the popularity of Disney comics on Free Comic Book Day proved,
the comic book market is starved for quality children's books,
whether it knows it or not.
guys are working at it, coming up with original concepts,
like the below mentioned Eisner-winning Herobear and the Kid
and books like Invincible Ed (which Ryan Woodward did send
us copies of, and out of sheer stupidity we forgot to review.
Consider this a shout out that you should take a look at the
fall, Mike Kunkel's Herobear teamed with Courtney Huddleston's
Decoy, a character rife with potential for young audiences.
In its own book, Decoy skewed a little more mature, but again,
Huddleston was clearly an imaginative talent with an eye for
what could entertain kids without talking down to them.
we're waiting for the second part of that crossover, Huddleston
has been busy working up something new. And I'm betting that
it's also something good.
I have little doubt that if you're in the market for a book
for kids, the following press release from Huddleston will
point you in the right direction:
Books, the home banner of the popular Invincible Ed
and Schism comics series, announces the upcoming July
debut of Li'l Red Stitch, a G-rated title focused on
wide audience and age level appeal.
on the lives of nine-year old Hope and her grandmother, an
ex-outlaw known as Red Feather, Li'l Red Stitch tells
the story of the Texas Llano Estacado where history
and myth collide in the forms of hand-sewn toys given life
by a special needle and thread.
Red Stitch is first and foremost a children's story,"
creator and penciler Courtney Huddleston explains, "but
it's not so narrow in it's scope that it alienates adult readers.
I want the book to be something that every reader-whether
he or she is nine years old or ninety-can pick up and enjoy."
currently the Talent Coordinator for Houston-based Penny-Farthing
Press, is best known for his critically acclaimed Decoy
series which has been a popular title since its debut in 1999.
He cites his work with both fledgling and big-name talent
at PFP as his inspiration for his newest venture.
saw guys like Mike Kunkel (Herobear and the Kid) and
Ryan Woodward (Invincible Ed) drawing on childhood
fantasies and stories to create really fun comics and I wanted
to do something similar," Huddleston says. "Li'l
Red Stitch had been bumping around in my mind for a while
and I just needed the opportunity to let her out."
came in the winter of 2003 when Huddleston pitched the idea
to veteran Warner Brothers/Sony animator and Summertime Books
publisher Ryan Woodward who saw a place for Li'l Red Stitch
among his whimsical product line.
really dug the idea," Woodward explains. "I have
two daughters and I saw 'Stitch' as a comic they would
enjoy. Finding comics with young girls in mind isn't easy,
and I wanted to be a part of something that was a little different
in the industry."
unique features of Li'l Red Stitch include a dual word
balloon/prose story format, additional back stories by "Stitch"
writer Leslie Nichols, and an exclusive sneak peek of The
Spackle King by "Stitch" colorist Mike Garcia
really excited to be working with Ryan, Leslie, and Mike on
this project," Huddleston says. "They all bring
so much talent to the table and I can't think of another team
I'd rather work with."
issue of Li'l Red Stitch entitled "The Last Ride
of Red Feather" will be available on July 2, and will
offer readers a four-color, forty page introduction to an
all-new heroine and a magical adventure.
Books is a small publisher of children's books and comic books
that specializes in entertaining stories and illustrations
that are "oodles of fun to make."
addition, Summertime Books sent us this solicitation:
plains of Texas whisper the myths of ghost horses, Comanche
tribes, and a female outlaw who roamed the llano armed only
with her bravery and a magical sewing kit. For nine-year-old
Hope, these fables are just imaginary stories her grandmother
tells to bring life to an old sepia portrait or to explain
the twilight rumblings of the canyon-until the day Hope takes
a special needle and thread in hand and a phantom rider carries
part of her life into the thunder. Features a special sneak
preview of The Spackle King, an all-new series by Mike Garcia
and Ryan Woodward.
This should be out just about Comic-Con time. Hopefully we'll
be able to grab a look at the book and talk to Huddleston.
Remember, you can't really have a Fanboy Planet without boys
(and girls) to keep it going.