Random House Children’s Books & 42 Entertainment Creatives Announce Multi-Platform Middle Grade Book Series & Immersive Gaming Experience
Six book series by six bestselling authors be published in 2015
New York, NY (September 9, 2014)—Random House Children’s Books will launch a multi-platform six-part book series and gaming experience beginning in 2015, written by six bestselling authors, it was announced today by Barbara Marcus, President & Publisher, Random House Children’s Books and Susan Bonds, CEO and Co-Founder, of 42 Entertainment and their new venture, Animal Repair Shop, with chief creative Alex Lieu. Mallory Loehr, VP and Publishing Director, acquired rights for Random House from Patrick Carman and Michelle H. Nagler, Associate Publishing Director, will edit the series.
The six-book series will be published on an accelerated schedule over twelve months. The first book in the series, Project Alpha by D.J. MacHale, will release on July 7, 2015, with the second and third books to follow in September and November 2015.
The VOYAGERS books will be written by six authors with more than 10 million books sold among them: D.J. MacHale (Book 1: Project Alpha, On sale 7/7 2015), Robin Wasserman (Book 2, On sale 9/1/2015), Patrick Carman (Book 3, On sale 11/3/2015), Kekla Magoon (On sale March 2016), Jeanne DuPrau (On sale May 2016) and Wendy Mass (On sale July 2016).
“This is a one-of-a-kind project for Random House Children’s Books, and to bring it to market with Susan Bonds, Alex Lieu and their team couldn’t be more perfect,” says Marcus. “We searched for a team of authors and partners who could create an engaging series for young readers that would be both educational and completely entertaining in print and digitally. We believe we have such a series in Voyagers.”
Each of the six books follows a mission to find one of six secret and essential elements that, when properly combined, will create a new power source to save the planet. The elements are scattered throughout the galaxy across mysterious planets and only a spaceship piloted by children can reach them and return to Earth safely. VOYAGERS was developed by multimedia pioneer Patrick Carman, who broke new ground with Skeleton Creek, a popular hybrid of books and videos. Carman was one of the initial wave of authors writing for the 39 Clues series, and has sold more than four million books in 23 countries.
As adventurous young heroes journey into outer space on a mission to save Earth, readers will join the VOYAGERS crew and become part of the narrative via their mobile devices. The online experience of VOYAGERS will launch concurrently with the book series. Codes and clues hidden throughout the books will unlock games, puzzles and videos, and new story threads online. The digital universe of VOYAGERS is being built and rolled out by Animal Repair Shop, a new venture from the award-winning, alternate-reality creators at 42 Entertainment.
“We developed the immersive online experience for VOYAGERS with the goal of extending the adventure beyond the page for readers, so they are not just following the narrative—they become part of the story,” says Bonds.
“The VOYAGERS author team is absolutely incredible, with each one bringing a unique strength to the series, together offering kids all the very best elements of sci-fi, mystery, and action-adventure”, says Nagler. “The books and digital experience are so seamlessly integrated, we know gamers and readers alike will be immediately drawn in to both, and won’t have to wait more than just a few months to get their hands on the next installment.”
VOYAGERS: PROJECT ALPHA (Book 1)
By D.J. MacHale / On sale July 7, 2015
HC: 9780385386586, E: 9780385386593, GLB: 9780385386609
VOYAGERS: GAME OF FLAMES (Book 2)
By Robin Wasserman / On sale September 1, 2015
HC: 9780385386616, E: 9780385386623, GLB: 9780385386630
VOYAGERS: OMEGA RISING (Book 3)
By Patrick Carman / On sale November 3, 2015
HC: 9780385386647, E: 9780385386654, GLB: 9780385386661
VOYAGERS: INFINITY RIDERS (Book 4)
By Kekla Magoon / On sale March 2016
HC: 9780385386678, E: 9780385386685, GLB: 9780385386692
VOYAGERS: ICE WALKER (Book 5)
By Jeanne DuPrau / On sale May 2016
HC: 9780385386708, E: 9780385386715, GLB: 9780385386722
VOYAGERS (Book 6, Title TBA)
By Wendy Mass / On sale July 2016
HC: 9780385386739, E: 9780385386746, GLB: 9780385386753
Random House Children’s Books is the world’s largest English-language children’s trade book publisher. Creating books for toddlers through young adult readers, in all formats from board books to activity books to picture books, novels, ebooks, and apps, the imprints of Random House Children’s Books bring together award-winning authors and illustrators, world-famous franchise characters, and multimillion-copy series. The company’s website, Kids @ Random (randomhousekids.com ), offers an array of activities, games, and resources for children, teens, parents, and educators. Random House Children’s Books is a division of Random House LLC, a Penguin Random House Company.
