Via PR, Random House has acquired the graphic novel series HILO from Judd Winick, with the first book to be published in Spring 2015. Executive Editor Shana Corey acquired for Random House from Jodi Reamer of Writers House, and will edit.
HILO is an action-packed, full-color, middle-grade graphic novel series bursting with robots, aliens, humor, and adventure. It introduces the loveable D.J. and Gina, whose uninteresting lives get a lot more interesting when a mysterious boy, Hilo, falls from the sky and lands outside their small town. Together, their raucous adventures take them to the ends of the universe to save the world from Robot Destroyers and discover the secret of Hilo’s past. HILO is Judd’s children’s book debut.
“We are absolutely delighted to welcome Judd Winick to Random House Children’s Books and bring his genius to a new genre—children’s,” says Loehr. “Judd’s comic book background will lend itself brilliantly to this new age group and we know kids will love the characters and enjoy the adventure that HILO offers.”
Winick, of course came to prominence as a cast member of Real World 1994, and gained notice for his acclaimed GN PEDRO AND ME, about his friendship with fellow cast mate Pedro Zamora, who eventually died of AIDS. Winick is also known for THE ADVENTURES OF BARRY WEEN, BOY GENIUS, and many comics for DC and other publishers. In recent years, he’s been working mostly in animation, both with his series The Life and Times of Juniper Lee and currently as head writer on the HULU network’s The Awesomes.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.