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On any given spring weekend in New York the city comes alive with street fairs and conventions. Last weekend (April 28-29), Graphic Universe was right smack in the middle of one such festival. The annual Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA) fest, taking place at the historic 69th Regiment Armory on Lexington Avenue, was center stage for aspiring and seasoned comic book artists alike to show off their wares and expand networking. It was also a perfect place for comic book aficionados just to take in a festive atmosphere.

      

Carol Burrell with GU authors Lars Jakobsen and Colleen AF Venable.    

This year Graphic Universe had prime real estate at the event as well some notable GU authors and illustrators on hand. A continual stream of interest surrounded our booth with special guests like Lars Jakobsen who came all the way from Denmark. He was there to promote his much anticipated, upcoming time-traveling-detective series Mortensen’s Escapades, which is expected to be released this September. Lars also demonstrated his impressive drawing chops by offering free sketches to convention goers. And then there was the always effervescent Colleen AF Venable of Guinea PIg fame—one of Graphic Universe’s favorite and bestselling authors. And to round off the booth was the much admired GU illustrator Alitha Martinez, whose My Boyfriend Bites (from My Boyfriend is a Monster series) was one of the most requested titles there. Other well-received books were The Girl Who Owned A City: The Graphic Novel, and series Lou!, The ElseWhere Chronicles, Nola’s Worlds, and Miss Annie.

Although tiny compared to the New York Comic Con, this fun little convention packs a punch when it comes to artistry and earnestness in comics and graphic novels. Graphic Universe is always proud to be part of it.

Mr. Badger and Mrs. Fox are in the news again!  The happy couple was sited on the Daily Squee

 

…and Booklist  has praised their latest book!

What a Team!, by Brigitte Luciani and Eve Tharlet, will be reviewed in the February 15th issue of Booklist.  Here’s what  Francisca Goldsmith had to say:

“The engaging Mr. Badger and Mrs. Fox graphic-novel series, about a blended forest family and four stepsiblings’ efforts to get along, continues to provide both age-appropriate complexity and sweet watercolor artwork. Although the lesson in this episode is the importance of working together over going it alone, the involving plot is not overshadowed by its moral: Bristle and his stepsister Ginger can’t agree on the best boat to build, so they compete—while Grub joins with friends in a group effort. Be sure to pick up the earlier volumes (The Meeting and A Hubbub, both 2010), as all will be popular.”

 — Francisca Goldsmith

Check in next week for the full Angoulême report from Carol Burrell!

It’s that time of year again!  The year-end reviews are out, and Graphic Universe left its mark on 2010.  Here is your handy guide to the best-of-the-best.

 
Guinea PIG, Pet Shop Private Eye: Hamster and Cheese was a big winner this year!  It was listed in the prestigious 2010 Best Children’s Books at Kirkus Reviews, AND in Children’s Book List 2010: 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing (compiled by The New York Public Library). 

Brigid Alverson, of the Robot 6, ranked  Hamster and Cheese number five on her 10 favorite comics of 2010 list.  It also ranked #82 on Top 100 Comics of 2010, compiled by Comic Book Resources.  Go Colleen and Stephanie!

Graphic Universe author Trina Robbins was interviewed on The Beat’s Annual Year-End Survey.  She shared her thoughts on the Chicagoland Detective Agency series and her upcoming graphic biography on cartoonist Lily Renee.

 

Five (yes, five!) Graphic Universe books were nominated for a Cybil (Children’s and Young Adult Blogger’s Literary Awards):

Mr. Badger and Mrs. Fox: The Meeting
by Brigitte Luciani and Eve Tharlet

Guinea PIG, Pet Shop Private Eye: Hamster and Cheese
by Colleen A. F. Venable and Stephanie Yue

Guinea PIG, Pet Shop Private Eye:  And Then There Were Gnomes
by Colleen A. F. Venable and Stephanie Yue

ChicagoLand Detective Agency: The Drained Brains Caper
by Trina Robbins and Tyler Page

Nola’s Worlds 1: Changing Moon
by Mathieu Mariolle, MiniKim and Pop

 
Hamster and Cheese
was a finalist in the middle grade graphic novel category!

congratulations to all our authors and artists.  Happy New Year, and happy reading!

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