Thursday, December 6, 2007

Toon Books

Have you ever had a really great idea, but you didn't know how to go about making it reality, and then some else does it and you're conflicted between jealousy that you didn't get to it and giddy joy that it really was a good idea after all?

Yeah, so that's where I am right now.

I've wanted to create a line of comics for early readers for years, and now someone has done it, and so much better than I ever could have dreamed: Francoise Mouly and Art Spiegelman, comic and art legends and publishers of the fantastic Little Lit line will launch Toon Books in Spring 2008 and all I can say is, "IT'S ABOUT TIME!" Check out the website for all the details and some wonderful preview pages.

The comic format is so wonderful for early readers as the pictures support the text directly. There are many children's "picture books" on the market right now which are actually comics or use comic conventions, but this is the first time I've seen someone really trumpet the format for young readers. And when experts like Mouly and Spiegelman talk, people listen.


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