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We’re all doing a little jig at the Graphic Universe office! The Ferret’s a Foot, the third book in the Guinea PIG, Pet Shop Private Eye series, has been nominated for an Eisner Award! Colleen Venable and Stephanie Yue’s book shares the spotlight with five other stellar titles in the category of “Best Publication for Kids (ages 8-12)”.

If you’re unfamiliar with the Eisner Awards, you might be curious as to why we’re so excited. After all, Graphic Universe books have been nominated for (and won) plenty of awards. But in comics, the Eisners are THE awards. Or, as Colleen put it, “the BIGGEST award in comics, think Oscars sans Joan Rivers.” It is named after one comics’ premiere “founding fathers” and early scholar, Will Eisner. Nominations are made by a select panel of industry professionals. Ceators, editors, publishers, and retailers cast their votes, and the awards ceremony is held annually at Comic-Con International (America’s biggest comics convention). So, when we say it’s an honor to be nominated, we’re not whistling Dixie!

Congrats, Colleen and Stephanie! Bring home the gold this July!


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!

Guinea PI(G) #3: The Ferret's a FootHere’s a happy occasion for GU Comics Day to return to the blog! Kirkus Book Reviews has announced their 2010 Best Children’s Books, and two Graphic Universe titles are on the list:

Hamster and Cheese


And Then There Were Gnomes

by Colleen AF Venable and Stephanie Yue.

There are of course many other great books on the list, including several fine graphic novels for kids. I encourage everyone to check the list and find more great reading.

The third book in the Guinea PI(G): Pet Shop Private Eye series, The Ferret’s a Foot, will be available in the spring.

Congratulations to Colleen and Steph, and hurrah for the ongoing adventures of Sasspants the guinea pig and her indefatigable koala hamster sidekick Hamisher!

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