New graphic novels on the horizon, and an Eisner for GHOSTS!

San Diego Comic Con is THE place to announce exciting graphic novel news, and the Graphix imprint rose to the occasion with several big reveals at SDCC17: 

  • Jeff Smith, bestselling creator of BONE, will publish his debut picture book! Smiley's Dream Book will be released in Summer 2018.
  • Jarrett J. Krosoczka will publish his graphic novel memoir, Hey, Kiddo, in Fall 2018. Entertainment Weekly hosted the exclusive reveal, saying "the book will cover his unconventional upbringing...and how that led him to seek solace in art--and also seek out his birth father."
  • And the two winners of the "Get Published by Graphix" contest, launched at Comic Con in 2016, were announced! Debut author/artists Kelly Fernandez and Breena Bard will see their graphic novels published next year. The two were selected out of 234 entries. Fernandez's debut, Manu, is a middle grade graphic novel that features Manu and her best friend who live in a magical school for girls, while Bard's graphic novel, Trespassers, is a contemporary middle grade story about family, friendship, a summer lake house, and a local mystery. 

Each of these books embodies the kind of passionate storytelling that has inspired kids and created new readers," says David Saylor, VP, Creative Director of Trade Publishing and Editorial Director of Graphix. 

Read the complete press release here

PLUS: Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier won "Best Publication for Kids" at the Eisner Awards!

Known as the "Oscars for Comics," the Eisner Awards are prestigious--and are not unfamiliar to Telgemeier, who won Best Writer/Artist in 2015 for Sisters. Read more about this year's Eisners at  The Los Angeles Times and Publishers Weekly.

Here's a look at some of the fun Graphix Books had at this year's Comic Con: