Marvel Entertainment and Scholastic, a global children’s publishing, education and media company, have announced a multi-year original graphic novel program featuring some of Marvel’s superheroes including Miles Morales, Kamala Khan, Shuri and more. These new stories will launch as part of Scholastic’s Graphix Media line, building from the success of Marvel and Scholastic’s prose collaboration program that kicked off earlier this year.
Next spring, Marvel and Scholastic’s new OGNs will make their debut with Miles Morales: Shock Waves, written by author Justin A. Reynolds with art by Pablo Leon.
“Ever since he entered the Marvel Universe a few years ago, Miles has struck a deep and personal chord with fans around the world,” says Lauren Bisom, editor, juvenile publishing, Marvel. “As Spider-Man, he embodies that classic coming-of-age story. But as Miles, he represents so much more — and his life experiences, his culture and his ability to embrace his inner strength make him one of the most important and inspirational heroes in the Marvel Universe.”
Following Miles Morales: Shock Waves, Marvel and Scholastic will debut all-new adventures following Kamala Khan, written by rising graphic novel writer Nadia Shammas, and Shuri, written by Roseanne A. Brown. More details on these new OGNs will be released in the coming months.
“Our relationship with the Marvel publishing team is a true collaboration and partnership,” says Debra Dorfman, vice president and publisher, licensing, media and brands, Scholastic. “As we grow our OGN list in licensing under Graphix Media, we can’t think of a better team to work with. How lucky are we to have Justin A. Reynolds and Pablo Leon collaborating on the first book about Miles Morales? We are equally as thrilled to welcome Nadia Shammas and Roseanne A. Brown to Scholastic.”
Earlier this year, the collaboration between Marvel and Scholastic launched to critical acclaim with Shuri: A Black Panther Novel by Nic Stone, soon to be followed by Avengers Assembly: Orientation by Preeti Chhibber this August. In addition to releasing new OGNs starting in 2021, Marvel and Scholastic will continue its prose collaboration with new and sequel novels for readers everywhere.
“The first books in our collaboration with Marvel have been enthusiastically received by critics and readers alike,” says Michael Petranek, executive editor and manager, Graphix Media. “We are thrilled to bring fans of these amazing characters more stories to enjoy. We can’t wait to take our readers on new adventures and expand the breadth of our storytelling with Marvel.”
“After launching our prose novels with Scholastic earlier this year, we’ve seen a huge demand for more Marvel stories and entry points into the Marvel Universe,” says Sven Larsen, vice oresident, licensed publishing, Marvel. “These middle grade OGNs are the perfect next step to bring more readers in with the visual storytelling Marvel fans know and love. We’re thrilled to build our collaboration with Scholastic and tell brand-new stories that represent the world around us, both through our characters and the creative teams behind them. We can’t wait to introduce you to this next chapter for Marvel’s heroes.”
More information about Marvel and Scholastic’s upcoming OGNs, creative teams and new middle grade novels will be released later this year.