ALA Annual 2019: DC announce lineup of new "young readers" books
Earlier this week, DC Comics announced that it would be consolidating its publishing brands, doing away with imprints like Vertigo and DC Ink and Zoom. In their stead, the publisher will have three main publishing arms, aimed at different age groups and demographics: DC Kids, which will feature titles aimed at younger readers; the mainline DC books; and Black Label, which will focus more on creator-owned works, reprints of select classic stories, and more mature fare.
Hot on the heels of that announcement, DC revealed a massive slate of young readers books at the American Library Association’s annual convention this weekend. Seriously, there are tons of books here from some incredibly great creative teams, and highlights include a new Baltazar/Franco joint, a release date (finally) for Shea Fontana and Marcelo DiChiara’s Batman: Overdrive, the reunion of Li’l Gotham creators Derek Fridolfs and Dustin Nguyen on Batman Tales: Once Upon a Crime, and stories featuring characters like Nubia, Amethyst, Mister Miracle, Victor and Nora Fries, Swamp Thing, Starfire, and Batman, Robin, and some guy named Howard. I… want to read all of these, please.
Check out the details below.
Robust Young Reader Lineup Slated to Debut through 2021 Includes New Stories from Acclaimed Authors and Artists Jeffrey Brown, Claudia Gray, Julie Maroh, and E. Lockhart, Among Others
First Looks at On-Sale Dates, Synopses, and Covers for Spring 2020 Titles Revealed
During today’s Book Buzz panel at the American Library Association’s (ALA) annual convention in Washington D.C., DC announced plans to expand its Books for Young Readers program with an extensive new graphic novel slate geared toward young adults and middle grade readers. The new titles revealed today are scheduled to debut from 2020 through 2021 and feature stories starring Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and more of DC’s most iconic characters, written and illustrated by some of the biggest names in the young adult (YA) and middle grade publishing space.
As standalone stories, DC’s YA and middle grade graphic novels are not part of DC’s ongoing comic book continuity and completely accessible to new fans. DC’s YA titles feature thought-provoking stories for readers ages 13 and up that focus on everyday aspirations, struggles, and triumphs. DC’s middle grade graphic novels are geared toward readers ages 8-12 and tell stories focused on friends, family, and growing up.
DC also announced on-sale dates and gave panel attendees a first look at covers and synopses for several middle grade and YA titles debuting in spring 2020. The above image gallery features artwork for spring 2020 middle grade titles by artists Dustin Nguyen (BATMAN TALES: ONCE UPON A CRIME), Yoshi Yoshitani (ZATANNA & THE HOUSE OF SECRETS), Marcelo DiChiara (BATMAN: OVERDRIVE), Agnes Garbowska (DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: POWERLESS), Art Baltazar (ARKHAMANIACS), and Dustin Hansen (MY VIDEO GAME ATE MY HOMEWORK).
For a current list of titles and creative teams slated to hit stores in 2020 and 2021, see below.
Spring 2020 Lineup
Young Adult Titles
Wonder Woman: Warbringer – Written by Leigh Bardugo and illustrated by Kit Seaton (January 2020)
Gotham High – Written by Melissa de la Cruz and illustrated by Thomas Pitilli (February 2020)
The Oracle Code – Written by Marieke Nijkamp and illustrated by Manuel Preitano (March 2020)
Shadow of the Batgirl – Written by Sarah Kuhn and illustrated by Nicole Goux (April 2020)
Lost Carnival: A Dick Grayson Graphic Novel – Written by Michael Moreci and illustrated by Sas Milledge (May 2020)
Middle Grade Titles
Diana: Princess of the Amazons – Written by Shannon and Dean Hale and illustrated by Victoria Ying (January 2020)
Green Lantern: Legacy – Written by Minh Lê and illustrated by Andie Tong (January 2020)
Batman Tales: Once Upon a Crime—Written by Derek Fridolfs and illustrated by Dustin Nguyen (February 2020)
Zatanna & the House of Secrets – Written by Matthew Cody and illustrated by Yoshi Yoshitani (February 2020)
Batman: Overdrive – Written by Shea Fontana and illustrated by Marcelo DiChiara (March 2020)
DC Super Hero Girls: Powerless – Written by Amy Wolfram and illustrated by Agnes Garbowska (March 2020)
Anti/Hero – Written by Kate Karyus Quinn and Demitria Lunetta and illustrated by Maca Gil (April 2020)
ArkhaManiacs – Written by Art Baltazar and Franco and illustrated by Art Baltazar (April 2020)
My Video Game Ate My Homework – Written and illustrated by Dustin Hansen (May 2020)
Upcoming Titles Debuting in 2020 and 2021
Upcoming Young Adult Titles (Not all titles are final)
Catwoman: Soulstealer – Adapted by Louise Simonson from Sarah J. Maas’ DC Icon prose novel and illustrated by Samantha Dodge
Galaxy: The Prettiest Star – Written by Jadzia Axelrod and illustrated by Cait Zellers
House of El Book 1 – Written by Claudia Gray and illustrated by Eric Zawadzki
I Am Not Starfire—Written by Mariko Tamaki
Mister Miracle – Written by Varian Johnson
Nubia – Written by L.L. McKinney and illustrated by Robyn Smith
Swamp Thing – Written by Maggie Stiefvater and illustrated by Morgan Beem
Teen Titans: Beast Boy – Written by Kami Garcia and illustrated by Gabriel Picolo
Victor & Nora: A Mr. Freeze Story – Written by Lauren Myracle and illustrated by Isaac Goodhart
Whistle – Written by E. Lockhart and illustrated by Manuel Preitano
Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed – Written by Laurie Halse Anderson and illustrated by Leila del Duca
You Brought Me the Ocean – Written by Alex Sanchez and illustrated by Julie Maroh
Zatanna: The Jewel of Gravesend – Written by Alys Arden and illustrated by Jacquelin De Leon
Upcoming Middle Grade Titles (Not all titles are final)
Amethyst: Princess of Gemworld – Written by Shannon and Dean Hale
Batman and Robin…and Howard – Written and illustrated by Jeffrey Brown
DC Super Hero Girls – Written by Amy Wolfram
Dear Super-Villains – Written by Michael Northrop and illustrated by Gustavo Duarte
Green Arrow: Stranded – Written by Brendan Deneen and illustrated by Caleb Hosalla
Indestructibles Book 1—Written by Ridley Pearson
Lois Lane – Written by Grace Ellis and illustrated by Brittney Williams
Metropolis Grove – Written and illustrated by Drew Brockington
Primer – Written by Thomas Krajewski and Jennifer Muro and illustrated by Gretel Lusky
Superman Smashes the Klan – Written by Gene Luen Yang and illustrated by Gurihiru
Super Sons Book 3: Escape to Landis – Written by Ridley Pearson and illustrated by Ile Gonzalez
Teen Titans Go! to Camp – Written by Sholly Fisch
Teen Titans Go! Roll with It – Written by Heather Nuhfer and P.C. Morrissey
The Mystery of the Meanest Teacher: A Johnny Constantine Graphic Novel – Written by Ryan North and illustrated by Derek Charm
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