FIRST SECOND Editor Jumps to HARPERCOLLINS To Launch New Graphic Novel Imprint

Credit: HarperCollins

Credit: HarperCollins

HarperCollins Children’s Books are launching a new graphic novel imprint called HarperAlley, according to Publisher’s Weekly. Led by Editorial Director Andrew Arnold, HarpeyAlley is framed as all-ages imprint for “collaborative, creator-focused” titles.

“We’re at an exciting juncture in the evolution of the graphic format,” said HarperCollins Children’s Books VP/Publishing Director Rich Thomas. “We’re proud of the significant contribution HarperCollins has made to the growth of graphic novels for young readers and teens, and we’re thrilled to be celebrating that success with the launch of HarperAlley.”

HarperAlley plans to publish 30 books a year beginning in late 2020, and is currently staffing up the new imprint.

Andrew Arnold

Andrew Arnold

Credit: HarperCollins

Arnold previously worked as the art director/acquiring editor for First Second.

“Witnessing the rise of the graphic novel over the past 15 years has been amazing,” Arnold said. “Cartoonists continue to inspire, challenge, and push the form in unexpected directions. I look forward to collaborating with creators and with the talented team at HarperCollins to publish more graphic novels for all kinds of readers, everywhere.”

HarperCollins already publishes a number of graphic novels including Scott McCloud’s Understanding Comics trilogy and Noelle Stevenson’s Nimona. The publisher has announced plans for a three-book series by Wendy Xu titled Mooncakes, as well as Nadia Shammas and Sara Alfageeh’s Squire. It hasn’t been specified if these will be folded into HarperAlley.

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