Janna Morishima, formerly of Scholastic and Diamond, has just joined Papercutz as Marketing Director. At Diamond Morishima helped spearhead the then-nascent market for kids graphic novels, so working with the Papercutz lineup of such things as The Smurfs and Lego is a natural move for her.
Papercutz has created a new position of Marketing Director and filled it with Janna Morishima, formerly of Scholastic and Diamond Comics.
Ms. Morishima started in publishing with Scholastic and was a founding editor of its ‘Graphix’ line of graphic novels, where she helped bring Jeff Smith’s BONE to color to a much wider audience as well as launching Raina Telgemeier’s successful graphic novel adaptation of the BABYSITTERS CLUB series by Ann Martin. She then went on to become Director of Diamond Kids at Diamond Book Distributors, in charge of its general trade distribution clients’ growing kids’ lines, which included helping Francoise Mouly to launch her pioneering ‘Toon Books’ line for very young children. She pushed for and helped to implement brand new children’s graphic novel sections in chain stores and elsewhere.
“We’re very excited to welcome Janna to our team as Papercutz experiences explosive growth with such licenses as the Smurfs and now Ninjago which has debuted with a 200,000 copy print run,” said Publisher Terry Nantier. “I’ve known her for a few years already and with her combined experience of editing and marketing children’s graphic novels and this, from the very start of this category’s introduction and growth, she will bring an added dimension of knowledge and energy. Anybody who knows her can see what a dynamo she is! She will bring boundless enthusiasm to our line and aggressive goals.”
“I love how graphic novels attract such a wide range of readers, from diehard bookworms to the most reluctant readers,” Janna Morishima said, “so when Papercutz offered me the opportunity to help spread the word about their fun and burgeoning line of children’s graphic novels, I was happy to accept.”
Papercutz was launched in 2005 revolutionizing evergreens Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys bringing them to comics for today’s generation, it has since added such bestsellers as Geronimo Stilton, Classics Illustrated, Disney Fairies and many more besides The Smurfs and LEGO Ninjago. Next year it will launch all new comics of The Three Stooges right before its new major motion picture from Fox and of the Power Rangers which were very successfully relaunched on Cartoon Network this year. There are many more series in the works.
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.