Papercutz’ new imprint, Charmz, has us cheering. For one thing, the imprint is designed for tween girls who, let’s face it, tend to be overlooked by the big creators. For another, the three books coming out this month each have at least one woman as either the writer or the artist, sometimes both. And, perhaps most important, they are not a uniform brand. Sweeties and Chloe, both of which come out tomorrow, May 9, deal with middle school dilemmas and questions about family from different angles. Stitched, which comes out on the sixteenth, moves into fantasy territory with shades of Frankenstein thrown in, and Papercutz promises that at least one of their future books will take readers into outer space. We can’t wait!
Read the synopses below and scroll down for exclusive previews from Sweeties and Chloe (Don’t worry–we’ll be telling you about Stitched soon!).
Chloe written by by Greg Tessier with art by Amandine
Everything was wonderful for young Chloe Blin— she loved her family, even despite their affectionate nickname for her. But everything changes when she starts at a new school. Suddenly, her family is just embarrassing! Chloe wants to meet new people and make new friends, especially with a certain Alexandre, but she’s not sure what to say or wear or who to trust. The home room fashionistas are only too happy to tell her how her clothes look, but can they really be her friends? And what if everyone heard her family’s name for her?
Sweeties by Veronique Grisseaux with art by Anna Merli adapts the popular Chocolate Box series by Cathy Cassidy in to graphic novel format.
Cherry Costello’s father owns a successful candy store franchise with best-selling chocolates. As the father remarries to the Tanberry family, Cherry now has four new half-sisters and must start at a new school in a new town. Trouble arises as Cherry meets Shay, the boyfriend of her older half-sister, Honey! Plus, the Tanberry twins Skye and Summer learn life is not identical for the both of them. It’s going to take a sweet miracle to overcome the sour tensions in this household!
Preview images from Sweeties (Click on any image for a larger version)