Random House: New Graphic Novel Imprint in the Works

Random House Children’s Books recently announced the addition of a new imprint dedicated to graphic novels.  Random House Graphic will produce graphic novels for children and teens under Gina Gagliano as the imprints publishing director.

Gagliano is coming over from First Second Books where she was one of the founding staff members.  She explains that it is too early to say how many books the new imprint will produce and on what schedule but the plan is to release the first list in Fall 2019. Random House Graphic will expand on the list of graphic novels already produced by Random House Children’s Books, including:

  • Babymouse by Jennifer L. Holm and Matt Holm
  • Rickety Stitch and the Gelantinous Goo by Ben Costa and James Parks
  • Lucy & Andy Neanderthal by Jeffrey Brown
  • Hilo by Judd Winick
  • 5 Worlds by Mark Siegel and Alexis Siegel, with art by Xanthe Bouma, Matt Rockefeller, and Boya Sun

When Publisher’s Weekly asked Judith Haut, senior v-p, associate publisher of Random House Children’s Books, about the plans for these backlist titles, she said, “There’s still a lot to figure out. But no changes are planned right away. Backlist graphic novels will remain with their current editors. We have a number of editors at RHCB who are passionate about graphic novels and we want them to continue. We want to encourage collaboration and Gina is looking forward to working with all the editors at RHCB.”

I’ve always enjoyed the graphic novels that First Second produces so it will be interesting to see what they produce in the future as well as what comes out from Random House Graphics.  Getting young people to read needs to be a priority and graphic novels are one way to pull in those who enjoy visual story telling.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I feel inspired to check out a graphic novel.  Which will it be this time – Lucy & Andy or Rickety Stitch?

For more on the plans for this new imprint, check out these articles at Publisher’s Weekly, Newsaramaand The Hollywood Reporter.