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Fuse #8: Finally, you’re the assistant editor of the Flight series, which is an anthology of various comic artists. The volumes don’t contain any particular overriding theme or subject matter, so I’m clear on that much. You also have something called "Flight Explorer" coming out, though, so what’s the deal with that?
Kean Soo: While we’ve been promoting Flight over the past few years, we’ve talked to quite a few booksellers and librarians, and we began to get a sense that there was a real demand for comics specifically geared towards
younger readers. Flight’s mandate had always been to publish all-ages comics, but we did feel that there were a few stories that were maybe a little more cerebral or complex for younger readers, so with Explorer,
we’re really hoping this will fill the gap where our youngest readers are concerned.
With Explorer, we’ve really packed in some really strong stories and characters that I think kids (and even non-kids) will enjoy. I hope with Explorer, we can bring back a little more fun to comics that everyone can enjoy.
Be sure to also check out this Photo Report of Kean’s tour with Kazu Kibuishi, creator of Amulet (the graphic novel being turned into a movie with Will Smith’s kids).
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About Betsy Bird
Betsy Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.
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