Lion Forge Imprint, Roar, Announces Upcoming Graphic Novels
Lion Forge announced the creation of two new imprints - Catalyst Prime for superhero titles and CubHouse for younger readers - as well as the reworking of their existing youth imprint Roar Comics to now cater to a YA audience. Now, Lion Forge is proud to announce the first two original graphic novels to be published under their newly refocused teen imprint.
Lion Forge's Roar Comics and CubHouse Comics senior editor, Andrea Colvin, said in an interview that Lion Forge is planning to release 15-20 titles/properties for both Roar and CubHouse imprints, including graphic novels, pictures books, and comic series. “Our CubHouse content will be more fun, and infused with a lot more humor, in general, than the Roar content, which is likely often to have a stronger, and sometimes darker, emotional core (though certainly not devoid of humor!),” Colvin told PW. “Both lines will publish nonfiction—both memoir and topics of interest to the educational market—and both will publish ongoing monthly comics series as well as original graphic novels and graphic novel series.”
Mer takes modern twist on the legends of mermaids, following Aryn, a teenage girl, attempting to adjust to live in a new town after the death of her mother. Aryn is adjusting well, making new friends and even flirting with a new cute boy; but there are dark forces at work that may involve her new crush and the fabled kingdom of Atlantis. Written and illustrated by the creative team of Joelle Sellner (Punky Brewster, Saved by the Bell) and Abby Boeh, the 6" x 9" 128-page graphic novel is planned to release in April with an MSRP of $14.99.
Taproot by Keezy Young is the second original graphic novel to be announced by Lion Forge and Roar Comics. A blend between ghost story and queer love story, the graphic novel follows the story of Blue falling in love with his best friend Hamal - who also happens to be dead. A release date has not currently be publicized for this title.