Cartoonist Raina Telgemeier, whose graphic novel Smile won many awards, including the Eisner for Best Publication for Teens, will see a sequel in Sisters, a 200 page follow-up coming out this August from Scholastic Press. What's notable about this news, besides the fact that an Eisner Award winning creator is putting out another graphic novel, is that the book will be getting a 200,000 copy print run. Just for comparison, that's higher than all but the most extremely gimmicked super-mega-crossover-reboot comics put out by Marvel and DC. It's a comic by a female creator that kids are actually reading, but unfortunately, it's not getting a lot of press, prompting fellow award winning creator Faith Erin Hicks to take to Twitter and lament the apathy of the superhero-loving mainstream comic book media:
Hello? Comics media? Are you paying attention to this? ICv2 - Telgemeiers Sisters Gets 200K Print Run http://t.co/XrmnPtjwaY— Faith Erin Hicks (@faitherinhicks) May 23, 2014
Shouldn't "Middle grade GN written & drawn by a woman has higher print run that Batman" be huge news?— Faith Erin Hicks (@faitherinhicks) May 23, 2014
Ugh I get so mad. "Where are the women in comics--" They're RIGHT THERE! Smile has 100 weeks on the NY Times Bestseller list. ARE YOU BLIND.— Faith Erin Hicks (@faitherinhicks) May 23, 2014
Well, Faith, here's the problem. The twenty-four-hour comics news cycle craves CONTROVERSY! You can't be successful in the cutthroat world of comic book news by running stories about people putting out good comics that bring new readers into fandom and change the public perception about what comics should be. You need a hook.
Luckily, The Outhousers are here to make things right with our love of good comics and our shockingly flagrant disregard of the repercussions of libel. So here are the statements we heard from a guy who heard from a guy who heard from a gal who heard controversial Batman v. Superman Dawn of Justice screenwriter David Goyer make on a podcast about Sisters:
I've never read Smile and I won't read Sisters because I'm too busy shoving puppies into a meat grinder. I hate puppies, and I hate Sisters, and I wish I could get my hands on all 200,000 copies of the print run so I could put them in the meat grinder too, with the puppies, and make some sort of puppies and Sisters flavored sausage. I'll throw some salt and pepper and paprika and fennel seed in there, because I think murdered puppies and the Sisters graphic novel would probably make for a nice breakfast sausage. Red pepper flakes too, but that can be adjusted depending on how spicy you like your sausage. I like it pretty spicy, but I don't want to overpower the taste of sweet dead puppies and Sisters, so I'll probably keep that to a minimum.
Wow. Strong words from David Goyer. That guy is a real dick. But now that it's out there, the comics media is going to have no choice but to pay some attention to this. So while you're copying and pasting that quote above to run in your sensational articles, try to remember that Sisters' predecessor, Smile, received numerous awards in addition to the Eisner and was one of the Young Adult Library Services Association's 2011 Top Ten Graphic Novels for Kids, a 2010 New York Times Book Review's Editor's Choice, and a 2011 American Library Association's Notable Children's Book. Doesn't that sound like it's worthy of attention?
The best part - unlike the 700 bajillion copies of Amazing Spider-Man #1 Marvel pawned off on comic shops last month, you won't find a single copy of Sisters in the twenty-five cents bin in 2034, because kids and young adults will have actually bought and read these 200,000 comics. And if that's not news, we don't know what...
Sorry, gotta go. We just learned that Patrick Zircher asked his Twitter followers which superhero they'd most like to have sex with, and we're thinking we can get a good three or four days worth of viral articles out of this!
Buy Sisters in August!