Press Release: Award-Winning Monster Elementary Registers At Space Goat, Free Comic Book Day Debut
March 17, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 17, 2016
AWARD-WINNING MONSTER ELEMENTARY REGISTERS AT SPACE GOAT
FREE COMIC BOOK DAY DEBUT
Bellingham, WA (March 17, 2016) – The new kids on the block? They're monsters.
Monster Elementary, the successful, all-ages, twice-funded Kickstarter project and winner of the 2015 Gold Medal for Best Humor Graphic Novel at the Independent Publisher Book Awards, has been signed by Space Goat Publishing for a formal launch this summer.
Written and created by Nicholas Doan, and edited by Gwendolyn Dreyer, Monster Elementary is an all-ages adventure featuring classic horror movie archetypes—the Vampire, the Werewolf, Frankenstein's Monster, the Mummy, and the Creature from the Black Lagoon— reimagined as elementary school students. But rule #1: Don't eat the other students no matter how tasty they might be. And rule #2: Avoid Vanessa Elle Sing, their classmate who is also a monster hunter out to expose the new kids.
Monster Elementary is a series of short stories, all written by Doan and illustrated by a team of rotating artists, including Caanan Grall, Christopher Tupa, Josh Gowdy, Cal Moray, Patty Variboa, Lee-Roy Lahey, Bobby Timony, and Daniele Serra.
According to Doan, “The monsters’ adventures and experiences hiding their identities and growing up are the focal point of my stories. Desmodus, Lukos, Francesca, Rags, and Gilda are monsters, but they’re also kids dealing with real-life issues that every kid faces: bullying, homework, and being hunted down by a classmate with a wooden stake.”
Doan cites as his influences for the project Charles Schulz's "Peanuts," Jhonen Vasquez's "Invader Zim," and the classic Universal Monsters.
The project was such a success that the Kickstarter edition of Monster Elementary is currently sold out. Doan and Dreyer’s desire to bring Monster Elementary to even more people led them to Space Goat. “We met Space Goat Publisher Dave Olbrich at Long Beach Comic Con in 2014. He really liked our Kickstarter book and we really liked the pitch from Space Goat,” says Dreyer. “We were impressed with Dave's experience in the comic industry and were excited about working with a publisher with a collective breadth of experience and contacts in the industry.”
“Monster Elementary grabbed me the second I saw it,” Olbrich said. “It hit all the buttons for projects I'm looking for. It's well-drawn, very creative, and it shows off Nick's talents beautifully. He's a creator to watch.”
Monster Elementary's first Space Goat appearance will be in an 8-page story in Space Goat's all-ages Free Comic Book Day anthology, Dark Lily & Friends. The FCBD book will be released on May 7, 2016. In June, Space Goat will launch an introductory one-shot, Monster Elementary: First Semester, followed by an all-new edition of the first Monster Elementary trade in time for the 2016 San Diego Comic Con.
MORE ABOUT SPACE GOAT PRODUCTIONS
Established in 2006 by comic-book veteran Shon C. Bury, Space Goat Productions, Inc., is the comic book industry’s premier talent management and production company, specializing in Custom Comics, Commercial Art, and Concept Design. Space Goat Publishing is a division of Space Goat Productions focused on bringing entertaining comics to readers all over the globe. For more information, review and interview opportunities, and more, please visit spacegoatpublishing.com, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 360.488.3220.
ABOUT MONSTER ELEMENTARY
The first Monster Elementary graphic novel was funded by Kickstarter backers on August 7, 2013 after a hard fought, 30 day campaign. Since it was independently published in the spring of 2014, this 92 page graphic novel has gone on to win the Independent Publisher Book Awards 2015 Gold Medal for best “Graphic Novel / Drawn Book – Humor / Cartoon History (U.S.)” The Monster Elementary creative team is managed by Co-Creator and Writer Nicholas Doan and his wife, Editor and Business Manager Gwendolyn Dreyer. Monster Elementary utilizes short story, anthology-style storytelling which allows for a sizable cast of the most talented independent artists - a signature element of Monster Elementary. www.MonsterElementary.com
ABOUT NICHOLAS DOAN
Nicholas Doan is the Co-Creator and Writer of the award-winning, all-ages, comedy/adventure comic series, Monster Elementary and the author of three children’s books for Fat Rabbit Farm. He was the first ever user-submitted contest winner for DC/Zuda Comics along with artist Daniele Serra for their webcomic, “Pray for Death.” Nicholas has also collaborated with artist Josh Gowdy for their short comic, “Lost Boy,” in the Drawmore Inc. anthology, NOBODIES, Vol. 2. In addition, Nicholas is an accomplished playwright and card carrying member of the Dramatists Guild.