Comics Bulletin: Monster Elementary Returns in May from Space Goat Productions
“At a time when truly All-Ages comics are as elusive as a mint copy of Action #1, here comes Nick Doan’s Monster Elementary to fill that gap with laughs and endearing characters.”
Joe Field Owner: Flying Colors Comics, Concord, CA Founder of Free Comic Book Day
“Good humored writing and a fresh art style make Monster Elementary a favorite in the Young Reader’s section of our shop – and grown-ups like it too!”
Troy Geddes Co-owner: Comicopolis, Santa Cruz, CA
Award Winning Monster Elementary Registers at Space Goat
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(March 18th, 2016 – Bellingham, WA) – 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.
Diamond Order Codes: APR161900 F MONSTER ELEMENTARY FIRST SEMESTER ONESHOT APR161899 F MONSTER ELEMENTARY TP VOL 01