AWARDS: Three Archaia titles selected for YALSA’s 2013 Great Graphic Novels For Teens list

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Archaia Entertainment is proud to announce that three of its titles have been selected by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), for the organization’s 2013 Great Graphic Novels for Teens List! Cow Boy Vol. 1: A Boy and His Horse by Nate Cosby and Chris Eliopoulos; Hopeless Maine Vol. 1: Personal Demons, by Tom Brown and Nimue Brown; and Rust Vol. 1: Visitor in the Field by Royden Lepp have been selected as three of the best graphic novels for teen readers ages 12-18.

YALSA is a national association of over 5,200 librarians, library workers, and advocates whose mission is to expand and strengthen library services for teens, aged 12-18. Through its member-driven advocacy, research, and professional development initiatives, YALSA builds the capacity of libraries and librarians to engage, serve and empower teens. The Great Graphic Novels for Teens List contains recommended graphic novels and illustrated nonfiction works and is prepared every year.

Cow Boy Vol. 1: A Boy and His Horse ($19.95, ISBN13: 978-1-936393-67-1) is the story of a young bounty hunter determined to send his entire outlaw family to jail. “Well, tarnation! What an honor to be included on a list of such great books!” exclaimed Nate Cosby and Chris Eliopoulos. “Thanks mega-heaps and tons to the Young Adult Library Services Association for selecting Cow Boy, and for being so proactive with getting these kinds of books into young hands. The medium will continue to thrive only by showing kids that comics and graphic novels are so dadgum cool, and the YALSA is a huge part of that!”

Hopeless, Maine Vol. 1: Personal Demons ($19.95, ISBN13: 978-1-936393-57-2) tells the story of a mysterious island off the coast of Maine that is overrun with nightmarish creatures. “This is a huge honor and we are absolutely delighted!! THANK YOU!” said Tom and Nimue Brown from their home in the UK.

Rust Vol. 1: Visitor in the Field ($24.95, ISBN13: 978-1-936393-27-5) follows Jet Jones, a mysterious boy with a jet pack. “There is no greater affirmation than having your book accepted by both kids, AND librarians,” remarked Royden Lepp. “This is awesome!”

Past Archaia honorees on the Great Graphic Novels for Teens List include The Many Adventures of Miranda Mercury: Time Runs Out by Brandon Thomas and Lee Ferguson ($24.95, ISBN13: 978-1-936393-05-3); Gunnerkrigg Court Vol. 1: Orientation by Tom Siddell ($26.95, ISBN13: 978-1932386-34-9); and Mouse Guard Vol. 1: Fall 1152 by David Petersen ($24.95, ISBN13: 978-1-932386-57-8).

The complete YALSA 2013 Great Graphic Novels for Teens List can be found here: http://www.ala.org/yalsa/booklists/ggnt/2013.

About Archaia Entertainment, LLC
Archaia is a multi-award-winning graphic novel publisher with more than 75 renowned publishing brands, including such domestic and international hits as Mouse Guard, Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand, Return of the Dapper Men, Rust, Bolivar, Gunnerkrigg Court, Old City Blues, Awakening, The Killer, Tumor, Syndrome, Artesia, and an entire line of The Jim Henson Company graphic novels such as The Dark Crystal, The Storyteller, and Fraggle Rock. Archaia has built an unparalleled reputation for producing meaningful content that perpetually transforms minds, building one of the industry’s most visually stunning and eclectic slates of graphic novels. Archaia was named Graphic Novel Publisher of the Year by Ain’t it Cool News, Comic Related, and Graphic Policy, which honored the publisher two years in a row. Archaia was honored with nine 2011 Eisner Awards nominations and two Awards for Best Graphic Album and Best Anthology. In 2012, Archaia was honored with six Harvey Award nominations, two Harvey Awards, six Eisner nominations and three Eisner Awards, and both Gold and Silver awards from ForeWord Reviews. In addition to publications, Archaia has successfully emerged as a prolific storyteller in all facets of the entertainment industry, extending their popular brands into film, television, gaming, and branded digital media. For more information, visit the Archaia website at www.archaia.com.

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