Deborah Underwood and BioShock Art Director Create Graphic Novels for Kids
Deborah Underwood is the author of over twenty picture books, including Every little letter, The panda problem, Interstellar Cinderellaand New York Times bestsellers The silent book, The strong bookand Here is the Easter cat. She’s now turning to graphic novels for first readers with the artist Jorge Lacerawho is best known for his work on BioShock franchise as Senior Concept Artist and Art Director at Cloud Chamber Studios in Montreal, Quebec, as well as the artist on Zombies don’t eat vegetables and the recent Pruett and Soo. They both worked together on the book XO, Exoplanet.
The as-yet-untitled graphic novel series is the story of a tough rat fairy fixer and his mouse sidekick as they put well-known fairy tales back in shape after they get derailed.
Kate O’Sullivan at Clarion has acquired worldwide rights to the first two untitled graphic novels, and will begin publication in winter 2025. Deborah Underwood’s agent Erin Murphy at the Erin Murphy literary agency and agent of Jorge Lacera John Cusick at Folio Jr./Folio Literary Management brokered the deal.
Clarion is a children’s brand owned by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, a publisher based in Boston’s Financial District that focuses on textbooks, educational technology materials, assessments, reference books, and fiction and non-fiction for children. young readers and adults. They also have a huge line of graphic novels. Feel free to check out this handy link anytime.
Erin Murphy Literary Agency is a leading American children’s book agency headquartered in southern Maine. She says she “focuses on the connections – between writer and editor, story and reader – as well as helping our clients build their careers and grow as artists” . A division of Folio Literary Management, Folio Jr. states that they are “fully committed to providing our clients with impeccable, personalized care. We not only strive to discover and cultivate the most compelling new voices and styles of most original and memorable illustrations, but also to tirelessly and strategically support our established writers and illustrators as they thrive and develop their careers in the publishing industry.”