A literary symphony of action and heart
by Chad Sell (and contributors)
Knopf Children’s Books, TBA
Agent: Writers House
Chad, a cartoonist and illustrator, created the “Cardboard Kingdom” several years ago: It’s a neighborhood of kids who transform ordinary cardboard into fantastical homemade costumes, exploring conflicts with friends, family, and their own identity. It started with “The Sorceress Next Door,” and from there, Chat put out a call online for fellow writers and cartoon enthusiasts to help populate the kingdom with more characters, cracking open the possibilities of what this book could be…
The result, after years of collaboration, is a literary symphony of action and heart: A boy struggling with his parents’ divorce becomes a masked crusader called The Gargoyle!; a girl who feels more comfortable in a cardboard moustache confronts her father who tries to understand her “boy” costume; while another kid endearingly works to help his cardboard compatriots understand the costume he has no words to define out loud; and a bully terrorizing these neighborhood kids is secretly struggling not only with his cardboard identity, but his place in the real world. Each of these characters and their homes soon overlap with another, leading to a gloriously epic finale in which dragons, robots, knights, princesses and lemonade stands each have their moment in battle.
The basic notion of a bunch of technologies that’ll shape the world in your lifetime
25 Technologies That Will Make the Future Awesome
by Zach Weinersmith and Dr. Kelly Weinersmith
Penguin Press, tentative publication: Autumn 2016
Agent: The Gernert Company
In SMBC, Zach Weinersmith pours a ton of research into his web comics and would like to do a book where he can expand upon his ideas in a broader way. SOONISH focuses on twenty-five technologies that exist today, that have a shot at changing the future in amazing (and positive) ways. The book will be co-written with Zach’s wife, (doctor) Kelly Weinersmith who is on the Faculty in the BioSciences Department at Rice University in Texas. Kelly has been identified as an up-and-comer by popular science media such as BuzzFeed and The New Scientist and she will be conducting interviews with experts in various fields for the book.
Zach Weinersmith is the founder, brain and artist behind Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal – a very popular web comic that explores all sorts of topics with a smart, funny voice. His work has been featured in The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, io9, NPR, the Freakonomics Blog, Entertainment Weekly, Mother Jones, CNN, Discovery Magazine and more. Zach’s last two books were launched on Kickstarter and raised over $700,000 combined in 30 days each. His most recent book is the most funded children’s book ever on Kickstarter. SMBC has an international following as well.