May 27, 2016 1 min to read

(A few) News Notes

Category : Opinion

Carl Lennertz has been named executive director of the Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader. Well known in publishing circles, Lennertz has served as executive director of World Book Night and was creator of the Book Sense Children’s and Adult Bestseller and Indie Next lists of the American Booksellers Association. He also has worked in sales and marketing for such publishers as HarperCollins and Random House. Welcome aboard!

CarlLennertzThe North American comics market has reached a hefty $1.03 billion. This is a 10% increase over 2014’s total of $935 million according to a joint report from the pop culture trade news sites ICv2 and Comichron. The total includes both periodical comics and graphic novels.

The publisher Llewellyn has sold its ten-year-old YA imprint Flux to North Star Editions, a publisher, I confess, with which I’m not familiar. But good luck to them. In an idle moment a year or so ago I assembled a list of all of the YA imprints I could find. Here, for your delectation it is:

1999: Avon (later Harper) TEMPEST and Simon and Schuster PULSE

2002: Scholastic PUSH, TOR Starscape, Penguin SPEAK, Penguin FIREBIRD

2004: Penguin RAZORBILL, Houghton Mifflin GRAPHIA

2005: Abrams AMULET

2006: Llewellyn FLUX

2007: Aladdin MIX (aimed at tween readers), Harlequin Kimani TRU

2009: Sourcebook

2010: Carolrhoda Lab, Sourcebooks Fire

2012: F&W/Merit Press, Soho Teen, Seven Stories Press/Triangle Square Editions

2013: Amazon Skyscape; Ig Publishing/Lizzie Skurnick Books, Zondervan Blink, Algonquin Young Readers

2014 Capstone Switch, Swoon

2015: Abdo Epic, Rock the Boat/One World

2016: Flatiron Books (Macmillan)

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