School Launches”At David Pilkey’s Epic Comic Club, ” A virtual platform where children around the world Can create their own comics
NEW YORK, August 4, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Readers and retailers rejoice! Scholastic, the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books, today announced that 2023 will be an important and exciting year for children and families everywhere with the release of a new graphic novel Dog Man. DOG MAN: TWENTY THOUSAND CHIPS UNDER THE SEAthe latest book in the critically acclaimed and worldwide number 1 series will be released on March 28, 2023simultaneously in the United States, CanadaUK, Australia, New Zealandand all along Asia. This eleventh installment in the series follows Dog Man: Mothering Heights which topped bestseller lists for children and adults, and was the world’s best-selling book of 2021, selling over 2 million copies to date in the United States alone. In just over five years since Dog Man launched to star-studded reviews, there are over 50 million copies of Dog Man books in print with translations into 42 languages. DreamWorks Animation is currently developing a film adaptation of Dog Man.
The phenomenal success of Dog Man also helped boost the comic book industryand At David Pilkey’s world domination continues November 29, 2022 with the release of Cat Kid Comic Club: Collaborationsthe last book of his #1 global bestseller Cat Kid Comic Club graphic novel series, a spin-off of Dog Man. With over 90 million copies in print to date, the Captain Underpants series will soon celebrate its 25th anniversary. To celebrate the milestone of Pilkey’s popular series, widely credited with helping to create the illustrated children’s book category, Scholastic will post to March 7, 2023 a special anniversary edition of the first Captain Underpants book, The Adventures of Captain Slip, with an all-new 32-page bonus comic mash-up featuring Dog Man and Captain Underpants, bringing together two iconic characters in one never-before-seen story.
In a statement, Caldecott Honoree Dav Pilkey said: “I am humbled and grateful to be doing what I love in life. Since the start of the pandemic, I have been inspired to create even more stories and to learn and grow as an artist – experimenting with various mediums to create comics using photography, poetry and calligraphy, to create character models and hand-crafted settings, as well as to explore different themes and storylines .I hope my books will foster creativity and imagination, and instill a lifelong love of reading.”
To engage and unite its millions of fans worldwide, Scholastic also announced the official launch of At David Pilkey’s Epic Comic Club, a new global online platform where children can create their own comics. COPPA Compliant Site, www.EpicComicClub.comopens with a special message from David Pilkey encourages children to have fun creating comics and provides a place where children can upload their stories in a safe and moderated environment, as well as an “Epic Comic Club Wall” to showcase their comic creations. The online hub includes free monthly downloadable activities including comic book entries, official customizable membership cards, collectible character badges, special previews, exclusive book news, and more. The Epic Comic Club site will also serve as a destination for educators, booksellers, parents and caregivers around the world to access free resources, including tips on how to start their own Epic Comic Clubs at home, in bookstores, classrooms or libraries. Additionally, Scholastic has created a special section on its existing HomeBase platform (www.scholastic.com/homebase) as another portal where kids can submit their comics and access more games inspired by At David Pilkey’s beloved characters.
Ellie BergerPresident of Scholastic Trade, said: “Dav is one of the most inspiring and creative storytellers of this generation and the anticipation and high demand for his books has been extraordinary. With the launch of ‘Dav Pilkey’s Epic Comic Club’, we can ‘I can’t wait to see kids’ creativity and imagination come to life in their own comic books.’
The Dog Man series follows the hilarious and heartwarming adventures of the “Supa Buddies”: Dog Man, a lovable canine superhero, and his friends Li’l Petey, a curious kitten who embodies love, optimism and hope , and 80-HD, a robot that expresses itself best through its art. With each Dog Man book, readers see the growth and development of main narrators George and Harold through their comics. Their illustrations, grammar, and spelling improve as the series progresses. The series explores universally positive messages, including empathy, kindness, and striving to become a better version of yourself, while also tackling more complex themes, including loss, forgiveness, and self-acceptance. All ten books in the Dog Man series released to date have landed the top spot on renowned bestseller lists. A stage adaptation inspired by the books, Dog Man: The Musical by TheaterWorks USAwill resume its tour through North America from August 2022.
About David Pilkey
The publication of Dog Man: Twenty Thousand Fleas Under the Sea Brands At David Pilkey’s 35 years of writing and illustrating award-winning and best-selling children’s books. Her very first graphic novel, The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby, was published in 2002, fourteen years before the release of the first Dog Man book. When David Pilkey was a child, he was diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia. Dav was so disruptive in class that his teachers made him sit in the hallway every day. He spent his time in the hallway creating his own original comics – the very first adventures of Dog Man and Captain Underpants. In college, Dav met a teacher who encouraged him to write and illustrate for children. He took her advice and created his first book, world war wonwhich won a national competition in 1986. Dav wrote many other books before receiving the California Young Reader Medal for dog’s breath (1994) and the Caldecott Honor for The Newspaper deliverer (1996). Dav’s stories are semi-autobiographical and explore universal themes that celebrate friendship, empathy and the triumph of the good heart. When he’s not making children’s books, Dav loves kayaking with his wife in the Pacific Northwest. For more information on David Pilkey and his books visit http://mediaroom.scholastic.com/davpilkey.
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