Animal Repair Shop is an original content company that specializes in new entertainment that crosses all platforms and blurs the lines of traditional entertainment products and rollout of those products to market. Founded by the award winning creative team from 42 Entertainment, their fully integrated story worlds leverage over 10 years of experience in actively engaging millions, from the most casual to the most obsessive, including award winning experiences for The Dark Knight, Halo, Pirates of the Caribbean and TRON Legacy.
D.J. MacHale is the author of the bestselling book series Pendragon – Journal of an Adventure Through Time and Space; the spooky Morpheus Road trilogy; and the sci-fi thriller trilogy The SYLO Chronicles. In addition to his published works, he has written, directed and produced numerous award-winning television series and movies for young people including Are You Afraid of the Dark?; Flight 29 Down and Tower of Terror. D.J. lives with his family in Southern California. www.djmachalebooks.com
Robin Wasserman is the author of several acclaimed books for children and young adults, including The Waking Dark, The Book of Blood and Shadow, Hacking Harvard, the Cold Awakening Trilogy, and the Chasing Yesterday Trilogy. A former children’s book editor, she lives and writes (and frequently procrastinates) in Brooklyn, New York. www.robinwasserman.com .
Patrick Carman: VOYAGERS series creator and architect, Patrick is a New York Times bestselling children’s author with millions of books in print in 20+ languages across 30 titles. He is known as a top leader in creative development, multi-platform storytelling, and world building. In 2011 he created a popular TED talk on the subject of reaching 21st century readers and has overseen pioneering multimedia brands including SKELETON CREEK, TRACKERS, 3:15, and DARK EDEN. He was also one of the first authors chosen for 39 CLUES. Patrick’s books have been included on over 40 of the most prestigious state, national, and international awards lists. An enthusiastic reading advocate, he has visited more than 1400 schools in the past decade. www.patrickcarman.com
Kekla Magoon is the author of numerous young adult novels including How It Went Down, Camo Girl, and The Rock and the River, for which she received the ALA Coretta Scott King New Talent Award and an NAACP Image Award nomination. She also writes non-fiction, including Today the World is Watching You: The Little Rock Nine and the Fight for School Integration 1957-58. Raised in a biracial family in the Midwest, Kekla now teaches writing in New York City, conducts school and library visits nationwide, and serves on the Writers’ Council for the National Writing Project. keklamagoon.com
Jeanne DuPrau is the bestselling author of the Books of Ember series, which includes The City of Ember, The People of Sparks, The Prophet of Yonwood, and The Diamond of Darkhold. Her books have garnered numerous awards, and have appeared on more than 30 state lists. The City of Ember was made into a feature movie in 2008. Jeanne lives in Menlo Park, California. www.jeanneduprau.com .
Wendy Mass is the New York Times best selling author of fourteen novels for young people (which have been translated into 14 languages and nominated for 68 state book awards), including A Mango-Shaped Space (which was awarded the Schneider Family Book Award by the American Library Association), the Twice Upon a Time fairy tale series, 11 Birthdays, The Candymakers , and 13 Gifts. Her latest books are Space Taxi: Archie Takes Flight and Pi in the Sky. Wendy tells people her hobbies are hiking and photography, but really they’re collecting candy bar wrappers and searching for buried treasure with her metal detector. She lives with her family in New Jersey. www.wendymass.co
TELEVISION STAR AND MUSICIAN SHANE WEST TO MODERATE BEHIND THE MUSIC PANEL FEATURING FILM AND TELEVISION’S TOP COMPOSERS AT COMIC-CON 2014
WHAT: “Behind the Music with CW3PR: Scoring for Crime, Death and Resurrection” – The original music panel returns to San Diego Comic-Con for its sixth consecutive year, bigger and better than ever!
Murder, mayhem, mystery and more are all at the center of “Crime, Death and Resurrection,” a Behind the Music panel featuring composers that create the music to some of your favorite films and television shows! Following the success of last year’s panel, which included special guest moderators Matt Lanter (The CW’s “90210” and “Star-Crossed”) and Deborah Ann Woll (HBO’s “True Blood”), this year’s attendees will be the first to view (and hear) some surprise sneak peeks from upcoming projects. A fan-led Q&A will follow with exclusive giveaways!Read More»
“Constantine,” “The Blacklist,” “Hannibal,” “Grimm,” “Bates Motel” and Triumph the Insult Comic Dog to Share Secrets With Fans
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — July 11, 2014 — NBC and Universal Television have announced their plans for the upcoming Comic-Con International gathering in San Diego, which runs from July 24-27.
