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August 30, 2014

The New York Times profiles Françoise Mouly's Toon Books


In a feature story published in today's The New York Times Arts section, Robert Ito profiles The New Yorker art editor Françoise Mouly's Toon Graphics, a new imprint of Mouly's independent publishing house, Raw Junior.

Toon Graphics is aimed at readers fourth-grade and up, and, similar to the imprint Toon Books (launched in 2008), its mission is to publish educational comics for use in the classroom. An example: THESEUS AND THE MINOTAUR, a graphic retelling of the Greek myth, which is featured in the abovementioned Times article. Toon Graphics will also publish HANSEL AND GRETEL, an adaptation of the classic fairytale by Neil Gaiman and Lorenzo Mattotti.

Mouly, whose crusade for comics as an educational tool seems to be gaining steam --- her authors have won awards ranging from Eisners to Theodore Seuss Geisel prizes to Newberys to Pulitzers --- calls comics "good diagrams for how to extract meaning from print." For those who disagree, she offers a word of advice: "Don’t be suspicious of something just because kids love it."