Official Press Release
NY- Papercutz has entered into an agreement with Holtzbrinck
Publishers (which includes St. Martin’s Press, Farrar, Straus &
Giroux and distributees Rodale and Wizards of the Coast among others)
to distribute their cutting edge graphic novels to the book trade in
the US and worldwide beginning October1, 2005.
Papercutz launched its line of graphic novels for tweens this spring
to great success, bringing Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys into comics
for the first time in many years. Press coverage has included major
pieces appearing in USA Today, The New York Times Magazine, The
Chicago Sun-Times, and Teen Newsweek. As a result, the first Nancy
Drew graphic novel has already gone back to press.
The design for the Papercutz line takes its cue from successful manga
books but expands the appeal to a more mainstream young audience.
These pocket size full color 96 page books combine elements of the
Japanese manga style with well-known licenses in all new comics and
stories, not adaptations or screen captures. The publishing program
will include 4 new titles per series each year in both paperback and
“We were immediately enthusiastic when we were introduced to
Papercutz,” said Patti Hughes, VP, Distribution Sales & Marketing,
Holtzbrinck Publishers. “This fresh approach to an old favorite will
bring a whole new generation of readers to these established brands.
We look forward to working closely with Papercutz to make the line an
even bigger success.”
“I am very excited to become part of the Holtzbrinck family of
distributed companies,” Papercutz publisher Terry Nantier
commented. “This will put great muscle behind our efforts to get our
books out to eager kids everywhere.” Papercutz will next be launching
its Zorro series of graphic novels on the eve of “The Legend of
Zorro”, the new movie with Catherine Zeta-Jones and Antonio
Banderas. A number of other exciting projects are in the works for
Papercutz’ sister company NBM Publishing will continue to distribute
to the comics trade.
The two principals of Papercutz are Terry Nantier, founder of NBM, a
leading literary graphic novel publishing company and pioneer in the
field, and Jim Salicrup, the fan-fave editor who built up Spider-Man
while at Marvel and who was Editor-in-Chief at Topps Comics,
publishing X-Files and Xena comics, among others.
Holtzbrinck Publishers is a group of publishing companies in the
United States held by Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck, which is
based in Stuttgart, Germany. US publishers include Farrar Straus and
Giroux, Henry Holt & Company, Picador, Roaring Brook Press, St.
Martin’s Press, and Tor Books. Holtzbrinck also distributes books
for a variety of other publishers, including Bloomsbury USA, College
Board, Consumer Reports, Rodale, Wizards of the Coast, and World
See more at www.nbmpublishing.com
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