Dave Roman is on a roll these days. First the prestige publisher First Second picks up his Astronaut Elementary and turns it into a beautiful, shiny graphic novel (retitled Astronaut Academy), and now Houghton Mifflin is going to do the same with his goofy webcomic Teen Boat (co-created with John Green).
“The angst of being a teen… the thrill of being a boat!” Did someone just toss the words “teen” and “boat” to Dave and John and dare them to make something out of them? Well, they did, and it’s damn funny, too. Heidi has the press release on the new book, which includes the seldom-seen phrase “featured everywhere from MTV to Boating World Magazine,” at The Beat. The book is due out in Spring 2011.
Teen Boat won the Ignatz Award for best debut in 2004, so this has been a long time coming. You can still enjoy the online version for free, but the book will be in color and include 33 new pages of story.