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November 20, 2007

Francoise Mouly Announces Book Format Kids Comic Line Toon Books For 2008

RAW Books co-publisher and New Yorker art director Francoise Mouly, a seminal figure in art comics for a quarter-century, has announced an ambitious line of book-format comics aimed at kids to begin publishing in 2008. Called Toon Books, the line will launch in Spring 2008 with three offerings: Benny and Penny in Just Pretend by Geoffrey Hayes; Silly Lilly and the Four Seasons by Agnes Rosentiehl; and Otto's Orange Day by Frank Cammuso and Jay Lynch. Those books will be released in April, May and June respectively.

imageA Fall schedule has been set with Nick and Stinky, by the emerging cartoonist superstar Eleanor Davis; Jack and the Box by Mouly's longtime publishing partner Art Spiegelman (their resume together includes four Little Lit volumes aimed at kids); and Mo and Jo Fighting Forever Together by Dean Haspiel and Jay Lynch. It looks like two more titles could be added to make up a publishing line-up of eight in all. Spiegelman will also serve as series advisor. The books will be distributed by Diamond.

The two things that kind of popped out of the story for me was that Mouly, the line's editorial director, will also be financing the books. In addition to the extra control she gets with such such an arrangement, this sort of makes given her experience packaging books and publishing them. The related thing that leaps out at me is that this arrangement is due in part to potential publishing partners wanting to cherry pick the line.

Related: the Toon Book site has a blog that covers kids' comics in a more general sense; a much-needed addition to the blog-type coverage that's out there.
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