The network will present panels for returning series “The Blacklist” and “Hannibal” while Universal Television will host panels for NBC’s “Grimm,” its A&E series “Bates Motel” as well as a new untitled series coming to Adult Swim that stars Triumph the Insult Comic Dog and “30 Rock” alumnus Jack McBrayer. Also, Warner Bros. Television will present multiple screenings and a panel for new NBC Friday night series “Constantine.”
Based upon the characters from DC Comics, “Constantine” reflects the lore of the fan-favorite comic, combining noirish storytelling with the evolving mythology of John Constantine (Matt Ryan), a morally challenged character who doesn’t come down on the side of either good or evil … but ultimately might be the only thing defending us against the dark forces from beyond.
There will be a huge presence for “Constantine” at Comic-Con, including at Gaslamp Square (Thursday-Sunday between the Hard Rock Hotel and the Convention Center) where a 3-D experience will immerse fans in the world of “Constantine.” Limited edition souvenirs will also be given away.
Comic-Con fans will have a chance to see the world premiere of the “Constantine” pilot as part of Warner Bros. Television’s annual Preview Night screenings on Wednesday, July 23 at 6 p.m. in Ballroom 20.Read More»
IRISH ANIMATION STUDIO CARTOON SALOON TO PRESENT
AT SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON
“DESIGNING THE SECRET OF KELLS”
PLUS EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW OF SELECTED SCENES FROM UPCOMING
“SONG OF THE SEA”
New York, NY – July 10, 2014 – GKIDS, a distributor of award-winning animation for both adult and family audiences, announces that Kilkenny-based Cartoon Saloon will be launching their Designing The Secret of Kells book and unveiling never-before-seen clips from their upcoming feature film Song of the Sea, at San Diego Comic-Con this month. The book will be available for sale at Cartoon Saloon’s online store, as well as from Stuart Ng Books. GKIDS and Cartoon Saloon began their relationship with the North American release of The Secret of Kells in 2010, which resulted in the Irish animation studio’s first Academy Award® nomination. Cartoon Saloon’s second feature film, Song of the Sea, will be released theatrically in North America by GKIDS later this year.
Cartoon Saloon at San Diego Comic-Con: ScheduleRead More»
Nickelodeon has a lot of great things happening at Comic-Con this year.
We’re going to showcase our hit animated shows through an innovative booth design, fan activations, talent-driven panels and more. Our 1800-square-foot booth (#4113), inspired by the excitement and imagination streaming out of our Burbank Animation Studio, features a bold spiraling collage showcasing beloved hits like Rugrats, The Ren & Stimpy Show, Invader Zim, SpongeBob SquarePants and more, extending down to the floor from the ceiling of the convention center.
For the first time, Nickelodeon will hold an open call during the convention for original animated project ideas. Nick’s animation development team will be on-site from Thursday, July 24, to Saturday, July 26, with the goal of greenlighting a pitch for its global Animated Shorts Program, which is designed to identify and develop original comedy-driven content for kids. Participants must register in advance for their one-on-one meetings and will have 15 minutes to pitch their idea. Guidelines, restrictions, and pre-registration information are available at www.nickshortspitches.com.
Nickelodeon’s booth will also feature fan activations that include a voice-record room where fans can lend their own vocal talents to select scenes from their favorite Nick TV shows; a GIF Booth; a fan-art competition; and autograph signings with Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants), Sean Astin (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Janet Varney (The Legend of Korra) and more.
The network will also present four panels: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; Sanjay and Craig; The Legend of Korra; and Nickelodeon’s New Animation Pipeline, which will give fans a sneak preview of the network’s new series, Breadwinners, Bad Seeds (working title) and Pig Goat Banana Cricket.
Below is a full list of Nick talent at Comic-Con this year:
- The Legend of Korra’s Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko (co-creators/executive producers); Janet Varney (Korra); David Faustino (Mako); Seychelle Gabrielle (Asami Sato); Mindy Sterling (Lin Beifong) and John Michael Higgins (Varrick).
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Seth Green (Leonardo); Sean Astin (Raphael); Greg Cipes (Michelangelo); Rob Paulsen (Donatello); Josh Peck (Casey Jones); Mae Whitman (April O’Neil); Kelly Hu (Karai); Ciro Nieli (executive producer) and Brandon Auman (executive producer).
- Sanjay and Craig’s Jim Dirschberger and Jay Howell (co-creators/executive producers); Maulik Pancholy (Sanjay); Chris Hardwick (Craig); Matt Jones (Hector); Tony Hale (Mr. Noodman); John DiMaggio (Penny) and Nika Futterman (Belle Pepper).
