Random House Graphic is a new imprint of Penguin Random House “dedicated to publishing graphic novels for kids and teens of every age and interest, fiction and nonfiction.” It was officially announced last year, and leading into Comic-Con International, they’ve revealed their debut line-up.
Their first books will hit shelves in January, under the guidance of Publishing Director Gina Gagliano, formerly with First Second.
“Random House Graphic is dedicated to publishing the best in kids and YA graphic novels,” Gagliano said. “It’s an incredibly exciting time for the graphic novel medium—with more readers coming to these stories, and new groundbreaking books being published, the category is expanding by leaps and bounds. We can’t wait to share our contributions to it with readers, booksellers, comic book sellers, educators, librarians, and everyone who loves books and comics.”
Their four debut titles are:
THE RUNAWAY PRINCESS
The new graphic novel from Johan Troïanowski follows a young princess who finds her castle intolerably boring and runs away to find adventure, make friends, and learn more about the fantastical world around her. It goes on sale Jan. 21, 2020.
Arriving Feb. 11, 2020, this is a chapter book by Laura Knetzger that follows two young bugs as they learn about friendship and the science of the world around them.
ASTER AND THE ACCIDENTAL MAGIC
Thom Pico and Karensac’s middle-grade graphic novel hits stores on March 3, 2020. It’s about a girl whose parents move their family to the middle of nowhere. Aster’s new home seems far from exciting, until she figures out that the countryside might have some magic in it.
April 14, 2020 brings a queer YA fantasy romance by Jessi Zabarsky, filled with friendship, family, falling in love and dealing with the hardest bits of your past along the way.
In addition, RHG revealed several other titles that are in the works: Kerry and the Knight of the Forest by Andi Watson, Witches of Brooklyn by Sophie Escabasse, Séance Tea Party by Reimena Yee, Crabapple Trouble by Kaeti Vandorn, Donut Feed the Squirrels by Mika Song, The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen and Suncatcher by Jose Pimienta.