HarperCollins Children’s Books has announced they’ll launch HarperAlley, a graphic novel imprint under the direction of Andrew Arnold, who will serve as editorial director. Arnold is a former art director and acquiring editor at First Second, Macmillan’s graphic novel imprint.
Talking to Publisher’s Weekly, Arnold said:
“Witnessing the rise of the graphic novel over the past 15 years has been amazing. Cartoonists continue to inspire, challenge, and push the form in unexpected directions. I look forward to collaborating with creators and with the talented team at HarperCollins to publish more graphic novels for all kinds of readers, everywhere.”
HarperAlley will release its first titles in fall 2020 and will focus on being a “collaborative, creator-focused publisher” that will specialize in graphic novels for “readers of all ages.” The imprint is looking to publish about 10 books a season, or about 30 books a year.
HarperCollins already has a backlist of graphic novels including Scott McCloud’s trilogy on the development of comics (Understanding Comics, Making Comics, and Reinventing Comics), Neil Gaiman and P. Craig Russell’s Graveyard Book 1 & 2, and Noelle Stevenson’s Nimona.