Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is consolidating its children’s graphic novels into one imprint. According to Publishers Weekly, Etch will launch in September 2020 with an initial lineup of seven titles, with plans to release about 15 graphic novels each subsequent year.
“I’ve been so impressed by the passion from the team, across both editorial and design, and the talented roster of creators that they’ve brought on board,” said Publisher Catherine Onder, who will oversee the Etch imprint. “This variety of perspectives, interests, and expertise is key to our providing graphic novels for every reader.”
The majority of the initial launch titles for September are middle-grade: Dinomighty! written by Greg Trine and illustrated by Aaron Blecha; Sherlock Bones and the Natural History Mystery by Renee Treml; and Carmen Sandiego: The Chasing Paper Caper, which is the third book in a series adapting the current animated show. Additionally, YA book Ichiro by Ryan Inazna will be part of the first wave.
Following these four, Timo the Adventurer, written by Jonathan Garnier and illustrated by Yohan Sacré, is slated for October 2020; Oh My Gods! written by Stephanie Cooke and Insha Fitzpatrick, illustrated by Juliana Moon, is slated for January 2021; and Power Up, written by Sam Nisson and illustrated by Darnell Johnson, is due out in February 2021.
HMH has been publishing graphic novels for some time, but establishing Etch allows the publisher to hone in on the medium.
In a statement, Onder explained, “With Etch, we’re creating a more visible home for the graphic novels that HMH has been publishing strongly for years, while also concentrating our energies on and expanding our reach into a vibrant category of books that plays a key role in turning children into lifelong readers.”
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