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PRH sells Aung Than graphic novel series to US in six-figure deal

Penguin Random House Australia (PRH) has sold North American rights to the first three books in Gavin Aung Than’s middle-grade graphic novel series ‘Super Sidekicks’ to Random House Children’s Books in a six-figure deal.

UK and Commonwealth (ex ANZ) rights to the three books were also sold to PRH UK, and Norwegian translation rights to the first title in the series, No Adults Allowed, have been licensed to Norwegian independent publisher Aschehoug.

Aung Than, known for his comics website and subsequent books Zen Pencils (Andrews McMeel), is a Perth-based comics artist. ‘Super Sidekicks’ follows four superhero sidekicks who team up to form their own crime-fighting team.

Emil Fortune of PRH UK said, ‘I’m absolutely delighted to be publishing “Super Sidekicks” in the UK—it’s a brilliant blend of superheroics and laugh-out-loud silliness, and it’s so good to see the sidekicks take their turn in the spotlight. Gavin is a huge talent and I can’t wait to get these books into the hands of kids.’

Aung Than said, ‘It’s an absolute dream come true for me, and I can’t wait for my team of Aussie superheroes to make a splash overseas!’

Both the US and UK will publish book one, No Adults Allowed, in January 2020, with the North American edition to be published in full colour.

PRH Australia acquired world rights from Brian Cook at The Authors’ Agent and released the first three books in the series this year.


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