview by 15 minutes. Culliford was forced to take a job as an
illustrator instead. Today, his legions of fans can look back on that late appointment as the moment Culliford became
the cartoonist known as Peyo, and his little blue woodland creatures called The Smurfs were born.
The Smurfs may be only three-apples-high, but their influence across the decades and around the globe is legendary,
spawning toys, feature films, an animated TV series, and all the other makings of a media empire. But to Peyo’s
truest admirers, it all goes back to the original comics that started it all. This summer, Papercutz, the children’s
graphic novel publisher, celebrates the master cartoonist’s life in an event they’re calling “The Summer of Peyo”
with two new ongoing series: THE SMURFS ANTHOLOGY, a deluxe repackaging of the classic comics in
handsome hardcovers, and the debut of BENNY BREAKIRON, Peyo’s super-powered grade school champion,
never before seen in the U.S.

“We are very proud and excited that Papercutz will launch BENNY BREAKIRON in the United States and give
comics fans the opportunity to discover the great adventures of this gentle and brave hero,” said Veronique
Culliford, business director of Lafig Belgium and Culliford’s daughter.

BENNY BREAKIRON #1: “The Red Taxis” (64pp | Hardcover ISBN: 9781597074094 / $11.99 | May 7, 2013) tells the
story of a little boy with big heart, big ambition, and big problems when his superpowers go on the fritz at all the
wrong times. THE SMURFS ANTHOLOGY VOL. 1 (192pp | Hardcover ISBN: 9781597074179 / $19.99 | June 25,
2013) kicks off a major reprint effort that will see every Smurfs comic in chronological order presented anew for
older collectors with contextual notes and behind-the-scenes photos. As a special treat for fans, the series will include
Peyo’s Johan and Peewit stories in which The Smurfs made their very first appearances, many of of which have not
been published in the original Papercutz SMURFS graphic novel series.

That series, a run of smaller-format volumes for kids, has sold more than 300,000 copies to date. The best-selling run
continues during “The Summer of Peyo” with THE SMURFS #15: “The Smurflings” (56pp | Paperback ISBN:
9781597074070 / $5.99 | Hardcover ISBN: 9781597074087 / $10.99 | May 14, 2013) featuring the comics debut of the fanfavorite
Sassette, and THE SMURFS #16: “The Aerosmurf” (56pp | Paperback ISBN: 9781597074261 / $5.99 |
Hardcover ISBN: 9781597074278 / $10.99 | August 6, 2013).

“Bringing Peyo’s SMURFS comics to an American audience two years ago was a dream come true for me,
something I’ve been wanting to do for years,” said Papercutz Editor-In-Chief Jim Salicrup. “I can’t think of a better
tribute to Peyo’s genius than this gorgeous hardcover series designed by Adam Grano and the introduction of yet
another new series for Peyo fans, the bad-guy-busting BENNY BREAKIRON!”

Popular with reluctant readers and gifted readers alike, Papercutz graphic novels for kids, tweens, and teens cover a
wide range of genres, reading levels, and favorite characters including THE SMURFS, LEGO® NINJAGO, GERONIMO STILTON,

NANCY DREW, and many more. Papercutz is proud to be the largest publisher exclusively dedicated to children’s graphic novels, with books available at all major retailers, bookstores, comic book stores, and digitally on comiXology.com.

Lafig Belgium is the owner of the rights to produce audio-visual works based on the Smurfs universe and of the
Smurfs worldwide licensing rights (together with IMPS). Lafig Belgium is controlled by the heirs of Pierre Culliford,
better known by his pseudonym Peyo, the author/creator of The Smurfs. For 50 years, the Culliford family has
controlled the Smurfs characters and all licenses worldwide.

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BOOM! Studios launches REGULAR SHOW Comic book this April. January 29, 2013

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January 28, 2013 – Los Angeles, CA – This April, KaBOOM! Studios, an imprint of BOOM! Studios, launches REGULAR SHOW, an all-new, all-ages ongoing comic book series based on the smash hit Cartoon Network animated series created by J.G. Quintel. The highly anticipated series will be written by web cartoonist K.C. Green (GUNSHOW) and illustrated by newcomer Allison Strejlau.

Join Mordecai, a blue jay and Rigby, a raccoon, a couple of best bros in their twenties just tryin’ to chill for a bit, man. But when you’re livin’ in as crazy a world as they are, no day can be called…regular!

“It’s exciting to be able to work on this comic as I am a fan of the show. Probably the funnest part is going back over the episodes again for inspiration (and just enjoying them also),” commented writer Green, “Plenty of ideas popping up just working on writing them down and getting the voices of each character just right. That is important, especially with this project.”

REGULAR SHOW #1 ships in April with main covers by Nick Edwards (ADVENTURE TIME), Nathan Fox (X-MEN: SECOND COMING), Phil McAndrew (ADVENTURE TIME, BRAVEST WARRIORS), John Allison (ADVENTURE TIME: MARCELINE AND THE SCREAM QUEENS), Noelle Stevenson (ADVENTURE TIME: FIONNA & CAKE) and Chuck BB (CTHULHU TALES, BCBG). Ask your retailer about the pre-order variant by Chris Houghton (ADVENTURE TIME, REED GUNTHER) and the incentive variant by Dustin Nguyen (BATMAN, L’IL GOTHAM)! Additionally, a commemorative boxed set of all six main covers will be available for collectors.

