They said it would never happen but it has: TEEN BOAT is being collected as a book by Clarion/Houghton Mifflin — created by Dave Roman and John Green, TEEN BOAT, the story of a boy who can transform into a small yacht, has long charmed readers with a series of mini-comics combining “the angst of being a teen with the thrill of being a boat.” There’s even a trailer, above. PR below:
To get the attention of the popular girl, Niña Pinta Santa Maria, high school student Teen Boat (yes, that’s his name) forsakes the advice of his best friend and lets the school bully throw a boat party on him in international waters. But when an encounter with pirates leads to detention, TB, as his friends call him, questions if his powers of buoyancy are a blessing or a curse. All the challenges of being a teenager are given a nautical twist, such as classroom politics, afterschool jobs, getting a driver’s license, and breaking out – only in barnacles instead of pimples. Being a teen and being a boat means dealing with a lot of pier pressure!
First published in mini-comic format, and featured everywhere from MTV to Boating World Magazine, the Teen Boat! graphic novel – now in color – will collect the Ignatz Award-winning series for the first time, including 33 pages of new story.
Daniel Nayeri at Clarion/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt acquired the publishing rights to Teen Boat! in a deal done with agent Judith Hansen of the Hansen Literary Agency. Teen Boat! is scheduled for a Spring 2012 publication.
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