Lion Forge has introduced a new 8-12 year old middle reader focused imprint named Caracal, which is intended to fill the space between Cubhouse (Lion Forge's early reader line) and Roar (its young adult readers imprint).
“The market for middle-grade comics has really exploded over the past few years and is showing every sign of continuing that phenomenal growth,” Lion Forge editor-in-chief Andrea Colvin said in a statment. “Our previously announced middle-grade titles, such as Brenna Thummler’s Sheets and Sam Sattin and Ian McGinty’s Glint trilogy, have garnered huge early buzz, and we are looking forward to further promoting, through the Caracal line, authentic and engaging comics stories for middle-grade readers. Lion Forge’s outreach efforts to schools and libraries and strong commitment to marketing perfectly position the company to reach out to these young readers with the inclusive stories and characters we are known for.”
“Our mission remains a firm commitment to graphic storytelling for every kind of reader, regardless of age or family background,” added David Steward II, Lion Forge CEO/co-founder. “As we began to see demand grow for further age segmentation in comics to reach every audience, we looked for ways to continue to diversify our line across age groups. Caracal is our commitment to delivering the kind of content parents and educators can get behind at home or in the classroom.”
“This new imprint reflects Lion Forge’s commitment to providing readers and educators books that are intelligent, relatable, and sensitive to a middle-grade audience,” said Jill Gerber, director of education outreach and collections. “As a bridge between developmental stages of early readers and YA books, our middle-grade books offer all of the advantages of graphic literature while building on the visual literacy foundation of picture books.”
Several previously announced titles will be released under the Caracal banner, including: Encounter by Chris Giarrusso, Art Baltazar, and Franco; The Wormworld Saga by Daniel Liesk; Sheets by Brenna Thummle; and Glint by Sam Sattin and Ian McGinty.
Lion Forge is expected tto give more details and other titles at BookExpo America.