Papercutz has created a new position of Marketing Director and filled it with Janna Morishima, formerly of Scholastic and Diamond Comics.
Ms. Morishima started in publishing with Scholastic and was a founding editor of its 'Graphix' line of graphic novels, where she helped bring Jeff Smith's BONE to color to a much wider audience as well as launching Raina Telgemeier's successful graphic novel adaptation of the BABYSITTERS CLUB series by Ann Martin. She then went on to become Director of Diamond Kids at Diamond Book Distributors, in charge of its general trade distribution clients' growing kids' lines, which included helping Francoise Mouly to launch her pioneering 'Toon Books' line for very young children. She pushed for and helped to implement brand new children's graphic novel sections in chain stores and elsewhere.
“We’re very excited to welcome Janna to our team as Papercutz experiences explosive growth with such licenses as the Smurfs and now Ninjago which has debuted with a 200,000 copy print run,” said Publisher Terry Nantier. “I’ve known her for a few years already and with her combined experience of editing and marketing children’s graphic novels and this, from the very start of this category’s introduction and growth, she will bring an added dimension of knowledge and energy. Anybody who knows her can see what a dynamo she is! She will bring boundless enthusiasm to our line and aggressive goals.”
"I love how graphic novels attract such a wide range of readers, from diehard bookworms to the most reluctant readers,” Janna Morishima said, “so when Papercutz offered me the opportunity to help spread the word about their fun and burgeoning line of children's graphic novels, I was happy to accept."