November 2022 Book Release Panel

Come hear all about the new graphic novels, Kitty Sweet Tooth Makes a Movie by Abby Denson and Prunella and the Cursed Skull Ring by Matt Loux in this extra sweet Book Launch event.

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Kitty Sweet Tooth Makes a Movie

In this sequel to an adorable and silly graphic novel for young readers, Kitty Sweet Tooth gets behind the camera and makes her own movie!

There’s just one thing Kitty Sweet Tooth loves more than going to the movies, and that’s eating delicious desserts. She’s combined her two passions in the Taste-O-Rama, a movie house where screenings are paired with tasty treats. But Kitty isn’t satisfied just watching movies. She wants to make one!

With a film crew that includes Dr. Battina and Walter Witch, Kitty embarks on a quest. Her mission: to find the world’s rarest and tastiest ingredients and capture it all on film. Will Kitty and her friends make the documentary of a lifetime, or will this film be a flop?

Abby Denson is the author of Uniquely Japan, the Kitty Sweet Tooth series (with artist Utomaru), Cool Tokyo Guide, Cool Japan Guide, Dolltopia, and Tough Love: High School Confidential, which was originally serialized in XY Magazine. She has scripted comics for Amazing Spider-Man Family, Powerpuff Girls Comics, Simpsons Comics, Sabrina The Teenage Witch, Josie and the Pussycats, Disney Adventures, and many others. Her work has garnered the International Manga Award, Moonbeam Children’s Book Award, IPPY Award, and Lulu of the Year. She has taught and lectured at various venues including the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art, Eugene Lang College at The New School, and Sophia University in Tokyo. She has participated as U.S. Arts Envoy to Colombia.

Utomaru is a Tokyo-based illustrator, art director, and graphic designer whose credits include character design on Muteking the Dancing Hero, a reboot of a classic anime series, and illustrating the Kitty Sweet Tooth graphic novel series. She studied graphic design at Tama Art University and her main influences are cartoons by Fleischer Studios and Tex Avery, movie posters from the 1960s to the 1980s, as well as American and Japanese comics and animation.

Prunella and the Cursed Skull Ring

From Time Museum creator Matt Loux comes a sweet and gently macabre graphic novel for young readers.

There are whispers around the village that monsters are lurking outside the gates. Prunella doesn’t pay this talk much mind—until she unearths a strange skull-shaped ring in her garden. When she places it on her finger she’s transformed into a skeleton girl, terrifying her monster-fearing town! Exiled, Prunella wanders the wilderness, where she discovers that monsters aren’t as bad as she’s been led to believe.

With her new friends, undead pirate Captain Rip Skeleton and Francis, a floating, fiery skull, at her side, Prunella is sure to find a way to reverse this curse…but does she really want to?

Matthew Loux is the author and artist of the graphic novels Prunella and the Cursed Skull Ring (release date 10-18-2022), The Time Museum Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 (published by First Second Books), Sidescrollers and the five volume series Salt Water Taffy (originally published by Oni Press). The Time Museum Vol. 1 received a starred Kirkus review, was listed on the 2018 Texas Library Association’s prestigious Maverick list, was a Panda Book Award winner of 2018 and was nominated for the RI Children’s Book Award. Sidescrollers was placed on the American Library Association’s YALSA, Great Graphic Novels for Teens, list of 2008 and in 2009 Salt Water Taffy was placed on the Texas Library Association’s Maverick list. Matthew also illustrated the graphic novel F-Stop and the board comic Good Night Gabbaland based on the Nick Jr. television show Yo Gabba Gabba and has contributed comics and cover art for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. Matthew lives in New York. 

About Janna Morishima

Janna Morishima is the founder of Kids Comics Unite and a literary agent who specializes in graphic novels and visual storytelling. She started her publishing career at Scholastic, where she was one of the co-founders of the Graphix imprint. She then became director of the Kids Group for Diamond Book Distributors, where she worked with publishers such as Marvel, Dark Horse, and Oni Press, and helped launch Françoise Mouly’s Toon Books imprint. In addition to her background in publishing, she has worked as an associate producer for documentary films, and as an assistant teacher in a kindergarten and a teacher in a high school for teens in the juvenile justice system. She later launched and ran the NYC Department of Education’s “NYC Reads 365” literacy initiative.

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