Kids Graphic Novel Imprint Etch to Launch With 'Carmen Sandiego,' 'Sherlock Bones' Titles

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books & Media
The line is set to debut with four titles in September 2020 from Mifflin Harcourt Books & Media.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books & Media has become the latest mainstream publisher to launch a dedicated young reader graphic novel division, with the announcement of Etch, a line intended to release around 15 books per year.

Unlike imprints like Macmillan’s First Second or Random House’s Random House Graphic, Etch will not feature a dedicated editorial team, but instead feature titles acquired by editors from HMH’s existing children’s book imprints HMH Books for Young Readers, Clarion and Versify, with the graphic novel backlist from those imprints shifting under the Etch banner for future printings. The imprint will feature a logo from HMH senior designer Andrea Miller.

In a statement from the publisher, HMH Books for Young Readers creative director Jessica Handelman said, “The birth of Etch is a great example of grassroots enthusiasm being met with top-level support. From designers to editors and marketers, we have devoted, knowledgeable comics lovers involved in every part of the process of publishing these books.”

The line is set to launch in September 2020 with the following titles:

Dinomighty! by Greg Trine, illustrated by Aaron Blecha, described by the publisher as “a zany caper featuring four dinosaur heroes for fans of Dog Man and The Bad Guys series.”

• Sherlock Bones and the Natural History Mystery by Renee Treml, a mystery story featuring the unlikely combination of a bird skeleton detective and his stuffed parrot sidekick.

• Ichiro by Ryan Inzana, a revised paperback edition of the Eisner-nominated YA comic centering around a Japanese-American boy and his relationship with Japanese gods and mythological creatures.

• Carmen Sandiego: The Chasing Paper Caper, the third in a series of graphic novels tying in to the Netflix reboot of the classic animated series.

Future releases also announced by the publisher include Timo the Adventurer by Jonathan Garnier, illustrated by Yohan Sacré (October 2020); Oh My Gods! by Stephanie Cooke and Insha Fitzpatrick, illustrated by Juliana Moon (January 2021); and Power Up by Sam Nisson, illustrated by Darnell Johnson (February 2021).