“I’m really excited to see Regular Show in comic form,” added creator Quintel. “Can’t wait to see what K.C. Green does with it. As someone who also only has two letters for a first name, I’m sure he’s going to make it awesome.”

REGULAR SHOW #1 is a 32 page, full color issue that retails for $3.99 and is available for order under Diamond Code FEB130826-28. The REGULAR SHOW #1 COMPLETE COVER BOX SET contains REGULAR SHOW #1 Covers A-F in a shrink-wrapped commemorative slipcase that retails for $24.99 and is available for order under Diamond Code FEB130829.

About BOOM! Studios

Founded by Ross Richie, 2009 and 2010’s “Best Publisher” BOOM! Studios (www.boom-studios.com) generates a constellation of bestselling Eisner and Harvey Award-winning comic books and graphic novels with the industry’s top talent, including Mark Waid’s IRREDEEMABLE, Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning’s HYPERNATURALS, new HELLRAISER comics written by Clive Barker, PLANET OF THE APES, and Sam Humphreys’ HIGHER EARTH. BOOM!’s all ages imprint KaBOOM! publishes Charles Schulz’ PEANUTS, Jim Davis’ GARFIELD, Cartoon Network’s ADVENTURE TIME, and 20th Century Fox’ ICE AGE. BOOM!’s lit comix-focused imprint, BOOM! Town, recently won the Eisner Award for its first book, Shannon Wheeler’s I THOUGHT YOU WOULD BE FUNNIER, and just released SPACE DUCKS, the first comic book from indie musician legend Daniel Johnston.


Graphic Novel Review: Sketch Monsters Vol 1 January 27, 2013

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Sketch Monsters Vol 1 by: Joshua Williamson • Vicente VinnyNavarrete

Published by Oni Press in 2011

Here’s the description on the back of the book:

“Eight year old Mandy isn’t what you’d call an emotional child. Whether at her own surprise birthday party, scoring the winning goal, or being stung by a bee, Mandy doesn’t show her feelings. Instead she draws them as MONSTERS in her sketchbook. But one day emotions run wild and those monsters escape! Mandy’s only help catching them is an eccentric monster named Happster, who causes more problems than he solves. Can Mandy catch all the sketch monsters and return them to her sketchbook before they destroy her town?”

Mandy doesn’t really express her emotions outwardly, she keeps it all inside. When her older sister leaves for college, she give Mandy a sketchbook and tells her to express her self in drawing. So Mandy does that and her book fills with different monsters. One night the monsters escape and Mandy must discover the emotions the monsters represent, within herself. Happster helps her along the way to discover those emotions and learn to express them instead of bottling them up inside. Love, being scared, and being mean are all monsters Mandy must catch. The story was well told and paced. It shows that emotions should be expressed instead of kept inside. Kids will find the story entertaining and I think some might even find it helpful to express themselves. If not outwardly, at least in sketch.

The first thing I noticed about this book is the colourful cover. The illustrations inside are equally bright and imaginative. Mandy’s monsters are expressive and suit the emotions and feelings they represent.

Is it right for kids: I think this is a great book for kids. Older kids will understand (hopefully) the meaning of the story and learn a little about expressing themselves. Younger kids will enjoy the story for the monsters and Mandy’s attempts to capture them.

Sketch Monsters Vol 2 will be out this spring. Keep a watch for it.

Here’s a little peek at Vol 1:

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New Comic Preview – PEANUTS VOL 2 #5 January 23, 2013

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Peanuts is back for the new year with Snoopy’s most beloved personality taking center stage…The Flying Ace! Will his Sopwith Camel hold up against the Red Baron long enough for Snoopy to make it back to the café for a cold, tall root beer? Charles Schulz’s beloved creations keep going strong with all-new stories mixed in with Schulz original Sunday strips.


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Comic Preview – SONIC UNIVERSE VOL. 4: JOURNEY TO THE EAST January 21, 2013

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“Journey to the East”: When the going gets tough, the tough get going! Sonic leads Tails, Sally and Monkey Khan to the other side of Mobius to the beautiful and mysterious Dragon Kingdom! Four ninja clans have sworn fealty to the Iron Queen and her Iron Dominion, and it’s up to Sonic to get them to break away! New and old faces abound in this world-spanning foreign adventure! Collects the entire “Journey to the East” storyline from Sonic Universe #13-16 plus exclusive special features!
Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Tracy Yardley!, Jim Amash, Teresa Davidson, and Jason Jensen
Cover: Tracy Yarldey!, and Ben Hunzeker
6 5/8 x 10 3/16”
Trade Paperback
112 pp
Direct Market On-sale: 1/23

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FIRST LOOK: SONIC UNIVERSE #48 from Archie Comics January 21, 2013

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“All For One” Part Three: The Chaotix travel the world in search of Mighty and Ray! The trail leads them to Sand Blast City and into the clutches of the nefarious Sand Blasters. The case takes a turn for the secretive as lies are spun and plans are hatched. And Mighty makes an all-or-nothing decision!

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Tracy Yardley!, Jim Amash, Jack Morelli, and Matt Herms
Cover: Tracy Yardley! and Steve Downer
On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 1/23
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 US.


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