This May, Papercutz, one of the leading publishers of all-ages graphic novels, will launch CHARMZ, a brand-new imprint dedicated to stories for and about teen girls.
From supernatural mystery to historical adventure to the everyday drama that is high school life, the CHARMZ line is designed to offer something for every girl who’s discovered graphic novels and can’t wait to read more. These books are also a great entry point for young women who’ve wanted to give graphic novels a try but never found content or stories that interested them. With relationship-driven stories and diverse casts of characters, CHARMZ is all about inclusiveness and entertainment.
“I love romance,” says Mariah McCourt, New York Times best-selling author and head editor of CHARMZ. “When I’m feeling kind of meh or sad, the first thing I want to do is read a romance. Maybe it’s because everyone falls in love, has heartbreak and heartache.”
“With stories from all over the world, CHARMZ wants to celebrate the most important emotion in the world: love. Whether we’re hanging out in Somerset, UK, the wilds of France, speeding through space, or waking up in a cemetery, love finds our characters and digs right in.”
McCourt is also the writer of STITCHED, a supernatural tale of mystery and friendship, with gorgeous and playful artwork by Aaron Alexovich. STITCHED tells the story of Crimson Volania Mulch, who, as our story begins, wakes up in a crypt with no idea of who, where, or what she is.
“Crimson Volania Mulch is my favorite kind of girl,” McCourt says. “She’s complicated, smart, curious, kind … but a little bit preoccupied with her own problems. And way too judgmental. No one is perfect!”
In her quest for answers to her current predicament, Crimson meets the mysterious Wisteria, who tends to change and a witch named Parameter whose spells tend to go awry. And two boys, Simon and Quinton, who make her feel something besides lost and confused. She must battle ghosts, zombies, and monsters to learn where she came from and who her real “mother” is. But will she do it alone, or will she have help from her new friends?
In addition to STITCHED, the CHARMZ imprint is also launching SWEETIES, a slice-of-life romance from Veronique Grisseaux and Anna Merli.
Based on the popular “Chocolate Box Girls” series of juvenile novels by Cathy Cassidy, SWEETIES tells the story Cherry, a half-Japanese high schooler from Scotland eager to flee the bullies and bad food of her old school. Cherry’s about to get her wish: her father has fallen in love and plans to move them both to a new town. But integrating with the family of her father’s new love isn’t easy, as she wrestles with holding on to her mother’s Japanese heritage.
To make matters worse, she unwittingly falls for the boyfriend of her future step-sister. This new budding romance threatens to unravel her new family as well as Cherry’s sense of self. Will Cherry be able to navigate the murky waters of first love and stay true to herself in the process?
Both STITCHED and SWEETIES feature tales of first love that are at once hilarious and heartbreaking, ultimately centering on the notion of self-acceptance.
McCourt says, “Whether you’re in the mood for a (literally!) sweet tale about sisters, chocolate, and forbidden love, or exploring the mysterious darkness of Assumption Cemetery where vampires and swamp boys romance stitched girls, you’ll find a lot to relate to.”
For more information, visit www.papercutz.com. Release date for both books is 05/02/2017.