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A.J. Betts

A. J. Betts is an author, teacher, speaker and cyclist.  ZAC AND MIA, the winner of the Text Prize for Young Adult and Children's Writing, is her third novel for young adults.
Autism at Face Value, a York, PA-based organization promoting autism awareness, works heroically to advocate for inclusion and acceptance for those on the spectrum --- and, sometimes, superheroically. Face Value Comics, a new series published by the advocacy group, written by Dave Kot and illustrated by Sky Owens, features what the organization believes to be the first autistic superhero.
In a feature story published in today's The New York Times Arts section, Robert Ito profiles The New Yorker art editor Françoise Mouly's Toon Graphics, a new imprint of Mouly's independent publishing house, Raw Junior.

Editorial Content for Moonhead and the Music Machine

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Jeff Ayers

In his first full-length graphic novel, Andrew Rae takes great care to craft a well-written, beautifully drawn adventure through high school. MOONHEAD AND THE MUSIC MACHINE opens a new window onto the hardships that children face when trying to navigate the adolescent landscape and attempting to fit into the crowd. Note: All of this becomes much harder when you have a floating moon for a head. Read More

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Life's a peach when you've got a moon for a head and your head's in space. You can wander out of the Earth's atmosphere on intergalactic daydreams, drift blissfully across star-speckled skies and fly close to the Sun, like a fireproof Icarus.

Snap! Back to reality --- having a moon for a head at high school is much more tricky. You get picked on for your "crater-face" and the cool kids kick your head around like a soccer ball!

But when the school talent contest is announced, Joey spots an opportunity to impress his classmates and so begins Joey Moonhead's stellar mission to create a music machine that is out of this world!

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Life's a peach when you've got a moon for a head and your head's in space. You can wander out of the Earth's atmosphere on intergalactic daydreams, drift blissfully across star-speckled skies and fly close to the Sun, like a fireproof Icarus.

Snap! Back to reality --- having a moon for a head at high school is much more tricky. You get picked on for your "crater-face" and the cool kids kick your head around like a soccer ball!

But when the school talent contest is announced, Joey spots an opportunity to impress his classmates and so begins Joey Moonhead's stellar mission to create a music machine that is out of this world!

About the Book

Life's a peach when you've got a moon for a head and your head's in space. You can wander out of the Earth's atmosphere on intergalactic daydreams, drift blissfully across star-speckled skies and fly close to the Sun, like a fireproof Icarus.

Snap! Back to reality --- having a moon for a head at high school is much more tricky. You get picked on for your "crater-face" and the cool kids kick your head around like a soccer ball!

But when the school talent contest is announced, Joey spots an opportunity to impress his classmates and so begins Joey Moonhead's stellar mission to create a music machine that is out of this world!

An imaginative and visually poetic take on the stock American high school drama, MOONHEAD AND THE MUSIC MACHINE is a subtle blend between NAPOLEON DYNAMITE and Ovid's METAMORPHOSES. Andrew Rae's graphic novel is life-affirming and powerfully illustrated.

by Andrew Rae - Action Adventure, Comic Book, Fantasy, Graphic Novel, Humor

Life's a peach when you've got a moon for a head and your head's in space. You can wander out of the Earth's atmosphere on intergalactic daydreams, drift blissfully across star-speckled skies and fly close to the Sun, like a fireproof Icarus.

Snap! Back to reality --- having a moon for a head at high school is much more tricky. You get picked on for your "crater-face" and the cool kids kick your head around like a soccer ball!

But when the school talent contest is announced, Joey spots an opportunity to impress his classmates and so begins Joey Moonhead's stellar mission to create a music machine that is out of this world!

Editorial Content for Kill My Mother: A Graphic Novel

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John Maher

When 16-year-old Jules Feiffer walked into Will Eisner’s office shortly after the end of the Second World War, an aspiring writer and artist hungry for experience, he asked the mastermind behind The Spirit for any job at any price. The morsel was offered, and Eisner bit. Shortly after, when Feiffer asked for a raise, Eisner gave him his own page. The rest is history. Read More

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Adding to a legendary career that includes a Pulitzer Prize, an Academy Award, Obie Awards, and Lifetime Achievement Awards from the National Cartoonist Society and the Writers Guild of America, Jules Feiffer now presents his first noir graphic novel. KILL MY MOTHER, a loving homage to the pulp-inspired films and comic strips of his youth, centers on five formidable women from two unrelated families, linked fatefully and fatally by a has-been, hard-drinking private detective.

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Adding to a legendary career that includes a Pulitzer Prize, an Academy Award, Obie Awards, and Lifetime Achievement Awards from the National Cartoonist Society and the Writers Guild of America, Jules Feiffer now presents his first noir graphic novel. KILL MY MOTHER, a loving homage to the pulp-inspired films and comic strips of his youth, centers on five formidable women from two unrelated families, linked fatefully and fatally by a has-been, hard-drinking private detective.

About the Book

When three daunting dolls intersect with one hapless heroine and a hard-boiled private eye, deception, betrayal, and murder stalk every mean street in…KILL MY MOTHER.

