Book Trailer Premiere: Foul Play at Elm Tree Park

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By Greg Hunter, Associate Editorial Director, Graphic Universe

The World Series is only one month away, and there’s no better way to get excited for the baseball games than with a ballpark mystery. Q & Ray Case 3, Foul Play at Elm Tree Park, arrives in stores October 1. It’s a hilarious graphic novel about baseball, forgery, and more. In the meantime, enjoy artist Stephen Shaskan’s book trailer for the crime-solving critters’ latest case. Read More

Flying Your Way this August: The Epic Origin of Super Potato

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A Superhero, Pre-PotatoBy Greg Hunter, Associate Editorial Director, Graphic Universe

The history of superhero comics is full of stories that tease—or even appear to implement—drastic changes to a character’s status quo. The goofiest versions of these stories took place during the 1950s and 1960s. During those times, comic book heroes would routinely transform into turtles or werewolves. They’d turn purple or split in two. Their friends and loved ones would react with alarm. The heroes themselves would wonder if their careers as crime fighters were finished. And the problem would find a hasty resolution by the end of an issue.

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Graphic Novelist MariNaomi on “Unlikable” Characters

By Greg Hunter, Associate Editorial Director, Graphic Universe

I was a fan of MariNaomi’s graphic memoirs before reading the proposal for her new YA graphic novel Losing the Girl. Even so, the book’s treatment really struck me with the complexity, range, and unvarnished portrayal of its characters. In celebration of the book’s pub month, I spoke with Mari about writing characters and keeping them complicated. Read More

How to Plan a Great Book Launch

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Guest post by C. M. Surrisi, author of A Side of Sabotage

Let’s talk about how to plan a great book launch. I’ve had three in a little more than two years, and I’ve found some elements of a book launch party to be consistent while others changed or evolved.

how to plan a good launch party: pictures of C. M. Surrisi's books

Here are the books I have launched over the past two years, all parts of my three-volume Quinnie Boyd Mysteries series, edited by the fabulous Greg Hunter. Read More

Breaking the Rules with Graphic Novels

By Greg Hunter, Editor

Graphic novels are a great storytelling form for rule breakers. That’s not me encouraging anybody out there to get in trouble. What I mean is that each story tends to follow certain conventions, and it might have a subset of rules specific to the book too. And that’s a good thing—graphic novels tend to be a welcoming form for reluctant readers, because the rules are pretty simple. Read More