- SpongeBob SquarePants’ Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants).
- Breadwinners’Steve Borstand Gary “Doodles” Di Raffaele (creators/executive producers).Bad Seeds’ (working title) C.H. Greenblatt (creator).
- Pig Goat Banana Cricket’s J. Ryan and Dave Cooper (co-creators) and David Stacks (executive producer).
First Second, the book industry’s premier publisher of graphic novels, is excited to announce an excellent line-up for this year’s San Diego Comic-Con – including a show debut, four Eisner Nominated graphic novels and two convention Guests of Honor!
ONE SHOW DEBUT
“To say that the American superhero comic book medium is somewhat biased towards portraying most heroes as Caucasian is something of an understatement. Although serious strides have been made towards diversity in recent years, the truth is, most superheroes are still predominantly white as milk. And those that aren’t are not really headlining their own comic books, at least, sadly, not for extended periods of time. Decades ago, though, there was an Asian superhero, even if readers didn’t really know he was Asian: The Green Turtle, a hero revived for Luen Yang and Sonny Liew’s The Shadow Hero.” — Nerdist
FOUR EISNER AWARD NOMINATIONS
TWO SDCC GUESTS OF HONOR
Gene Luen Yang, author of The Shadow Hero
Lucy Knisley, author of Relish
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will officially unveil the details of its highly-anticipated November 2014 release of “Batman: The Complete Television Series” at a Comic-Con International panel – featuring special guests Adam West, Burt Ward and Julie Newmar – on Thursday, July 24 from 6:00-7:00pm in Hall H.
The actors behind Batman, Robin and Catwoman will give fans their first inside sneak peak at the most anticipated home entertainment release in fanboy history. All the details will be revealed, including an initial look at exclusive content, limited edition packaging, and dazzling HD remastered footage from the landmark series.
COSTUME DESIGNERS GUILD (I.A.T.S.E. LOCAL 892) RETURNS TO COMIC-CON FOR THE NINTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR
Costume Designers Guild (I.A.T.S.E. Local 892), the labor union representing costume designers, assistant costume designers and illustrators in film and television, will be participating in San Diego Comic-Con July 24-27at the San Diego Convention Center. The Guild returns to produce and host lively television and film costume design panels, as well as recognize the best Comic-Con costumes in the Hall Costume Awards and at the Comic-Con International 2014 Masquerade Ball.
This year we are excited to introduce a third (and all new) panel, “Costumes as a Career,” in addition to our annual “Costume Design” and “Costume Illustration” panels. We will also unveil a new Masquerade Ball award trophy, created by Legacy Effects, as well as a new CDG/Comic-Con event apparel t-shirt.
Below is a current list of scheduled panels and events. Be sure to check back for updates throughout July. See you at Comic-Con!
HISTORY’S Hit Drama Series VIKINGS
Returns to Raid San Diego Comic Con 2014
with Panel and Appearances by
Travis Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick, Clive Standen,
Alexander Ludwig and Creator Michael Hirst
New York, New York – July 7, 2014 – HISTORY®’s hit scripted drama series VIKINGS returns to San Diego Comic Con on Friday, July 25 with several exciting opportunities for fans, including a panel with exclusive season three footage, an interactive “On the Set” experience and autograph signing.
Details are as follows:
HISTORY’s VIKINGS Panel: Friday, July 25 from 4:45 – 5:45 p.m., Room 6A
VIKINGS returns to SDCC fresh from the season three set. Travis Fimmel (Ragnar), Katheryn Winnick (Lagertha), Clive Standen (Rollo) and Alexander Ludwig (Bjorn) along with Michael Hirst (writer/creator) and Julian Hobbs (VP Scripted & Non-Fiction Development & Programming, HISTORY) will reveal an exclusive sneak peek of the new season. Don’t miss out – come join them and find out what the gods have in store for season three!
“On the Set with VIKINGS”: Thursday, July 24 – Saturday, July 26. Location: 450 2nd Avenue
Cast Autograph Signing on Friday, July 25 from 1 – 2 p.m. at 450 2nd Avenue
Fans will get a behind-the-scenes look at VIKINGS and have a starring role in their own custom video that can be shared on social media. From the moment fans enter the “back-lot” they will be treated as cast members. Upon entering, guests will create a character profile and choose a weapon of choice. Next, they will meet with hair and make-up artists to become transformed into a fierce Viking and be placed into three scenes complete with Vikings ships, battles, axes and villages. When fans have completed the experience they will have a :30 video to share via Twitter, Facebook or Vine.