Adding to a legendary career that includes a Pulitzer Prize, an Academy Award, Obie Awards, and Lifetime Achievement Awards from the National Cartoonist Society and the Writers Guild of America, Jules Feiffer now presents his first noir graphic novel. KILL MY MOTHER is a loving homage to the pulp-inspired films and comic strips of his youth. Channeling Eisner's THE SPIRIT, along with the likes of Hammett, Chandler, Cain, John Huston and Billy Wilder, and spiced with the deft humor for which Feiffer is renowned, KILL MY MOTHER centers on five formidable women from two unrelated families, linked fatefully and fatally by a has-been, hard-drinking private detective.

As our story begins, we meet Annie Hannigan, an out-of-control teenager, jitterbugging in the 1930s. Annie dreams of offing her mother, Elsie, whom she blames for abandoning her for a job soon after her husband, a cop, is shot and killed. Now, employed by her husband’s best friend --- an over-the-hill and perpetually soused private eye --- Elsie finds herself covering up his missteps as she is drawn into a case of a mysterious client, who leads her into a decade-long drama of deception and dual identities sprawling from the Depression era to World War II Hollywood and the jungles of the South Pacific.

Along with three femme fatales, an obsessed daughter, and a loner heroine, KILL MY MOTHER features a fighter turned tap dancer, a small-time thug who dreams of being a hit man, a name-dropping cab driver, a communist liquor store owner, and a hunky movie star with a mind-boggling secret. Culminating in a U.S.O. tour on a war-torn Pacific island, this disparate band of old enemies congregate to settle scores.

In a drawing style derived from Steve Canyon and THE SPIRIT, Feiffer combines his long-honed skills as cartoonist, playwright, and screenwriter to draw us into this seductively menacing world where streets are black with soot and rain, and base motives and betrayal are served on the rocks in bars unsafe to enter. Bluesy, fast-moving, and funny, KILL MY MOTHER is a trip to Hammett-Chandler-Cain Land: a noir-graphic novel like the movies they don’t make anymore.

Editorial Content for Family Ties: An Alaskan Crime Drama

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Jeff Ayers

John Gotti, famed crime boss of the notorious Gambino family, once said, “If you think your boss is stupid, remember: You wouldn’t have a job if he was any smarter.” This sentiment rings true in FAMILY TIES, an Alaskan crime drama written by Eric Hobbs following a fictional mafia family whose aging figurehead is looking to abdicate and cede power to his son and daughters. But as books, movies and television have shown us many times, the transfer of power within crime families is never easy. Read More

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Hoping to secure a future for his three children, an aging Alaskan crime boss looks to retire and divide his empire among his heirs. But when his idealistic son refuses the inheritance, the old man disowns him. This proves to be a fatal mistake, as his cold-blooded daughters use their new-found power and influence against him. An epic tale of betrayal and loss, this engrossing graphic novel is a mix of KING LEAR and THE GODFATHER in the dramatic setting of Alaska.

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Hoping to secure a future for his three children, an aging Alaskan crime boss looks to retire and divide his empire among his heirs. But when his idealistic son refuses the inheritance, the old man disowns him. This proves to be a fatal mistake, as his cold-blooded daughters use their new-found power and influence against him. An epic tale of betrayal and loss, this engrossing graphic novel is a mix of KING LEAR and THE GODFATHER in the dramatic setting of Alaska.

About the Book

Hoping to secure a future for his three children, an aging Alaskan crime boss looks to retire and divide his empire among his heirs. But when his idealistic son refuses the inheritance, the old man disowns him. This proves to be a fatal mistake, as his cold-blooded daughters use their new-found power and influence against him. An epic tale of betrayal and loss, this engrossing graphic novel is a mix of KING LEAR and THE GODFATHER in the dramatic setting of Alaska.

by Eric Hobbs and Noel Tuazon - Crime, Fiction, Graphic Novel

Hoping to secure a future for his three children, an aging Alaskan crime boss looks to retire and divide his empire among his heirs. But when his idealistic son refuses the inheritance, the old man disowns him. This proves to be a fatal mistake, as his cold-blooded daughters use their new-found power and influence against him. An epic tale of betrayal and loss, this engrossing graphic novel is a mix of KING LEAR and THE GODFATHER in the dramatic setting of Alaska.

Editorial Content for (In a Sense) Lost and Found

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Jeff Ayers

In a relatively short period of time, visual artist Roman Muradov has risen in notoriety within the artistic community and beyond, getting consistent work from such esteemed clients as The New Yorker, The New York Times, Vogue, NPR, and the Wall Street Journal. Read More

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The first graphic novel by rising star Roman Muradov explores the theme of innocence by treating it as a tangible object --- something that can be used, lost, mistreated. Roman Muradov's crisp delicate style conjures a world of strange bookstores and absurd conspiracies. Roman Muradov was born in Moscow, Russia. He now resides in San Francisco, California.

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The first graphic novel by rising star Roman Muradov explores the theme of innocence by treating it as a tangible object --- something that can be used, lost, mistreated. Roman Muradov's crisp delicate style conjures a world of strange bookstores and absurd conspiracies. Roman Muradov was born in Moscow, Russia. He now resides in San Francisco, California.

About the Book

The first graphic novel by rising star Roman Muradov explores the theme of innocence by treating it as a tangible object --- something that can be used, lost, mistreated. Roman Muradov's crisp delicate style conjures a world of strange bookstores and absurd conspiracies.
 
Roman Muradov was born in Moscow, Russia. He now resides in San Francisco, California.