The all-ages comic series, Monster Elementary by Nicholas Doan, has been picked up by Space Goat Publishing for a new launch this summer. The comic has had two successful crowd-funding campaigns and won the 2015 Gold Medal for Best Humor Graphic Novel at the Independent Publisher Book Awards.
Monster Elementary is a series of short stories written by Doan, edited by Gwendolyn Dreyer and drawn 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.
The all-ages adventure features 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.
“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.