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Graphic novel publisher Twelve Panels Press to launch this month

Twelve Panels Press, a new graphic novel publisher based in Melbourne, will publish its first title in late August.

The press was founded by Allen & Unwin publisher Erica Wagner, author and illustrator Bernard Caleo and academic Elizabeth MacFarlane. Its first title is an English-language translation of The Salty River (Jan Bauer, trans by Judith Pattinson), which tells the story of the author’s ‘epic walk along the Northern Territory’s Larapinta Trail’.

MacFarlane told Books+Publishing that Twelve Panels Press hopes to encourage more people in Australia and New Zealand to discover graphic novels. ‘We want to connect authors and publishers with the people who read their books, to make international graphic novels available in Australia and New Zealand, and to encourage more people to encounter the beautiful storytelling medium of comics,’ said MacFarlane.

MacFarlane said they are ‘ambitiously hoping to release one title annually’. The publisher will make it books available to booksellers ‘with usual trade terms’ and will also sell direct from its website. For more information, visit the website here.


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