Extract From First Sweet Valley Twins Graphic Novel, Published Today

In 2019, Dynamite Entertainment published a Sweet Valley High graphic novel, based on the popular YA novels of the same name. Originally announced in 2016, written by Katy Rex and drawn by Devaki Neogi, it was meant to be the first in a series of such volumes, but it was not to be. In the years since, however, there has been a boom in kids and YA graphic novel sales, and Random House Graphic is expecting the new Sweet Valley Twins: Best Friends spinoff graphic novel by Nicole Andelfinger, Claudia Aguirre, Andrea Bell, Hara Gagstrom and Warren Montgomery to be "THE bestseller YA graphic novel of the season" based on orders coming in.

Sweet Valley High was a series of MG/YA novels credited to Francine Pascal, who ran a team of ghostwriters, about the lives of identical twins Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield, in Sweet Valley, California. Sweet Valley High began in 1983, and concluded twenty years later after 181 published books. More recently Sweet Valley Confidential and The Sweet Life books caught up with the characters as adults. A TV series ran for four series and former Doublemint twin models Brittany and Cynthia Daniel played Jessica and Elizabeth respectively, and later appeared on the covers of editions of the book.

Sweet Valley Twins was the first spin-off from the novels, featuring the main characters in sixth grade and middle school, and written by Jamie Suzanne, a pseudonym for anothe changing group of writers. And that's the series being adapted into graphic novels by Nicole Andelfinger and Claudia Aguirre and the first book, Sweet Valley Twins: Best Friends, published by Random House Graphics today.

Francine Pascal said "It is so much fun seeing my characters practically alive! Nicole and Claudia have done an amazing job, and I'm very excited to work with them." Nicole Andelfinger addedc"Another thing I love about this reboot is that we really get to push for that diverse landscape that's far more familiar to readers today. It's been a ton of fun seeing Claudia add fun and flair to the background characters, and I'm sad we don't get to meet more of them! One of the style choices consciously made in this remake was the addition of what I called 'journal style' drawings throughout the book. As someone who doodled constantly on my papers in school, I felt like we'd be remiss to do a tween book without some kind of artsy flair thrown in! Claudia really knocked it out of the part, adding these little touches in to help make the point or just add a bit of humor to the book." "Sweet Valley Twins is a series that has meant a lot to so many people" said Claudia Aguirre. "I loved bringing Jessica and Elizabeth to life in these graphic novels for new and old fans alike, and I hope everyone loves them as much as I do!"

I am an almost-fifty year old British man who had never heard of the books, TV series… but I have now been made aware of the graphic novels. And I do know the creators of those. Nicole Andelfinger is best known as the writer of Boom Studios' Power Rangers comic books, as well as The Dark Crystal, Munchkin and Adventure Time Comics. While Claudia Aguirre is best known for working as an artist and colourist with Mags Visaggio on Kim & Kim, Morning In America, Lost On Planet Earth and Quantum Teens Are Go, as well as colouring the comic book series We Are The Danger and drawing the comic book series Deuce Of Hearts. Senior editor Whitney Leopard at Random House Graphics is editor of the series, and she acquired world rights from agents Amy Berkower, CEO of Writers House, and from Kate McKean, VP of Howard Morhaim Literary Agency.

And you can have a look at the first volume, out today, below.

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Sweet Valley Twins: Best Friends – 1st November 2022

Jessica and Elizabeth are ready to take on middle school . . . but are they ready to take on each other? The New York Times bestselling world of Sweet Valley returns in these all-new graphic novel adaptations! Jessica and Elizabeth have always been inseparable twins, but starting middle school means a chance for new beginnings! Elizabeth is excited to organize a school newspaper, but Jessica is more interested in joining the exclusive Unicorn Club. What will happen when the twins realize they might not be as alike as they thought? Middle school is hard enough, but with these twins each dealing with becoming their own person–will they be able to stay friends at the same time? Francine Pascal's beloved Sweet Valley Twins comes to life in a brand-new graphic novel that will have old and new fans delighted as they meet Jessica and Elizabeth in graphic novel form. With the lively artwork of Claudia Aguirre, Sweet Valley Twins: Best Friends is a contemporary middle-grade graphic novel filled with heart, laughter, and lots of twins.

Sweet Valley Twins: Teacher's Pet – 27th June, 2023

It's Elizabeth's turn in the spotlight… but does Jessica deserve it more? The Wakefield twins return in this brand new graphic novel adaptation of the New York Times best-selling Sweet Valley Twins! Jessica knows she's the better dancer – but their teacher only seems to have eyes for her sister Elizabeth! No matter how hard or perfectly she dances she's not getting recognized – which becomes a huge problem when it becomes clear that her sister is going to get the main role of Swanilda instead of her. Even worse, Elizabeth refuses to believe that their teacher is favoring her! With Jessica's attitude rapidly souring and Elizabeth slowly realizing that Jessica might actually be right, will they be able to find a way to get Jessica her leading role? Francine Pascal's beloved Sweet Valley Twins series continues with Claudia Aguirre offering her fresh and modern artwork just right for today's contemporary middle-grade graphic novel.

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