Andrea Colvin, last seen as VP, Editor in Chief at Lion Forge, has found a new gig at Little Brown Young Readers as Editorial Director, starting today.
It’s not only a great step for Colvin, but a sign that LBYR is ramping up its kids graphic novel offerings…like just about every other traditional publisher. Children’s comics sales have skyrocketed in recent years, and Random House, DC and many other publishers have radically upped their output in this category.
According to the press release, “This addition to our editorial leadership team enhances our publishing efforts in the growing area of graphic novels and graphic nonfiction. LBYR has recently had success in this market with the bestseller Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy: A Modern Retelling of Little Women and Middle School Misadventures and we look forward to building on these successes with Andrea’s passion, vision, and category expertise.”
After previous stints at Open Road Integrated Media and Abrams, Colvin helped found the Andrews McMeel AMP Comics for Kids imprint, home of best selling books by Lincoln Pierce, Dana Simpson, and Mark Tatulli. At Lion Forge, her acquisitions included Sheets by Brenna Thummler; Lighter Than My Shadow by Katie Green, named Amazon’s best graphic novel of the year in 2017; and current graphic memoirs Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe, No Ivy League by Hazel Newlevant, and Fights by Joel Christian Gill — all of which have received strong reviews. She also acquired the Glint series by Samuel Sattin and Ian McGinty, and Love Letters to Jane’s World by Paige Braddock and the picture books This Is a Taco!, nominated for an Eisner this year, and Fast Enough: Bessie Stringfield’s First Ride.
Colvin’s track record speaks for itself, and it will be interesting to see what she does as LBYR gets into the booming kids comics game.