HEREVILLE, the webcomic by Russ Manning Award nominee Barry Deutsch, has been picked up by Abrams for the book treatment. It’s interesting to note that while the rush to sign cartoonists to book deals for original graphic novels has definitely subsided a bit, the publishing world is increasingly looking to webcomics. Trend alert.
Amulet Books has acquired the publication rights to Hereville, Barry Deutsch’s fanciful adventure comic, currently scheduled for publication in Spring 2010.
Charlie Kochman Executive Editor of Abrams Comic Arts and Judy Hansen of Hansen Literary Agency negotiated the deal. Film rights will handled by Nick Harris of Rabineau Wachter Sanford & Harris for Hansen Literary Agency.
Hereville, portions of which initially appeared as a web comic on Deutsch’s web site www.hereville.com, chronicles the adventures of Mirka, an 11-year old Orthodox Jewish girl, whose dreams of slaying fairy-tale monsters conflict with her highly structured life in an isolated, religious town.
The Washington Post has described Hereville as “what you get when you cross Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Isaac Bashevis Singer.”