DC Comics have just announced two new graphic novel imprints: DC Zoom, which focuses on titles for middle school aged children, and DC Ink, which is aimed at the YA (young adult) market.
The confirmed titles and authors for DC Zoom are:
BATMAN TALES: ONCE UPON A CRIME – writer and artist: Derek Fridolfs, Dustin Nguyen (BATMAN: LI’L GOTHAM)
BATMAN: OVERDRIVE – Shea Fontana (DC SUPER HERO GIRLS series)
BLACK CANARY: IGNITE – Meg Cabot (THE PRINCESS DIARIES series)
DEAR JUSTICE LEAGUE – Michael Northrop (TOMBQUEST series)
GREEN LANTERN: LEGACY – Minh Lê (DRAWN TOGETHER)
SUPER SONS – Ridley Pearson (KINGDOM KEEPERS series)
SUPERMAN OF SMALLVILLE – writer and artist: Art Baltazar & Franco (TINY TITANS)
SUPERMAN SMASHES THE KLAN – Gene Yang (AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER series, NEW SUPER-MAN), will be released as periodicals first, then collected
The confirmed upcoming titles and authors for DC Ink include:
BATMAN: GOTHAM HIGH – Melissa de la Cruz (ALEX & ELIZA, BLUE BLOODS series, WITCHES OF EAST END series)
BATMAN: NIGHTWALKER – THE GRAPHIC NOVEL – Marie Lu (LEGEND series)
TEEN TITANS – Kami Garcia (BEAUTIFUL CREATURES series)
UNDER THE MOON: A CATWOMAN TALE – Lauren Myracle (INTERNET GIRLS series, KISSING KATE)
WONDER WOMAN: TEMPEST TOSSED – Laurie Halse Anderson (SPEAK and CHAINS)
So far, there is no official word on the artists involved with DC Zoom and DC Ink, but we will let you know any more information as it’s revealed to us.
“Superheroes are more popular than ever so it only makes sense to bring these DC characters to an entirely new generation of young readers,” stated Diane Nelson, president of DC Entertainment and president of Warner Bros. Consumer Products. “The first comic books created decades ago were for kids, and as the business evolved and matured, it became more focused on adult readers. DC Ink and DC Zoom present an exciting new opportunity to grow our publishing business and ensure beloved stories built around iconic characters like Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman are endeared as part of the fabric of childhood for years to come.”
The first titles from DC Ink and DC Zoom will reportedly be released in autumn of this year.
Considering the success of things like DC Super Hero Girls, a comic/animated series aimed at a younger audience than some of DC’s more mature graphic novels, a push to include younger readers makes a lot of sense. I am also always thoroughly supportive of anything that encourages children to read, and graphic novels and comics have traditionally proven popular with children more adverse to prose works, as a gateway for them to begin to enjoy reading. I’m looking forward to seeing what DC Zoom and DC Ink have to offer when the titles begin to get released!
What do you think of the new imprints? Which titles are you most excited to read? Let us know in the comments below!
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