John Shableski, sales manager at Diamond Book Distributors, is leaving the company to start a new line of GNs for JeffCorwinConnect, PW reports.
In his three years at Diamond, Shableski had worked closely with book fairs, libraries, and indie booksellers to get more graphic novels on their radar. In his new position, he’ll join Animal Planet personality Corwin in starting a line of YA GNs for the trade and educational markets:
The newly formed publishing division will focus initially on graphic novels, launching with 6 titles in 2011 but will also publish works aimed at the prose trade and educational market. The first graphic novel title to be released is Black Tide and tells the story of the environmental impact of the Gulf Coast oil spill of 2010. The graphic book will be part of a line called the Corwin Adventure Series and is scheduled to be released at the first anniversary of the spill in April 2011.
Jeff Corwin said the mission of JeffCorwinConnect is to “build a global community of people who care about the future of our planet and seek to better the world for themselves and their children. With the growing acceptance and use of graphic novels in the education and the retail markets, we believe that we can highlight critical environmental issues through this exciting format.”