New York, NY (PRWEB) April 26, 2007
Here ye, here ye, an award for "The Life of Pope John Paul II…In Comics!" the graphic novel published by Papercutz, has been nominated for Best Graphic Novel, as a finalist, by the Publishers Marketing Association, for The Benjamin Franklin 2007 Awards™.
The Benjamin Franklin 2007 Awards™ will be held at the Park Central Hotel, New York, NY, May 31, 2007, the day before the annual book industry event Book Expo America begins. Papercutz already won the 2006 Best Graphic Novel Award for the Nancy Drew graphic novel #1.
The graphic novel also features an introduction by Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins, who, as Prefect of the Congregation for Saints' Causes, may soon be deciding whether or not the beloved Pope should become a Saint. The process to beatify John Paul was fast-tracked by Pope Benedict XVI, who waived the traditional five-year waiting period for the process to begin. April 2, 2007 had marked the second anniversary of the death of Pope John Paul II.
Whatever the outcome, John Paul II has already achieved a form of pop culture immortality by having his life story become a graphic novel. "Unlike such major comicbook characters such as Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, or the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the Pope truly was a real-life flesh and blood hero to millions of people," proclaims Papercutz Editor-in-Chief Jim Salicrup. "And unlike Frank Miller's stylized re-telling of the Battle of Thermopylae in his 300 graphic novel, the Pope's story is completely fact-based." So, while John Paul II as pope did indeed wear a very colorful outfit, the graphic novel doesn't turn him into a Hollywood super-hero.
"As comics and graphic novels continue to gain respect from teachers, librarians, and the media, the perfect environment has been created to present the inspiring story of a great religious leader in both a respectful and entertaining manner," Salicrup concludes.
This graphic novel bio was also recently selected for inclusion in the New York Public Library's Books for the Teen Age 2007.
"The Life of Pope John Paul II… In Comics!" a 96-page, full-color graphic novel is available in both hardcover ($16.95, ISBN 978-1-59707-039-3) and softcover ($9.95, ISBN 978-1-59707-057-7) from Papercutz, distributed by Holtzbrinck Publishers, on sale at bookstores everywhere.
Papercutz is a new graphic novel publishing company for tweens ages 8 to14. Launched in the Spring of 2005 with the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew, the company also publishes the adventures of Totally Spies, Zorro and the upcoming Tales From The Crypt comics and graphic novels [launch June 2007]. In this short period of time, it has sold over 250,000 Nancy Drew and 200,000 Hardy Boys graphic novels. With well-known writers such as Scott Lobdell and Stefan Petrucha, and artists such as Lulu Award winner Lea Hernandez and Sho Murase on board, Papercutz is uniquely positioned to bring exciting characters and inspiring stories to a new generation of readers. More information about Papercutz can be found online at http://www.Papercutz.com.
About The Benjamin Franklin Awards™
Named in honor of America's most cherished publisher/printer, the Benjamin Franklin Awards™ recognizes excellence in independent publishing. Publications, grouped by genre are judged on editorial and design merit by top practitioners in each field. The trophies are awarded to the best books in several categories and are presented to the publishers during a gala awards ceremony on the last evening of the Publishing University (just before the opening of Book Expo America). More information about Publishers Marketing Association and The Benjamin Franklin 2007 Awards™ can be found online at http://www.PMA-Online.org.
Tracie Lynn Tucker
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