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Saturday, July 13, 2019 

Harper-Collins launching a graphic novel line

The Hollywood Reporter tells that book publisher Harper-Collins is setting up their own line and imprint for graphic novels:
Ahead of next week’s San Diego Comic-Con, Harper Collins has announced the creation of a new graphic novel imprint as part of its Harper Collins Children’s Books division, to be called HarperAlley.

The imprint is intended to publish in the region of 30 books annually, and has already started to acquire both original titles and foreign-language publications to bring to an American audience, according to Andrew Arnold, its editorial director.

Although part of the Children’s Books division, Arnold told Publishers Weekly that HarperAlley will be aimed at “readers of all ages,” explaining that the imprint is “looking to publish books that readers of all ages can enjoy, from the youngest readers to teens and adults. We believe that a good story is a story that any reader can relate to. That’s what we mean when we say ‘readers of all ages.’
There could be some interesting advantages in this. For example, if HC relies on distributors other than Diamond, they could market their upcoming GNs through those other outlets, and it could prove a better way to give their products exposure and recognition than Diamond does. It could also turn out to be a better place for independent creators to arrange for publication of their books.

So we'll see this coming year if any admirable writers/artists whose names we know will be able to get their products published through HC's imprint for GNs. This could be the start of a perfect alternative we all need to the bad monopoly in comicdom today.

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"This could be the start of a perfect alternative we all need to the bad monopoly in comicdom today."
Despite what they say, I suspect the content, for the most part, will be more of the same. What they mean by "all ages" is the YA stuff aimed at liberal adult women and sexual minorities that the publishing industy has been releasing since the mid-2000s to a sjw-infested educational system that is hungry for more sjw propaganda material.

from the article"
"HarperCollins has a significant backlist of graphic novels and nonfiction, including such works as Scott McCloud’s acclaimed graphic trilogy on the formal development of comics (Understanding Comics, Making Comics, and Reinventing Comics), Neil Gaiman and P. Craig Russell's Graveyard Book 1 & 2, and Noelle Stevenson’s Nimona, which was nominated for a National Book Award in 2015, as well as New Kid by Jerry Craft, which came out in February and has become a bestseller."
Nimora has been described as "subversive" without being preachy, which means it has a work message on top of its crudely simplistic artwork.
I'm not sure what New Kid is about but I imagine it's a pro-diversity book that shows how awful the mostly white people at his new school are to him .
from goodreads dot com
"Seventh grader Jordan Banks loves nothing more than drawing cartoons about his life. But instead of sending him to the art school of his dreams, his parents enroll him in a prestigious private school known for its academics, where Jordan is one of the few kids of color in his entire grade."

*work message
should be
*woke message

Harper Collins publish Broadside Books. Their author list includes Donald Rumsfeld, Jason Chaffetz, Ben Shapiro, and a host of conservatively-correct writers and writing personalities. Donald Trump has endorsed one of the books they published about him. They publish a lot of conservative propaganda along with the liberal propaganda.

"Nimora has been described as "subversive" without being preachy, which means it has a work message on top of its crudely simplistic artwork."

You are confusing surface with substance. Her work is not crude and not simplistic. Sure, she draws noses funny; but she has a good knowledge of perspective and positioning characters in space, and her figures are expressive with lots of personality. She know how to draw. It works; her books sell.

Nimona is coming out as a big screen movie next year.

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